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Legal Update: Schools & other Educational Institutions May Now Be Subject to Corporate Taxes in Nigeria
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Religious Organisations & NGOs
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There is now a new legal development in Nigeria’s education sector that further pushes the envelope on the question as to whether schools in Nigeria are subject to corporate taxation. The new development races towards the conclusion that schools of a certain character and/or structure must be subject to corporate taxes like every other company….

Nigeria’s New Road Infrastructure Credit Regime
Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction
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7 days ago
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The Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised a new Road Infrastructure Credit Regime for private companies, special purpose infrastructure funds and institutional investors (Target Firms).  With the new regime, Target Firms who deploy own funds to construct or refurbish “Eligible Roads” across the six geo-political zones of the country will be entitled to deduct the…

New DPR Gas Flare Commercialization Guidelines
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Oil, Gas & Mining
7 days ago
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Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) have recently issued follow up guidelines to the  2018 Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution Regulations) earlier issued by the Minister of Petroleum Resources The new guidelines make specific provisioning for measurement of gas flare data, gas flare payments and associated gas projects. The new guidelines are accessible…

Faith-Based Responsible Investments – Structural Considerations For Churches & Other Religious Organisations in Nigeria
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Religious Organisations & NGOs
1 week ago
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Succession Planning For Churches in Nigeria – The State of the Law & Structuring Considerations For Trustees
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Religious Organisations & NGOs
1 week ago
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Public Notice From the SEC to CMOs in Nigeria’s Capital Market on Fidelity Bonds
Financial Services & Investment Banks
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1 week ago
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The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) recently directed all registered Capital Market Operators  (CMOs) to update their statutory annual Fidelity Bond Filings and/or Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy Filings (Fidelity Filings). By virtue of Rule 27 (1) of SEC Rules and Regulations, (made pursuant to the Investments and Securities Act, 2007) every Registered CMO is required…

Facing the Future – Balogun Harold Announces New Brand Identity to Reflect its Value Creation Approach for Buyers of Legal Services in Nigeria
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1 week ago
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Dear Friends and Clients, We recently announced a new brand identity for Balogun Harold, to reflect additional elements of our value creation approach. Our new identity is a reflection of our understanding of the changing needs of buyers of legal services in Nigeria and has become imperative in view of a flurry of paradigm shifts…

The New Local Content Regulation in Nigeria’s Power Sector – The Opportunities and Some Sticking Points 
Utilities & Renewables
2 weeks ago
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As of 2018, (based on data from the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board), the implementation of local content legislation, in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is said to have created over 30,000 jobs and delivered project-based trainings for up to 5,800 young Nigerians. Also, the total value of contracts awarded to Nigerian companies in its…

Land Banking in Nigeria – Regulatory Framework for Foreign Investment
Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction
4 months ago
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Merge, Align or Die: CBN’s Directive on Mergers and Acquisitions to Microfinance Banks
Financial Services & Investment Banks
4 months ago
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In an industry circular dated October 22, 2018, the CBN announced an increase in the regulatory share capital requirement of microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria, across unit, state and national license categories. With this requirement, the CBN intends to drive a further consolidation of the MFB sub-sector of Nigeria’s financial services industry through mergers & acquisitions and direct injection of funds….

lnvestor Update – Nigeria Launches Landmark Gas Permits Regime & Licensing Round
Oil, Gas & Mining
5 months ago
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Nigeria has finalised plans to commercialise all the associated gas flared by its exploration and production operators (Producers). The way it will do this is to first assert and then, exercise ownership rights over all associated gas flared by Producers in over 179 gas flare sites spread across on-shore, swamp, shallow offshore and deep offshore…

LNG Third Party Tolling Agreements – Key Commercial Considerations for LNG Tolling Customers
Oil, Gas & Mining
5 months ago
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Financing Liquefied Natural Gas Projects in Nigeria – Key Commercial Considerations & Structuring Options
Oil, Gas & Mining
5 months ago
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Nigeria’s New Transfer Pricing Regulations – Implications for Private Equity Fund Managers
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
5 months ago
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The Nigerian Content Development Fund – Key Transaction Considerations for Oil and Gas Firms
Oil, Gas & Mining
5 months ago
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Taxation of Non-Resident/Foreign Oil & Gas Firms Doing Business with Nigerian Companies
Oil, Gas & Mining
5 months ago
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Legal & Regulatory Framework for Foreign Investment in Forestry – 2018
Food & Agribusiness
6 months ago
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Beyond Macro-Economics: The Other Reason Why Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria’s Insurance Sector Is An Increasingly Compelling Value Proposition
Financial Services & Investment Banks
6 months ago
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Other than an increasingly stable macro-economic environment, a growing middle class, large infrastructure and energy plays, steady increases in premium volumes and penetration rates, we consider the regulatory approach of Nigeria’s National Insurance Commission, (NAICOM), the other big driver of growth in the insurance sector and the additional reason why a strategic decision to invest…

Tax Considerations in Structuring Venture Capital and Private Equity Investments in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
7 months ago
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Legal and Regulatory Framework for Foreign Venture Capital Investors setting up in Nigeria / investing in Nigerian Companies
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
7 months ago
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CBN Regulations for Transactions with Authorised Dealers in Renminbi – Key Commercial Considerations for China Nigeria Importers
Financial Services & Investment Banks
7 months ago
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Legal & Regulatory Framework for Foreign Investment in Micro-Insurance Business in Nigeria
Financial Services & Investment Banks
7 months ago
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Nigeria’s 2017 National Petroleum Policy: A review of the key changes to the status-quo
Oil, Gas & Mining
7 months ago
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Structuring Bancassurance Distribution Arrangements in Nigeria: Key Commercial Considerations
Financial Services & Investment Banks
7 months ago
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Our Review of the Legal Framework for Bancassurance Business in Nigeria
Financial Services & Investment Banks
7 months ago
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A Review of the Legal & Regulatory Framework for Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions in Nigeria
Financial Services & Investment Banks
7 months ago
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Fund Manager Update – Connecting the Regulatory Dots in Nigeria’s Private Equity Industry
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
7 months ago
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As far as legal and regulatory developments in Nigeria’s private equity industry goes, it appears that the dots are finally beginning to connect. A number of regulatory reforms speak to this reality. We should caveat this update with the view that the state of securities law locally does not yet encourage capital formation/accretion, at least…

The Latest Amendments to Nigeria’s Company Law – Key Implications For Private Equity Dealmaking in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
8 months ago
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Transaction Structuring Options for Leveraged Buy-Outs (LBOs) in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
8 months ago
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Balogun Harold Wins Landmark Federal High Court Judgment on the Information Rights of Investors in the Nigerian Capital Market
Finance & Investment Litigation & Arbitration
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8 months ago
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Balogun Harold, has won a landmark judgment which firmly establishes the rights of both institutional and retail investors in the Nigerian capital market, to (1) demand for information from securities exchanges operating in the Nigerian capital market and; (2) the obligation of securities exchanges to provide requested information within the period stipulated under the Freedom…

Fund Manager Update – What is the Level of Exposure that Nigerian Fund Managers Have to the General Data Protection Regulation?
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
9 months ago
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Fund Managers in Nigeria will have some level of exposure to the new European regulation on data privacy, commonly referred to as, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into legal effect in each of the European Union Member States (“EU”) on 25 May, 2018. The GDPR is the EU legislation that is intended…

Evergreen Fund Structures – Structuring & Practical Considerations for Private Equity Fund Managers
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
10 months ago
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The New Multi-Fund Structure for Management of Pension Funds in Nigeria – Key Implementation Considerations for Pension Fund Managers
Financial Services & Investment Banks
10 months ago
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Fund Manager Update : [Following the Money] – Key Legal and Structuring Issues For Private Debt Funds in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
10 months ago
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Fund Manager Update – Legal and Regulatory Trends Shaping Private Equity investments in Nigeria 2018
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
10 months ago
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The Uniform System of Accounts Regulation 2018 – How Should DisCos & GenCos Manage Increasing Legal and Regulatory Compliance Costs?
Utilities & Renewables
10 months ago
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The finalization and the issuance of the Uniform System of Accounts Regulations 2018 (USofA) is the latest item of regulatory intervention from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is facing unprecedented levels of regulatory oversight. Understandably, regulators are keen on standardizing the sector. As a result, licensees are facing…

The Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialization Programme – Key Considerations for Investors
Oil, Gas & Mining
10 months ago
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Private Equity Guide for Nigerian Businesses – Our Business Finance Support Series
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
10 months ago
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WayLeave Contracts – Key Considerations For Electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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The Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018 – Key Concerns & Strategic Options For Electricity Distribution Companies
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Regulation of the Beauty & Cosmetics Industry in Nigeria 2018 – Investor Guide
Hospitality, Tourism & Luxury Goods
11 months ago
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The Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018 – A Review of Key Investment Protections for Investors and Meter Asset Providers
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently issued the Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018 (The MAP Regulation). The key regulatory objectives of the MAP Regulation are to encourage the development of independent and competitive metering services in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and to attract private investment in the provision of metering services in…

Legal & Regulatory Framework for Renewable Energy Projects in Nigeria – Investor Guides Vol 1
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Importing Goods Into Nigeria – Key Considerations For Importers
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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Cross-Border Distribution Agreements Facing Nigeria- Key Points For Negotiation
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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The EU-Ecowas Economic Partnership Agreement – Key Considerations For Nigerian Manufacturers
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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Nigeria’s Food Security Bill 2016 – Key Highlights
Food & Agribusiness
11 months ago
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The Defence Space Agency Bill 2016 – Key Highlights
Space and Defense
11 months ago
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Developing Utility-Scale Solar Power Projects in Nigeria – Preliminary Considerations for Project Promoters
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law – A Review of Key Investment Protections for Investors
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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The DPR Guidelines for Bunkering Operations in Nigeria : Operational Considerations for Bunkerers
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Negotiating Metering Service Agreements in Nigeria – Practical Considerations for Discos and Meter Asset Providers
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Highlights of the NERC Meter Asset Provider Regulations 2018
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Highlights of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption (Fiscalisation) Regulations 2017
Hospitality, Tourism & Luxury Goods
11 months ago
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Food Law & Regulation in Nigeria 2018
Food & Agribusiness
11 months ago
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Original Equipment Manufacturer Agreements – Key Contract Negotiation Issues
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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Developments in Product Liability Claims – Mitigation & Pre-Emption Strategies For Nigerian Manufacturers
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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Our Summary of the Key Regulatory & Compliance Issues Facing Nigerian Manufacturers in 2018
Manufacturing & Retail
11 months ago
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Mergers & Acquisitions in Renewables – Key Due Diligence Considerations For Investors
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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Oil Field Services in Nigeria – Assessing the Regulatory & Compliance Framework for Operators
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Pipeline Regulation in Nigeria – Assessing the Regulatory & Compliance Framework for Shippers & Owners
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Downstream Mergers & Acquisitions – Key Considerations for Buyers
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Structuring A Reserves-Based Lending Transaction in Nigeria’s Oil & Gas Industry – Practical Considerations
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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A Review of the Contractual Arrangements Obtainable in Nigeria’s Downstream Oil/Petrol Station Sector – Key Negotiation Points
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Maritime & Inland Waterways Regulation 2018 – Changing Regulatory and Operational Framework in Nigeria
Transportation & Mobility
11 months ago
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Investing in a Mobile Value Added Service (VAS) business in Nigeria’s Telecomm’s Industry – Key Legal Considerations
Technology & Telecoms
11 months ago
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Off-Grid Investments in Nigeria’s Power Sector – Regulatory Approach to Addressing Key Investor & Operator Concerns
Utilities & Renewables
11 months ago
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The Nigerian Petroleum Industry Governance Bill – Key Investor & Operator Concerns
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Mining Regulation in Nigeria 2018- An Overview of the Changing Regulatory & Operational Framework
Oil, Gas & Mining
11 months ago
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Banking Regulation in Nigeria 2018 – An Overview of the Changing Regulatory and Operational Framework
Financial Services & Investment Banks
11 months ago
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Structuring Issues For Private Equity Debt Funds in Frontier Markets – Practical Considerations
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
12 months ago
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Operating a Gaming/Sports Betting Company in Nigeria: Legal & Practical Considerations for Foreign Investment
Sports, Media & Entertainment
12 months ago
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Legal and Practical Considerations for Sport Sponsorships in Nigeria
Sports, Media & Entertainment
12 months ago
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Film Financing in Nigeria: Here Are All the Revenue Protection Contracts That Film Producers in Nigeria Must Put In Place
Sports, Media & Entertainment
12 months ago
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Negotiating Aircraft Financing in Nigeria – Contractual & Structuring Considerations
Transportation & Mobility
1 year ago
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Legal Framework for the Purchase, Sale & Financing of Private Jets & Yachts in Nigeria
Hospitality, Tourism & Luxury Goods
1 year ago
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Investing & Operating in Nigeria’s Private Education Sector – What Investors Should Consider Prior to Investment
Education & Vocational Training
1 year ago
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Defence Procurement in Nigeria – Key Legal Issues
Space and Defense
1 year ago
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Due Diligence Considerations for Real Estate Investments in Nigeria- Core & Opportunistic Strategies
Infrastructure, Real Estate & Construction
1 year ago
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Legal Framework For Defence Contracting in Nigeria – Foreign Investments & Strategic Partnership Considerations
Space and Defense
1 year ago
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Legal Framework For Private Refining in Nigeria – Operational Considerations
Oil, Gas & Mining
1 year ago
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Mergers & Acquisitions in Nigeria’s Healthcare Industry – Practical Considerations for Buyers
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
1 year ago
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2018 Venture Capital Deal Outlook & Insights
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
1 year ago
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In 2017, we were privileged to advice on a number of early-stage deals, ranging from seed investments to Series A investments. We also helped set up a number of venture capital funds looking to attract institutional limited partners, which are based in Nigeria.  We reflect on that experience and now share a mix of expectations,…

Regulatory Framework for Operating an Investment Bank in Nigeria – Structuring Considerations
Financial Services & Investment Banks
1 year ago
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Blood Banking in Nigeria – Regulatory Framework for Foreign Direct Investment
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
1 year ago
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Policy & Legal Update: The Bus Market in Lagos State – Government Intervention & Regulatory Framework For Private Participation
Transportation & Mobility
1 year ago
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Key Due Diligence Considerations for Acquisitions in Nigeria’s Media and Entertainment Industry
Sports, Media & Entertainment
1 year ago
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Taxation of High-Networth Musicians, Athletes, Actors, & Movie Producers in Nigeria – What Defences Are Available Under Nigerian Law?
Sports, Media & Entertainment
1 year ago
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Key Legal & Regulatory Issues To Consider When Negotiating Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements in the Nigerian Electricty Supply Industry
Utilities & Renewables
1 year ago
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How Best Can Global Brands Operating in Nigeria’s Healthcare Industry Protect Their Trademark & Intellectual Property under Nigerian Law
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
1 year ago
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How Best Can Global Brands Operating in Nigeria’s Transportation Industry Protect Their Trademark & Intellectual Property under Nigerian Law
Transportation & Mobility
1 year ago
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How Best Can Global Brands Operating in Nigeria’s Hospitality & Tourism Industry Protect Their Trademark & Intellectual Property under Nigerian Law
Hospitality, Tourism & Luxury Goods
1 year ago
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Our Submission to the Central Bank of Nigeria on the Regulation of Bitcoins & Cryptocurrencies in Nigeria
Government Policy & Strategy
1 year ago
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Legal Update – The State of Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Law and Regulation in Nigeria, 2018
Technology & Telecoms
1 year ago
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The google analytic which revealed that the most Google searches, globally, for the word ‘bitcoin’ in 2017, came from South Africa and Nigeria, respectively, is perhaps the last & connecting puzzle piece of a growing economic constant, that speaks to the astronomical rise in the demand for and consumption of cryptocurrency business/services in Nigeria. Now,…

Regulatory Update – Public-to-Private Transactions & Private-Investment-in-Public-Entities in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
1 year ago
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We think that Public-to-Private transactions and Private-Investment-in-Public-Entities can essentially be a game changing strategy in 2018, for private equity firms looking to create distinctive value, especially, in frontier markets, where control investments are hard to execute and traditional equity market funding alternatives may not be available to a public company. In a new update to…

Our Submission to the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment on the Review of the Pioneer Status Incentives as Relates to the Technology Industry
Government Policy & Strategy
1 year ago
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We recently submitted a policy position analysis to the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission on the need to review the administration of Nigeria’s Pioneer Status Incentives as applicable to the Emerging Growth Segment of the Information & Communications Technology (ICT)  industry. A copy of our submission is…

2017 Trends in Data Privacy & Regulation in Nigeria – Practical Considerations for Investors and Technology Companies
Technology & Telecoms
1 year ago
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We recently provided legal advice to a strategic technology investor on the liabilities under Nigerian law, which a prospective portfolio technology company will be exposed to under the applicable legal framework for data privacy regulation in Nigeria and within the context of possible court action for data privacy breaches. As part of that instruction, we…

Here’s How To Qualify for Pioneer Tax Incentives in Nigeria
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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The Federal Government of Nigeria recently added 27 industries to the Pioneer Industry List. The Pioneer Industry List is a list of industries and products which qualify under Nigerian law for Nigeria’s Pioneer Status Incentives. The Federal Government of Nigeria grants Pioneer Status Incentives to businesses in industries where economic activity is not being undertaken…

The ILPA Guidance on Subscription Lines of Credit 2017
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) on June 27, 2017 issued the Guidance For Limited Partners on Subscription Lines of Credit used by Private Equity Funds( the ILPA Guidance). The Guidance is significant in view of the increasing calls for greater disclosure and better alignment of interests between institutional investors and General Partners (GPs) with respect…

Nigeria’s Central Bank Issues Guidelines to Jumpstart Non-Performing Loans Market.
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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Nigeria has taken the first strategic step to creating an active distressed debt market locally. This is a significant move in the light of the build-up of non-performing loans (NPLs) in Nigeria’s banking industry. NPLs in Nigeria’s banking sector have now crossed the N2 trillion mark and are still on an upward trajectory. The International…

Nigeria’s $1M Venture Capital Fund For its Creative Industry: Some Practical Considerations
Sports, Media & Entertainment
2 years ago
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We commend the Federal Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and its partners for successfully organising the maiden edition of the Creative Nigeria Summit. The Creative Nigeria Summit is a bold step in thought leadership and industry engagement around some of the key issues affecting Nigeria’s creative industry. Perhaps, more exciting are the policy direction…

Offshore HoldCos as Investment Vehicles for Technology Start-Ups in Nigeria – Some Practical Considerations for Tech Founders and VC
Technology & Telecoms
2 years ago
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Delaware flips are now increasingly common locally. We estimate that up to 70% of the tech start-ups that have raised seed financing or looking to raise seed financing in Nigeria have had to incorporate offshore holding companies (HoldCos) in Delaware, Mauritius or other jurisdictions considered to be investor-friendly[1]. This statistic is evidence of a prevalent…

Client Update: The Constitutional Limitations of the Limited Partnership Laws in Lagos State: Legal Implications for Private Equity and Venture Capital Limited Partners and Fund of Funds
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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With the introduction of a pioneer framework for registering Limited Liability Partnerships and Limited Partnerships in Nigeria, Lagos State gained significance in the local private equity and venture capital industry in Nigeria as a preferred jurisdiction for the formation of private equity and venture capital funds and amongst professionals, for the constitution of professional service…

Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund Formation For First-Time Funds in Nigeria: Some Legal Considerations
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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There is a growing wave of entrepreneurs and first-time GPs in Nigeria who have recently launched or currently promoting  a first-time venture capital or private equity fund. We think that global trends in the venture capital and private equity industry justifies this development. Whilst there is still some noticeable reluctance amongst the traditional institutional investor…

Balogun Harold Launches Second Opinion Practice
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2 years ago
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Balogun Harold has announced the launch of a Second Opinion Practice. The Practice provides a platform that allows the universe of investors, lenders, in-house counsel, foreign law firms and business people to receive the benefit of a second legal opinion on any issue of legal concern. The Practice is the first of its kind in…

2017 Cross-Border Venture Capital Investment Outlook in Nigeria: Some Practical Legal Considerations for Cross-Border Venture Capital Investment Nigeria.
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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In this Report, we provide a high-level risk analysis of some of the legal and regulatory flash points for cross-border venture capital investments in Nigeria, thereby identifying some of the factors that may jeopardize EBITDA expectations. Download PDF Resource

2017 Outlook for the Distressed Loans Market in Nigeria: Some Considerations For Private Equity Buyers and Regulators
Private equity, venture capital & Alternative Assets
2 years ago
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In this Report, we advance the view that a cultivation of an active distressed loans market must form part of the regulatory response to increasing NPL levels in Nigeria.  We also provide a high-level risk analysis of some of the legal and regulatory flash points that frequently recur in the sale and or work out of…