The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation
Advised the Arab republic of Egypt and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation on a $1.56 billion oil linked financing.
Impeachment Proceeding Before a Judicial Panel
Quite apart from the string of representations on election related disputes in Nigeria, Aina Blankson recently led a team of Lawyers from other firms in successfully defending an incumbent State Governor on an impeachment proceeding before a judicial panel.
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Provision of legal advice and transactional support towards the construction of a condominium and 5-star hotel in Nigeria with an unusual ownership structure.
New York firm, Nova Capital Partners
In its $161 million Capital raise for an African Bank and series of similar transactions in Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia.
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria
In its £20 billion oil spillage negotiations in concert with Hogan Lovells.
Legal Advisory Services
Our Firm was retained by a major Construction Company in Nigeria to offer legal advice and representation on an impending dispute between it and two major Oil Companies in Nigeria as touching on the terms and conditions of an EPIC Contract worth over $84 million for the construction of an Oil Field Logistic Base in Gbaran-Ubie, Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
Mediation between an International Oil Company and a Construction Firm
A Partner of the Firm (Kehinde Aina) successfully mediated a multi-million dollar dispute between a Construction Company in Nigeria and the foremost Oil Company in Nigeria culminating in a Settlement Agreement duly executed by the Chief Executives of the said Companies.
Consultants to the World Bank
The World Bank appointed one of our partners, Kehinde Aina as its Legal Consultant. Kehinde Aina and the other team members have, since the appointment remained a primary resource and representative to this international body on a number of research projects and commercial transactions.
Solicitor to Biggest Capital Market transaction
When Intercontinental Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading Banks was to raise N50 Billion ($367.7 Million USD) from Nigeria’s capital market through a rather unique multiple transaction model of private placement, offer for subscription and irredeemable preference shares, it appointed Aina Blankson as Sole Solicitors to the Offer given the firm’s notable track record in local and international capital market transactions.
Legal consultant on the Nigerian 25 year rail system program
For many years, Aina Blankson has championed the development of Nigeria’s transportation and infrastructure sector as a key facilitator of economic and social development. It was thus no surprise that when the Nigerian Government sought for expertise to form a consortium of professional advisers for its 25 year railway development plan, Aina Blankson was one of the first to be approached.
Recipient of the ICG Presidential award for excellence
When the International Commerce Group (ICG), a global trading corporation based in Rhode Island, USA decided to expand its trade operations into Africa, it turned to Aina Blankson for advise on the best entry strategies to adopt and the environmental and regulatory due diligence that was required to establish trading outposts. The Firm assisted the ICG in its forays into Guinea, Ethiopia and South Africa and was later retained in the Group’s expansion into South America, notably Brazil. We remain the sole Legal Advisors to ICG and in 2005 received the Corporation’s “Presidential Award for Excellence.”
Founded the first court connected ADR Centre in Africa
With a conviction on the promise of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to the overburdened justice system in Nigeria, Aina Blankson, in 2002 (after 8 years of relentless campaign to have ADR as part of the judicial landscape in Africa), partnered with the High Court of Lagos and the NCMG in establishing the first court connected ADR centre in Africa. The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. Today, the initiative which has been replicated in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, is fast becoming a national reference point and an international phenomenon.
BP Oil International
In various transactions and operations in West Africa including extensive due diligence, advisory and representation.
Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago
In the refinancing of the $350 million Atlantic LNG project in Trinidad.
Multi-million dollar claim for the theft of trade secrets
Acting in an arbitration conducted under the London Court of International Arbitration Rules and defending a multi- million dollar claim for the theft of trade secrets and breach of a collaboration agreement for the development of equipment for a tactical fighter aircraft.
International Center for Energy
In its string of power projects In Mozambique and Kenya including bids such as the Kisumu Transmission line construction project and the first independent power producers in Nigeria.
Africa Reinsurance Corporation
As the retained advisers to the Pan African reinsurers, participated in a string of matters of varying coloration including a complex multiparty reinsurance transaction over an aircraft disaster with billions of dollars at stake.
Mediation & Arbitration Matters
The reputation of Aina Blankson with regard to mediation and arbitration is second to none in Nigeria. Quite apart from our pioneering work in this field, we represent governments and multinational corporations in a wide range of cross border mediation and arbitration matters.
Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project
With a $100 million loan from the IFC and another $100 million syndicated loan from 15 commercial banks, advised on managing the aftermath of the construction of the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development Pipeline Project.
Complex Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Structuring
In a very complex multi-billion dollar corporate structuring transaction which resulted in a court action on the validity of the merger and the plea bargain entered into by the erstwhile Chief Executive, it was Aina Blankson that provided the initial opinion and eventual representation for the acquiring Bank.
Advising joint managers and book-runners in a $300 Million preferred security offering.
Multi-million dollar suit for the protection of minority rights of a shareholder
A Multi-National Oil Major in Nigeria quoted on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange sought to divest its majority interests in favour of another corporate entity without compliance with the Nigeria Regulatory framework on divestment of publicly quoted shares. The services of our Dispute Resolution Group was retained by a Minority Share Holder in the Oil Major for legal advice and representation in a multi-million dollar suit initiated before the Investment and Securities Tribunal, Federal High Court and presently at the Court of Appeal.
Appointed as Transaction Counsel by Intercontinental Bank Plc on its N50 Billion Public offer of irredeemable, Non-cumulative convertible preferences shares involving five international investors.
Largest M&A deals in Banking Industry in Nigeria
After the Central Bank of Nigeria directed the recapitalization of banks in the country; Aina Blankson became well sought after source for advice, consultation and representation to most of the then 89 banks in the country including the regulatory authorities. Apart from conducting legal due diligence on 42 of the banks, Aina Blankson was involved in no less than half of the merger transactions including Intercontinental Bank, Sterling Bank, Unity Bank and Skye Bank.
Consultant on $650 million Ports Transaction
Seaquest Technologies, (Canada); world renown experts in marine technology & security sought the firm’s expertise on a transaction involving the implementation of a seamless marine information technology infrastructure solution for the Nigerian Ports Authority (Project 3im) in the port zones of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri. The sheer complexity and size of the nearly One Billion dollar transaction and its sensitive nature stands it out as one of the biggest transactions of its kind in Africa.
Oil & Gas projection finance
The Bonga Oil Field Project remains one of the largest in Sub Saharan Africa as the production platform represents the Nigerian Government’s most ambitious offshore production project to date. Given the expertise of Aina Blankson in Oil & Gas transactions, the Firm was required to provide guidance and advice on the project.
First law firm as peace builder in Africa
Of all the impediments to progress and development in Africa, none appears more stifling as the conflicts in the region and the overburdened justice system; both hallmarks of the continent. In appreciation of the place of peace to business development, Aina Blankson in 1996 established the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) as a non-profit institution to help foster peace and justice sector reform. Today, the NCMG which started from the firm’s conference room in 1996 has become a household name and a beacon of light for the continent, the judiciary and the central agent of change in Nigeria.
Largest Merger Transaction in Nigeria
Within the 6 months deadline from the country's Central Bank, Aina Blankson coordinated and structured the merger of 9 commercial banks including follow on representation and integration.
Export-Import Bank of America
In the financing of a fleet of aircrafts for a Nigerian airline and subsequent transactions of similar genre in Kenya and South Africa.
Nigerian Content Development Fund
Advised, designed and structured the framework for the $1 Billion Nigerian Content Development Fund.
R 500 Million Golf Estates
The Firm has continuously acted as the legal advisers and transaction counsel to Praxis Partners LLC, a middle market investment company focused on Africa in its numerous transactions including the R 500 Million (Five Hundred Million Rand) acquisition of four premium golf estates in South Africa.
Catalogue of Banking Related Representation
From Standard Chartered Bank, Nigerian Export Import Bank, GT Bank and Wema Bank to UBA, Stanbic IBTC, First Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank and Ecobank, we represent majority of the Nigerian banks on varied transactions including syndicated loans, Eurobonds, Private Placements, deal structuring and capital raise.