As a full-service law firm, Kelechi Adiele & Co. combines expertise in corporate and commercial law with proficiency in litigation and dispute resolution, and this offers the clients we serve a unique advantage. Our major practice areas are highlighted below:
Kelechi Adiele & Co. is known for the strength of its litigation team. We have successfully conducted several high profile cases on behalf of institutional, corporate and individual clients at both the trial and appellate courts in Nigeria. In 2015, the Firm was part of a team that won a number of cases at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which upturned the decisions of the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Tribunal for Akwa Ibom State in respect of some State Constituencies. The Firm has also won several cases at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria some of which are reported in the Law Reports. A good example is the case of Adeola Akintoye V. Hotel Bon Voyage, where Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip (PhD) of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (Lagos Division) upheld the argument of our legal team on behalf of the Claimant that an employer cannot suspend an employee without pay in the absence of an express contractual right to do so. (This case is reported in (2014) 42 N.L.L.R (Pt. 131) 354).
The Firm is adept at case management and provides clients with options for quick and timely resolution of disputes. To this end the Firm undertakes litigation, arbitration as well as other alternative dispute resolution procedures, particularly mediation, on behalf of its clients. Recently, the Firm was part of a team that effectively represented an Information Technology Company in an arbitration against a leading Multinational Telecommunication Company in Nigeria arising from copyright infringement. The Firm’s primary objective is to ensure that disputes arising from the business and commercial activities of clients are effectively resolved with minimum expenditure of time and resources by clients.
Our litigation and dispute resolution practice compliments and supports our corporate law practice.
The firm has a vibrant commercial and corporate practice rendering legal services in the following areas:
- Setting up businesses
- Restructuring businesses
- Negotiating transactions
- Foreign investments and joint ventures
- Government relations and interfacing with relevant government departments on behalf of clients
- Contracts and legal advisory requirements
- Investigations and due diligence
- Regulatory and corporate compliance
- Company secretarial and fiduciary services
The Firm has expertise in the negotiation and resolution of labour and industrial disputes. We represent clients before the National Industrial Court and Arbitration Tribunals, as well as before administrative and other panels dealing with labour disputes. We also render mediation and conciliation services.
We also have experience in the collective bargaining process and have negotiated and drafted collective agreements, Recognition Agreements and other transactional documents relating to trade union law and practice.
The Pensions Reform Act of 2004 and the Employees’ Compensation Act 2010 place considerable new obligations on employers of labour and we advise companies on their duties and responsibilities under these legislations.
Kelechi Adiele & Co. advises on aircraft and ship finance, registration and compliance regulations in Nigeria, as well as on laws affecting, directly and in-directly, the international and domestic operations of aircraft and ships within territorial air-space or waters.
Kelechi Adiele & Co. advises Issuers of securities seeking to raise funds from the capital market as well as Issuing Houses, Trustees and other Capital Market Operators. We advise in the area of Global Depositary Receipts (GDR) Offers, Initial and general Public Offers, Offers for Sale or Subscription, Rights Issues, Government Bonds, Debt/Loan Stock Issues and Private Placement transactions.
The principal areas of engagement in our capital market practice include advice on transaction structures, preparation of the transaction documents (e.g. Prospectuses, Rights Circulars, Vending and Underwriting Agreements, JIH Agreements) or the security documents such as trust deeds and debentures.
Kelechi Adiele & Co. renders legal services to international and local clients in oil and gas production, mining and natural resources sectors of the economy and to a wide range of companies providing technical support and assistance. We have advised operators directly and also through their foreign lawyers.
We have particular expertise in the areas of compliance procedures, environmental and community issues. The Firm strongly supports the tenets of accountability and transparency embodied in the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and has experience in advising its clients on the precise legal and commercial requirements of that legislation.
The Firm represents non-Nigerian clients engaged in manufacturing, investment, technology and services looking to invest in the thriving Nigerian economy. We assist in establishing businesses in Nigeria in various combinations (partnerships, joint ventures, incorporated and unincorporated entities) and obtaining the requisite regulatory approvals and consents.
On an ongoing basis, we assist our clients in attaining compliance with all legal and regulatory provisions.
For our clients with a high level of expatriate share ownership or personnel, we provide immigration and consular services. Our goodwill with the Ministry of Interior and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) ensures that our foreign clients’ expatriate quota positions and business permit applications are treated with dispatch.
We have been involved in structuring power supply projects, gas supply and utilization projects, Engineering Procurement and Construction Contracts, upstream assets acquisition and general oil and gas transactions.
The Firm frequently advises and acts for several multinational and indigenous oil companies on all aspects of their operations, including assisting operators in bidding for and obtaining oil prospecting licenses in major and marginal fields.
Key members of the Firm are known for their work in insurance matters and understand the structure and complexities of the insurance industry globally. Our knowledge and experience of the local insurance market, acquired by our involvement with industry practitioners and directors, gives us an undisputed advantage in insurance law and practice in Nigeria. Members have been at the forefront of developing insurance and reinsurance practice in Nigeria informed by our understanding and knowledge of the interplay of insurance globally and the regulatory environment in Nigeria.
We work with our clients to attain adequate protection for their ideas, concepts, business operating plans and information. Thus, the Firm advises and represents clients in obtaining the registration of their trademarks, patents, designs and inventions and in protecting their trade names, copyrights, franchises and licences.
The Firm also represents rights owners in enforcement proceedings against infringers.
The Firm’s project finance and infrastructure practice covers an extensive range of domestic and international transactions, with emphasis on projects in emerging markets. Our industry expertise involves energy (oil, gas and power generation), housing/estate development projects, transportation, mining and telecommunications.
We regularly provide advice on project finance transactions. We have provided comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of significant capital projects, including project structure, financial arrangements and negotiation, preparation and or review of all project documentation (legal or otherwise). The Firm’s involvement usually traverses all levels of a project from conception, structure development and implementation to post completion formalities.
Kelechi Adiele & Co. has access to a vast and highly specialized data bank of precedents in the field of conveyancing and real estate, commercial property and mortgage financing, ensuring that clients benefit from our ability to rapidly create forms and structures to meet their diverse needs. Our extensive knowledge, understanding and goodwill within the regulatory framework enable us to process these transactions through all necessary regulatory consent procedures to completion.
The Firm has vast experience in investigating and deducing title. Our lawyers are familiar with the different perfection processes that obtain in different parts of the country and are able to close clients’ transactions, without geographical limitations.
We represent property developers, institutional and private investors, lenders and other parties in various aspects of real estate transactions including conveyancing, acquisitions, depositions, leasing, recovery of premises, joint ventures and conventional and securitised financing.
The Firm also institutes compensation claims and obtains land dispute settlements either by negotiation, litigation or arbitration.
Tax considerations will often affect, and may even dictate, the form of a transaction. We therefore pay particular attention to the tax implications of every area of its practice in order to ensure that at all times clients are advised on potential tax issues that may be raised by proposed transactions or of their operations in general.
The objective that is achieved is to develop tax efficient structures to meet the commercial aims of clients, guide clients through compliance procedures and handle taxation disputes for clients when the need arises.
Kelechi Adiele & Co. acts for various National Communications Commission (NUC) licensed telecommunications companies in Nigeria, including some of the private telephone providers and has detailed knowledge of the workings and structure of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
We are retained by some industry operators for all its regulatory issues, from representation at, and negotiations with the regulatory bodies, to litigation when required.
We are actively engaged in the interpretation of new telecoms and IT laws and regulations as they affect operations.