Full-Service Commercial & Intellectual Property Law Firm

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co Main Office
Goodwill House, 278 Ikorodu Road
P.O. Box 536, Yaba

Lagos 234

Phone+234 1 2790737
Fax +234 1 2790739

Website www.abdulaitaiwo.com
E-mail  Contact Mr. Ladi Taiwo

Other Offices: Abuja  

Law Firm Overview

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co, established in Nigeria since 1976, is a leading full service commercial and IP law firm, that excels in its chosen areas. The firm, is registered with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (“BPE”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other professional service regulatory bodies in Nigeria. The firm’s broad experience in advising international clients on diverse transactions, puts it in a vantage position to identify and address usual areas of concern and expectations, and its international client base include conglomerates consistently listed in the top echelon of “Fortune 500” companies.

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. was the first Nigerian law firm to be registered as Consultants to the African Development Bank ("ADB"); and has also acted for and/or in transactions involving other regional and multilateral Development Financial Institutions, such as Shelter Afrique, European Investment Bank, World Bank (IBRD Line of Credit Facilities), etc. The firm has on past occasions, acted extensively for COFACE (Compagnie Française d'Assurance pour le Commerce Exterieur) and BFCE (Banque Française pour Commerce Exterieur), which are both national export credit agencies (ECA) of France.

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. has been professionally involved in all the various phases of Privatization in Nigeria. Either acting as the Legal Adviser member in consortia, or on its own, the firm has cumulatively participated in several Federal Government privatization/ divestiture transactions.

In recent times, the firm has been developing a strong capacity for Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”) and Private Finance Initiatives. Competing amidst a strong field of international expert consultants, the consortium of Serres, Dewast/Abdulai, Taiwo emerged as runner-up/”silver medalist” in the World Bank international tender for the establishment of a PPP resource centre in Nigeria, under the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF, Trust Fund No. 056655, Project ID. No. 10449).

Global Reviews and Recognitions:

Independent commentators have frequently acknowledged the firm’s expertise on transactional matters relating to Nigeria. NIGERIA country reports of Euromoney, a global law firm/lawyers rating agency, in its publication titled: “IFLR: 1000 - The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms” has, in the past 15 years, consistently ranked the firm highly. According to IFLR: 1000

Financial and Corporate Law
IFLR: 1000, year 2013 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. is one of the oldest and best known firms in the market as well as being one of the pioneers of the capital markets practice in Nigeria”

Financial and Corporate Law
IFLR: 1000, year 2012 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. has a long heritage in the market... also has a lot of expertise in transport and infrastructure.”

Project Finance
IFLR: 1000, year 2011 edition remarks that: Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. “provide uncommon skills in matters of development banks and infrastructure and have vast experience on projects”.

Capital Markets
IFLR: 1000, year 2010 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. receives high praise in particular for its capital markets practice, where the firm featured on some of the largest deals across the Nigerian market.”

Financial and Corporate Law
IFLR: 1000, year 2009 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. is an innovative law firm which has a good grasp of sophisticated international procedures…”

Financial and Corporate Law
IFLR: 1000, year 2008 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. is the strongest law firm in financial and corporate matters …”

Capital Markets
IFLR: 1000, year 2005 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.’s reputation in the capital markets fields is especially strong …..”

IFLR:1000, year 2004 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. has solid banking experience …….”

IFLR:1000, year 2003 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. has first class experience advising on privatisation and strategic sales, advising both the government and investors”.

Chambers & Partners, a global lawyers/law firm rating agency has consistently, over the years, ranked the firm highly in the areas of Corporate/Commercial and Banking & Finance. According to the NIGERIA country reports of the publication titled: “Chambers Global – Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business”.

Chambers Global, year 2012 edition states of Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. that: “This well-established firm has a predominantly international client base and remains particularly busy in cross-border M&A work”. Sources say: “Very experienced and knowledgeable”.

Banking & Finance
Chambers Global, year 2012 remarks of Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. that: “this firmly established practice is well versed in the full spectrum of corporate, transactional and financial advisory matters. Its workload features several substantial mutual fund and bond issues”

Legal 500 (EMEA), a global law firm/lawyers rating agency ranks the firm highly in the areas of Corporate and Finance.

Corporate and Finance
Legal 500 year 2013 edition remarks that; “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. stands out for its experience in cross-border M&A work”.

Corporate and Finance
Legal 500, year 2011 edition remarks that: “Abdulai, Taiwo & Co. is one of the best practices in Nigeria, with experience across a range of innovative projects”.

Year this Office was Established: 1976

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Practice Management; Legal Compliance Audit; Securitization; Company Secretarial Services; Conveyancing; Mining and Mineral Law; Stock Exchange Law; Public Private Partnerships; Trust Deeds; Unit Trusts.


Olubunmi BINITIE Mrs. Olubunmi BINITIE
Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial

Emmanuel HARRISON Mr. Emmanuel HARRISON
Banking Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate, Regulatory Law

Banking Law, Capital Markets, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, General Practice

Accident, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law

Managing Partner & Senior Counsel
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Banking Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits


Opeyemi AWOLESI Mrs. Opeyemi AWOLESI
Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance, Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Tax

Arbitration, Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property

Capital Markets, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Immigration, Litigation

Babajide IDOWU Mr. Babajide IDOWU
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Corporate Governance, Litigation, Mediation

Olubunmi OJE Ms. Olubunmi OJE
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Governance, Corporate Law, Mediation



Abdul-Rasheed SADIQ Mr. Abdul-Rasheed SADIQ
Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Legal Due Diligence

Business and Industry, Commercial Law, Corporate Law


  • International Trademark Association (INTA); International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Project Finance Association (IPFA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Nigerian Bar Association

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