Firm History

ǼLEX is the result of the merger on July 1, 2004 of four leading commercial law firms; O. Adekoya & Co., Victor & Charles, Anga & Emuwa and Adegbite Adeniji & Co. 

O. Adekoya & Co

O. Adekoya & Co opened its doors on 1st August 1990 with Olufunke Adekoya as its principal. At inception the firm had a staff strength of 2 lawyers and 3 support staff. By the time the firm merged with other firms to form ǼLEX 14 years later, it had evolved into a partnership of 2 partners, 4 associates and 12 support staff.

Its focus has always been on dispute resolution, either through the courts or using arbitration and other forms of alternate dispute resolution. Its principal partner Mrs Olufunke Adekoya SAN gained a reputation for advocacy skills before both the High and Appellate courts and in 2001 was appointed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, becoming only the fifth woman to be so elevated in the 25 years since the rank was created. In addition she has represented clients as either counsel or party appointed arbitrator in numerous arbitrations, mainly for the firm's construction and energy clients.

Clients of the firm consisted of both large and small-scale companies operating in the upstream and downstream energy sector, companies in the financial services sector and the construction industry. The firm also maintained a healthy portfolio of private clients, for whom it handled private contract matters, family law and immigration issues and trust and probate work.

In addition the firm acted for many foreign embassies with regard to immigration inquiries and insurance fraud matters. Until the time of the merger, the firm was a member of the Nigerian -American Chamber of Commerce.

Victor & Charles

Victor & Charles was established in 1993, and was very widely known for project finance and other transaction work in oil and gas, power and telecommunications, with a formidable track record of public issues and private offers in the Nigerian Stock market, with track in mergers and acquisitions.  The firm leads the practice of environmental law in Nigeria and has a wide commercial advisory portfolio.

In the course of advising and acting for international and Nigerian investors, international financial institutions, bank and non-bank financial institutions, project owners, developers, contractors and other projects stakeholders, VICTOR & CHARLES was respected for the quality of its legal advisory support.

The partners and associates of the firm have collectively acquired, over the last 26 years, considerable experience in establishment of new businesses, midwifed direct foreign investment; corporate acquisitions and mergers; public offers and private placings; project finance; telecommunications; petroleum and power industry transactions of substantial sizes.

The senior partner, 'Soji Awogbade, was for 8 years the managing partner of Nigeria's oldest law firm, which, accounted at that time for a significant percentage of project/transaction advisory work in Nigeria. He concentrated on project finance, oil and gas, investment and securities, environmental, and company law; and led the team (working with an international law firm) which provided the full complement of financing and regulatory advise on the groundbreaking oil and gas project finance transaction in Nigeria. (The Mobil OSO Condensate Project.)

Anga & Emuwa

Anga & Emuwa was formed in 1990 after the merger of two commercial law practice, L. F. Anga & Co. and T. I. Emuwa & Co.

The firm offered specialist services in many areas of law and represented a wide range of clients including governments, multinational companies and their local affiliates, oil and gas companies, banks and other financial institutions, international airlines and shipping companies, international organizations, as well as high net worth individuals. The firm provided legal advisory service to professional colleagues in Europe, Asia, the United States of America and other African countries who required clarification, confirmation or explanation in respect of the laws of the Nigerian Federation or any of its constituent states as well as the practice in Nigerian courts.

The firm had offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria and in Accra, Ghana and was the first West African law firm to open an office in another African country. Anga & Emuwa was the Reviser of the Nigeria Law Digest published by Martindale Hubbell.

The firm was the Nigerian member of the World Services Group, Meritas, Ship Arrested, Counterforce Network of the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau of the International Chamber Of Commerce.

Adegbite Adeniji & Co.

A partner in the firm has concentrated his practice for over a decade on significant corporate and commercial, oil and gas, solid minerals, and commercial property transactions and litigation. His career experience in Nigeria and recent work as a Consultant in the Oil, Gas, Mining and Chemicals Department of the World Bank has provided him with a high level exposure to the regulatory and transactional dynamics of natural resources development for countries in transition. His experience and insights from his participation as a member of Legal and Regulatory sub-committee of the Presidential Task Force on Solid Minerals Development and the IBA/SERL Mining Committee, including perspectives from his recent research work on African mining sector reforms and country risk management, has taken the firm to a new level in advisory and project documentation techniques.