ALN announces leading Nigerian law firm G.Elias & Co. as its newest member 2 Feb 2014

LN welcomes the leading Nigerian law firm G. Elias & Co. as an ALN member.

G. Elias & Co. is one of a handful of dominant players in the Nigerian corporate legal market with a reputation for being forward-looking and innovative in its approach to advising its clients, making it a natural fit with ALN.  ALN is an alliance of independent top-tier African law firms which share common values and standards and are committed to providing world-class service across the African continent.  With this important step, ALN stretches from its East and Southern Africa base to reach across to West Africa and reinforces its unique position as top African law firms led by Africans working on-the-ground in Africa.   ALN now has members in Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  ALN also works closely with its associate firm in South Africa and its regional office in Dubai, UAE.

Like other ALN Members, G. Elias & Co. has advised on cutting edge deals including representing African Export-Import Bank in an US$ 83 million bridge financing to a telecommunication infrastructure sharing company; advising First Rand Bank on a joint venture for a real estate development worth approximately US$100 million; and advising on a US$1.5bn forward sale of crude petroleum by Nigeria’s NNPC.    The firm is a full service corporate law firm with its key strengths being in M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Projects and Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Energy and Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

ALN members have been working with G. Elias & Co. for many years in a number of cross border projects in various industry sectors.  Lawyers from G. Elias & Co. have already participated in training programmes run by the ALN Academy – an important component ALN offers to enable its lawyers to be trained in international best practice. This is one of the many initiatives driven by ALN to enable it to deliver an overall seamless cross-border service to its clients across the four major regional economic groupings where it is located – EAC, ECOWAS, SADC and COMESA – which have a combined population of over 490 million people.

“Nigeria is currently Africa’s number one investment destination and will soon become Africa’s largest economy so it is a crucial country for ALN’s expansion,” commented Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, ALN’s recently-appointed Chairman.  “We are delighted to have G. Elias & Co. as our new member there.   As attested by Chambers & Partners, G. Elias & Co. has ‘built the practice on intellectual rigour, speed and client satisfaction’ rendering them a top-tier firm which is a prerequisite to being an ALN member.  G. Elias & Co. brings important complementary skills to ALN.  Their partners and associates will further enhance the expertise that the ALN industry sector groups can bring to bear across the continent.  Our expansion into West Africa – including Francophone Africa – is a key part of our strategy and we look forward to working with our newest partners on ALN’s latest regional drive.”

Professor Gbolahan Elias, Partner at G. Elias & Co., commented, “We are very happy to be joining ALN and delighted to be their first member in West Africa.  We look forward to working closely with our new partners and being part of ALN’s significant cross-border capability.”

CONTACTS         
Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra
M: +223 75 950 000
E:   cmd@africalegalnetwork.com
Prof. Gbolahan Elias
Partner, G.Elias & Co
A: 6 Broad Street, Lagos, Nigeria
E: gbolahan.elias@gelias.com
T: +234 12 806 970