Partners: Femi Olubanwo, Asue Ighodalo, Kenneth Etim (Managing Partner), Abimbola Akeredolu, Ayotunde Owoigbe, Stella Duru, Kehinde Ojuawo
Number of fee earners: 50 Est.
Languages: English, French and several Nigerian languages
Consistently rated as a first-tier Nigerian corporate law Firm, Banwo & Ighodalo (“B&I”) was established on 1st February, 1991 with a resolve to create a world class law firm. The firm is made up of brilliant and experienced lawyers who work together to provide a broad range of services to clients. The firm is known for providing innovative, competent, and well-timed solutions.
Main Areas of Practice:
B&I has five main practice groups, namely, Corporate, Securities & Finance, Litigation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property & Information Technology; and, Shipping, Aviation & International Trade.
B&I’s Corporate, Securities & Finance practice group continues to be a leading practice in Nigeria, advising on transactions. The firm remains the leading Capital Markets Law firm in Nigeria and was also involved in virtually all of the international capital market transactions by Nigerian corporates in the last year and the Firm has a vibrant Corporate Finance team which, over the years has advised clients on some of the largest M&A and banking transactions in Nigeria. Recently, B&I advised a syndicate of lenders on an up to US$300,000,000 corporate loan facility and an up to US$1,700,000,000 reserved based lending facility advanced to Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc in relation to three identified OMLs. The RBL component of the transaction also had an accordion feature.
B&I’s Energy practice group has advised clients on numerous deals which affirm its role as a leader in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry space. Amongst other notable deals, the firm advised on two of the successful power privatization transactions and also has been actively involved in advising Chevron Nigeria in connection with its development of the Agura power project and an independent power project proposed to be implemented by Total E&P Nigeria.
The Intellectual Property and Technology Group (IPTG) works with clients to attain effective protection for their brands, intangible assets, concepts and business operating plans. The team offers practical and commercially sensible legal solutions to clients including product registration and regulatory compliance.
The Firm’s Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group is comprised of excellent and internationally acclaimed Barristers (some dual-qualified), Arbitrators, Negotiators, Accredited Mediators and Certified ADR Trainers who ensure that disputes arising from the business and commercial activities of clients are effectively resolved with minimum expenditure of time and resources.
B&I’s Shipping, Aviation and International Trade team has represented airlines, insurers, aircraft manufacturers, ship owners, charterers, protection and indemnity (P&I) Clubs, ship brokers, financiers, offshore and marine companies, port and terminal operators/ promoters, commodities traders, oil and gas companies and government agencies on several transactions.
Contact person: Ken Etim, Managing Partner; [email protected] banwo-ighodalo.com