Matthew Burkaa & Co | Practice Areas
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Practice Areas

Litigation

We are thorough bred litigation firm and have over the years represented clients in high profile and delicate matters from the High Court to the Supreme Court. The Firm has been actively involved in election petition matters since its inception to date. We have also represented both individual and corporate clients in both civil and criminal matters in virtually all major courts of record and tribunals in Nigeria.

General Corporate/Commercial Law

We advise on matters falling within the areas of General Corporate and Commercial laws and related issues including matters under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, concerning operations of businesses in Nigeria, such as the establishment and maintenance of companies whether indigenous or subsidiaries/local affiliates of foreign companies, joint ventures and assets purchase.

 

We also provide legal advisory services covering commercial and financial transactions, documentation and acceptable legal procedures with regard to various forms of business and commercial operations in Nigeria.

 

The firm has variously advised several firms and individual investors seeking to invest in Nigeria by providing corporate services covering company formation and operation, company searches, due diligence/ verification, as well as company secretarial services on an on-going basis.

Energy and Natural Resources Law

We provide legal opinions on legislations and pronouncements relating to the oil and gas industry,  covering areas such as legal requirements for participation, tax regimes, environmental standards, interpretation of applicable laws; and providing legal services to oil and gas concerns on an ongoing basis.

 

Preparation of joint venture agreements, gas sale agreements, and advising on the establishment of strategic alliances, partnerships and joint venture arrangements in the oil and gas industry and arbitration arising out of disputes / disagreements with Government, Technical partners, Joint Venture partners, Contractors, Service Providers. etc

Privatization and Capital Markets

Provision of advisory services with respect to regulations guiding listings by quoted companies with Securities and Exchange Commission, general regulatory issues governing capital market operations, share warrants, issues and private placements, introductions, and underwritings.

 

We proffer advisory services on the appropriate models for quoted and private company take-overs, acquisitions and mergers, asset sales and purchases.

International Trade and Investment

We also represent clients in the manufacturing, trading, technology, construction and service sectors wishing to establish businesses in Nigeria either in partnership with Nigerians or through companies wholly owned by non- Nigerians.

 

We assist clients in other areas requiring compliance with requisite Nigerian investment laws and business regulations. These include obtaining of all the requisite business permits and /or expatriate quota allocations, Securities and Exchange Commission consents and approvals and certificate of capital importation.

Banking and Finance

Nigeria has witnessed exponential growth in this sector, a trend that has seen Nigerian banks grow to bigger conglomerates with a more stable capital base over the years before the recent recapitalization exercise.

 

On our part, we have kept abreast with this growth, and continue to work for a number of banking and financial institutions, acting to procure requisite licenses, drawing up contracts, effecting registration of loan documentation, providing legal support and services on complex projects and finance schemes; conducting due diligence on behalf of client banks and other financial institutions, and representing these institutions in court where necessary.

 

We are also actively involved in recovery of debts arising from overdrafts, facilities or loans granted by client banks to their various customers.

Aviation

We are familiar with the procedure for setting up airlines in Nigeria including the process of obtaining all the requisite licenses, permits and authorizations required to participate in the aviation sector in Nigeria.

Telecommunications and Media

The Firm is conversant with the process leading to the grant of various telecom licenses and permits. The firm also renders advice on an on- going basis to any firm engaged within the sector.

Intellectual Property

The intellectual property department of the firm is able to offer services in the areas of trademark registration, Patent design and copyright, both by way of registration and defense of such rights.

Real Estates  and Property Law

The firm has done extensive work in the area of Real estate law and has advised a number of major blue chip companies on their acquisitions and/ or disposal of real properties.

 

The firm’s real estate and property law section has regularly acted in real estate transactions of various types including securing real estate rights for clients, including advising on the best method and mechanism for the acquisition and retention of interest in Real estate from the application stage to processing of the requisite title documents where required.

Labour Law

The firm boasts of experts in labour law. We are acquainted with the various labour related legislations and regulations in Nigeria. Counsels are able to advice with regard to Employer/ employee labour relations in order to bring the operations of such clients within the ambit of the law.

Family Law

The firm is dedicated to assisting clients who are dealing with the changes occurring in their lives due to a family law matter and we do so with professionalism, integrity and compassion. The Firm has handled a handful of family law cases ranging from custody to settlement and our firm uses a unique approach in each case and provides each clients with personal and undivided attention.