We regularly advise on, file and prosecute applications for the protection of owners and licensees of trademarks and patents.

Our other regulatory work has included filings for securities offerings, filings by foreign investors, quests for transfer-of-technology approvals and campaigns for exemptions from zoning regulations pertaining to land.

We have advised on applications for tax, immunity, corporate status and other privileges for multilateral lending institutions seeking to operate in Nigeria and diplomatic missions acquiring real estate assets in Nigeria.

Perhaps our most original regulatory work has been in advising on quests for tax-free zone status and the development of regulations for the management and operation of free zones, and on bids for much-coveted oil acreage and telecommunications licences.

Also original is our work in seeking permits for the development and operation of privately operated ports and in establishing a framework for co-operation between a private port owner and operator and the port regulatory authorities.

In the telecommunications arena, we have been working extensively on advising major operators on the impact of the new regimes of rules on interconnection and unified licensing, and on assignments of electromagnetic spectrum.

We have also done significant work in structuring and prosecuting applications for operators’ licences from the National Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Petroleum Resources.

Other areas in which we regularly do non-contentious regulatory work include applications for tax registration and tax relief and exemptions, and applications for the registration of patents, trademarks and designs.



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