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About the law firm

Formation:

ABUKA & PARTNERS, Legal Practitioners, was practising under the name and style Abuka, Ajegbo, Ilogu & Nwaogu. It was founded on 28th March, 1979 by the four name-partners, who had practised individually and separately until that date. The partners have been in the legal profession since 1970. Following a restructuring of the law firm, we adopted the shorter and simpler name ABUKA & PARTNERS, Legal Practitioners.

Location of offices:

The firm maintains offices in Lagos and Abuja. Lagos was the earliest base of the firm.

The Abuja office was set up in the Federal Capital Territory in 1987 initially with a view to effectively providing the complex and sophisticated legal services required by a major multinational corporate client of our firm, with businesses in over ninety countries around the world. As the seat of Government gradually moved from Lagos to Abuja, our Abuja offices placed the law firm in the best position to conduct dealings with Government on behalf of our clients in the capital. The firm has since won the respect of the Nigerian government and of foreign embassies in Nigeria.

Membership of professional and business associations:

We are members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association (International Associates), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-German Business Association, and of the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria.

Special practice areas:

Our main practice areas are Corporate and Commercial Law, Energy (Oil and Gas), Financial Law, Trade Marks (Intellectual Property), Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Maritime Law & Shipping, and Real Estate.  For detailed areas of our practice, please see Divisions of the Law Firm hereunder.

 

Divisions of the firm

The different branches of the law in which we practice are segregated into specialized divisions in the law firm. The heads of these divisions constantly up-date the database of their divisions and bring the benefits of knowledge and experience gained from seminars, workshops and refresher courses attended by members of the firm both locally and abroad. These facilitate computer aided research which impacts greatly on the highly dynamic practice of law.

We adopt syndicated approach to our clients needs. Syndication is the means whereby our specialists in different fields bring their skills together to bear upon each client’s problem. Syndication ensures that the solutions we offer to our clients are in-depth and comprehensive. It addresses all aspects of the matter in hand.

Corporate & Commercial Law:

Group Leader: Sunday Edward, Esq. born October 9, 1969; admitted, 1997, Nigeria.  Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.  Education: University of Ibadan, the Nigerian Law School and Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife (LL.B., [Hons] 1996; B.L. 1997; LL.M., 2001). Member: Nigerian Bar Association.  Lecturer of commercial law with the Postgraduate School of Credit and Financial Management Studies, Lagos. LANGUAGES: English, Igbo and Yoruba.

Areas of the Law: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Joint Venture, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), International Trade, Government and Government Contracts, Immigration, Labour/Employment Law, Real Estate, Resorts and Leisure, Non-Profit and Charitable Organisations (NGOs).

Range of Services: Full Corporate and Commercial services from formation to winding up; including but not limited to due diligence searches, Corporate governance, Secretarial services, insolvency, receivership and all matters relating to the application of the provision of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and other laws relating to companies and company administration in Nigeria, drafting, perusing, reviewing, vetting and perfecting real estate agreements, perfection and registration of land titles, including procurement of statutory consents.

Financial Law:

Group Leader: Patrick Abuka, Esq., Born February 17, 1942; admitted, 1974, Nigeria Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.  Education: University of Ife and University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School (LL.B. Hons., 1973; B.L., 1974; M.B.A., 1975; LL.M., 2000).  Lecturer, MBA Class, University of Lagos, 1976-1978.  Member: Nigerian Bar Association; International Bar Association; American Bar Association (International Associate Member); The Lagos Chamber of Commerce; Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce; Nigerian-German Business Association; International Maritime Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce. LANGUAGES: English, Igbo and Yoruba.

Areas of the Law: Banks and Banking Law, Capital and Money Market Law, Secured Credit Transactions, Equipment Leasing and Finance Law, Insurance Law, Taxation, Securities.

Range of Services: Financial Institutions: Banks and banking institutions, including but  not limited to primary mortgage institutions, insurance companies, insurance broking  companies, etc  from  formation CBN approval, incorporation, Licensing, operation, governance,  directors’ code  of  conducts, Statutory and regulatory compliance, Statutory Searches and  due diligence, Distress  and  Debt  Collection, Secured  Credit Transactions, Lending; Hypothecation, Mortgages, Charges, Consortium Lending, Project Financing, Equipment Leasing, Taxation (Corporate, VAT, Education State Taxes & Assessments), Capital Markets (Public offers, SEC & NSE Compliance, Stock broking Statutory Regulation And Compliance), Business recovery and  Insolvency,   Receivership, and Winding  up.

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution:

Group Leader: Sunday Edward, Esq.

Areas of the Law: Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation, Conciliationand Debt Recovery

Range of Services: Facilitating  debt  recovery through public law  system;  effecting  the settlement of commercial and non-commercial disputes through litigation or Alternative Dispute  Resolution  Techniques; drafting court processes in preparation for court actions,instituting, prosecuting and defending clients’ cases from the lowest court to the Supreme Court; Supervising the execution of the judgments of courts and managing clients’ properties; Facilitating debt recovery and the settlement of disputes through private law system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), that is, Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation.

Maritime and Shipping Law:

Group Leader: Queen Uchegbue, Esq., born November 16, 1969; admitted, 2000, Nigeria. Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Education; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigerian Law School, and IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), Malta (LL.B. Hons., 1998; B.L., 2000; LL.M. 2003). Member: Nigeria Bar Association. LANGUAGES: English and Igbo, Yoruba.

Areas of the Law: Maritime Law, Admiralty Law, Shipping Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea.

Range of Services: Admiralty Practice, Ship Arrest & Detention, Ship Search, Ship Registration, Negotiating Private Financing for Acquisition of Vessel for Indigenous Shipping Companies, Negotiating, Drafting & Vetting Maritime Related Contracts, Maritime Consultancy Service.

Oil & Gas:

Group Leader: Nathaniel Uchegbue, Esq., born August 24, 1965; admitted, 2000, Nigeria. Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria Education: Abia State University, Nigerian Law School and University of Dundee, Scotland (LL.B., Hons., 1998; B.L., 2000; LL .M. International Petroleum Law and Policy 2005). Member: Nigerian Bar Association. LANGUAGES: English and Igbo

Areas of the Law: Petroleum law, Gas Law, Electricity, Environmental Law and Solid Minerals Law.

Range of Services: Negotiating and drafting oil and gas related contracts (especially contracts used in the development of petroleum resources and services, acreage bidding/licensing, sale and lifting of oil, sale and transportation of natural gas, joint operating agreements – JOAs), energy related environmental matters, energy project finance and taxation, dispute resolution, procurement of approval for the construction and operation of petrol stations, general legal advice on oil, gas and energy matters.

Trade Marks (Intellectual Property):

Group Leader: Patrick Abuka, Esq., Born February 17, 1942; admitted, 1974, Nigeria Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.  Education: University of Ife and University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School (LL.B. Hons., 1973; B.L., 1974; M.B.A., 1975; LL.M., 2000).  Lecturer, MBA Class, University of Lagos, 1976-1978.  For more details see 5.2 above.

Areas of the Law: Trade Marks, Patent and Designs Law, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law and Media.

Range of Services: Trade marks Agents and Attorneys. Representing owners of trademarks, copyrights, patents and designs around the world. Apply for registration defend and oppose application and registration of intellectual property rights from commencement to the issue of Certificate of registration and applying for renewals.

 

Service delivery

We maintain the best standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity. We recognise that every client is unique and, to that extent, our service to each client is personalised as if the client were our only client. We treat each client’s business in strict confidence. We detail a ‘managing attorney’ for all the work performed for each client.

We are responsive to our clients’ enquiries and have a good understanding of the way European and US companies like to do business. The firm has all the Nigerian statutes and case law in its computer data base, which is updated regularly in accordance with the developments in Nigerian law to ensure that the data base is current.

Contact:

Mr. Patrick C Abuka
(Principal/Managing Partner)

                                             Tel: +234 (0) 803 305 4371 / +234 (0) 805 236 3930

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