BANKING AND CORPORATE FINANCE

Our services in this regard includes banking law advice, loan documentation, asset based finance, construction finance, equipment lease, project financing and leasing, lease transactions, debt instruments rescheduling.

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

The firm offers clients its extensive experience in corporate and commercial law. The firm's corporate and commercial practice cover areas relating to companies, partnerships, sole proprietorships, asset purchases, sales, leases, agency, distributorship and other contracts related to operating business; public company floats and other capital raisings; private buyouts, takeovers, mergers, reorganisations, joint ventures; advising on compliance with corporate legislation; business law and stock exchange requirements, establishing and maintaining subsidiaries and affiliates of foreign companies in Nigeria.

DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS

General Litigation
Our firm is well known for its seasoned and effective litigation team. A long history of commercial, civil and corporate litigation practice has adequately equipped the firm to effectively and competently handle difficult and complex litigations. The firm handles disputes in areas that include commercial and industrial disputes, financial services and commercial fraud; contract law and torts, personal injury claims, family and divorce law; trust and equity. The firm also conducts the defence of persons and organisations charged with varied offences. Our litigation lawyers have extensive experience in trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals. The firm currently handles a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes as well as criminal law matters before several superior courts of record in Nigeria. Our litigation lawyers are assisted by an experienced staff of litigation assistants.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Our firm aims at resolving disputes at the earliest possible time by negotiation and alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, conciliation, and arbitration.

We have found that suggesting ADR often leads to quick, effective and satisfactory settlement of cases and that litigation is becoming a last resort. Our firm has some of the most qualified and experienced commercial arbitrators in Nigeria who provide the expertise that is vital for quick, efficient, effective and binding alternative methods of resolving disputes. We aggressively pursue results that make good business sense for our clients.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY LAW

We offer guidance and assistance to our clients on issues relating to environmental protection regulations.

We render services to onshore and offshore operators in the oil and gas industry. We advise on petroleum laws and regulations, joint venture agreements, production sharing contracts; procurement of requisite licences.

FAMILY AND ESTATE MATTERS

The firm handles all aspects of matrimonial law involving separation, divorce and custody and maintenance of children.

We also advice on the drafting of wills, codicils, administration of estates and matters related thereto.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGULATIONS

FOREIGN INVESTMENT REGULATIONS

We advise foreign companies on entry strategies in Nigeria and assisting them through government regulations and procedures for setting up their operations in Nigeria. We advise on and procure Business permits and Expatriate quotas; import and export regulations and guidelines, immigration approvals, and other regulatory approvals.

HUMAN RIGHTS

The firm has a very vibrant and focused Human Rights desk. Issues relating to infringement of human rights of Nigerian Citizens by organs of the State are routinely taken up and handled pro-bono especially where it involves indigent clients. Our Human Rights team have consistently secured the release of detainees languishing in various prisons without trial.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

The firm advises on contractual issues and legislations relating to the information technology andtelecommunications industry. We also advise on licensing policies, modification of licenses, revocation of licenses, license enforcement, network and interconnection agreement amongst others.

 

INSOLVENCY

Contentious and non-contentious liquidations, receivership, schemes of arrangement and reconstruction.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The firm has done extensive work in intellectual property law. The firm offers a broad-based service which includes: advice on the acquisition, registration, protection use of enforcement of a wide range of intellectual property rights including trade marks, passing off, designs, patents and confidential information; licensing; manufacturing and distribution agreements. Our practice includes the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications and representation of clients in court should the need arise.

With the rapid increase in incidences of imitation of goods and products and piracy, the firm is properly positioned to offer top rate services to its clients in this area.

LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

The firm represents employers and employees in all areas of employment litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings involving wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, worker's compensation and other work-related claims. We advise clients on existing and proposed Federal and State statutes as well as on judicial decisions which affect employment relationship. We offer comprehensive advice on all areas of labour and employment law.

REAL ESTATE

The firm has a highly developed real estate unit providing specialised services to a wide range of clients with, respect to real estate matters. The firm represents local and foreign lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting complex real estate financing involving diverse projects. The firm also represents institutional investors active in the acquisition, development and sale of real property particularly in Lagos and Abuja. The firm's real estate practice includes land and building acquisitions; development, leasing, mortgage, sale and other disposition of property.

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

We advise on issues relating to sponsorship agreements in sports, negotiation and development of broadcasting rights, issues relating to sports agreement and television, reselling programming rights, etc.

We also advise on issues relating to gaming laws, procurement of requisite licenses for operation of lotteries.

Our firm is one of the leading sports law firms in Nigeria. We have been actively involved in the formation and running of football academies. We have variously advised and counselled Government, both the executive and legislative arms, on statutes relating to sports in general and football in particular through the organ of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association of which some of our members are directors and co-ordinators.

TAX AND TAX PLANNING

The firm has a solid track-record for high quality and sound tax advice and tax-planning as well as extensive experience in negotiating and handling tax disputes.

The firm's tax practice covers a broad range of issues involving Value Added Tax, Company Income Tax, sales and land use tax, property tax and other local tax for clients ranging from individuals and closely held companies to multinational companies.

We advise clients on the tax aspects of business formation and operation, mergers and acquisitions, reorganization, strategic partnerships, liquidations, divestitures, the issuance, sale and repurchase of securities, and the purchase and sale of property.

Office Address

IOL Associates
Modupe Johnson Crescent ,
Surulere, Lagos.
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