Inam Wilson, SAN


Aviation & Maritime Law
Immigration & Employment
Dispute Resolution
Investigations & White-Collar Defence

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Inam has been in legal practice for over thirty years. 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. He is actively involved in civil and commercial litigation and also advises regularly on transactions and general corporate advisory relating to regulatory compliance, white collar crimes, shipping, maritime, employment, labour, oil and gas, M&A, trusts, etc..

Inam is currently the Partner heading the Compliance, Investigations and White Collar, the Labour and Employment as well as the Shipping and Maritime Groups. He is also a member of the Energy and Projects, Corporate and Commercial as well as the Dispute Resolution Practice Groups in Templars.

He has at one time also acted as a Consultant on Legal and Regulatory frameworks for World Bank economic reform projects in Nigeria.

He has written several articles and co-authored books in diverse areas of the law with emphasis on Labour & Employment law, Shipping & Maritime, etc.

Inam has:

  • Assisted Halliburton in connection with its internal investigation relating to the sale of seismic data by some of its employees to third parties in breach of the companies code of business conduct. Further advised the company on the subsequent discharge of its reporting obligations and also on how to improve internal controls and remedial measures so as to safeguard against any such incidents in the future. We also successfully defended the company in wrongful dismissal claims brought by employees indicted by the investigation report and subsequently dismissed.
  • Acted as independent corporate internal investigator for Sage in connection with allegations of gross dishonesty and misconducts in contravention of the company’s code of conduct and antibribery and corruption policy made against the country manager. Our role included, chairing the investigation hearing, taking notes of the investigation proceedings, interviewing employees and external witnesses, preparing a report of the investigation.
  • Advised FBN Bank (UK) Limited on a US$ 10.8 million loan facility to Alcamo International Ltd a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to finance the purchase of two vessels to be flagged in Liberia and deployed to transport Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) within Nigerian waters. The loan was secured by Liberian registered vessel mortgage provided by the Borrower and a corporate guarantee executed by Ontario Gas and Oil Ltd, a company incorporated in Nigeria.
  • Alongside Continued Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation – South Africa advised an indigenous client on a wet lease (ACMI) of a Global Express 5,000.
  • Advising Google Global Services Nigeria on a regular basis on various employment related legislation in Nigeria as they relate to pension, work hours, leave and tax. Also provided Nigerian law advice in connection with its global audit of employment policies.
  • Advising and representing Total’s Nigerian subsidiary in connection with two class actions instituted at the National Industrial Court by over 300 service contract employees claiming wrongful termination and payment of severance, redundancy and other terminal benefits.
  • Representing Emerson Process Management (“Emerson”) in a suit for wrongful termination of employment, unfair racial discrimination and non-compliance with Guidelines and Procedure for the Release of Staff in the Oil and Gas Industry, Labour Law and International best practices.
  • Advised Edison Chouest Offshore on Nigerian local content laws as well as security for vessel financing in connection with a proposed investment in a Nigerian oil service company.
  • 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 (the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, London) 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 and represents Halliburton and its Nigerian subsidiaries on an on-going basis in their contentious labour and employment litigation at the National Industrial Court and appellate courts, including: several suits claiming damages for wrongful termination of employment; claims for severance, redundancy and other terminal benefits; copyright and patents developed by employees in the course of employment.
  • In collaboration with Baker Mackenzie LLP and Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, advised Siemens AG on Nigerian anti‐ corruption laws and assisted in the internal investigations of the worldwide operations of Siemens AG with respect to alleged violations of the FCP
  • Advised Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in respect of a potential Anti‐Bribery and Corruption Investigation in Nigeria, particularly on the Nigerian regulators and agencies involved in prosecuting ABC offences; the processes, likely timeframes for any investigation; available procedures for self‐reporting and the advantages and disadvantages of self‐reporting and penalties available for ABC offences committed by corporates/individuals in Nigeria.

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