Inam Wilson is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and heads the Investigations, White Collar and Compliance, the Labour and Employment as well as the Transportation practice. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Maritime and Commercial Law from the Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria and he is a Notary Public of Nigeria.
Inam regularly advises and represents multi – sector clients ranging from SMEs to multinationals on complex disputes bordering on shipping, maritime, aviation, white-collar crime, employment, labour, corporate and general commercial disputes. He also advises regularly on transactions in the shipping, aviation, oil and gas, M&A, competition and trusts space.
Inam also advices generally on regulatory compliance and, as independent investigator, has handled very complex corporate internal investigations on compliance issues arising in a wide range of sectors.
Inam is overly familiar with recent global labour and employment trends. He is one of the leading lawyers practicing actively in the National Industrial Court of Nigeria and he has, through his seminal submissions in court, contributed immensely to the evolution of labour jurisprudence in Nigeria.
Inam has presented a litany of seminal papers, written a plethora of articles and co-authored books in diverse areas of the law with emphasis on White Collar Crime, Labour & Employment, Shipping & Maritime, Oil and Gas, etc.
A Selection Of Relevant Experience
- Acted as external independent corporate investigator for American Tower Company (ATC) in connection with the investigation of allegations against a head of department for breach of internal compliance rules for procurement of services as well as harassment, intimidation and victimization of the whistle blower.
- In collaboration with Baker Mackenzie LLP advised Diageo Africa on its internal investigation into allegations of illegal, unethical and unfair labour practices by Diageo executives.
- Advised FBN Bank (UK) Limited on a US$ 10.8 million loan facility to finance the purchase of two vessels to be flagged in Liberia and deployed to transport Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) within Nigerian waters.
- Alongside Continued Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation – South Africa advised an indigenous client on a wet lease (ACMI) of a Global Express 5,000.
- Advising Google on a regular basis on various employment related issues including employee benefits scheme, pension, work hours, leave, etc.
- Successfully defended TotalEnergies in an appeal against a multi-million dollar judgment awarded by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in a class action instituted by 158 outsourced employees claiming wrongful termination and payment of severance, redundancy and other terminal benefits.
- Advised Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) in their acquisition of the Global Connectivity Services (GCS) business of Omnes Communications (Nigeria) Ltd (OCNL), a subsidiary of Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB).
- Advised Barclays Capital and Capital Trust Company Ltd, London (the Bond Trustee) on the registration/notation in the Nigerian Ships Registry of a foreign mortgage as part of the security for a US$200 million convertible guaranteed bonds issued through a pre-qualifying public offering (QPO) by Sea Trucks Group Limited.
- Advised Exterran Energy Services LP (formerly Hanover Compression) on the sale of a Cyrogenic Gas Compression and Processing Plant and acquisition by the purchaser of the entity that had beneficial ownership of the Plant and successfully defended Exterran in court in respect of the litigation arising from the transaction;
- Advises Meta on an on-going basis on Nigeria employment law issues as it relates to their operations and employees in Nigeria.
- Represented an international oil company in connection with investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) relating to allegations of bid rigging, collusive practices, contract splitting, bribery of government officials, fraud and subversion of public procurement law.
- In collaboration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP advised Pepsico in respect of an Anti-Bribery and Corruption Investigation in Nigeria involving improper payments to police officers and utility company.
Corporate & Commercial, Investigations, White Collar and Compliance (IWC),