Uche Val Obi, SAN

Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the founding Partner of Alliance Law Firm …

Uche is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (an equivalent of Queens Counsel in the UK) and the Managing Partner of Alliance Law Firm. He heads the firm’s transaction, commercial and dispute resolution practice. His skill and insight to simplify and proffer solutions to complex issues have been highly commended by the clients of the firm and peers. He is ranked as a top and leading lawyer in Chambers 500 and International Financial Law Ranking (IFLR) and has received a number of local and international awards. He is a notable contributor to the IMF/World Bank Doing Business Guide publications and the author of “Class Actions in Nigeria” – a pioneer book on the subject in Nigeria.

He has advised on a wide range of matters in Oil & Gas, Environmental, Capital Markets, Power, Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure, Projects, Real Estate, Fintech & Intellectual Property, and Corporate Commercial.

He is a notable Litigator, proficient in domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIArb, LMAA, Uncitral, LCA etc).

Uche is the fourth Chairman of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (“CMSA”), a member of the ministerial committee that recommended the recently implemented 26 billion (US$170 million USD) forbearance of debts granted to stockbrokers by the Federal Government of Nigeria as announced by the Minister of Finance/CME. He is also a member of the Capital Market Master Plan Committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission and has served as a council member of the Nigeria Bar Association – Section on Business Law, and a member of the National Technical Committee for the Implementation of E-Dividend in Nigeria. He is currently the CMSA coordinator of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Emerging Capital Market Project comprising Lawyers of the UK Law Society of England and Wales and Nigerian Lawyers.

He has been listed amongst the topmost integrity-driven professionals in Nigeria by the major newspapers including The Guardian and Thisday. He has contributed over 40 published articles on the capital market, business and investment laws in the Business Day Law Specialist Section. Uche has also co-facilitated several seminars. He is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR 1000 in Corporate, Financial and Energy Practice Areas.

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Danbello Na’adiyalle

Danbello is a partner of Alliance Law Firm.  He has had 35 years experience as an In-house…

Danbello is a partner of Alliance Law Firm.  He has had 35 years experience as an In-house Corporate Legal Counsel, two of which were spent at the Legal Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and the remaining 33 years at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC where he retired as the Managing Director, NNPC Pension Fund Limited. While at NNPC, Danbello worked in several departments and held several positions some of which were Head, Litigation Unit; Deputy Chief, Commercial Law Department (within the Corp. Legal Division); Technical Assistant to the Secretary to the Corporation & Legal Adviser; Manager, Board and Management Committee; General Counsel; West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, Accra, Ghana (a joint venture gas pipeline company between NNPC, Chevron, Shell, VRA Ghana, Sotogaz Togo and Société Beninoise de Gaz, Benin Republic).

Upon his return from WAGPco Ghana, Danbello was posted to the Corporate Law Department as General Manager from where he was promoted to Group General Manager (GGM) and appointed as the Managing Director, NNPC Pension Fund Limited, a position he held until his statutory retirement.

Suleiman Yunusa

Suleiman is a seasoned professional, result oriented, diligent and hardworking …

Suleiman is a highly experienced professional, result oriented, diligent and hardworking team player. He possesses the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines without sacrificing quality. He has a depth of experience in company secretarial services, personnel development, capital market transactions, banking & finance, insolvency, corporate restructuring, legal audit and corporate governance.

Prior to joining the firm as a Partner, Suleiman worked with the Union Bank of Nigeria group for about two decades rising to the position of Group Company Secretary/ Legal Adviser of Union Registrars Limited. Suleiman is a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was an active member of the bank’s restructuring teams that implemented the divestiture of the bank in subsidiaries in line with the CBN directives and focusing the bank on its core banking operations. He has also advised on several capital raising, custodial, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and Islamic Finance including sukuk bonds.

Sir Isaac Uche Obi

Isaac is a Partner with expertise in the firm’s insolvency and general litigation practice.

Isaac is a Partner with expertise in the firm’s insolvency and general litigation practice. He supports the Firm’s quality control process and continued legal education programme. Isaac was head of chambers & partner in J.K Gadzama & Partners Lagos practice where he successfully handled several cases at the High Court, Tribunals, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and important local and international arbitration matters. He is a Knight, the Order of St. Christopher.

Isaac is a Notable Practitioner in IFLR 1000.

Theophilus Ochonogor

Theophilus is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation and dispute resolution group.

Theophilus is a Partner in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He obtained his LL.B (Hons.) degree from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 1994 and was called to the Nigerian Bar on 22nd March, 1995.

He has had prolonged and intensive dispute resolution experience in the law firms of Colins Aimuan & Co., Tony Merah & Co., Messrs. Layi Babatunde & Co., and Messrs. Clarke, Paiko & Co. At Messrs. Clarke, Paiko & Co., he was the Head of Chambers of the firm until he joined Alliance Law Firm as a partner in November, 2016.

Theophilus heads a team of lawyers in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group of the Firm. As a core litigation lawyer, his  responsibilities include  advising clients on various aspects of the law, drafting of pleadings & writing legal opinions, written addresses and briefs of arguments and managing assigned tasks to team members.

Over the years, Theophilus has acquired a wealth of experience in litigation arising from various fields of law, such as: Labour Law, Family Law, Banking, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Oil & Gas Law, General Civil Law, Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Land Law, etc. In addition, he has developed considerable skills in research, writing, legal drafting and advocacy. In particular, he is versed in the arts of cross-examination and brief writing.

Theophilus appears regularly at the Federal and State High Courts, National Industrial Court, Investments and Securities Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Worthy of mention is his participation in an international arbitration before the Arbitral Tribunal of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, Rotterdam in Case No. 4075 between New Skies Satellites B. V. and Daar Communications Plc.

 

Some of the cases in which Theophilus was involved in and have been reported in various law reports include the following cases:

  • Mark V. Abubakar (2009) 2 NWLR (Pt 1124) 79;
  • Mrs Mudasiru V. Abdullahi (2011) 7 NWLR (Pt 1247) 591;
  • Feed & Food Farms (Nig) Ltd V. NNPC (2009) 6-7 SC 1;
  • Major Bello Mogaji V. The Nigeria Army (2008) 2-3 SC (Pt. Pt. II ) 146;
  • Senator Ladoja V. INEC & Ors (2007) 7 SC 99; (2007)12 NWLR (1047) 119;
  • Senator Ladoja V. INEC & Ors (2007)12 NWLR (1047) 97;
  • Ibikunle V. State (2005) 1 NWLR (Pt. 907) 387;
  • Saidu Ahmed & 2 Ors V. Central Bank Of Nigeria(2012) 7 SC (Pt. II) 1; (2012) LPELR – 9341 (SC);
  • Afrilec v. Charles Lee (2012) LPELR – 7872 (CA); (2013) 6 NWLR (Pt. 1349) 1.
  • National Population Commission V. Mr. O. O. Williams (2016) LPELR-41492 (CA); and
  • Thomas Kingsley Securities Ltd & Anor. Securities and Exchange Commission & 9 Ors.(2013) 1 SDJJOJ 6-7 (Selected Dicta and Judgments of Hon. Justice Okechukwu J. Okeke)
  • First Bank Ltd v. Resort Int’l Ltd (2020) 5 NWLR (Pt. 1718) 391 (CA).

 

In addition to the above cases, other cases which Theophilus conducted which are not yet reported include:

  • Korean National Oil Corporation & 4 Ors V. The President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria & 5 Ors;
  • Owel Petroleum Services Nigeria Limited V. Korea National Oil Corporation & 9 Ors; Mr Elias Antoun Dahboul V. The Governor of Kano State & 2 Ors;
  • Alhaji Alhassan Aminu Dantata & Ors. V. Mr Elias Antoun Dahboul;
  • Apapa Local Government Council V. National Clearing and Forwarding Agency & Anor;
  • National Clearing and Forwarding Agency & Anor. V. Apapa Local Government Council; and
  • Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation V. Marcon Steel Company Limited & Anor.

 

Some of the articles, he authored are:

  • “The Rule of Law and Restriction on Assets of Politically Exposed Persons in Nigeria: Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 in Perspective” (2019) vol. 10(2) The Gravitas Review of Business & Property Law; and
  • “The Court of Appeal: Jurisdiction, Rights of Appeal and Procedure” (2020) vol. 11(1) The Gravitas Review of Business & Property Law, which he co-authored.

 

In addition to law practice, Theophilus is an ordained Minister of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is a mentor to dozens of young lawyers and Christian Youths.

Ebele Iyayi, ACIPM

Ebele is the Practice Director of the firm, she oversees the Practice Administration…

Ebele is the Practice Director of the firm, she oversees the Practice Administration and Human Resources. She has over twenty years senior management experience and has worked as a lawyer in private practice, in-house counsel, human resources manager and practice manager. She was the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of SIOtel Limited and the Legal/Human Resources Manager of ABB Powerlines Limited amongst others. She is a self-motivated and meticulous team player with a proven track record of initiating and developing processes and standards.

Prior to joining Alliance Law Firm, Ebele worked for seven years at G. Elias & Co, a top-tier business law firm, as the Practice Manager and ISO Coordinator of the firm playing a major role in the certification and recertification of the firm’s quality management system.

Ebele has attended executive education courses including human resource management at the Lagos Business School, Advanced Administrative Management Conference at South Africa and Law Practice Management by the Law Society of England and Wales. She was also a facilitator at the Corporate Legal Counsel Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Gabriel O. Onojason

Gabriel is a key member of the Firm’s Energy, Power, Tax, Corporate, Commercial …

Gabriel is a key member of the Firm’s Energy, Power, Tax, Corporate, Commercial and Dispute Resolution teams. With over 16 years of diversified experience in management, legal and risk analysis roles in the legal profession, he has a very broad and diversified understanding of Commercial and Corporate law practice and Litigation across his practice areas which include taxation, banking and finance, project finance, capital market, corporate restructuring, oil and gas, environmental, regulatory compliance, taxation, employment, entertainment law, admiralty and maritime, private equity, capital markets, corporate restructurings including mergers & acquisitions, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, business establishments & support services, and general commercial advisory matters. He has advised several clients on the legal and tax implications of corporate restructuring transactions and acquisitions and divestments of interests.

He represents and advises local and international companies in the petroleum, shipping, banking, maritime, capital market and other sectors in a wide range of commercial disputes bothering on margin loan facilities, tax, labour law, Corporate Governance, corporate and commercial disputes before various courts and tribunals. He also advises governmental agencies in the oil and gas, banking and financial sectors on a diverse range of transactions and legal issues pertinent to parties operating in the banking and related sectors. He also assists with a range of corporate matters including corporate restructuring, project finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, commercial, regulatory compliance and tax advisory services. He has also been involved as Counsel in various litigation (at the trial and appellate level) and alternative dispute resolution matters. He manages a large litigation, Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution portfolio comprising top end regulatory, commercial, criminal, labour and election petitions.

He has worked on numerous transactions involving the private and public sectors and is an invaluable asset when structuring new or novel transactions.

He is experienced in drafting and reviewing transaction and security documents, legal opinions and perfection of transaction securities. She also advises on capital market transactions such as public offerings, the listing of unit trust, and private placements/equity.

Gabriel also advises on general corporate and commercial law issues and transactions including acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and assisted with structuring, drafting and reviewing agreements. He was part of the team that advised on the divestment of some minority interest shares of some shareholders in Fleet technologies Limited to Afriprice investment limited. He conducted legal due diligence on Spring Bank Plc. He also advised on the structure of the divestment, prepared and reviewed transaction documents, procured necessary corporate resolutions and advised on the subsequent transfer of the minority interests to Afriprice Investment Limited.

He was also part of the team that advised Unity Bank Plc during the divestment of its equity stake in all of its non –banking subsidiaries. He advised on the transaction structure and provided timely legal advice throughout the transaction to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory provisions.

During the previous five years, he has delved into the policies of the World Bank organization by contributing to the Global Indicators Group – Doing Business Project from Nigeria (Doing Business Global Report, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, 2017 and 2018) and was part of the contributors to the pioneer World Bank Group Benchmarking Public-Private Partnerships project that measures key characteristics of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) globally building on the ‘Doing Business’ methodology.

He is also part of the team of lawyers with the Federal Government Initiative (FSS2020) involved with the review of some selected Bills and drafting of critical Legal and Regulatory framework in the Nigeria financial system towards ensuring that Nigeria is the safest and most diversified financial system among emerging markets and supporting the real economy.

Gabriel brings his strong skills as a manager, negotiator, and researcher to bear in his areas of multidisciplinary expert knowledge and practice.

Damian Obi

A Partner in the firm in Port Harcourt branch office covering South/South and South East Nigeria.

A Partner in the firm’s Port Harcourt branch office covering South-South and South-East Nigeria. He is in the Dispute Resolution practice group. He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Jos. He obtained his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nigeria and BL (Nigerian Law School).

He has consistently been in active Practice especially in the area of Corporate/Commercial law, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Aviation and Labour laws. He has successfully handled many cases in various State High Courts, Federal high courts, Industrial Courts, Tribunals and Court of Appeal and has appeared as supporting Counsel in the Supreme court..He has successfully concluded matters for Multinational companies especially those in the OIl and Gas Sector, banks and other financial Institutions in court and through Alternative Dispute Resolution. He ensured the reinstatement of over 50 Staff (both Academic and non Academic) of the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu illegally sacked by the Governor through a successful judgement at the Court of Appeal Enugu in 2016.

Damian is result oriented, focused and disciplined. He is privileged to have worked closely with Dejo Lamikanra SAN, B. Ayorinde SAN and S.E. Elema SAN in different areas of law.

Albert A. Adu

Albert is a result driven lawyer with a pragmatic approach to advising client on legal issues.

Albert is a result driven lawyer with a pragmatic approach to advising clients on legal issues. His practice cuts across, corporate commercial law, capital market, regulatory compliance, banking & finance, labour law and dispute resolution.

Joshua Akhator

Joshua Akhator is a renowned legal and tax expert with about 14 years of experience in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, and compliance transactions.

Joshua Akhator is the director and head of the Tax, Transfer Pricing and Business Restructuring unit of Alliance Law Firm. He is a renowned legal and tax expert with about 14 years of experience in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, and compliance transactions. He has worked closely with various tax authorities in Nigeria. He has handled various portfolios and advised numerous clients on tax issues, laws and regulations and has won landmark cases involving novel and complex tax issues. He was called to the Nigerian Bar Association in 2009 and he has worked with leading law firms and top advisory/professional services firms in Nigeria.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He is also a chartered tax practitioner certified by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He has worked closely with various regulatory authorities and has been involved in numerous policy formulations in Nigeria Joshua has worked with top tax advisory and professional services firms in Nigeria including WTS Adebiyi Associates and Andersen. He has also written many articles in law journals and regularly speaks at various tax seminars and conferences He also features as a tax commentator in National. He is an editor of the Tax Law Report of Nigeria. 

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