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We work closely with tax consultants as the occasion may arise.  We are also active on aspects of tax that are typically not the focus of tax accountants -- for example, court litigation, advice on the constitutional aspects of taxation, the actual drawing up of agreements to achieve given tax goals, and assessing and working around the rules on taxes payable to company and land registries.  As lawyers, our communications with our clients enjoy unique legal privileges against disclosure.  Our work extends to:

  • Constitutional authority to impose, assess and collect taxes
  • Tax litigation and administrative proceedings
  • Tax law opinions and advice
  • Tax investigations and audits
  • Filing and prosecuting applications for tax exemptions and relief
  • Tax law reform

Contact our Foundation Lawyers  

If you would like to discuss your foundation matters with our team, get in touch today to arrange an initial consultation by completing our online enquiry form or calling us on +234 1 4607890 or +234 1 2806970.

Virtually all of the major transactions, and many of the other transactions, that we advise on, have significant tax dimensions.  We advise and represent clients of every hue regularly in respect of federal (chiefly income, capital gains, import duty, value-added tax and stamp duty), state and local government taxes especially in the following areas:

  • Tax structuring of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions
  • Taxation of foreign investors and investment
  • Tax aspects of perfecting security for debt
  • Tax structuring of petroleum acreage and real estate asset acquisitions
  • Tax structuring of commercial contracts for goods and services
  • Taxation of expatriate remuneration
  • Taxation of trust structures
  • Tax aspects of securitization structures and debt offering transactions
  • Tax regulations for withholding tax and other “deductions at source” 

Contact our Transaction Lawyers  

If you would like to discuss your transaction matters with our team, get in touch today to arrange an initial consultation by completing our online enquiry form or calling us on +234 1 4607890 or +234 1 2806970.

Some “Top” Recent Instructions 

(1), (2) and (3) Two “M&A” deals for the nation’s largest consumer products group and another on a major ports project.
(4) and (5) Two "M&A" deals, the two largest ever in Nigeria's current industry.
(6) and (7) Separate Currency swaps and securities lending transactions between leading global investment banks and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
(8) A project for a sponsor consortium of multinational companies from four continents to rehabilitate and concession Nigeria’s largest railway network.
(9) and (10)ICSID and ICC arbitrations for project developers against the Federal Government of Nigeria.
(11) The first “IPO” in more than a decade in the telecommunications sector.
(12), (13) and (14) The largest insolvencies in the upstream oil, aviation and telecommunication sectors.
(15) The largest-ever restructuring of a commercial bank’s captial.
(16) A Eurobond for a large bank.
(17), (18) and (19) Forward sales of crude oil by the NNPC, Shell, Total and Chevron entities and financing therefor.
(20) and (21) The development of “new towns” in Abuja (on 700 ha) and Akwa Ibom State (on 15,000ha).
(22) The development of 50,000 mass housing units, the largest number of homes built by a foreign developer in several states nationwide.
(23) and (24) Two sets of contracts for novel payment structure arrangements for crudeoil-for-oilfield-services contracts.
(25) and (26) Far-reaching new tax and Project “Light-up Lagos” electric power legislation for the Lagos State Government, the government of the 5 th largest economy in Africa.
(27) and (28): Large foreign "DFI" lendings to Nigeria's largest DFI and to seminal petrochemical projects.
(29) and (30): Two major tax cases for a global oil producer major against a state government.


AWARD IFLR 2019


An Excellent Law firm. Dr Elias' advice is always on-point


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


"G Elias's `outstandingly brilliant, decisive, resolute and results-oriented" [Gbolahan Elias] 'very knowledgeable, helpful, empathetic and supportive


AWARD IFLR 2019


“Their turn-around time is particularly impressive. Industry knowledge and international network are also major plusses”. – Restructuring and insolvency



AWARD GLOBAL CHAMBERS 2019


"G Elias’s Banking and Finance department is well-known for its expertise in financing transactions of different nature"


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


"Fred Onuobia and Fidelis Adewole are highly regarded for dispute resolution instructions across all industry sectors, ranging from commercial, maritime, banking and finance, oil and gas and many other areas”


AWARD GLOBAL CHAMBERS 2019


G Elias is ‘one of the best out there’, with ‘top-notch response times and the ability to deliver desired results’



AWARD IFLR 2019


“Extremely knowledgeable and helpful” – M&A and private equity


AWARD GLOBAL CHAMBERS 2019


‘Efficient, knowledgeable and responsive’ … ‘excellent service’ … ‘friendly and always helpful’


AWARD IFLR 2019


“G Elias & Co is very technical and professional. They are responsive and specialised in corporate finance transactions”



AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


- Segun Omoregie is a “Recommended Lawyer”


AWARD IFLR 2019


“Great response time. Available for meetings at short notice. Very dynamic, practical and solution driven”


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


The team of ‘sterling professionals’ acts for world-leading multinational corporations, including numerous UK- and US-listed companies, in multibillion-dollar product liability cases



AWARD IFLR 2019


“Always willing to find a solution, including trying new things which Nigerian law may not cater for.” – Project development


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


With ‘strong industry knowledge’ and ‘the ability to simplify complex issues’, G Elias. advises its international client base on complex tax matters, oil field developments, regulatory licensing, sale and handling of crude hydrocarbons, drilling contracts and acquisition agreements


AWARD IFLR 2019


“The firm provides incisive advice on issues material to the deal.” – Banking and project finance



AWARD IFLR 2019


“Very strong corporate finance practice. Strong technical skills. Highly responsive.” – Project finance and development


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


Fidelis Adewole is a “Recommended Lawyer”


AWARD IFLR 2019


"Strong technical skills. Highly innovative. Very responsive to client requirements” –



AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


Fred Onuobia is ‘an ideal partner for negotiating and documenting commercial transactions’


AWARD IFLR 2019


Gbolahan Elias is ‘an erudite scholar who is well respected among peers'


AWARD LEGAL 500 2018


Fred is described as bright and practical. – Corporate/Commercial – Chambers Global, 2016

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