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Nov 2018 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has retained its ranking as a Top Tier Firm (Tier 1) in all 7 practice areas in the 2019 IFLR1000 Guide, namely: Banking Capital Markets Infrastructure Energy Mergers & Acquisitions Oil & Gas Project Finance Nine (9) Aluko & Oyebode partners were rated as “highly regarded” …

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Sep 2018 NEWS
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Aluko & Oyebode Associate, Mobayonle Ogunwumiju won the 2018 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Golf Tour. 

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Aug 2018 NEWS

We are delighted to be a finalist in this year’s edition of the Law Digest Africa Awards. We have been shortlisted in nine categories.

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Aug 2018 NEWS

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) have on Monday, 6th August 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on regulation of lottery activities on telecommunications platforms.

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Aug 2018 NEWSLETTERS

The position of the Registrar of Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry, Nigeria has for many years being occupied by a single Registrar, who doubles as both the Registrar of Trademarks and Patents and Designs registry. 

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Jul 2018 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode advised Allianz SE (“Allianz”) in connection with the acquisition of 99.03% of the outstanding shares of Ensure Insurance Plc from Greenoaks Global Holdings Limited. Ensure Insurance Plc offers life and non-life insurance services in Nigeria.

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Jul 2018 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode has been shortlisted in seven categories for The African Legal Awards 2018. 

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Jul 2018 PUBLICATIONS

There are two Bills currently pending before the National Assembly proposing amendments to the Personal Income Tax Act (as amended) 2011. 

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Jun 2018 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode Partners, Olubunmi Fayokun and Oghogho Makinde, have been recognized as IFLR Women Leaders for 2018. 

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Jun 2018 PUBLICATIONS

After years spent in recession, Nigeria is now starting to see some upward movement in its GDP numbers. Such positive economic indicators offer good opportunities for investors. It is a nation that is fully focused on growing its economy. 

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Jun 2018 PUBLICATIONS

Companies in the European Union (the “EU”) have been preparing for 25 May 2018, the much anticipated date when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) became effective. 

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May 2018 NEWS

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday 15th of May 2018 repealed the Companies and Allied Matters Act (“CAMA”) Cap C20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and passed its re-enactment of the law after twenty-eight (28) years of its being in force. 

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May 2018 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs registry has published 4 more new Trademarks Journals, dated 24 April, 2018. Three (3) of the published Journals are for online applications, while 1 is for manual applications.

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Apr 2018 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been ranked a top-tier Nigerian law firm by Legal 500 EMEA 2018.

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Mar 2018 NEWS

The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed the Lagos State Electric Power Sector Reform Law (the “Law”) and same has since been assented to by the Lagos State Governor. The Law essentially aims to boost electricity supply in Lagos State (the State) through the establishment of an embedded power scheme and the creation of offences for energy theft. 

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Mar 2018 PUBLICATIONS

The Lagos State House of Assembly recently passed the Lagos State Electric Power Sector Reform Law (the “Law”) and same has since been assented to by the Lagos State Governor. The Law essentially aims to boost electricity supply in Lagos State (the State) through the establishment of an embedded power scheme and the creation of offences for energy theft. 

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Feb 2018 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been recognised as a leading firm in the 2018 Edition of Chambers Global.

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Feb 2018 NEWS

On 29th January 2018, the Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a Law to Provide For The Consolidation Of Property And Land Based Charges And Make Provisions For The Levying And Collection Of Land Use Charge In Lagos State; otherwise referred to as the Land Use Charge Law of Lagos State, 2018 (the “LUC Law”).

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Feb 2018 NEWS

The President, on 2nd February, 2018, signed an Executive Order for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology (“Order”).

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Feb 2018 PUBLICATIONS

The 2015/2016 global crash in the price of crude oil caused a severe shock to the Nigerian economy, reliant as it is on this commodity for most of its foreign exchange earnings.

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Feb 2018 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been awarded The Chambers Global Africa 2018 Nigeria Law Firm of the Year Award.

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Jan 2018 PUBLICATIONS

The Trademarks, Patents and Designs registry has escalated efforts to ensure that business owners and stakeholders alike have their needs met especially with respect to the publication of trademark application. The registry published Trademark Journals Vol.2 No. 1 on 24th November, 2017, Vol.3 No. 1 on 11th December 2017 and Vol. 4 No. 1 on 15th December 2017. 

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Dec 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the election of Aluko & Oyebode Partner, Tonye Krukrubo, as the Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch), Port Harcourt Chapter.

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Dec 2017 NEWS

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Dec 2017 NEWS

In a bid to enforce the use of a common identification system in Nigeria, the National Identity Management Commission (“NIMC”) recently released the Mandatory Use of the National Identification Number Regulations 2017 (the “NIMC Regulations”) made on 26th October 2017. 

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Dec 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our Intellectual Property Partner, Uche Nwokocha, to the Board of the International Trademark Association (INTA), for a 3-year period, commencing January 2018. 

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Nov 2017 NEWS

The Partners of Aluko & Oyebode are pleased to announce the admission of Hamid Abdulkareem into the Firm’s Partnership, with effect from 1 January 2018.

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Nov 2017 NEWS

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (“NIPC”) in partnership with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (“FIRS”) has, on Friday, 3 November 2017, issued the first edition of a compendium of tax and sector-wide fiscal incentives (the “Compendium”). 

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Nov 2017 NEWS

In the era of declining oil revenues and the government’s drive to shore up tax revenues, it is no wonder that our proverbial Caesar – the Federal Inland Revenue Service (the “FIRS”) – is seeking to clarify the chargeable rates on various instruments and enforce payments of stamp duties more efficiently. Whilst the FIRS’ actions are laudable, any such actions by the FIRS must be within the ambit of the Stamp Duties Act (the “SDA”). To put this simply, Caesar cannot ask for more than the law permits.

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Nov 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our Partner, Dr. Simeon Obidairo, as a Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

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Oct 2017 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode is pleased to have retained its ranking as a Top Tier Firm (Tier 1) in all 7 practice areas in the latest IFLR1000 Guide. 

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Oct 2017 NEWSLETTERS

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) is an inter-governmental and inter-ministerial council which is chaired by His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and comprises 10 ministers, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, representatives from Lagos & Kano State governments, the National Assembly and the private sector. 

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Oct 2017 NEWS

Partner, Oludare Senbore contributes to the Lawyer Monthly Magazine, September 2017 Issue. He discussed how Nigeria is progressing post-recession. The excerpt below provides a little insight into what was discussed:

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Aug 2017 NEWS

On Monday 7th August 2017, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (“FMITI”) announced the addition of 27 new industries to the list of pioneer status industries/products. 

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Jul 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the election of Aluko & Oyebode Partner, Chukwuka Ikwuazom, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch.

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Jul 2017 NEWS

In line with its mandate to promote a sound financial system in Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria (the “CBN”) on 14 June 2017 released a circular titled “Exposure Draft of the Framework for Licencing, Regulation and Supervision of Private Asset Management Companies in Nigeria”.

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Jul 2017 NEWS

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in exercise of powers conferred on it by section 96 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 (EPSRA) has developed a draft “Business Continuity for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry Regulations, 2017” (the draft “Regulations”) to provide business continuity measures for the smooth running of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

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Jun 2017 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode is pleased to announce that it has won the Exceptional Single Deal Advisor of the Year Award at the Private Equity Africa Awards 2017 (PEA Awards).  This award represents the firm’s maiden recognition from PEA Awards.

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May 2017 PUBLICATIONS

This Banking Regulation guide provides a high level overview of the governance and supervision of banks, including legislation, regulatory bodies and the role of international standards, licensing, the rules on liquidity, foreign investment requirements, liquidation regimes and recent trends in the regulation of banks.

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Mar 2017 NEWS

Following the success of the INTA first regional meeting in Africa titled “Building Africa with Brands”, held in Cape Town, South Africa, INTA has introduced the Roundtable (usually hosted in U.S cities) to Africa for the first time. 

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Mar 2017 PUBLICATIONS

Following the success of the INTA first regional meeting in Africa titled “Building Africa with Brands”, held in Cape Town, South Africa, INTA has introduced the Roundtable (usually hosted in U.S cities) to Africa for the first time. The Africa roundtable committee members were drawn from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The members are Uche Nwokocha (chair), Simon Brown, Afam Nwokedi, Lara Kayode, and John Syekei.

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Mar 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Aluko & Oyebode Senior Associate, Funmilayo Otsemobor, as the Secretary of the Banking, Finance and Insolvency Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.

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Mar 2017 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Aluko & Oyebode Partner, Ayodeji Oyetunde, as the Vice Chairman of the Capital Markets Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.

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Mar 2017 NEWS

We are proud to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been recognised as a leading firm in the 2017 Edition of Chambers Global. 

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Feb 2017 NEWS

The Companies and Allied Matters Act1 is the basic law that regulates the legal existence and operation of all companies in Nigeria. However, there are other laws which apply to companies depending on whether they are private or public companies; 

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Dec 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode acted as Nigerian Legal Counsel to the Joint Lead Managers, Citibank Global Markets Limited, Goldman Sachs International and Standard Chartered Bank in connection with the US$800 Million eurobond issuance by IHS Netherlands Holdco B.V., the holding company of IHS Nigeria Limited, which is the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa.

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Nov 2016 PUBLICATIONS

The Financial Reporting Council (“FRCN”) of Nigeria on the 17th of October 2016 issued a three-in-one National Code of Corporate Governance (“NCCG”), which seeks to provide regulations on corporate governance as it relates to, public and private companies registered under Nigerian law as well as Nigerian public entities.

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Nov 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode was named the Property, Infrastructure and Construction Team of the Year at this year’s Law Digest Africa Awards held in November 4th at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Nov 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode acted as Nigerian counsel to Access Bank Plc (“the Bank”) on its recent US$300 Million Eurobond issuance under the Bank’s US$1,000,000,000.00 Global Medium Term Note Programme.

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Oct 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigeria Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry has completed the first phase of its data capture project which it commenced on 1st October, 2015. This process entailed the digitalization of its trademarks by capturing the data into to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)…

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Oct 2016 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that the reputable legal guide IFLR1000 has recommended Aluko & Oyebode as a top tier law firm in seven practice areas in its global ranking for 2017:

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Oct 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode triumphed at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards 2016, being named the Law Firm of the Year and the Telecommunications Team of the Year. 

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Sep 2016 NEWS

We are delighted to be a finalist in this year’s edition of the Law Digest Africa Awards. We have been shortlisted in three categories:

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Aug 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode acted as Nigerian counsel to a consortium consisting of Sub-Saharan Africa-focused 8 Miles LLP, West Africa-focused African Capital Alliance Limited and DEG, the German development finance institution in relation to its US$80 Million equity…

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Aug 2016 PUBLICATIONS

Since the discovery of petroleum in Nigeria in 1956 at Oloibiri in the Niger Delta region of the country, the Nigerian Government has invested extensively in the oil and gas sector leading to the country’s dependence on the proceeds of petroleum exports, which account for about 90% of its gross earnings. 

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Aug 2016 NEWS

We are proud to have been shortlisted for African Legal Awards 2016 – African Law Firm of the Year (Large Practice) for 3rd year in a row. 

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Aug 2016 PUBLICATIONS

The effective means standard defined in the cases of Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v The Republic of Ecuador (‘Chevron’) and White Industries Australia Limited v Republic of India (‘White Industries’ )is increasingly relied upon by investors encountering inordinate delays and disconcerting confusion in the judicial system of a host state.

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Jul 2016 NEWS

Nigeria offers protection for a range of intellectual property rights including copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs. Being largely an importer of technology and finished products, trademark rights remains the most significant…

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Jul 2016 PUBLICATIONS

Nigeria offers protection for a range of intellectual property rights including copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs. Being largely an importer of technology and finished products, trademark rights remains the most significant…

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Jul 2016 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode acted as Nigerian counsel to a consortium consisting of Vitol S.A and Helios Investment Partners in relation to the acquisition of the downstream and retail businesses of Oando Plc, a leading Nigerian integrated energy company.

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Jul 2016 NEWS

Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN (Partner, Head of Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Groups, Aluko & Oyebode, Nigeria), John Miles (Managing Director of JMiles & Co, Nairobi) and Kamal Shah (Partner, Head of the Africa Group, Stephenson Harwood, London) have co-authored this comprehensive account of arbitration in key jurisdictions in Africa. The book was written in conjunction with leading African arbitrators and lawyers.

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May 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has implemented a few changes in recent times which have the effect of putting the agency’s standards on par with some internationally maintained standards.

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Apr 2016 NEWS

The 14th Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Football Tournament Closing Ceremony as was much expected, came to a successful end. he closing ceremony as usual opened with the third-place playoff match as it was last year between Aluko & Oyebode and Tayo Oyetibo & Co/Bayo Osipitan & Co. 

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Apr 2016 NEWS

The Nigerian State has an objective to improve and protect the air, land, water, forest and wildlife of Nigeria.  The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) Act, 2007 (“NESREA Act”) is the primary environmental legislation in Nigeria. 

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Apr 2016 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been ranked a top-tier Nigerian law firm by Legal 500 EMEA 2016 in four practice area

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Mar 2016 NEWS

We are proud to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been recognised as a leading firm in Chambers Global 2016 with Band 1 Rankings in 4 Practice Areas:

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Mar 2016 NEWSLETTERS

The International Trademark Association (INTA) Roundtable program was established to enhance networking and educational opportunities for INTA members throughout the world. The intention is that INTA members would host small Roundtables to provide interactive, high-quality discussion for attendees to share ideas, insights and practice tips in a non-commercial, non-competitive environment.

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Feb 2016 NEWS

The Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Football Tournament is the 5-A-Side Annual Football Tournament played in honour of one of our Founding Partners, Late Bankole Aluko Olumide, SAN.

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Dec 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The frequent change in the administration of the Trademarks Patent and Designs Registry has caused untold hardship to all stakeholders. The Registrar has been changed three times in the last 9 months and each new administration comes on board with its own policies without building on existing policies. 

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Nov 2015 NEWS

We are pleased to announce that Aluko & Oyebode has been declared the winner of the following Law Digest Africa Awards:

•    Law Firm of the Year 2015; and
•    Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2015.

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Nov 2015 NEWS

Simeon Obidairo to speak on “International Co-operation in Fraud and other Economic Crime Investigation, Use of Mutual Assistance and Multi-Jurisdictional Asset Freezing Orders” at the 3rd Annual Cross-Border Litigation And Asset Recovery Forum 2015, 5 November 2015, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Oct 2015 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that IFLR1000 2016 has recommended Aluko & Oyebode as a top tier law firm in seven practice areas:

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Oct 2015 PUBLICATIONS

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation with a population of over 170 million people. Of these, it is estimated that less than 50% currently have access to electricity supply. Where access to electricity is available, a full day of uninterrupted electricity is not guaranteed.

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Sep 2015 NEWS

We are pleased to announce that our Partner, Adeniyi Adegbonmire, has been conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Nigerian Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee. He was sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria at the Supreme Court, Abuja on 21st September 2015.

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Sep 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The Trademarks Patents & Designs Registry has informed all applicants that a Power of Attorney (POA) document must be filed along with all applications to register trademarks, patents and designs.

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Aug 2015 PUBLICATIONS

As part of its ongoing attempts at stabilizing the value of the Naira as against other foreign currencies, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued a circular to all Nigerian banks on the 4th of August 2015, prohibiting Nigerian banks from granting foreign currency loans to customers who solely generate Naira denominated revenues from their businesses.

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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

The Nigerian Bar Association (“NBA”) had on 14 November, 2014 at its National Executive Committee meeting held at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, approved the affixing of stamps and seals on legal documents prepared by legal practitioners in compliance with Rule 10 of the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2007, (“RPC”).

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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

By virtue of the provisions of Section 254C(1)(f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (“the Constitution”)[1], the National Industrial Court (the “Court” or “NIC”) is conferred with jurisdiction to adjudicate on disputes relating to or connected with unfair labour practices or international best practices in the Nigerian Labour industry.

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Jul 2015 PUBLICATIONS

On 7th April, 2015, the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (‘NIC’) made 2 (two) subsidiary instruments with commencement dates of 6th April, 2015,

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Jul 2015 NEWSLETTERS

Arbitration is a method of dispute resolution which operates largely outside the state sponsored Court structure often utilized by businesses globally.

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Jun 2015 NEWS

The Bankole Olumide Aluko (BOA) Football Tournament 2015 was a huge success. The closing ceremony started with the third place play-off match between Aluko & Oyebode and Tayo Oyetibo & Co./Bayo Osipitan & Co. 

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May 2015 NEWS

Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, MFR is a founding Partner of Aluko & Oyebode and is also the Chairman of the management board of Aluko & Oyebode. Over the years, Mr. Oyebode has development significant experience in project finance, corporate law, energy and natural resource, telecommunications and aviation law…

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May 2015 PUBLICATIONS

We are happy to come back to our readers with an update on current happenings in our jurisdiction, firstly, our brand new government.

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May 2015 NEWS

luko & Oyebode acted as Nigerian Legal Counsel to Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (“the Borrower”) in connection with the provision of credit facilities to the Borrower by a syndicate of…

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May 2015 NEWS

In an interview featured in International Trademark Association (INTA) Daily News, Aluko & Oyebode Partner, Uche Nwokocha spoke…

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May 2015 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode acted as Transaction Counsel on the inaugural N10 Billion Commercial Paper Programme established by Guinness Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Diageo Plc.

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Apr 2015 NEWS

We are pleased to invite you to a webinar jointly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright & Aluko & Oyebode on some of the emerging trends and key legal issues in project finance transactions in Nigeria.

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Apr 2015 PUBLICATIONS

In a bid to install and improve on an anti-money laundering regime in Nigeria and fight the financing of terrorism, the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (“the 2011 Act”) was enacted.

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Apr 2015 NEWS

We are delighted to announce that The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 has recommended Aluko & Oyebode as a top tier law firm in four practice areas:

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Mar 2015 NEWS

We are delighted to announce the release of the Chambers Global 2015 Guide and that Aluko & Oyebode is, once again, the only Nigerian law firm to be ranked in Band 1 in all practice areas assessed in Nigeria.

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Mar 2015 PUBLICATIONS

In 2014, a significant level of mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) was recorded in various sectors of the Nigerian economy. The sectors included banking, oil and gas, food and beverages, power, insurance and manufacturing.

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Mar 2015 NEWS

In this interview, Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN reviews Africa’s position on the Arbitration…

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Mar 2015 PUBLICATIONS

We bring to you the first edition of our bi-monthly publication for 2015. What appeared from the on-set to be a busy year has since waned as a result of the uncertainty with Nigeria’s general election.

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Feb 2015 PUBLICATIONS

In two consolidated appeals argued by a team from Aluko & Oyebode led by Chukwuka Ikwuazom, a tax partner in the firm, the Tax Appeal Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) on 12 February 2015 set aside assessments of additional Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) and Education Tax (EDT) in the cumulative sum of US$166.1 Million which had been issued by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (“FIRS) on an international oil company (the “Appellant”)  on the alleged basis that the Appellant wrongly calculated the balancing charge due on the disposal of its undivided participating interests in certain oil mining leases (“OMLs”).

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Feb 2015 NEWS

Ten years after the gruesome murder of Deyda Hydara, the Government of The Gambia was held liable for failure to carry out a proper investigation into the murder of Deyda Hydara and the culture of impunity and denial of freedom of expression in The Gambia.

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Feb 2015 NEWS

The Bankole Olumide Aluko (“BOA”) 5-A-Side Football Tournament, otherwise known as the Lawyers’ League, is a yearly football tournament set up to commemorate the life of the late BOA, a founding Partner of Aluko & Oyebode.

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Feb 2015 PUBLICATIONS

It is no doubt that the rebasing of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) firms up its position, as it helps improve the country’s economic profile amongst foreign portfolio investors and foreign direct investors.

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Jan 2015 NEWS

The Partners of Aluko & Oyebode are pleased to announce the admission of Mrs. Olujoke Aliu and Mr. Ayodeji Oyetunde into the Partnership of the Firm.

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Dec 2014 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode has advised AXA, a global insurance and asset management group, in connection with its successful acquisition of 100% of Assur Africa Holdings which hold a 77% equity stake in Mansard Insurance Plc (“Mansard”) from Africinvest, DEG, ADP, FMO and Proparco for €198 Million (US$246 Million).

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Nov 2014 NEWS

The Calabar Specialist Hospital Project has been named the Healthcare Project of the Year 2014 by the World Finance Magazine.

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Nov 2014 NEWS

Over the years, our firm has consciously embarked on CSR programmes and initiatives. From 2009 to date, Aluko & Oyebode has supported the ‘Run for a Cure’ programme initiated by Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria (CS-DON) in its effort to raise awareness about Breast, Child and Cervical Cancer in Nigeria and also provide testing and treatment equipment to help give hope to people battling cancer.

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Sep 2014 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode won the highly prestigious Law Firm of the Year Award at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards Ceremony 2014, which took place on Thursday, 18th September 2014.

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Jun 2014 NEWS

Uche Nwokocha, Partner & Head of the Intellectual Property department at Aluko & Oyebode, received the award of IP Star of 2014 at the INTA Annual Meeting in Hong Kong held in May 2014.
 
 

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Jun 2014 NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN (Head of Litigation and Arbitration/ADR) to the LCIA Court.

 

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May 2014 NEWS

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

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May 2014 NEWS

The Partners of Aluko & Oyebode are pleased to announce the admission of Mr. Oludare Senbore into the Partnership of the Firm.

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Apr 2014 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode received a commendation award for promoting the Pro Bono culture in Nigeria at the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership (LPILP) Dinner/Launch of the Pro Bono Trust Fund with the theme, “Building a Culture of Pro Bono in Nigeria” on Friday, April 11, 2014

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Jan 2013 PUBLICATIONS

Under the common law as applicable in Nigeria, parties to a contract are free to determine the law that will govern their contractual obligations. Such choice must be bona fide and legal and there must not be any reason to avoid the choice on the ground of public policy. Even where the seller and the debtor are resident within Nigeria and the transaction that gives rise to the receivables and the payment of the receivables takes place in Nigeria, the foregoing principle will apply. However, the mandatory provisions of Nigerian law would continue to apply to the contract.

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Jan 2013 NEWSLETTERS

New Year greetings from Aluko & Oyebode (A&O) as we bring you our bi-monthly and first newsletter for the year 2013. Last year was a busy one for us; we were fully engaged in serving our clients, writing articles, delivering papers at conferences, and improving our staff through regular training. We also increased our staff strength to adequately manage our large clientele base which continues to grow.

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Nov 2012 NEWS

The board of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), appointed the Managing partner of Aluko & Oyebode, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode as an ambassador for Wimboard at their ongoing 2012 conference.

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Oct 2012 NEWSLETTERS

Aluko & Oyebode (A&O) has re-launched its IP Newsletter in a new format with engaging content, the latest IP news in Nigeria, tips for foreign investors doing business in Nigeria, tips on the protection of IPRs and more. This bi-monthly newsletter is written with a view to address the concerns of several of our global clients on different IP issues.

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Oct 2012 PUBLICATIONS

The Petroleum Industry Bill (the “PIB” or the “Bill”) is perhaps the most talked about piece of legislation in Nigeria ever, given the far reaching reforms which it proposes to an industry which is the single most significant contributor to the national economy. Originally introduced in December 2008, the Bill has undergone numerous revisions and has been the subject of intense debate from stakeholders.

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Oct 2012 PUBLICATIONS

The Petroleum Industry Bill (the “PIB” or the “Bill”) is perhaps the most talked about piece of legislation in Nigeria ever, given the far reaching reforms which it proposes to an industry which is the single most significant contributor to the national economy. Originally introduced in December 2008, the Bill has undergone numerous revisions and has been the subject of intense debate from stakeholders.

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Jun 2012 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode was one of the sponsors at the recently concluded IFLR Africa forum in London.

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Mar 2012 NEWS

The firm has once again been identified as a top law firm in Nigeria in the Banking & Finance and Energy & Natural Resources and Corporate/Commercial areas of the practice The is a result of the world class service rendered by Aluko & Oyebode.

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Feb 2012 PUBLICATIONS

A Trademark is a major platform or format by which product owners project into streams of commerce, goods and services.

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Jan 2012 PUBLICATIONS

Aluko & Oyebode achieves 18 listings across the following nine section of its practice in the recent release of the Who’s Who Legal Awards.

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Jan 2012 NEWS

The National ICT Policy draft.

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Jul 2011 NEWS

Managing Partner, Gbenga Oyebode speaks on Challenges Investors should be ready for in Africa.

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Jul 2011 NEWS

The Lagos office has open positions for Senior Associates in its Litigation/ADR Practice Group

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May 2011 NEWSLETTERS

In its quest to digitize its operations and allow for online registration of trademarks, patents and designs, the Nigerian Trademarks, Patents and Designs Registry has now set up its official website that will allow for online registration of trademarks, patents and designs.

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Mar 2011 NEWSLETTERS

Registry News – ACC, Nigeria and INTA to Work Together for this Year’s Roundtable – Aluko & Oyebode Listed in 2011 Patent Survey – SON Representative Speaks at the ACC General Meeting on SON’s Anti-Counterfeiting Operations – Aluko & Oyebode Admits New Partners, Promotes Associates to Senior Associates.

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Feb 2011 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode is delighted to announce the elevation of Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom and Mr. Reginald Udom as Partners of the firm with effect from 1st January, 2011.

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Dec 2010 NEWSLETTERS

The year 2010 brought some good stories to tell as well as the bad ones both locally and internationally. The economic down turn of the past two years have not shown much of an improvement. The world politics have also recorded its share of decline. In spite of the vicissitudes that characterized this year, we have been able to record some developments in respect of Intellectual Property administration and protection.

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Jul 2010 NEWSLETTERS

Content – Marketing and Distributing Foods and Drugs in Nigeria – Trademarks News – INTA/ANTI – Counterfiting Coalition Conference – Aluko & Oyebode News

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Jun 2010 NEWS

Aluko & Oyebode has been named Nigeria Law Firm of the Year 2010 in the Who’s Who Legal Awards. With the benefit of over 12 years of independent research, Who’s Who Legal used the thousands of nominations it has received from clients and private practice professionals to identify the leading firms and individuals in 31 practice areas, as well as the top firm in over 50 countries and five US states.

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May 2010 PUBLICATIONS

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Public Procurement 2010 (published in April 2010; Contributing Editor Hans-Joachim Prieß, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer). For further information please visit www.GettingTheDealThrough.com

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Mar 2010 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the Aluko & Oyebode IP newsletter for February 2010 contains the following items of interest:- 1. A case for Multiple Collecting Societies for the Nigerian Entertainment Industry 2. Trademark News 3. Standards Organisation of Nigeria 4. Anti-counterfeiting Collaboration, Nigeria 5. National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) unveils New Anti-Counterfeiting Service. 6. The Aluko & Oyebode’s Bankole Olumide Aluk (BOA) Football Tournament Kicks Off

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Dec 2009 NEWSLETTERS

CONTENT Message from the Intellectual Property Law Partner Domain Name Branding: The Expectations of Intellectual Property Right Owners Registry News – Workshop – “Building a 21st Century Trade Mark Registry in Nigeria” New Journal is out

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Dec 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The Regulatory updates November 2009 issue addresses the following:- 1. CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA COMMUNIQUE NO. 66 OF THE MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING, NOVEMBER 03, 2009. 2. AMMENDMENT OF PROVISIONS OF MEMORANDUM 11 ON EXPORT TRANSACTION IN THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MANUAL Ref: TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/158/09 DATED 2ND NOVEMBER 2009 3. PRESS STATEMENT DATED 4TH NOVEMEBR 2009 4. PRESS STATEMENT ON EQUITORIAL TRUST BANK DATED 4TH NOVEMBER 2009 5. PRESS RELEASE DATED 13TH NOVEMBER 2009: UPDATE ON BANKING REFORMS 6. IMPORTATION OF COLD ROLL STEEL COILS AND ALUMINIUM ROOFING SHEETS INTO NIGERIA Ref: TED/FEM/GEN/FPC/01/163/09 DATED 13TH NOVEMBER 2009 7. GUIDELINES ON THE ISSUANCE AND TREATMENT OF BANKERS ACCEPTANCES AND COMMERCIAL PAPERS DATED 18TH NOVEMBER 2009 8. NOTICE OF MEETING ON IMPORT DUTY COLLECTION SCHEME (IDCS) Ref: TED/FEM/GEN/FPC/01/67 DATED 25th November 2009

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Nov 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The Regulatory updates October 2009 issue addresses the following:- 1. Publication of Interest Rates. Ref BSD/DIR/IGEN/CIR/01/023 Dated 14th October 2009 2.Central Bank of Nigeria Public Statement Dated 16th October 2009 3.Central Bank of Nigeria Press Statement 4.Publication of Un-audited Accounts of Banks as at September 30, 2009. Ref:SD/DIR/GEN/CIR/03/024 DATED 26TH OCTOBER 2009

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Sep 2009 NEWSLETTERS

The September 2009 issue of the IP newsletter contains the following:- – Nollywood Business Forum – INTA/ACEC – ACC Nigeria Roundtable – Trademarks Registry News – Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Conduct Elections – NBA Annual Conference: The Largest Gathering of Lawyers in Sub-Sahara Africa – ICANN Conference for Domain Name System Operation – Nigeria’s Independence Celebration.

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May 2009 NEWS

Court fixes May 27 for adoption of briefs in oil block dispute The Guardian – Nigeria – Lagos,Nigeria … Chief Robert Clarke SAN with whom was Babatunde Fagbonhunlu SAN, of Aluko and Oyebode law firms. But before the court admitted the said documents, …

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Dec 2008 PUBLICATIONS

This article appeared in the 1st edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Procurement; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk) authored by Gbenga Oyebode and Olubunmi Fayokun

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May 2008 PUBLICATIONS

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Public Procurement 2008, (published in May 2008 – contributing editor: Hans-Joachim Prieâ). For further information please visit www.gettingthedealthrough.com

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Mar 2008 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Adobe – Licence to Learn/Formal Launch of Adobe in Nigeria; Update on Service Marks in Nigeria; International Franchise Seminar; Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) /Federation of Intellectual Property Owners (FIPO) Intellectual Property Conference; DWS Africa Steering Committee Meeting: Africa – Regional Expansion and Opportunities; Aluko & Oyebode Sponsors Two Officials From Nigerian Trademarks Registry for INTA 2008; 3rd Annual Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law Conference and The Anti-

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Jan 2008 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles; Judges’ Conference: Workshop on the Adjudication of Intellectual Property Cases; Nigeria & The Tobacco Industry; Update on Service Marks in Nigeria; Nigeria Customs Service; Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Wins West Africa Consumer Protection Award; Director General of NAFDAC Wins Best Service Delivery Awards; Fourth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy – Dubai 2008; The Anti-Countefeiting Coalition (ACC) Nigeria; The Collecting Society; A Panacea for Piracy and Development for the Copyright Industry in Nigeria and Admission to Partnership.

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Nov 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles; Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), United States Governments Train Enforcement Officers; Nigerian Copyright Commission Trains Staff on Disc Piracy; Nigeria Pledges to Boost Intellectual Property Investment; Intertek and Standards Organisation of Nigeria Renew the SONCAP Contract; Nigeria Trade Marks Registry; NAFDAC Hologram and Other Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions Workshop; SON gives Manufacturers December Deadline on Standardisation; The Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (ACC) and Aluko & Oyebode’s Annual Retreat.

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Oct 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Court Resolves Trademark Suit Against Three Companies; NAFDAC Re-opens Onitsha Drug Market; Nigerian Copyright Commission & EFCC Unite to Combat Piracy; Update on Guiness Nigeria Plc and NAFDAC’s Fight Over Adulterated Product; Kano State Government Sues Pfizer, Nigerian Customs Service Arrest Two Vehicles with Contraband; NAFDAC Arrest 30 Persons Over Fake Products and Nigeria Trademarks Registry and Report From The Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (ACC) Meeting.

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Oct 2007 PUBLICATIONS

PROPOSED UNIFORM STATE ARBITRATION AND CONCILIATION BILL. ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS. PART 1

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Oct 2007 PUBLICATIONS

Amended report from the National Committee on the Reform and Harmonisation of Arbitration and ADR Laws in Nigeria

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Oct 2007 PUBLICATIONS

Acknowledgements from the members of the National Committee on the Reform of Nigeria’s Arbitration and ADR Laws

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Jun 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on US Delists Nigeria from Piracy Blacklist; Trade Mark Journal; Nigeria Appoints a New Registrar; Nigerian Serive Marks – Update; National Agency of Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Awards

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Jun 2007 NEWS

This article appeared in the 2007 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Environmental Law 2007 ; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk) and was authored by Oghogho Makinde and Temitayo Adegok.

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May 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains the following articles Regulation on Protection of Service Marks in Nigeria; NAFDAC’s Continued Efforts Against Fake Drugs and 2007 Nigerian Elections

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May 2007 NEWS

“This article first appeared in the 2007 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: PFI / PPP Projects; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk) authored by Gbenga Oyebode and Oghogho Makinde”

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Apr 2007 NEWS

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Securitisation 2006 – NIGERIA – this article appeared in the 2006 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Securitisation; published and reproduced with the kind permission of Global Legal Group Ltd, London, www.iclg.co.uk

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Mar 2007 PUBLICATIONS

This article appeared in the 2007 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gas Regulation; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London and authored by Gbenga Oyebode and Kofo Dosekun

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Mar 2007 NEWSLETTERS

Aluko & Oyebode, as a leading Intellectual Property Law firm in Nigeria, publishes IP Newsletters & Updates in respect of all important intellectual property developments in Nigeria. Read our September/October 2006 newsletter online or send us an e-mail to be included in our mailing list.

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Feb 2007 NEWS

This article appeared in the 2006 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Environmental Law 2006 ; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk) and was authored by Oghogho Makinde and Bukola Ayanbule

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Jan 2007 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on the Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Aluko & Oyebode IP Watching Service; NAFDAC; IP Law Reform Update;

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Jan 2007 PUBLICATIONS

“This article first appeared in the 2007 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: PFI / PPP Projects; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.iclg.co.uk) authored by Gbenga Oyebode and Oghogho Makinde”

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Jan 2007 NEWS

Mr. Gbenga Oyebode was the Chair at the Orientation Session of the IBA Biennial Conference 2006 Rome. The session was designed to provide an introduction and overview of areas of practise that will be addressed in greater depth on more specific topics during the Conference.

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Dec 2006 NEWSLETTERS

This edition of the IP Newsletter contains articles on Nigerian national Broadcasting Commission (“NBC”) Enforcing Restriction on Broadcasting Licensing; Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Intellectual Property (IP) Law Reforms in Nigeria; Nigerian Copyright Commission and National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP).

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Dec 2006 NEWS

The LCIA is delighted to announce that the following Regional Representatives were appointed in February 2006 for a three year term: Africa: Adesina Salawu – Aluko & Oyebode

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Nov 2006 NEWS

Mr. Babatunde Fagbohunlu was recently appointed Secretary to the National Committee on the Reform and Harmonisation of Arbitration & ADR Laws.

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Oct 2006 NEWS

Mr. Gbenga Oyebode was a member of the panel on “Agricultural and Rural Development” at the Eighth Annual Africa Business Conference organised by the Africa Business Club of Harvard Business School on the 18th of February, 2006.

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Sep 2006 NEWS

Mr. Gbenga Oyebode was a member of the panel on “Entrepreneurship & Leadership” at the 13th Annual Wharton Business Forum organised by the Wharton Africa Business Forum at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. The Forum took place at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, on the 19th of November, 2005. Over 30 speakers including CEO’s, policy makers and academics participated in the Forum. The objective of the panel on Entrepreneurship & Leadership was to present each panellist’s individual experiences with entrepreneurship and leadership in Africa, including challenges faced, successes, and overall insights on the African business environment and to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges within the current African economic environment.

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Aug 2006 NEWS

THE MINISTER of Regional Cooperation and NEPAD, Dr. Konadu Apraku, has said that the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has recommended that member states should jointly undertake the processing of the huge bauxite deposits in Kibi-Atewa and Nyinahin to supply raw materials for the Aluminum Smelting factory in Tema (VALCO) and the Aluminum Smelting Company at Ikot-Abasi, in Nigeria.

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Jul 2006 NEWS

The Federal Government and oil workers’ unions have reached an agreement to privatise the nation’s four refineries. The pact may have successfully nipped in the bud, a planned nationwide strike by oil workers to protest the sale of the ailing plants.

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Jun 2006 PUBLICATIONS

This article appeared in the 2006 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Intnl Arbitration 2006 ; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London and was authored by Babatunde J Fagbohunlu and Mark Mordi

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Jun 2006 NEWS

Ports industry which for years has enjoyed relative peace may soon be engulfed in crisis as members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) may go on strike to protest the ongoing port concessioning in the country.

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May 2006 PUBLICATIONS

This article appeared in the 2006 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Gas Regulation; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London

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May 2006 PUBLICATIONS

This article appeared in the 2006 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Environmental Law 2006 ; published and reproduced with kind permission by Global Legal Group Ltd, London and was authored by Oghogho Makinde, Bukola Ayanbule

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Oct 2004 PUBLICATIONS

A co-publication of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and Oxford University Press. Aluko & Oyebode was involved in providing information towards the publication.

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