Shipping Law, Aviation, International Trade & Litigation
Acted as counsel to various Protection and Indemnity Clubs in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Greece, China and Singapore amongst others including British Marine, China P&I on issues relating to Disputes between shippers or Charterers and governmental agencies, Charter party disputes, Cargo claims arising out of carriage by land, sea or air.
Acted as counsel to Owners and Charterers of various vessels and P & I clubs on the arrest of their vessels in Nigeria by aggrieved individuals and discharging such arrest orders.
Acted for vessel Owners regarding the theft of substantial quantity of MGO from the vessel by pirates offshore Lagos / Cotonou and Qua Iboe and provided legal assistance towards the release of hostages.
Negotiated and obtained insurance for vessels as well as Caveats against arrest.
Successfully challenged the imposition of 3% levy by NIMASA on behalf of Maersk Nigeria Limited and Maerskline.
Set up limitation funds for vessel owners and charterers following loss of vessel and or accidents at sea.
Acted for several Banks and foreign ship owners on Registration of vessels, Ship Mortgages and obtaining relevant licenses.
Successfully defended foreign ship owners against claims filed by local ship owners seeking to prohibit foreign ships from operating in Nigeria.
Advised various foreign P&I clubs, ship owners and Charterers on compliance with Nigerian Maritime law, as well as compliance with NIMASA regulations.
Assisted foreign and local clients in securing the release of vessels arrested by NIMASA or the Nigerian Navy for default in compliance with regulations.
Provided legal advice for multinational company in the Far East as well as an English law firm with offices also in the Far East, regarding the liability of Owners of a semi-submersible platform under an SPV and under a bareboat charter on liability and risks in the event of a major oil pollution incident
Acted as external Counsel to Maersk Nigeria for last 15 years.
Acted as external counsel to Nigerian Westminster Dredging & Marine Limited for over 8 years.
Defended Clients over criminal charges arising from fuel importation, carriage of goods by sea, and company acquisitions amongst others
Lead the external legal team for Arik Air Limited
Acted as external counsel to DANA Air Ltd
Advised and acted as counsel in respect of various aviation claims.
Commercial Law, Corporate Finance & Securities
Acted as counsel to Dangote PLC on commercial suit involving over 10billion Naira.
Led the team that conducted legal due diligence of assets of a top Nigerian bank at the request of a top European bank.
Led the legal team that negotiated bank facilities for the acquisition of various Vessels and Rigs worth over USD 1 billion,
Led the legal team that perfected the mortgage of various vessels and rigs worth over USD 1 billion to Banks including preparing the Deeds of Mortgage in consideration of finance for various projects.
Led the legal team that negotiated bank facilities worth USD 50 million for the acquisition of various Aircrafts including Dana Air and TopBrass Aviation.
Negotiated the settlement of USD 80 Million debt owed by a client to various Nigerian Banks.
Provided legal advice on several occasions and protected foreign banks’ interests as mortgagees of a vessel arrested in Nigeria by several claimants.
Acted for Forte Oil PLC and Zenon Petroleum on their corporate restructuring and re-financing.
Led the legal team that perfected the mortgage of various Aircrafts worth USD 80 Million to Banks including preparing the Deeds of Mortgage in consideration of finance for various projects.
Led the team that was involved in major AMCON insolvency’s claims.
Led the legal team that advised and acted for Vitol and Constant Energy Limited in Court in respect of various matters.
Energy Law & Project Finance
Defended claims of environmental pollution due to operation of oil and construction rigs in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Leads the legal team that currently advises Forte Oil PLC on various transactions.
Conducted legal due diligence on a Clients preferred oil block worth over USD 700 Million and led the legal team for the entire bid process.
Consulted for a foreign-based oil and gas company concerning finance and technical support to marginal oil field owners and operators in Nigeria.
Act as external counsel to Rockson Engineering Company Limited.