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What We Do

What We Do

Areas of Specialization

Estate Planning & Administration

Kolapo Sogbetun & Co. provides a vast range of Estate Planning and Estate Administration services involving both Testamentary and Lifetime planning on a multi-generational basis. Our clients include individuals and families of substantial wealth, family businesses, charitable organizations, and financial institutions serving as fiduciaries. Our experienced Estate Planning and Estate Administration counsel provide comprehensive advice to our clients in the following areas:

  1. Estate Planning & Wealth Transfer – focusing on sophisticated estate planning matters, which includes drafting Wills, trusts, and related documents.
  2. Business Succession Planning – working with owners of closely-held businesses regarding management change.
  3. Estate & Trust Administration – representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in matters involving probate, estates, and trusts.

With its broad expertise in Estate Planning and Estate Administration, Corporate, Real Estate, and Non-Profit areas, Kolapo Sogbetun & Co. is uniquely situated to help you preserve, strengthen, and transfer wealth from one generation to the next.

Banking

We advise extensively in banking matters and act for a large number of domestic and foreign banks, which as a result keep us in the forefront of developments in banking law, both in Nigeria and internationally. In meeting our clients’ requirements, we seek to be innovative. We advise on new forms of security, major international financing, performance bonds, documentary credits, finance leasing and Hire Purchase, indemnities and guarantees, retail banking problems and consumer credit. We avoid as much as  possible the involvement of our Clients in litigation of banking matters.

Having represented the interests of several financial institutions in the past, the firm advices and engages in:

  1. Loan Syndication And Loan Transactions
  2. Security Documentation And Perfection
  3. Debt Recovery (Including The Application Of Insolvency And Bankruptcy Laws.
  4. Derivative Financing

In addition we keep our Clients apprised of recent changes in financial legislation and provide litigation avoidance techniques in financial transactions.

Business Transactions & Corporate Advice

In addition to routine advice on the formation and conduct of companies, Joint Ventures and Partnerships, the firm engages in corporate reorganizations. We proffer advice and render legal opinion on business relationships such as agency, franchising, licensing, manufacturing, equipment leasing and trading.

Commercial Property

Our service in this area encompasses developing new ways of property development and management, lease renewals and surrenders, rent review, negotiation and advice, together with general landlord and tenant work. Our Commercial property lawyers work with others in the Firm on securitisation, corporate issues, flotations, acquisitions, disposals, reorganizations and banking transactions to ensure that the property aspects are fully considered.

Immigration Consultancy

Kolapo Sogbetun & Co attends to clients on vast range of immigration matters which we do through our subsidiary known as BOSTON CONSULT.

We prepare bundle of documents/detailed and in-depth grounds of appeal and we are quick to be commended by immigration judges in their various decisions. Over the years, we have carved a niche for ourselves in this particular field and this has made us outstanding considering the numerous successful immigration cases we have handled from the most hopeless cases to the complex ones.

Company Secretarial Practice

We provide the whole range of secretarial services for our clients. Bearing in mind the dynamic nature of the role of company secretaries, we emphasize answering and dealing with the practical problems encountered in the administration of companies.

Corporate Finance & Securities Regulations and Investment

Our ability to serve our corporate clients is enhanced as a result of regularly representing financial institutions in their role as sponsors, deal makers or providers of finance, so that our experience is comprehensive. We recognize the importance of having a clear understanding of our clients’ business needs and the positions likely to be taken by the other parties involved.

The range of work includes advising on the legal aspects of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers, as well as the raising of all types of primary and secondary issues of securities. We guide our clients through the maze of rules and regulations to which any listed or publicly quoted company is subject, including any special rules dictated by the nature of the industry in which they operate.
We also proffer advices to foreign and domestic Clients and engage in the:

  1. Filing and Processing Of Securities
  2. Registration Statements
  3. Public Issue Of Securities – Regulatory Compliance And Documentation
  4. Trust Deeds, Underwriting Agreements, Vendor Placing Agreements e.t.c.
  5. Company Incorporation And Registration
  6. Procurement of Expatriate Quota
  7. Advice on relevant provisions of the Company and Allied Matters Act 1990, Export Regulations, Immigration Act, Trustee Investments Act, Foreign Exchange (Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions) Decree 1995, Industrial Inspectorate Act, Venture Capital (Incentives) Decree 1993, Investment and Securities Decree, 1999 and other Business and Investment related Statutes.

Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Arbitration

Our clients bring us disputes arising in almost every area of commerce, finance and industry. From our experience, we carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of settlement by negotiation, and as a result we explore with our clients the appropriate alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Insolvency & Asset Recovery

The Firm provides a comprehensive service covering the legal aspects of corporate insolvency, loan and asset recovery over a wide spectrum of businesses. We advise on the drafting of security documentation, the rescue of businesses in financial difficulty, the sale of businesses and the realization of security; if appropriate, we also initiate and conduct litigation. Our insolvency lawyers often work alongside their property and tax colleagues.

Insurance

The firm provides legal services and advice in the field of insurance including but not limited to Life, non life and re insurers, We have a wide range of clients in the insurance industry that consult us on issues relating to claims, underwriting brokerage, corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. We act in the establishment of insurance and related businesses.

Intellectual Property

Our service includes advice on the registration and protection of rights, licensing and exploitation and assignments. We also con¬duct litigation concerning any dispute which may arise, including questions of ownership, validity and infringement.

Shipping

Our clients include shipowners, managers, charterers, insurers and financiers who consult us on all types of contentious shipping matters. We act in litigation and arbitration if disputes relating to cargo and charter parties, operations and other admiralty matters.

Taxation

Our tax lawyers advise our corporate clients and other professional firms on the entirety of Nigerian direct and indirect taxation, as well as on the Nigerian aspects of international tax structures, including the application of relevant double tax treaties.They also provide advice throughout the Firm on issues such as corporation tax and stamp duty implications of corporate, banking and property transactions.

Our practice is tied to our work in Corporate Law, banking , finance and general commercial transactions and investments advising Clients on how to benefit from the various tax legislation/incentives offered by the government in order to create an enabling environment for investors.