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Overview

At Templars, we pride ourselves on our sector strengths which cover diverse areas of the law including Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources, Telecommunications, Foreign Investment, Shipping and Maritime, Aviation, Taxation, Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Project Finance.

The partners and associates of the firm belong to various internationally recognized professional bodies including the International Bar Association (Energy Law, Shipping and Maritime,) as well as the Telecommunication Lawyers Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and Chartered Institute of Taxation, to mention a few. Membership in these associations affords us the opportunity to liaise with other members of the profession, thereby allowing us to develop the capabilities of the firm.

Corporate and Commercial

Our Corporate and Commercial Practice Group provides general corporate advisory services to national and international companies, operating in the Nigerian economy.

At the core of our Corporate and Commercial practice is our ability to provide pragmatic and inventive business solutions to our clients for the effective implementation of their business goals.

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Key Contacts

Olumide Akpata

Partner

Inam Wilson

Partner

Our Expertise

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Employment and Immigration
  • Tax
  • Real Estate
  • General Corporate Advisory and Company Secretarial
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • METIS (Media, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Information Communications Technology and Sports)

Compliance, Investigations and White-Collar Defence

We offer our clients risk assessment and compliance advisory services based on their individual needs and we help them to formulate and put in place effective compliance programs.

We conduct internal investigations into allegations of misconduct for our multinational clients and their Board of Directors.

We counsel and represent clients, their officers and employees facing criminal investigations, regulatory investigations, and sanctions and debarment investigations by multilateral development finance institutions. We assist our clients to anticipate potential prosecution and adequately respond to the allegations.

We are highly experienced in representing clients in multi-jurisdictional investigations involving MLAT requests.

We prepare and represent Client’s officers and employees before legislative oversight investigations and hearings.

Our team has significant experience in advising on a broad range of criminal legislations including Nigeria’s Advance Fee and Other Related Offences Act, the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act,  the Code of Conduct  Bureau and Tribunals Act, the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, and other foreign legislations which may affect our client’s operations in Nigeria such as the UK’s Bribery Act, the  Proceeds of Crime Act and US’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Templars is equipped with a team of highly experienced white-collar crime defence litigators.  Our white collar defence litigators represent clients in all state and federal courts and on appeals all the way to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Key Contacts

Oghogho Akpata

Partner

Emmanuel Gbahabo

Partner

Dispute Resolution

Our Dispute Resolution Practice, which is led by two SAN’s (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), provides a broad range of legal advice and representation to international and Nigerian clients.

The team has expertise in providing clients with Pre-Dispute Advisory Services, Litigation (including a strong trial and appellate capability), International and Domestic Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution methods such as expert determination, mediation, conciliation and negotiation.

At Templars, we believe that not all commercial disputes need to be strictly settled by litigation. To this end the team encourages the use of all alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques including negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration when and where appropriate.

Our Expertise

  • Commercial  Arbitration
  • Energy disputes
  • Tax Disputes
  • Commercial & Contract Disputes
  • Labour disputes
  • Environmental disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Criminal litigations
  • ADR
  • Maritime Law

Key Contacts

Adewale Atake, SAN

Partner

Godwin Omoaka, SAN

Partner

Energy and Projects

Our Energy and Projects practice group provides legal and commercial services and support to the upstream, midstream and downstream industry; the power and renewables industry as well as various infrastructure development projects.

The group is comprised of lawyers with sector-specific energy, finance, tax, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance sub-teams that have extensive private practice and in-house industry experience which affords them a unique and unparalleled understanding of the industry and the regulatory environment.

Our expertise spans the entire value chain from upstream exploration and production to oil and gas processing, transportation, commercialization and utilization.

Our Integrated Gas team has extensive experience gas development projects experience including project risk evaluation, core project documentation including gas sale agreements, handling and tolling agreements and EPC contracts, financing documentation, tax structuring, regulatory due diligence, support on permitting and consenting processes.

Our Power Project team has significant industry experience from advising the Nigerian Government on the privatisation of the Nigerian power sector to advising private developers from conception to financial close and commissioning on the largest and most complex power projects in the country.

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The team also advises on environmental and regulatory requirements, and assists in formulating and evaluating various methods of Project Financing.

Key Contacts

Oghogho Akpata

Partner

Dayo Okusami

Partner

Yemisi Awonuga

Partner

Our Expertise

  • Power
  • Oil & Gas
  • Electricity
  • Mining & metals

 

Finance

Our Finance Practice provides a comprehensive range of legal services to lenders and borrowers, financial institutions, advisers and service regulators, as well as individual and corporate clients across various sectors and industries.

Our practice consists of a carefully selected group of individuals with excellent academic qualifications and international exposure, and specialist experience in the diverse elements of finance and financial services law including corporate finance, project finance, real estate finance, structured finance, infrastructure finance, asset finance, capital markets, and private equity. We adopt a practical and commercial approach to solving problems, and with our legal skills, we are able to deliver cutting-edge service to our clients.

We pride ourselves on our uncommon flexibility in responding to client’s needs, based upon the realisation that no two clients or transactions are the same.

Key Contacts

Chike Obianwu

Partner

Zelda Akindele

Partner

Employment & Immigration

Our Immigration and Labour Practice Group advises on compliance with Immigration and Labour Laws and Regulations.

The team possesses appreciable experience in Nigerian Immigration Law and Practice and is routinely instructed by Nigerian and foreign clients to act as their Immigration Advisers. To this end, we advice our Clients on the provisions of the Law and where required, assist them in obtaining Immigration facilities (Permits, Quotas, Visas, etc) required for their operations in Nigeria.

We dispense our services with dispatch due to our expertise and broad experience in this area of practice and our longstanding excellent working relationship with the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission [NIPC].

Our Labour practice entails us rendering advise to clients on a broad range of labour issues including trade union regulations, private sector pension schemes and retirement benefits; staff negotiations, employment contracts and employment protection.

Our Labour practice entails us rendering advise to clients on a broad range of labour issues including trade union regulations, private sector pension schemes and retirement benefits; staff negotiations, employment contracts and employment protection.

Key Contacts

Inam Wilson

Partner

Olumide Akpata

Partner

Our Expertise

– Immigration Law Compliance

– Labour Law Compliance

Real Estate

At Templars, our real estate team handles the entire property life-cycle, from acquisition and development through to letting and disposal.

Clients come to us from across the sector for advice on their office, retail, hotel and leisure; infrastructure and logistics.

We assist them with:

  • Major acquisition and disposals
  • Creating, administering and selling down all types of joint ventures and fund or other holding structures
  • Supporting through obtaining planning for and implementing developments, including construction and environmental matters
  • Letting, sale and leaseback arrangements
  • Real estate finance, including commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions
  • Real estate tax structures
  • Real estate aspects of restructuring and insolvency work, including enforcement of security
  • Real estate outsourcing.

The breadth of our experience, the size of our team and our ability to bring in highly competent colleagues mean our clients rely on us on time and again to help them execute complex and innovative transactions.

We take pride in our ability to bring deep technical skills to strong client relationships. We offer advantages arising from our proven capability in dealing with challenges that arise in large scale corporate finance transaction in the real estate sector.

Key Contacts

Godwin Omoaka, SAN

Partner

Zelda Akindele

Partner

Tax Law

Our Tax Practice Group rates amongst the very best in the Nigerian market.

The multidisciplinary team of lawyers that make up the Group includes a chartered accountant, a former tax consultant from a big-four accounting firm, a former investment banker and members from a wide range of other backgrounds.

The group regularly provides complex transaction structuring tax advice as well as implementation support to clients.  Internationally and locally renowned for its excellent work in representing leading businesses in tax related domestic and international arbitrations, litigation and negotiations against various levels of government in Nigeria, the group also advises on contract negotiations, tax compliance reviews, tax risk analysis, taxation of expatriate employees, and interface with relevant regulators.

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The multidisciplinary team of lawyers that make up the Group includes a chartered accountant, a former tax consultant from a big-four accounting firm, a former investment banker and members from a wide range of other backgrounds.

Key Contacts

Dipo Komolafe

Partner

Igonikon Whyte

Partner

Our Expertise

  • Disputes and Litigation
  • Tax Consultancy
  • Transfer Pricing
  • Strategic Tax Planning
  • VAT
  • Tax Compliance and Governance

Telecommunication & ICT Group

The Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) and IP (Intellectual Property) Practice Group continues to develop innovative and cost effective solutions to our client’s business needs following the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria and the upsurge in the number of new entrants into the market.

The TMT & IP Practice Group advises on telecommunications law and regulations, market entry strategy, statutory applications and procurement of prescribed licences. Our competence in this area of expertise also includes privatisation, joint ventures, collaborative agreements, procurement contracts, interconnectivity agreements for the fixed and mobile sectors, etc.

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Our competence in this area of expertise also includes privatisation, joint ventures, collaborative agreements, procurement contracts, interconnectivity agreements for the fixed and mobile sectors, etc.

Our Expertise

– Telecommunications

– Media

– Information Technology

– Intellectual Property

Key Contacts

Inam Wilson

Partner

Ijeoma Uju

Partner

Transportation

Our Transportation Practice Group comprises experts in both Aviation and Maritime law.

The Maritime Law unit of the Group regularly advises on marine commerce, carriage of goods by sea, as well as on cabotage and applicable restrictions. The unit is also adept at maritime litigation including in respect of the arrest and release of vessels on behalf of lenders, P&I clubs and vessel owners and charterers.

The Aviation Unit advises on licensing and regulation of airlines, passenger rights and carrier rights and liabilities, as well as air accidents and relevant compensation.

The Unit also advises on Cape Town Convention and the Protocol relating to Aircraft Equipment.

 

Both units of the Group often work alongside the Finance Practice Group to advise on aircraft and vessel acquisitions and financings.

Key Contacts

Inam Wilson

Partner

Adewale Atake

Partner

Our Expertise

– Aviation

– Maritime Law