Our lawyers have leveraged on the vibrant Corporate/Commercial practice of the Firm to understand the intricacies of the business world and its needs. This gives us the advantage of appreciating each dispute from a business angle and proffering solutions that are tied to commercial efficacies and profit imperatives. Over the years, our experience and competences have covered diverse areas of corporate/commercial and related issues of law including the following:
Our services in this area of practice include the following:
We are proud of our heritage in providing a service we refer to as ‘Corporate Litigation’! In our dictionary, “Corporate Litigation” means managing the entire, or a substantial part of the litigation portfolio of a corporate entity across the states of the Federation or within a defined territory in Nigeria. One hallmark of this specialized service is our ability to deploy personnel to different parts of Nigeria to intervene in, and deal with crises situations involving our clients within the shortest possible time.
We successfully managed the entire litigation portfolio of a leading construction company which involved defending the company in over 200 different types of cases in various courts and tribunals all over the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In the same vein, we manage the entire litigation portfolio of a leading oil and gas company which has involved over 150 different cases in different parts of Nigeria including the Niger-Delta region.
Labour and Employment Litigation
We have extensive experience in handling all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment and labour law disputes. We have had a track record of handling high profile disputes and litigation matters, as well as regularly advising on a wide range of employment and labour matters involving employee welfare and benefits; boardroom and executive management severance claims dispute; collective bargaining issues (including negotiations with and defence of enforcement actions against trade-unions); redundancies, dismissals and terminations issues; occupational health and safety; employment contracts and employees’ handbooks/manuals; employee compensation; enforcement actions involving breach of trade secrets and restrictive covenants; judicial review actions; employment issues in corporate restructuring transactions; out-sourcing related matters; amongst others.
Real Estate & Property Disputes
Members of our Dispute Resolution team have been involved in some of the landmark real property cases in Nigeria including matters involving ownership of property, construction/property development contracts, structural and environmental damage, commercial property management and services agreements. This hard core experience, combined with our knowledge of modern real estate businesses, is a great advantage to the several clients we represent in property related cases.
We have advised and represented leading corporations in complex tax related litigation in a variety of venues, including disputes before the Federal Tax Appeal Tribunal, Joint Tax Board as well as State Courts and Tribunals. We have successfully challenged situations of multiple taxations in different parts of the country for some of our multi-national clients.
Our practice in tax litigations include challenging and defending improper tax claims and assessment including taxes imposed by Federal, State and Local Government authorities and/or their agencies.
Insolvency, Debt Recovery & Asset Tracing
We provide focused and timely commercial advice and risk analysis to our clients on complex domestic and cross-border insolvencies. We have an excellent track record in recovery of debts (including secured and unsecured, and/or trade debts), risk assets recovery and collateral review advisory, enforcement and foreclosure of securities, as well as asset tracing and white collar crimes.
We have special experience in relation to asset preservation and enforcement matters, including enforcement of foreign Judgments and foreign Arbitration Awards. We have achieved significant recoveries by developing strategies to obtain and/or exercise powers over the assets of debtor-defendants.
Telecommunications & Information Technology Disputes
Our Lawyers are well positioned to deal with telecommunications and information technology related disputes, including matters involving co-location disputes, interconnectivity disputes, consumer protection claims, commercial contracts, cell site acquisition, community relations, labour and employment, amongst others. The head of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice was a pioneer member of the Panel of Neutrals (Arbitrators and Mediators) that was set up by the Nigerian Communications Commission at the twilight of the growth in the Nigerian telecommunications sector in 2001/2002.
Shareholders and Boardroom Disputes
We have vast experience and skills in managing, prosecuting and defending disputes pertaining to the management and operations of companies, including derivative actions and shareholders’ litigation, as well as company boardroom disputes.
Corporate Restructuring Litigation and Legal Due Diligence/Audits
We remain a foremost firm in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in Nigeria, with a number of blue chip transactions to our credit. This has equipped our litigation team with requisite knowledge and expertise in preparing necessary court processes and obtaining relevant court orders and sanctions for the actualization of corporate restructuring projects including, court-ordered meetings of shareholders of companies as well as sanctioning of schemes of merger and acquisition, schemes of arrangement, business combinations, capital reduction schemes, and Employees Trust Schemes, amongst others.