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The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks 2017

“Our John Onyido and Yetunde Okojie contributed a chapter on Trade Mark Law in Nigeria in the recently published International Comparative Legal Guide to Trade Mark 2017 (ICLG) 6th edition. We have addressed preliminary and foundational issues relating to registration of trademarks, grounds of refusal of trademarks, oppositions, registrable transactions, revocation of trademark, defences to infringement, appeals, border control measures, domain name protection and registration as well as some current developments in the law in Nigeria. We hope you find the contribution useful and informative, and we welcome your questions or insights.

An electronic version of the Chapter on Nigeria can be viewed for free at:

All questions, queries or inquiries should be directed to: John Onyido via e-mail at: or Yetunde Okojie via e-mail at:”

Ibidolapo Bolu Appointed Secretary of a Committee of The NBA’s Section On Business Law

The Firm’s Associate, Ms. Ibidolapo Bolu, was recently appointed Secretary of the Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Reorganisations Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).

The appointment is for a term of two years and takes effect from 1st March, 2017.

Yetunde Okojie Appointed Secretary of a Committee of the NBA’s Section On Business Law

The Firm’s Associate, Mrs. Yetunde Okojie, was recently appointed Secretary of the Consumer Protection & Competition Law Committee of the Nigeria Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).

The appointment is for a term of two years and takes effect from 1st March, 2017.


In collaboration with the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Financial Engineering for Economic Development (FEED) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), the Capital Market Solicitors Association of Nigeria (CMSA) organised Nigeria’s first Structured Products Summit which held between 21st – 22nd February 2017 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos and Radisson Blu hotel, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos respectively. The Firm is a registered member of the CMSA and proudly sponsored the event, which was attended by its Associates and a Partner.

The Summit was organised to give an insight into the evolving use of structured products with a focus on derivatives and other financial instruments in Nigeria. The two-day event featured presentations from guest speakers and panels made up of industry experts and regulators, on topics ranging from an introduction to derivatives, a comprehensive insight into the risks involved, to the challenges and opportunities relating to the development of a robust legal framework for the regulation of the derivative market in Nigeria. The second day of the Summit also involved detailed training sessions which allowed for one-on-one interaction on topics such as, Exchange Traded Derivatives, Futures, Collaterals and ISDA documentation.

Both days of the summit highlighted the importance of developing knowledge on the use of derivative products to boost the Nigerian capital market, and also the overriding need for an industry-wide initiative to develop the legal, regulatory and compliance structures required to regulate the Nigerian capital market.

Click here to learn more about the Summit.

Photos from the event.

SPA Ajibade Wins Award As Dispute Resolution Team Of The Year 2016

We are pleased to announce that the law firm of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co has emerged the winner of the highly coveted Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year award at the 2016 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, which was held at a colorful ceremony on Friday 7th September, 2016 at the Civic Centre, Lagos.

Furthermore, one of Partners in the Dispute Resolution Practice of the Firm, Mr. Kolawole Mayomi, was also honored as one of the 40 Leading Lawyers under 40 who will shape the future of the Legal Profession in Nigeria.

Speaking about the awards, Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN, FCIArb who is the Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice at S. P. A. Ajibade & Co and also the Managing Partner of the

Firm said:

"We are delighted to be recognized as the pre-eminent dispute resolution team of the year in Nigeria for 2016. We pride ourselves in the quality of the work we do and the results we achieve for our clients, through diligence, hard work and innovation, whilst maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism."

ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards is hosted by LegalBlitz Limited, an independent media outfit, the publishers of the acclaimed ESQ Legal Practice Magazine to recognise, honour and celebrate outstanding law firms and legal professionals in Nigeria. The Award reflects the creativity, dexterity, and legal skills displayed by counsel in key transactions and practice areas, with an emphasis on novel deals/transactions across different sectors which make an important contribution to the legal profession in Nigeria as a whole.

This year’s nominations were carefully drawn from submissions from 70 law firms over 16 deal categories, by an independent panel of judges based in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, Europe and the United States of America, who used deciding criteria such as: the quantum of the deal, the legal expertise expended in the course of the transaction, innovation, measurable outcomes and precedents set.

International Bar Association appointment

Our Managing Partner Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN was appointed Treasurer of the International Bar Association's Law Firm Committee at the just concluded International Bar Association Annual Conference in Vienna Austria.

8th Annual Business Luncheon

S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. hosted the legal community at its 8th Annual Business Luncheon on Thursday, 26th November 2015 at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos. The theme of the 2015 S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. Annual Business Luncheon was "The Future of Legal Practice in Nigeria – Regulation and Discipline in the Legal Profession".

Appointment as Advisers:

S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. was recently appointed as Advisers on the merger and business combination of two brewery businesses in Nigeria that will create the largest company in the sector.

Senior Associate appointed to IBA Committee:

S. P. A. Ajibade & Co. is pleased to announce that Oluwole Dawodu Senior Associate in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution department was appointed as Membership Officer of the International Bar Association’s Mediation Committee for 2014-2015.

Past Events

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