Paul Erokoro & Co
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS & ARBITRATOR
Paul Erokoro & Co has been involved in some of the important constitutional cases of the last few years. We have represented the President of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation as well as the Attorney General of several states. Our Firm was part Presidential Team for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Presidential Election Tribunals. We are experts in corporate law and governmental regulatory issues encompassing investment law, international commercial agreements etc.
Paul Erokoro & Co has a strong practice in this area. We have represented the Commission in Pre-Election and Election Petition cases, and are currently involved in several other Pre- Election and Election petition matters. Our firm was among the Law firms that represented President Goodluck, Ebele Jonathan at the Election Petition Tribunal up to the Supreme Court. We represented the Commission also at the Borno State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal up to the Supreme Court.
REAL ESTATE LAW
The firm has a strong practice in this area and are presently retained by NDDC, amongst others. Our large and active real estate practice represents developers, investors, lenders, and business users in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. Our lawyers are familiar with time-sharing forms of ownership, real estate syndication, taxation of real estate, zoning and the regulation of land use. We frequently assist in planning the structure of and negotiating complex real estate transactions, as well as handling the legal analysis and documentation.
CAPITAL MARKET PRACTICE
Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, and corporate trust. With such a deep bench of specialists, We have been instrumental in major developments in the capital markets. Integrated into our capital markets practice are specialists in securities law advice, enabling us to advise on all aspects of transactions. We regularly work alongside our regulatory, banking and finance, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.
The firm has represented major companies and individuals in various civil litigation matters. Our highly skilled trial lawyers are dedicated to producing justice for our clients. For more than 30 years, we have provided the highest level of service to every client we represent. Our lawyers are zealous advocates, protecting victim's rights in serious personal injury, civil rights, employment law and class action disputes.
Our firm has been at the forefront of groundbreaking and noteworthy civil cases. We have achieved excellent results in a wide range of legal matters, including class action suits, employment matters, police misconduct, personal injury, civil rights and general civil litigation. The key to our success has been the individual attention and determination we bring to every case. We work closely with our clients to understand their goals and create a strategy that gives them their best chance at a positive result. Our talented team collaborates on each new case to find innovative solutions. We fight for our clients in and out of the courtroom.
We have a dedicated team of international lawyers. We combine outstanding academic credentials with the practical experience of seasoned legal professionals. We act for States, international organisations and private entities in both contentious and non-contentious matters related to every continent and region of the world. Our team has a range of practical public international law experience within the governmental and commercial sectors.
The firm has been involved in Aviation Law practice since 1986 and has contributed to the on-going reforms in the aviation industry. We acted as legal consultants to the defunct Nigeria Airways and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. We have recovered compensation on behalf of victims of aviation accidents and air crashes from various airlines including Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Pan - African Airlines, ADC Airlines, EAS Airlines, Air Eagles and Bristow Airlines.
BANKING & FINANCE
The firm has worked for many banks, especially Union Bank, which has retained the services of the firm for more than 15 years. This firm was the pioneer legal retainer to the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND). Assignments under this head have included:
The firm has been retained by many banks, including Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Spring Bank Plc for the recovery sums owed them by defaulters.At the moment, the Principal of the Firm is one of the private lawyers retained to assist the Federal Government recover government funds being held abroad by the family of Late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. Also the Principal Partner is engaged by the Federal Government for the recovery of monies in the Siemen Scandal.
ARBITRATION & ADR
Mr. Paul Erokoro has been involved in domestic and international arbitration since 1989. In that year he was elected the first Vice President of the Nigerian Arbitration Association. In the year 1993, he acted as Counsel to Nigeria Hotels Limited, a company wholly owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria, in arbitration against the Cross River State Government over the ownership of Metropolitan Hotel, Calabar. He obtained an award of N36m in favour of Nigeria Hotels. It was at the time the highest domestic arbitration award in Nigeria.
The firm has been involved in many other arbitrations since. In recognition of his standing in the arbitration community, Mr. Erokoro was invited to deliver a paper at the 1st International Workshop on International Commercial Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Africa, which was held in Abuja in July 2004. His paper titled “Judicial Intervention in International Commercial Arbitration” has now being published in the book “Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Africa” edited by Dr. C.J. Amasike FCI Arb.
MARITIME & ADMIRALTY LAW
The Law Firm represents a broad range of clients in numerous cases; cargo carriage disputes; oil spills; water pollution claims; vessel financing, operation, construction and re-building disputes; maritime liens; commercial/contractual claims (including charter parties); and a variety of other maritime disputes. We have a broad wealth of knowledge concerning this area of law, including advanced degrees and specialized maritime law designations. Our lawyers have achieved substantial resolutions on behalf of hundreds of clients.
Intellectual property law is a vital tool in the creation and protection of dynamic business assets. our intellectual property team combines dedicated IP specialists and heavyweight litigators to always deliver results for clients. We provide a full service from the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, through to its commercial use and the handling of infringement and other contentious issues. Our IP team has considerable expertise in the non-contentious areas of IP, including trade marks, copyright and design rights, technology agreements and licences, exploitation and protection of brands, new brand launches, preparing and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts and agreements, and advising on IP matters.
Paul Erokoro & Co is dedicated to serving all areas of family matters. Whether married or unmarried, and regardless of identity, we can advise you of your rights and the best way to navigate the often intimidating legal system. We seeks to provide superior legal counsel in a nurturing atmosphere where each client is treated with the care and respect they deserve.
The firm is engaged in all facets of Corporate Work, including the incorporation of companies, regularisation of immigration requirements for expatriate staff, proffering advice on capital market issues, mergers and acquisitions. Lawyers from the firm have acted as Receivers and Managers. The firm has advised the Bureau of Public Enterprises on some aspects of the privatisation programme. Clients include Lafarge Nigeria Limited (the majority shareholder in Ashaka Cement Company Limited and West African Portland Cement Company Limited (WAPCO).
INSURANCE & PENSION
The National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) has retained us for many years, as one of their legal advisers. In this capacity we have, on their behalf, represented NICON and other companies like Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd in commercial and other disputes. The firm acted as private sector advisers to the office of the Attorney general of the Federation during the formulation of the new Pensions Policy and drafting of the revised Pensions Act.
ENERGY / OIL & GAS
Our oil & gas practice is made up of legal experts in the oil and gas industry, offering depth of resource, local expertise and commitment to the key oil and gas markets. We advise on the complex legal, commercial and technical issues associated with upstream, midstream and downstream developments. We have been solicitors to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and its subsidiaries for many years, during which period we represented them in a variety of matters involving litigation, arbitration and negotiation.
Paul Erokoro & Co specialize in defending military members and handling military cases. These military law and military justice cases include courts-martial, administrative board hearings, discipline, negative personnel actions, military investigations, complaints, and military adverse actions. We represents clients in every branch of the military and throughout every phase of the military justice system.
COMPANY SECRETARIAL SERVICES
The firm acts as company secretaries for various registered companies. Our scope of work in this sphere includes acting as Secretary to the Board, keeping minutes of Board and management meetings, keeping of statutory books and registers, filing of annual returns and resolutions of the board at the Corporate Affairs Commission, giving notices of meetings to company’s shareholders and performing any other function as directed by the Board or management.
The firm has a strong practice in this area. We are currently engaged in the defence of the Managing Director of Bank of the North Limited, who is charged with alleged financial crimes. We are also counsel, along with Chief Bayo Ojo SAN (former Attorney-General of the Federation) as our leader, for the Governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Dariye and All States Trust Bank, in the on-going criminal trial at the Federal High Court Kaduna, over alleged wrong doing involving funds belonging to Plateau State Government.
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW
Paul Erokoro & Co represents television, music and media companies, sports organizations, governing bodies, professional sports teams (and their owners), financial institutions, strategic investors, and individual talent on groundbreaking and significant industry disputes and transactions. Our lawyers understand the way the media, sport and entertainment industries work. We are trusted key advisors, with the experience and reach to advise in any major jurisdiction. Our clients benefit from our deep industry knowledge and experience, and from our creative, solution-oriented and responsive approach.
Paul Erokoro & Co works with clients in a broad range of industries to simplify legal complexities and develop sound strategies aimed at managing risk and fostering business growth & productivity.
At the Law Offices of Paul Erokoro & Co, we are focused on improving the lives and businesses of our clients. The attorneys at the firm have successfully handled complex legal representation and emerged successful.
Our lawyers are experts in specific practice areas. This enables us to understand our clients’ objectives better and to deliver legal solutions to achieve them even in the largest and most complex transactions.
We meet and exceeds the needs of international and locally established clients. Our structured approach to both the relationship with our clients, as well as to our internal processes, provides a measurable benefit to our clients.
HEAD OFFICE OF PAUL EROKORO & CO
3rd Floor, Wema Bank Building, Plot 464 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel/Fax: +234-9-2732568, +234-9-7809497
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