We advise and conduct matters on all aspects of shipping law including ship/arrest, cargo loss and damage, ship sale and purchase, disputes arising out of charter-parties, bill of lading, collisions, insurance, oil and commodities and other marine related matters.
We have expertise and can provide sophisticated advice in banking and finance. We act for both banks and other lenders and borrowers involving amongst other things equity and venture capital and/or secured commercial lending transactions and the associated security documentation; project financing transactions, equipment leasing advice and documentation; debt collection, public issues and dispute resolution pertaining to banking and finance issues.
Our practice in this area is very extensive and we provide a wide range of legal services to the business and finance sectors. We handle formation of companies, establishment of branches, including liaison and representative offices, negotiation and drafting of shareholders agreements, management and technical service agreements, share and asset acquisitions and disposals. We also provide legal assistance in respect of company restructuring, establishment or various types of businesses and joint ventures, mergers and other forms of commercial collaboration. We advise on duties on and responsibilities of directors, commercial litigation and other form of dispute resolution between companies, their shareholders and/or directors, management buy-outs and buy-ins.
We have had the privilege of acting in respect of investments in Nigeria and overseas through our contacts. We have negotiated import, export and other trade agreements negotiation and drafting of international commercial contracts. Further, we have handled the various commercial, employment, fiscal and banking issues arising from foreign direct investment transactions in the energy/natural resources, manufacturing and communications sector.
We have recently become engaged in the new and exciting area of intellectual property law specifically the protection and enforcement of intellectual property right. We are also involved in all aspects of copyright, trademarks, design, and patent registration.
We offer a contingency fee arrangement for business litigation, allowing businesses to receive legal representation without shouldering the costs up front. With a contingency fee arrangement, we carry the costs of litigation initially and accept a percentage of the settlement as payment.
We undertake the representation of client companies in processing applications for licenses and leases, rendering advice on Nigeria Petroleum and mining laws, project planning and documentation at all stages
Our estate and conveyance service undertakes the full range of property transactions involving all aspects of acquisition and disposal of undeveloped land, houses, offices, warehouses, industrial sites, etc. We are very experienced in transactions relating to leases and in dealing with Government consent applications and planning matters of commercial and residential developments. Specifically, we conduct searches, negotiations for and protection of title, preparation of mortgages and debentures, registration of land instruments. We have also handled several complex litigation matters arising from real property disputes and landlord and tenant matters.
Obafemi Awolowo & Co. is set out to build a solid track record for high quality and sound tax advice and tax planning, as well as extensive experience in negotiating and contesting tax disputes. Our services in this regard include rendering advice on tax matters, including tax-effective structuring of transactions and the selection of appropriate tax structures for the establishment of new businesses, negotiating with revenue authorities and disputing tax matters in the appropriate court.