Abuka & Partners

Formation

ABUKA & PARTNERS, Legal Practitioners, was practicing under the name and style Abuka Ajegbo Ilogu & Nwaogu. It was founded on 28 March 1979 by the four named partners who had practiced individually and separately since 1970. Following a restructuring of the law firm we adopted the shorter and simpler name ABUKA & PARTNERS, Legal Practitioners.

Location of Offices

The firm maintains offices in Lagos and Abuja, with Lagos the earliest base.

The Abuja office was set up in the Federal Capital Territory in 1987, initially to effectively provide the complex and sophisticated legal services required by a major multi-national corporate client, with businesses in more than 90 countries around the world. As the seat of government has gradually moved from Lagos to Abuja, our Abuja office places the law firm in the best position to conduct dealings with government on behalf of our clients in the new capital.

The firm has won the respect of the Nigerian government and of foreign embassies in Nigeria.

Membership of Professional and Business Associations

We are members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association (International Associates), the  Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO – Associate Members), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian-German Business Association and of the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria.

Special Practice Areas

Our main practice areas are Corporate and Commercial Law, Financial Law, Trade Marks (Intellectual Property), Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Maritime Law, and Oil and Gas.

Divisions

The different branches of law we practice are segregated into specialised divisions. The heads of these divisions constantly update the database of their divisions and bring the benefits of knowledge and experience gained from seminars, workshops and refresher courses attended by members of the firm both locally and abroad. These facilitate computer-aided research, which impacts greatly on the highly dynamic practice of law.

We adopt a syndicated approach to the clients’ needs whereby our specialists in different fields bring their skills together to bear upon each client’s problem. Syndication ensures that the solutions we offer to our clients are in-depth and comprehensive.

Service Delivery

We maintain the best standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity. We recognise that every client is unique and that our service to each client is personalised. We treat each client’s business in strict confidence. We detail a ‘managing attorney’ for all the work performed for each client.

We are responsive to our clients’ enquiries and have a good understanding of the way the European and US companies like to do business. The firm has Nigerian statutes and case law in its computer data base, which is updated regularly in accordance with the developments in Nigerian law to ensure that it is current.

Trademarks

Agents and attorneys for owners of trademarks, copyrights, patents and designs around the world from registration to the issue of certificate of registration and application for renewals.

Oil and gas

Petroleum resources development and services contracts, acreage bidding/licensing, sale and transportation of oil and natural gas, joint operating agreements, energy related environmental matters, energy project finance and taxation, procurement of approval for the construction and operation of petrol stations.

Corporate and Commercial

Company and commercial practice: One-stop inward direct investment services, international joint ventures, government contracts, hospitality, non-profit and charitable organisations (NGOs).

Maritime and Shipping

Admiralty practice, ship arrest, ship search and registration, negotiating and documenting private financing for acquisition of vessels for indigenous shipping companies, negotiating and drafting related contracts and maritime consultancy service.

Financial Institutions

Banking law, capital and money markets, secured credit transactions, equipment leasing and finance, insurance, and taxation.

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution

Settlement of commercial and non-commercial disputesthrough litigation or alternative dispute resolution.

Real estate

Acquisition, development, dealings and management.