Managing Partner: Mr. Theophilus I. Emuwa
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: Over 60
Languages: English, French
ǼLEX is a full-service commercial and dispute resolution law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. Lawyers are admitted to practice in multiple jurisdictions including Nigeria, Ghana, England and Wales. Some lawyers have multidisciplinary qualifications in areas such as political science, economics, business administration and engineering.
■ Banking & Finance
■ Business Re-organisation & Insolvency
■ Capital Markets
■ Corporate & Commercial
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Intellectual Property
■ Labour & Employment
■ Litigation & Dispute Resolution
■ Regulatory Compliance
■ Shipping & Maritime
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications
The firm’s practice brings together a team of professionals with expertise and institutional depth in the practice of aviation and shipping law in Nigeria as well as Ghana. Its expertise makes it the firm of choice for international and domestic clients on regulatory, finance, corporate, litigation and compliance issues.
Banking & Finance:
The firm’s practice brings together an interdisciplinary team of professionals with the expertise required to handle complex assignments. Its broad experience and regular interaction with international and domestic clients allow it to give advice on projects and transactions in anticipation of, and consistent with changes in policy and regulation.
Corporate & Commercial:
The corporate and commercial practice of ǼLEX has won the respect of clients and practitioners for the quality of its advisory and transactional work. Members of the team bring a firm grasp of commercial realities to bear in structuring and documenting transactions.
Energy & Natural Resources:
The practice covers advisory work in the petroleum and power sectors. The firm advises regularly on legal, regulatory and policy issues as well as on commercial, fiscal and environmental matters that are bound to arise in energy transactions.
ǼLEX’s environmental practice is the foremost environmental law practice in Nigeria. The firm has developed extensive expertise in several areas of environmental law and represents both public and private entities as well as government. The firm advises on emissions trading, and clean development mechanism projects.
ǼLEX’s intellectual property practice is recognised as one of the leading IP practices in Nigeria. It handles all matters (contentious and non-contentious) relating to trademarks, patents and copyright, including registration, maintenance and enforcement of IP, franchising, licensing and due diligence. The practice also draws on the experience of members of other practice groups within the firm to provide holistic solutions.
The firm has one of Nigeria’s largest and most experienced commercial dispute resolution practice groups. The department is headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria with over 40 years’ experience and comprises other highly skilled practitioners who have practiced extensively before all the superior courts of record in Nigeria. The firm always seeks creative and practical solutions to disputes and assists clients in managing risk in their businesses.
Technology, Media & Telecommunications:
ǼLEX has undertaken a wide range of corporate and commercial work for many of Nigeria’s and the world’s leading technology, media and telecommunications companies.
ǼLEX has been consistently been the law firm of choice in Nigeria when it comes to tax advisory and litigation services for a wide range of local and multinational companies cutting across the oil and gas, shipping, aviation, manufacturing and financial services sectors. It has been involved in a number of ground breaking tax cases both at the Tax Appeal Tribunal and before the superior courts of Nigeria.
Most of ǼLEX’s clients are multi-national companies.
■ Advised The Coca-Cola Company in respect of the two-step acquisition of equity in C.H.I. Limited (a leading producer of juice and value-added dairy brands in Nigeria), resulting in the 100% ownership of CHI. The first step was an acquisition of a 40% stake in 2016, while the second step was the final acquisition of 60% equity in 2019. The firm conducted extensive legal due diligence on the target, advised on transaction structure, reviewed transaction documentation, and tracked the fulfilment of completion and post-completion obligations. It also presented the transaction to the FCCPC/SEC for approval, which entailed the analysis of competition issues arising from the transaction, and supported the client in post-acquisition engagements with the SEC
■ Successfully represented Sproxil Nigeria Limited in a copyright infringement claim instituted at the Federal High Court
■ Advising an African payment processing company on the Nigerian aspects of a group restructuring project resulting in the migration of the company’s current shareholders to a public limited liability company domiciled in the United Kingdom and the spin-off of one of its subsidiaries
■ Providing tax advisory services to a global cloud services provider in respect of its expansion into Nigeria, particularly in light of the proposed introduction of digital PE (Permanent Establishment) in Nigeria
■ Advised The Rise Fund LLC, an affiliate of TPG Global LLC, on their purchase of the general partnership interest in the Abraaj Group’s US$1 billion Global Healthcare Fund, which had significant investments in 27 healthcare companies across 5 continents. It conducted legal due diligence on the Nigerian portfolio companies, providing advice on governance, valuation and liquidity of the Nigerian portfolio companies, as well as setting up the Nigerian service company
■ Advised a multinational petrochemical company on the acquisition of a lubricant oil blending plant and tank farm from a downstream petroleum company. It conducted extensive due diligence on the target and its assets, advised on mitigation of identified risks and on transaction structure and documentation
■ Advising one of Nigeria’s largest insurance entities in connection with its privatisation, by way of an Initial Public Offer
■ Advising a global online classifieds network with respect to its acquisition of a significant stake in a used car marketplace
■ Representing Michelin at the Tax Appeal Tribunal in a dispute worth N1 billion and which constitutes one of the first transfer pricing disputes to be litigated in Nigeria
■ Advising the Federal Government on the development of five small hydroelectric power plants across Nigeria. The firm’s scope of work includes advising on the structure of the concession, creation of power of attorney amongst governmental agencies, advising on sovereign risks and liabilities, drafting and negotiating the concession agreements and a tripartite power purchase agreements
■ Acted as Nigerian Oil & Gas Law Expert for Shell International B.V. in the criminal proceedings brought against Shell & ENI group of companies in respect of OPL 245 in Nigeria. The firm provided an expert opinion on Nigerian petroleum law, the process for the allocation of interest in an OPL, and advised on whether there were any contravention of Nigerian laws in the award of OPL 245 to Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company Limited and Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited, being Nigerian subsidiaries of Shell and ENI respectively. Its scope of work also included testifying in the courts of Milan on the contents of the expert opinion
Partner: Mr Soji Awogbade
Tel: +234 1 461 5880
Email: [email protected]