We represent clients in the drafting of oil and gas sale and purchase contracts including long term supply facilities, as well as matters relating to licensing and production. We also advice on the procedures for accreditation with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the preparation of joint venture agreements. In addition, the Firm provides counsel on issues such as environmental degradation and oil service contract disputes.
Compliance with Local Content Requirements: The Firm is very well positioned to advice on local content issues and we are uniquely qualified to guide foreign companies on how to enhance their ability to meet the requirements imposed by the Nigerian Government. In this area and, indeed, virtually all spheres in which our clients require advice, we are in a position to leverage local competence while maintaining international standards. Examples of areas in which we would complement local competence with international standards, include but are not limited to the following:
(i) Joint Venture Agreements with indigenous companies under the Marginal Field Program;
(ii) Licensing of Private Refineries;
(iii) Developing Standardized Agreements for Procurement activities with local companies;
(iv) Preparation of Bid Tenders;
(v) Establishing and Maintaining Procedures for the Registration of Local Contractors by Work Category;
(vi) Developing and Facilitating the Implementation of Plans to maximize our clients’ achievement of the Nigerian Content requirements of the NNPC;
(vii) Identifying Synergistic Opportunities;
(viii) Advising on Asset Protection Strategies;
(ix) Providing Tax Abatement Strategies; and
(x) Advising on Immigration and Expatriate Quota Matters.
* Our value proposition includes the admission of various members of the Firm as licensed attorneys in foreign jurisdictions and their relationships with lawyers and law firms overseas, thus enabling the Firm to provide comprehensive legal services to its clients.