QUALITATIVE LEGAL EXPERTISE

At Fides, we adopt methods which reflect knowledge and our ingrained passion for the law by providing innovative solutions to our diverse clients in various areas.

PRACTICE AREAS

Our focus on power and other infrastructure projects comes with market leading experience with some of our industry-defining transactions in the emerging Nigerian electricity supply industry. We have first-hand experience with negotiating key industry documents including power purchase, gas supply, grid connection, EPC, operations and maintenance and other agreements. We have also developed, ahead of the rest of the market, a compliance matrix for players in the emerging energy industry.
Our focus is on resolving disputes whether by litigation across all levels of the state and federal courts in Nigeria with the ability to handle proceedings in multiple jurisdictions or by international arbitration of commercial disputes. Our lawyers are some of the most experienced and resourceful litigators in Nigeria with the knack for dealing with our clients’ interest with creativity, efficiency and practical solutions. They understand the intricacies of dealing with investment disputes and tax compliance issues that may arise in any given transaction. They have successfully argued cases at various specialist courts and panels as well as the Appeal and Supreme Courts. Our Arbitration team understands the sensitivity of most disputes arising from commercial transactions, and therefore takes preventive approaches to disputes with the ultimate aim of safeguarding business relationships going forward. We possess the requisite experience to render cutting edge arbitration service to our clients with the understanding that businesses increasingly rely on arbitration as the preferred method of dispute resolution.
We offer our expertise to businesses looking to establish or expand their ethical culture as well as multi-jurisdictional organizations seeking to ensure compliance with the U.S Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K Bribery Act and other international anti-corruption treaties. We offer assistance with developing and rolling-out compliance manuals, undertaking investigations and reviewing practices.
Our partners have wide range of experience advising various types of lenders, borrowers and parties involved in different forms of raising capital. We have dealt with some of the largest and most innovative financing structures, covering many industries locally and across the sub-region. Our experience includes: • Corporate finance • Project finance • Trade finance dealing with local and international commercial banks • Local and international Development Finance Institutions • Export credit agencies and various multilaterals
The members of our private equity practice have great insight into the private equity sector stemming from our deep understanding of the dynamics of the industry, its key participants and continuous engagement with active private capital investors in West Africa. We combine our private equity experience and our transaction execution capabilities in investments, mergers and acquisitions with contemporary in-depth tax and regulatory advisory to give our clients practical, cost effective legal advice and integrated private equity experience. We regularly advise asset managers, investment funds and institutional investors on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues relating to their investment and asset classes. We also represent portfolio companies of our private equity fund clients in connection with their financing, mergers and acquisitions.
We routinely act for lenders and borrowers in connection with cross-border aircraft acquisition and finance, and are able to provide in-depth institutional knowledge and understanding of the aviation sector. We advise on structured financing and leasing transactions, offer regulatory interface, including aircraft registration and management agreements tailored to suit our client’s needs.
We have experience advising on various mergers and acquisition transactions including regulatory driven acquisitions and disposals in the banking industry as well as strategic mergers and acquisitions in other sectors. We also have experience advising private equity and other funds with investments and exits from their targets.
Our intellectual property focus arises from an in-depth knowledge and practical experience in the areas of trademarks, patent, designs and copyright. Our intellectual property practice thrives on a unique network of intellectual property professionals who are able to deliver cost effective and efficient service in registration of trademarks and patents at the Trademark Registry. Members of our team have great insight to the dynamics of the industry and are able to leverage on key relationships to ensure a quick turnaround time for lodged applications. With a fusion of our intellectual property practice, and dispute resolution practices, we are able to offer bespoke services to our clients which include; but are not limited to:
  • Providing general legal advice on registrability and conducting searches at the Registry.
  • Providing legal advice on licensing, franchising and assignment of intellectual property rights.
  • Due diligence verification of intellectual property assets.
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating all documentation relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Filing trademark applications.
  • Conducting opposition proceedings in trademark applications.
  • Processing patent and design applications.
  • Representing client in intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Representing clients in enforcement proceedings for copyright infringement.
  • Registration of products with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON).
  • Regulatory compliance services with National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and Nigerian Copyrights Commission.
Members of our oil and gas team have acted on some of the largest asset acquisitions in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Clients have found our experience with the relevant regulations and practices useful in navigating the intricacies of legal and regulatory compliance as well as structuring and delivering transactions. Members of our team have particularly been involved in negotiating contracts in the upstream sector, as well as proffering advice on various exploration and production work.
Our real estate practice is focused on providing value added services to our clients through innovative structures that are as enduring as the underlying assets of the clients we represent. We have extensive experience in various real estate lease arrangements including acquisitions and sale of real estate assets across the Nigerian market. Members of our team have extensive reach with the various Land Registries across the country and have successfully carried out investigation and perfection of titles and land documentation. We also undertake the seamless syndication and documentation of contracts of sale and perfect the transfer of titles in record time at various land registries within Nigeria. We bring creativity to conveyancing, protection and enforcement of property rights
We have a team of lawyers with extensive experience in business-to-business and consumer-to-business issues related to business formation, contracts, tax, labour and employment, employment, including corporate governance related matters.
We continue to be active as opportunities emerge for collaborative efforts between the public and private sector in the infrastructure sector of the Nigerian economy as we have advised on various PPP projects. Our lawyers have been involved in structuring transactions, drafting and negotiating concession agreements, advising on alternate PP contractual models, financing arrangements and the operation of PPP projects. We have in-depth understanding of the legal and regulatory intricacies of structuring transactions that are cost-effective and vale creating in project areas such as health, transport, real estate, roads and telecommunications, delivering a win-win scenario to all stakeholders.

Relevant Experience:
Advising a leading healthcare services provider on its engagement with the Lagos State Government for the construction of a world class Medical park by way of Public Private Partnership.

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