At ALF, we pride ourselves on our sector strengths which cover diverse areas of the law including but not limited to; Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources, Dispute Resolution, Telecommunications, Foreign Investment, Shipping and Maritime, Aviation, Taxation, Commercial Litigation, and Project Finance.
Corporate & Commercial Practice
Focuses on banking, financing and refinancing transactions; project finance; acquisition finance; asset finance; development finance; Islamic banking; capital markets, corporate finance, swaps and other derivative transactions; corporate advisory including mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, corporate restructurings, private equity financing, and money market transactions; due diligence; regulatory compliance; corporate governance; telecommunications; intellectual property; maritime; aviation; foreign direct investments; real property, conveyance and estates; tax; insolvency and debt recovery; business establishment and immigration services; labour and employment matters, construction and general commercial advisory work.
Energy & Natural Resources Practice
dedicated to licensing, regulatory and country-entry issues, local content compliance; reserve-based lending, project finance including financing for marginal fields and securitisation of receivables, advisory on Oil & Gas contracts and transactions (upstream, mid-stream, and downstream) including, Joint Operating Agreements, Production Sharing Contracts and Technical Services Agreements, Liquefied Natural Gas Projects; acquisition finance; mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and assets disposals; power and oil and gas related arbitration and litigation; farm in, farm out and joint venture arrangements; re-organisation and re-construction; abandonment, remediation and other environmental matters; pipeline and turnkey projects; infrastructure projects including PPPs; advisory on the Marginal Oil Fields Programme and the fiscal regime proposed by the Petroleum Industry Bill, domestic gas supply and pricing policy and regulations, and negotiating, drafting and structuring petroleum industry contracts and arrangements.
Dispute Resolution Practice
Is dedicated to civil, corporate and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The Firm also has a robust criminal defence, election petitions, constitutional and administrative and other public interest contentious representations practice. Our current litigation portfolio is in excess of 250 Federal / High Court and National Industrial Court cases, 40 Court of Appeal cases, 15 Supreme Court cases, and about 20 Arbitral / ADRs and Administrative Proceedings matters. We also provide litigation related advice in respect of all non-litigious matters and render pro–bono dispute resolution services in deserving circumstances. In addition, the firm has a dedicated company secretarial arm, Alliance Corporate Secretaries Limited (“ACSL”), which provides company secretarial services to several local and international companies ensuring that all its clients are aware of and comply with their respective reporting and record-keeping obligations under Nigerian law. In addition to this, ACSL acts as process agent to some foreign clients of the firm for service of processes in Nigeria.
Intellectual property, Media, Entertainment & Technology Practice
This practice area focuses on providing legal advisory services to clients relating to the development, processing and, protecting and enforcing of their intellectual property rights. It also handles briefs and instructions that are common in the entertainment, media and sport sectors ranging from protecting creative rights of artistes at an infantile stage; advising on brand protection and licensing; validity and infringement matters; filing trademark applications, including renewals and cancellations; review and negotiation of contracts for managers, publicists, record labels, film studios, artistes and sports men and women, sports club; performing searches at the Trademark registry; tax issues; legal representation at all dispute resolution fora; domain registration with the National Information Technology Development Agency; registering, licensing, franchising, and technology transfer agreements; registering products with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria; advice and facilitation of prosecution regarding copyright infringement and conducting opposition proceedings. Our deep professional experience and expertise in Dispute Resolution and Commercial Law combined with our understanding of the workings of the Nigerian entertainment and media industry enhances our capacity to provide timely legal solutions to nagging issues in the Industry.