The firm’s Private Equity team has developed significant expertise in private equity fund structuring and investment transactions, dating back to our work with some of the domestic and foreign pioneers in this sector in Nigeria during the 1990s. The members of the team bring a range of experience from their commercial, financing, tax, corporate advisory and restructuring practice areas to bear in their work for private equity clients.
In addition to providing full transactional support, the team advises on issues including the formation and establishment of funds; the development of tax-efficient investment structures; the tax liability of funds under Nigerian law; the corporate, regulatory and licensing issues relevant to funds investing and operating in Nigeria or dealing with Nigerians; the representation of investors in the purchase and sales of portfolio assets; and the provision of representation and support in dispute resolution involving the interests of fund managers in Nigeria.
Our clients include top-tier global, regional and local private equity funds and fund managers, institutional investors, financial organisations, international development institutions, banks, SMS fund managers, consortia of all of the above, and companies seeking private equity or venture capital.
The firm is an inaugural member of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Association of Nigeria (PEVCA) and is represented on the legal and regulatory councils of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA). The team has also written extensively on regulatory issues, investments, and the regulation of private equity for publications such as the IFLR, the Asset Management Law Review and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) newsletter, among others.