Corporate, Commercial, and General Practice Law Firm in Nigeria
Olisa Agbakoba & AssociatesMaritime Complex
34 Creek Road, Apapa
+234 1 2790915
+234 1 2716938
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Law Firm OverviewOlisa Agbakoba & Associates (OA&A) is a law firm with vision, providing legal solutions to clients in various sectors of the Nigerian economy and collaborating with our many affiliates globally. With over 30 years’ experience in providing legal service to clients in diverse sectors of the Nigeria economy the firm has built a reputation as one of the leading law firms in Nigeria dedicated to excellence, commitment, integrity, and uncompromising service.
Olisa Agbakoba & Associates in its present form was founded in 1983 by a group of legal practitioners. Its history and tradition goes back to 1951. The practice has a combined experience of over 150 years. Our Senior Partner, Olisa Agbakoba SAN is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He holds the office of the second vice president of the Nigerian Institute of Arbitration (NIA) and he is the founding president of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS).
OA&A is a multi-sector law firm with experience in diverse practice areas, including the following: Shipping, Oil & Gas, Development Law, Institutional and Regulatory Issues, Taxation, Project Finance, Investment Advice, Insurance, Financial Services, Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Advisory Services etc.
Languages: French; English.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Shipping Law; International and National Ship Sale Agreements; Marine Insurance Claims; Maritime Security; Due Diligence; International Advisory Services; Development Law Services; Pro Bono; Parliamentary Counseling & Lobbying; Bonds Issues; Training & Publication.
Areas of Law Description
Our practice includes:
- Shipping Law
OA&A offers cutting edge services in Shipping Law. We have experience covering Ship Registration, Arrest, Charter Party Transactions, International and National ship Sale agreements, Marine Insurance Claims, Maritime Security etc. We are legal adviser to the Nigeria Chamber of Shipping and maintain advisory relation with Indigenous Ship-owners Association of Nigeria.
- Oil & Gas
OA&A provides qualitative and diverse legal services to major multi-national companies in the energy and the oil & gas sectors in Nigeria. We are very conversant and provide services on mining lease and license acquisition, joint venture agreements etc. Our engagement extends to community engagement and Host community management. Our clients include Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Chevron etc.
- Banking, Finance & Insurance Services
We offer strategic impact services in the banking, insurance and other financial services sector. We have expertise in quick recovery, transaction structuring, legal Due Diligence, Secured Credit Transactions covering maritime, aviation, real estate and chattels. We have handled advocacy for banks and lending institutions on wide range of issues.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Our partners are chartered Arbitrators and enjoy listing of high profile ADR associations, nationally and internationally. We are the first law firm in Nigeria to establish an ADR Section in Ikoyi Business District of Lagos where alternative dispute settlement proceedings and advisory services are offered to our clients and interested parties.
- International Advisory Services
OA&A in association with its affiliates, Hurilaws & Legislative Solicitors all incorporated in The Multi-Sector Law Group, has consulted for the World Bank, the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the United States Agency for International development, Ford Foundation, The British Council, the Norwegian government, etc. on legal reforms.
- General & Commercial Litigation
Olisa Agbakoba & Associates is also very well experienced in general litigation including trials, appellate practice, administrative panels, Inquiries etc. in all courts in Nigeria.
- Regulatory & Compliance Advisory Services
OA&A understands the impact of regulation on business environment and has offered related services to public, private and professional organizations. We also handle regulation related litigations and have represented clients in administrative proceedings at all levels. We provide this service to various trade organizations, private sector group and regulatory agencies, federal and state governments etc.
- Investment Advisory Services
We are investment advisers. We understand the local business environment and are very conversant with laws, regulations and rules that impact on critical investment decisions. We obtain pre-investment approvals from regulatory agencies on behalf of local and international clients. Our 'Early Investment Constraint Detection' service has proved very useful to diverse investors both local and foreign in taking informed decisions.
- Telecoms & Information Technology
OA&A lawyers are regulatory and compliance experts and provide legal services to all leading telecommunication companies in Nigeria. We have acted as consultant to the Association of Licensed telecommunications Operators in Nigeria (ALTON). The Firm has Legal Retainer with the major players in the Industry. We have represented leading GSM service providers in Nigeria such as MTN, Celtel, and Globacom.
- Competition Law
OA&A is a leading voice in the advocacy for a comprehensive regime of competition and Anti-trust laws for Nigeria. Given the new re-awakening in the socio-political sector, leading to a transition from a public driven economy to a market driven economy, the need for a comprehensive policy on competition and fair trade - an integral part of privatization and deregulation-is imperative.
- Development Law Services
OA&A is a leader in reforms and development law practice. We have acted as consultants to the Government of Nigeria, Federal High Court, States High Courts in Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Justice, World Bank, Securities and Exchange Commission, National Boundaries Commission, National Assembly, State Governments, Nigeria Ports Authority, Central Bank of Nigeria etc. on wide range of institutional and legal framework reforms.
- Pro Bono
OA&A has in appropriate circumstances rendered pro bono legal assistance to disadvantaged persons, communities and groups, on independent and non-profit bases. We advise, render consultancy and provide legal assistance on variety of issues through our affiliate, The Human Rights Law Services.
- Parliamentary Counseling & Lobbying
We are leaders in Parliamentary counseling and legislative consultancies. We have worked for Leadership of the Senate and office of the Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We have drafted, conducted advocacy, and monitored over 100 legislations. Our approach is executive lobbying in friendly, multi-pronged strategy tailored to specific needs of interest.
We have provided Senior legal advisory services on legal due diligence, capital market, Bonds Issues and other transaction related services to wide range of clients. We have worked with National Council on Privatization, the political decision making body serving as legal adviser/ consultants to Transaction Marketing Committee.
- Training & Publication
OA&A provides Training Services to multi-national companies and other organizations. We have trained Judges on Arbitration and Contemporary issues in Shipping Law. We have also provided training services to Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Legal Issues. We have also provided training services to Shell- Nigeria on Business and Human Rights.
Dr. Olisa Agbakoba
Admiralty and Maritime, Corporate Law, Oil and Gas
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