Aina Blankson Corporate Services and Tax Group (CST) is a frontline secretarial and regulatory compliance service provider offering corporate support services with excellent service delivery to multinationals as well as startup companies. Our corporate secretarial services are distinguishable by speed, a sound knowledge of the business environment and adoption of international best corporate governance practices. CST comprises of specialized professionals providing services ranging from start-up incorporation, company secretarial to regulatory advisory services, perfections and laws guiding foreign investments.
CST has over the years deployed its creative expertise in attending to the corporate and tax needs of its clients. We have an in-depth understanding of the procedures and processes of the various regulatory agencies, such as Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Securities & Exchange Commission, National Office for Technology Acquisition And Promotion , CBN, Lands Bureau and so on, as well as the knowledge required in structuring various corporate arrangements towards an effective maximization of the tax and legal obligations of our clients’ businesses. The Group enjoys a close working relationship with regulators, industry stakeholders, and policy makers, all of which are designed to provide stellar legal services to the satisfaction of our clients.
We recognize the importance of clients understanding the tax implications in the transactions they are engaged in, preferably before they commit to a deal. With this in mind, we provide timely and accurate advice on taxes, charges and duties that are likely to arise in a transaction or business venture. We provide a broad range of tax advisory services to corporations and individuals in the following areas:
- Personal Income Tax
- Companies Income Tax
- Value Added Tax
- Withholding Tax
- Capital Gains Tax
- Stamp Duty
We are specialists in tax planning, tax compliance and business regulatory matters. We help design and implement the right tax strategy in a company’s growth. We provide information about tax opportunities, double taxation agreements, new financial products, legislative changes, and other developments affecting corporate profitability. We assist companies and individuals in all dealings with the Inland Revenue Service and other tax regulatory bodies. We provide assistance with all statutory documentation, including business permits. We advise on regulatory matters affecting start-up companies, requirements for obtaining pioneer status, leasing and foreign exchange remittance.
We provide tax advisory services across board to national organizations, blue chip corporations and governments. The range of services provided by the Group includes tax audit, management and advisory, public revenue management, tax planning and tax revenue promotional services. It also advises various state governments on international best practice with respect to the generation and utilization of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
We provide innovative and timely solutions to business problems for corporations whose future viability is threatened. Our corporate recovery services include: loan security reviews and viability studies; development and monitoring of turnaround strategies; advice on financial restructuring through equity issues, venture capital, refinancing and asset sales. We also advise on the sale of business and provide statutory services by acting as receiver, liquidator or agent for the mortgagee.
Our lawyers are well versed in the personal, and often complex issues facing our private clients. We provide them with practical advice on the appropriate structures available and help them ensure that all their affairs are in order.
We have extensive knowledge and experience in this area and our services include:
- Advising on the laws of successions and estate planning
- Dealing with estate administrations
- Drafting wills, trusts and advising on lifetime property disposition
- Working with international trust companies to establish long-term tax effective structures
- Advising on wealth management, including working with fund managers and tax advisers
Businesses are increasingly embracing joint ventures and strategic alliances as an optimal means of achieving goals. We provide specialist advice on the formations, operation, and termination of joint venture agreements and strategic alliances. We put the legal framework in place to achieve this, whether through traditional corporate structures or through limited partnership or strategic agreements.
We also add value by combining our experience in structuring joint venture entities with relevant legal expertise in related fields. We offer an integrated service focused around our clients’ commercial needs, drawing on our specialists in competition and regulatory, corporate governance, tax and dispute resolution.
Recent economic growth in Africa has spurred a major increase in demand for property across all sectors of the economy. Prices have been rising sharply and with it the need for prudent risk management. Furthermore, Nigeria’s sometimes complex and evolving land ownership laws require an experienced and well-informed practitioner. Strategic advice gained early can mean less risk for our clients’ business and proven cost savings. Our property law specialists can identify risk at an early stage on behalf of investors and developers, vendors and purchasers and landlords and tenants, which leads to better planning and wiser decision-making.
Our highly experienced property specialists are skilled at successfully negotiating the most complex transactions including:
- Property sales and purchases
- Residential housing developments projects
- Commercial property development projects
- Agricultural and plantation land use and transactions
- Construction and building projects