Partners: Femi Olubanwo, Asue Ighodalo, Kenneth Etim (Managing Partner), Abimbola Akeredolu, Ayotunde Owoigbe, Stella Duru, Kehinde Ojuawo, Olumide Osundolire, Toyin Bashir, Azeezah Muse-Sadiq, Seyi Bella, Isa Alade
Number of fee earners: 80+
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 and finance, energy and natural resources, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution; intellectual property and technology; and, shipping, aviation and international trade.
B&I’s corporate, securities and 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 acted as Nigerian Lenders’ Counsel to a syndicate of lenders in connection with (i) an up to US $1,270,000,000 (One Billion Two Hundred and Seventy Million United States Dollars) reserve-based lending facility; (ii) an up to US $180,000,000 (One Hundred and Eighty Million United States Dollars) term loan facility; and (iii) an up to $150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million United States Dollars) revolving credit facility to be advanced to two (2) special purpose vehicles established by a sponsor for the purposes of financing the acquisition of a forty-five percent (45%) participating interest in certain Oil Mining Leases, Gas Processing Plants and ancillary oil and gas infrastructure.
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 privatisation transactions and also has been actively involved in advising Siemens Limited on Siemens Limited’s local acquisition and integration of the assets of DresserRand (Nigeria) Limited following a global acquisition of Dresser-Rand.
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: [email protected] banwo-ighodalo.com