OUR PRACTISE AREAS
Corporate and Commercial
We are suitably positioned to advise our clients on the vast array of commercial matters which may affect their businesses as we have specialized lawyers with succinct experience in corporate and commercial matters. Business transactions in the present global marketplace must be structured in a manner that optimizes the legal position of the enterprise as well as the multitude of issues that may arise on a local basis.
As part of our services in this practice area, we help our clients navigate the labyrinth of their routine corporate and commercial engagements by providing practical and situation-specific solutions. Our insight on the true workings of the Nigerian market affords us the opportunity of adequately advising our clients to ensure that their interests are properly secured while limiting any exposure to an undesired outcome.
Banking and Finance
Having regularly represented clients in Loans Documentation, Debt Recovery and Restructuring situations, our lawyers are uniquely skilled in providing bespoke services for parties on both sides of the divide.
Investments spurs economic development and deriving returns therefrom enhances the flow of additional investment. Our intimate knowledge of the local nuances prevalent in the financial marketplace, allows us to adequately provide practical and realistic advice as well as solutions to help our clients maximize returns on their investments or mitigate their exposure. Our lawyers are also well versed in insolvency practice and they are uniquely skilled in advising parties on either side of an organisation, experiencing dire straits or imminent business failure.
Clients trust our lawyers and our technical excellence, transactional experience and expert knowledge ensure that we are always able to work quickly and efficiently in helping our clients achieve completion in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Our lawyers provide commercial litigation and insolvency services for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria in its bid to resolve the several Non-Performing Loans and toxic assets acquired by the Corporation. Nigeria currently attracts an increasing amount of investments from European DFIs and Pan African Private Equity Investors and our lawyers have recently been engaged in assisting them and their investee companies to deal with legacy issues that threaten to jeopardize such investment
Our IP practice provides made to measure services complemented by the experience of our IP Team. The Team ensures that the work is delivered on time and in the most cost-efficient manner while not compromising on quality. We advise on creation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights.
Our lawyers are handle varying issues relating to IP and they are trusted advisers to multinationals and Private Equity firms to manage their IP Portfolios and provide solutions to their IP issues. In this regard, our advice includes registration, transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights as well as copyright. We recently advised a multi-national Pharmaceutical Company in Nigeria on the restructuring of their entire IP portfolio containing over 100 products.
Our IP Team also routinely advises technology companies in a number of sectors including FinTech, EduTech, HealthTech and Logistics. We also advise and handle disputes covering IP rights, co-ordinate litigation and settlement strategies for clients in defence of their IP rights.
Transportation and Aviation
Our experience in Transportation and Aviation practice rides on our in-depth knowledge of the intricacies in the industry. This has continually fueled our ability to deliver satisfactory services to our clients’ business needs.
Our lawyers possess an elevated and sophisticated understanding of typical issues thrown up by the commercial engagement in the cargo and passenger operation and this has placed the firm in good stead to provide services that help our clients’ smooth business operation.
Our team consists of specialised lawyers dedicated to Sport Law matters who bring together their vast resources and experience to help clients resolve their sports-related legal issues. We have represented clients in the Sports, Media and Sponsorship sectors in matters which include:
- Negotiation and preparation of a contract for coaches and players.
- Advising on the commercial transactions of sporting events.
- Procurement of International Clearance Certificate.
- Structuring and negotiation of sponsorship and other license arrangements.
- Advising on team and sporting events financing.
The Real estate sector has grown over the years to become one of the viable parts of the economy and as such requires due professionalism.
At Abraham, Thompsons & Co, we recognize this area of the economy as a part which is governed by laws and procedures and having gained extensive knowledge, our wealth of practice covers the full range of legal services in the Real Estate segment from management of properties on clients’ behalf to Due Diligence, Conveyance and Mortgage Finance, Private Property Development Agreements and Constructions and Development Contracts.
The Firms Real Estate practice group comprises of Solicitors with depth in Estate Management who have garnered an understanding of the property market and its supervening laws and have deployed such understanding in several high-value Real Estate transactions involving the firm. Recently, the Firm was involved in the negotiation and purchase of the Multi-Billion Naira shopping mall in the commercial district of Nigeria Capital City.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LDR) practice is typically engaged for litigation and commercial arbitration and as a result of our lawyers routinely represent clients in suits that have traversed the entire hierarchy of courts in Nigeria. Our dispute resolution practise comprises of the following:
- Civil and Public Law Litigations,
- Corporate and Commercial Law Litigations, and
- Arbitration and Mediation.
We assist our clients to actively manage their litigation portfolio by ensuring that their commercial considerations are foremost in the dispute resolution strategy adopted in addressing their disputes.
Our keen adoption of technology allows us to provide best-fit solutions for our clients’ dispute and our immersion strategy allows us a proper grasp of what a win is for our client.
Employment and Labour
The most important resource of an organisation is its people and the ability of a company to properly deploy this resource is key to the success of the Company. Our immersion strategy allows us to provide the best fit solution that will match our Client’s aspiration. We utilize lawyers from around our firm whenever necessary to enable best practice in areas such as tax and contractual agreements
We offer legal services in such areas as Employee Benefits and Pensions, Employment Contracts and other issues arising therefrom, Retirement Benefits and other related matters within the ambits of the regulatory laws.
Voluntary and in-voluntary disengagement of employees is recurring decimals in the life of an organisation. Our lawyers have thus been engaged by expatriates who were in the employment of Multi-National Corporations, to claim contractual benefits denied to them at their in-voluntary exits from such corporations and they have done this through several successful litigations at the various divisions of the National Industrial Court in Nigeria. We also routinely issue proper termination or in-voluntary disengagement advisory to organisations desirous right-sizing their man-power engagements.
Our Immigration Team has sound knowledge of the Nigerian Immigration Law, Regulations, Policies and Procedures; ECOWAS requirements and procedures. We have extensive experience in all aspects of Immigration practice and have managed the Immigration Portfolios of clients in the Oil & Gas, Information Technology, Transportation, Engineering, Construction as well as Fast-Moving Consumer Goods sectors.
Our team member’s experience and relationship with foremost international Immigration law firms, International partnerships and affiliations give us our competitive advantage as we have access to resources with respect to immigration matters in different jurisdictions. We also have excellent understanding of multinationals Immigration requirements in Nigeria.
We have representative counsel in Abuja where the headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service (“NIS”) and other regulatory authorities’ sit, in Port Harcourt and other strategic locations within Nigeria. Members of our team have in the course of their practice, developed professional relationships with governmental regulatory bodies/agencies which enables us to keep abreast with government’s policies and practices in the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Our insight into the workings of the machinery of the government affords our lawyers to provide accurate advice to our clients while leveraging this in our relations with the government at all levels and its agencies.
We offer advisory services to local and foreign clients on business entry requirements in Nigeria. Our services cover advice in the following areas: Compliance Procedure and Practice, Licenses and Permits, Products Registration, Relationship with Government Agencies including; Corporate Affairs Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigerian Stock Exchange, Central Bank of Nigeria, Standard Organizations of Nigeria, Department of Petroleum Resources, Environmental Protection Agency, National Investment Promotion Commission and Stamp Duties Commissioners.
Our experiences in this area include the Registrations of several Products and Brands with NAFDAC and several other governmental regulatory relations.
We have also advised and represented several of our clients in various Investment Panel Hearings at both the Securities and Exchange Commission and Nigerian Stock Exchange.