Ikem Isiekwena

Ikem Isiekwena is our exclusively recommended Cartel Regulation and Merger Control Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ikem directly using the contact details listed above.

Ikem has advised on some of the most critical developments within the competition space in Nigeria. He has worked with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in codifying their Economic Regulations with specific rules on competition. He has also advised on cartel investigations involving two international airlines. Currently, he is a World Bank consultant supporting the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on drafting and developing Nigeria’s Merger Review Regulations and Guidelines. He has advised several multinational corporations on the local nexus of foreign mergers including concluding notification obligations to local authorities. Also, he is working on developing a comprehensive regulatory framework for restrictive agreements, authorisations, block exemptions and leniency rules.

Ikem is a Partner at SimmonsCooper Partners (“SCP”), a full-service law firm in Nigeria with offices in Lagos and Abuja. SCP is a fusion of three diverse and multijurisdictional practices and has since inception in 2007, created a record of successes in complex deals and precedential matters. Some of our founding partners (Professor Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Vice President of Nigeria from 2015 till date and Babatunde Irukera, pioneer CEO, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission) have gone on to serve in the public sector.

SCP is Nigeria’s leading practice in competition law. SCP has, in the past decade, advised both the public and private sectors, including supporting both sector-specific regulators and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission with respect to their rule-making responsibilities. In a relatively novel and intricate area with insufficient local know-how, SCP’s distinctive and practical knowledge of the legal theory and economic bases of competition is useful for clients when presenting submissions that need to scale the regulatory hurdle.

Adebayo Oyagbola LLM, LLB, BL, MCIARB

Adebayo Oyagbola is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Adebayo directly using the contact details listed above.

Adebayo is a seasoned Legal practitioner with 35 years of experience in active legal practice. He obtained both an LL.B hons degree and an LL.M degree from the University College, London. He is accomplished in advanced Company Law, Intellectual Property, Carriage of Goods by Sea and Marine Insurance.

Adebayo understands the internal workings of Public Sector organisations having worked and prosecuted cases for the Legal Section of the Nigerian Customs and Excise. He was also a technical expert in the firm of Bentley Edu & Co where he was engaged in commercial litigation and intellectual property practice. He founded Oyagbola Chambers in 1987 and has managed it since 1989. In 1997, he led Oyagbola Chambers in acting as solicitors to the offer for sale of shares by which Standard Chartered Bank completed its divestment from First Bank of Nigeria Plc. It was the biggest offer for sale that had been done on the Nigerian Stock Exchange at the time. He has led several other corporate structuring and restructuring engagements.

Adebayo was a member of the Ogun State Law Revision/Review Committee for twelve years from 1999. He was one of the 5-man committee that prepared the Laws of Ogun State 2006. He also served as a member of the Ogun State Judicial Service Commission for three years. Internationally, he has lectured for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on copyright and confidential Information.

Adebayo Oyagbola has written several published articles on Intellectual Property, Telecommunications Law, Banking and general procedure. For several years, he was a lecturer at diverse seminars on Banking litigation and lenders’ liability.

Firm Overview:

Established in 1987, Oyagbola Chambers has remained true to its goal of providing excellent and dedicated services in corporate, financial, maritime, property law and other areas of the law.

With our core focus on resolving legal issues and concerns we have built a solid reputation as a firm that is proactive, innovative and dependable; continuously striving to achieve the desired outcomes for our clients.

Adeleke Alex-Adedipe

Adeleke Alex-Adedipe is a corporate commercial lawyer based in the Lagos office of the Firm. He specialises and has depth of experience in Banking and Finance, Capital Market, Telecommunication, Media and Technology, Real Estate, Aviation law, Company Secretarial and other corporate commercial practices.

Adeleke has advised on several landmark and award winning transactions both locally and internationally in Banking and Finance and Capital Market transactions.

Adeleke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2007 and was qualified to the Nigerian Bar in 2008. He is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He has attended quite a number of trainings, seminars and conferences both within Nigeria and outside Nigeria in finance documentation, mergers and acquisition, telecommunication media and technology.

Adeleke worked with the Standard Chartered Bank Limited for a year and has subsequently worked in two top tier Nigerian law firms.

During his work life in one of the top tier law firms, he was seconded to work in one of the biggest law firms in Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Firm Overview:

A Firm Built On Relationships

Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe (“the Firm”) is a bespoke full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria. We provide a wide range of expert legal services to a highly diversified client base both local and international operating in various sectors of the economy. We are dedicated to the consistent delivery of highly skilled, ethical, cost effective and qualitative legal representation to our clients.

The Firm has specialist skills in areas including but not limited to Admiralty & Shipping, Aviation, Banking and Finance, Company Secretarial, Capital Market, Energy and Natural Resources, Government Relations, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Telecommunication, Media and Technology, Taxation, Real Estate and Construction.

Olasupo Shasore

Olasupo Shasore is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Olasupo directly using the contact details listed above.

Olasupo has been engaged in the resolution of various commercial disputes by arbitration and has advised various clients in the Oil and Gas, Power and Construction industries for many years. He was also consulted by the Lagos State Government on reforms in the electric power sector. He was member/secretary of the Presidential Petroleum Revenue Special Taskforce and more recently, a resource person to the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals in connection with the Roadmap for the Growth and Development of the Nigerian Mining Industry. Shasore chaired the Committee on the Reform of Nigeria’s national Arbitration Law and led the amendment of the LCA Rules (2013) to provide for “Special Measure” Emergency Arbitrators.

Olasupo was a member of ICCA’s Consultative Workshop Cooperation among African Arbitral Initiatives; London Court of International Arbitration Africa User Group; the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts (PRIME) and its Advisory Committee; the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA); board member of Nigeria Ports Authority and Interswitch.

Firm Overview:

ALP (Africa Law Practice) is a commercial law firm in Nigeria, established as the result of a carefully cultivated 25 year vision. The partnership practices under the name ‘Africa Law Practice’ and ‘ALP Legal’. The firm is a strategic merger of distinct practices bringing together legal, business and policy expertise that underscores Africa’s growth. The merged practices have easily placed ALP Legal at the forefront, as a leading corporate commercial law firm.

As increased investment and rapid private sector growth in Africa transformed its economies, the need for home-grown, regionally-oriented and excellent quality legal services became imperative. This also led to the establishment of ALP Legal, as a Nigeria-based, Africa business-focused firm that delivers the very best of African legal and advisory services.

The partners have over 100 years of combined experience in legal and business advisory services in Nigeria and internationally. Additionally, our significant experience in the public sector and government relations gives us an advantage in helping our clients to navigate Nigeria’s sometimes complex regulatory and public sector landscape.

We deliver solution-driven services which only local expertise and regional connections can provide. We work in partnership with our clients to understand their needs and ensure we provide them with business-driven results. We have first-hand experience of being the ‘client’, of setting-up, operating and growing businesses in Nigeria and beyond, so we are well placed to truly understand and anticipate our clients’ needs.

Our knowledge is the wealth of our expertise, this is at the core of our service offering. We are ‘what we know’ and ‘who we know’ – we draw upon our sector and industry experience, as well as our extensive network of contacts to deliver innovative solutions to clients. We are the law firm that wants to continue to innovate, to exceed client expectations and contribute to the development of African commercial markets, the legal services sector and the growth of African IP.

Onjefu Adoga

Brooke Chambers Law Firm is a full service law firm based in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Our practice areas covers financial law services, business and investment laws, infrastructure law, natural resources law, maritime law, human resources law and general litigation practice.

Maritime Expertise:

The salient details of our maritime law services are sale and alienation of ships and vessels, marine insurance law, recovery of cargo and claims, cabotage law and permits, maritime law administration, ports administration, customs laws, import and export laws, shipping permits and laws, ship arrest, ship registration, ship detention, lay time and demurrage, personal injury, maritime litigation etc.

Afamefuna Francis Nwokedi

Afam Nwokedi is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Afam directly using the contact details above.

Stillwaters is a law firm based in Nigeria. The firm was established in 2001 and specialises in corporate and Commercial Law, IP Law, Tax Advisory Services, TMT and Sports Law, as well as Litigation and Dispute Resolution cases. As a firm, it is our belief that many aspects of today’s legal landscape require a keen understanding as well as knowledge of the law; accordingly, we offer solutions to the often complex arrays of regulations and requirements that confront the business client in Nigeria thereby creating conducive legal environments for our clients to achieve their goals.

Professionalism, flexibility and innovation are the hallmark of our practice. We value professional excellence, outstanding result and realise they both require creativity and hard work. With over 125 years of combined partnership practice experience, we strive to gain every legal advantage for our clients while upholding the principles behind our guiding goal of PEOPLE, INTEGRITY and SERVICE as a driving force steering our entire practice.

From Corporate and Commercial Contracts, Media Rights Mergers, Sport Licensing Agreements, Corporate Income Tax, Copyright Issues, Due Diligence to General Trademark and Patent Administration, Infringement, Anti-Counterfeiting, Piracy Technology Transfer, Joint Ventures, Dispute Resolution and Enforcement, Practice Representative Clients include over 600 foreign multinationals, quoted companies, financial institutions, industries, small and medium-size businesses and private entrepreneurs.

Our IP department operates from the commercial cities of Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, with associate offices in Cameroon (for OAPI matters) and Angola; and our Dispute Resolution department has extensive practice before the trial and appellate courts in Nigeria.