Transaction Services We provide bespoke and cost effective support to varied commercial transactions across sectors, covering:...

Transaction Structuring & Review

We design transaction structures for Nigerian tax legal and regulatory optimality: whether acquisitions, divestitures and re-organisations. We also review transaction structures, suggesting options for improving overall efficiency. Typically, structuring advice includes identifying, analyzing and evaluating potential options before recommending preferable structures, based on outcomes of the comparative analysis of options. For high value transactions, we also advise the client to arrange for financial modeling of the options by its investment professionals or consultants. We have experience working with such multidisciplinary teams to arrive at outcomes that give projects/transactions substantial structuring benefits, over the long term. The costs and trouble associated with unraveling an inefficient structure are obviated, enabling clients concentrate on their core business.

As part of our services, we provide advisory opinions that may also include implementation road map with compliance requirements (including procedure/documentation, time and costs of the requirements). Our structuring experience touches across all the major sectors – financial services, oil and gas, power, telecommunications, IT, manufacturing and retail, real estate, logistics, agribusiness, etc.

Contract Drafting, Review and Negotiation Support

We regularly draft, review and negotiate diverse contracts for and/or with our clients. Our grasp of legal and business issues reflects in the quality of our input and deliverables. We also anticipate potential dispute flashpoints and provide clarity in drafting. Our entire object is helping clients achieve their business objectives in a long term sustainable manner.

Transaction Implementation Support

We conduct corporate, individual and asset due diligence (DD) for buyers and also provide requisite transaction documentation support. We assist in applying for regulatory approvals/permits, helping to make appropriate business case for favourable regulatory consideration. We also help with vendor DD to identify, and smoothen out potential rough patches in readiness for sale and potentially to enhance valuation of the target.

In addition to our specialist skills and experience, we leverage our intimate knowledge of our clients’ operating issues and their sectors. Our close interaction with business issues over the years, including during our Principal’s stint as General Counsel in the legal function of Nigeria’s private equity (PE) industry leader, cements our reputation as “business lawyers with transactional mindset.”

Our Principal’s seminal article, ‘The Investment & Securities Act of 1999: An Overview of Anti-Trust Considerations in the Regulation of Mergers in Nigeria’,(2001) 6 JIFM 272; (2001) 9 ICCLR 230; (2001) 22 BLR 116 reflected transactional and intellectual insights gained from his exposure to quality deals. His December 2018 joint article, ‘Doing Business in Nigeria: An Aide Memoire to Regulatory Compliance and Optimal Entry Strategy for Foreign Investors’ also showcases the firm’s depth on Nigerian entry and exit strategy advisory and transaction support work.
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