Recognised as a leading adviser on corporate and commercial transactions, we are able to combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise. We advise across the broad spectrum of corporate and commercial work including Mergers and Acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, complex joint ventures, corporate restructurings, as well as general commercial, regulatory and corporate governance issues.
Our corporate and commercial team spans all of our offices and works seamlessly with a global community of relationship law firms as well as Aina Blankson Africa, thereby providing our clients with the confidence that they will receive the highest quality advice in both their domestic and international markets.
We are proud to have some of Nigeria’s most experienced Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) lawyers on our team, most of whom have proven track records dating from the mid-1990s. Having been involved in the majority of the landmark Mergers and Acquisition transactions in the Nigerian banking industry, we have been recognized as a leading adviser for Mergers and Acquisition transactions.
We continuously advise on transactions that span the breadth of the economy, including banking and finance, manufacturing, telecommunications, insurance and insurance brokerage, transportation, hospitality, and many others.
For each transaction we handle, we assign a partner as team leader who guides the client through the entire process and ensures cost-effective, high quality legal advice by working with a specialized team from inception through deal structuring, bid preparation and submission, due diligence, legal and regulatory requirements, negotiation, disclosure and closing.
Our aim as always is to manage the process and help our clients get the right deal based on risk, reward and value.
Our Mergers and Acquisition work includes:
- Trade sale and purchase transactions
- Strategic investment
- Management buy-outs
- Private equity investments
- Sector-specific transactions
- Privatisation projects
The past few years have been some of the most challenging in the financial markets and have required fresh thinking as the markets adjust to continually changing economic, political and regulatory conditions. We understand that our clients’ needs vary according to each specific situation and so our banking and finance lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work to develop innovative solutions for our clients. We have acted for a range of local and foreign banks as well as insurance companies and our lawyers have been involved in some of the most important banking and finance transactions in recent years in Nigeria.
We advise on regulatory and licensing requirements, compliance, drafting of standard form documentation, completion of regulatory questionnaires and drafting bank security documents such as debentures, mortgages, charges, registrations and securities. Given our key skills in product development, we have also advised on a number of new product structures for Nigeria’s financial services intermediaries.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Structured finance
- Secured and unsecured lending
- Debt and equity securities
- Regulatory compliance
- Payment and settlement systems
- Syndicated lending transactions
Aina Blankson’s specialist Islamic Finance Team encompasses experienced advisors providing both legal and financial advisory services which combine technical expertise in conventional finance transactions with in-depth understanding of the principles of Islamic Finance. We advise conventional and Sharia-compliant financial institutions, fund managers, financial advisors and corporates on complex Islamic or non-interest finance transactions including Sukuk, Murabaha, Mudaraba, Mu’ajjal, Salaam, Istis’na and Ijara.
For individuals or entities considering investments in Islamic Finance instruments or projects, investing in a Sharia-compliant manner or interacting with a Sharia-compliant entity, our specialists are fluent in undertaking complex due diligence and documentation requirements, advising on ownership and risk allocation, structuring Islamic finance instruments for capital markets and facilitating access to offshore Islamic investment markets. We provide representation and advice in resolving disputes for these projects and transactions in accordance with set out Islamic Financing principles.
We have an experienced capital markets practice, advising leading banking and capital markets intermediaries, corporates, governments and underwriters on complex and innovative domestic and cross-border offerings. Our lawyers have deep expertise and experience in structuring,negotiating, documenting and advising on the full range of debt and equity securities and other hybrid and derivative products. Teamwork for us extends beyond managing our internal resources for the benefit of clients. We work in a collaborative way with other advisers as well as our clients on capital raising projects.
We provide transactions services for equity and debt issues on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, including public offers of securities, rights issues, structured products such as derivatives issues, trading requirements and advice on continuing listing requirements. Our track record includes several cross-border dual listings in South Africa, London and New York. In addition, Aina Blankson played a leading role in developing new capital market instruments for use by the major Nigerian banks and insurance companies.
The majority of transactions require lawyers to provide in-depth, up to date and relevant information regarding a proposed investment, target company or set of assets. Modern transactions involve gathering, reviewing, understanding and acting upon huge amounts of data.
At Aina Blankson, we carry out due diligence for clients, at high-or-deep-dive level depending on the requirements of the transaction and the client, in order to help the client interpret the data they encounter. This covers checklist preparation, data room set-up, documentation gathering, on-site or remote access review of materials, searches and report writing. Our reports not only synthesize the information available but also advise upon the legal implications of what is uncovered. We always discuss the findings with our client and, where required, take follow-on measures.
Our services include:
- Corporate legal diligence
- Borrower/creditor file review for financial institutions/lenders
- Land title investigations
- Forensic research and investigation
- Country and sector-specific survey
In emerging markets and in Africa generally, it is essential that the processes involving the government on each level, civil services and the public sector in general are clearly understood. It has become an emerging trend for governments to cut costs in certain areas while increasing public sector spending in others, privatize and sell off assets as well as turning towards public-private partnerships. Advising on both transactions and litigation, our lawyers have vast experience and excellent knowledge of the public sector and guide our clients in all of their dealings.
More recently, we have advised on a number of public sector and privatization matters, where we advised bidders and concessionaires for public assets and assisted several companies prepare for restructuring and disposal.
Our commercial law experts work together with our specialist intellectual property, regulatory and tax lawyers, to provide comprehensive advice on the structuring and documenting of strategic arrangements. This involves advice on suitable business structures, including joint ventures, partnerships (including limited partnerships) and strategic alliances.
Our experience includes:
- Supply and distribution arrangements
- Joint ventures
- Sales and marketing
- Manufacturing agreements
- Maintenance and support arrangements
As a truly global practice, we provide full service legal advisory services, which naturally include employment, tax and work benefits. We advise a broad range of local and international corporate entities with large numbers of employees on various employment issues. We also deliver commercial advice across the full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues and have unparalleled experience in advising on cross-border transactions.
Our employment and tax team has all the capabilities and expertise necessary to handle the full spectrum of issues, such as:
- Employment legislation
- Union representation
- Employment contracts
- Tax litigation and disputes
- Redundancies, termination and unfair dismissal
- Employee share ownership schemes
- Pensions and retirement benefits legislation
- Transfers of employment upon a transfer of business
We have consummate experience in advising on and documenting corporate re-organisations for private and public listed companies. Our commercial law experts work together with our specialist intellectual property, regulatory and tax lawyers, to provide comprehensive advice on the structuring and documenting of strategic arrangements. This involves advice on suitable business structures, including joint ventures, partnerships (including limited partnerships) and strategic alliances.
We also act for borrowers and lenders in dealing with the consequences of weak performance of businesses,
Our areas of expertise include:
- Corporate restructuring and work-outs
- Security enforcement and recovery
- Liquidations, receiverships and statutory management
- Supply and distribution arrangements
- Joint ventures
- Commercial agreements