I conducted research on international legal issues concerning bribery and corruption, especially in developing countries, the OECD Convention and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). I particularly conducted research on the Department of Justice database and drew up a database of all the corporations and individuals indicted, prosecuted and convicted under the FCPA based on several variables.
Corporate Law and Project Finance: Advised several domestic and international corporations on diverse areas of Nigerian corporate law and regulations especially on the regulatory framework of Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs), American Depository Receipts (ADR), securities offering and regulation, equity financing, debt financing, listing of securities at the NSE, SEC rules compliance for Capital Market Operators(CMO) and listed companies, retail and investment banking, oil and gas transactions, public/private development partnerships, and international trade. Typical specific tasks/assignments included: participating in the drafting and review of transaction documents; participating in negotiation and reviews of the execution drafts prior to signing, legal research and rendering of legal opinions on various aspects of these transactions.
Intellectual Property Practice: Managed IP portfolio of several trademarks, patents and designs involving clients from diverse industries including consumer goods, pharmaceutical products, food supplements, delivery services, recruiting services, oil and gas, telecommunication, advertising, media and entertainment. Some of the firm’s clients include The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC), FIFA, UPS, GSK, Adecco, Nokia among others.
Litigation and Arbitration: Drafted pleadings, statement of claims, motions and affidavits; represented domestic and multinational companies before state and appellate courts. Researched on extensive range of legal matters including maritime, banking, intellectual property, contract, labor, environmental protection and town planning, receiverships and winding-up of companies, oil & gas, and product liability, both at trial and appellate levels. Participated extensively in investment dispute proceedings (arbitration) concerning foreign investors (as clients) in Nigeria
I was part of a pro bono community development program that primarily assisted the Legal Aid Council and NGOs in providing legal advice on design and incorporation of start-up businesses for Nigerian entrepreneurs in conformity with the Nigerian regulatory regime as well as criminal representation for indigent accused persons.
Attended court proceedings relating to various disputes, reviewed court judgments and prepared reports of proceedings and recommendations on how to improve the Nigerian court system.