Aluko & Oyebode’s decision to join ALN is a crucial turning point for the alliance. It significantly increases ALN’s response to clients’ needs and will enhance its capabilities and standing in the market. ALN continues to offer a unique blend of global skills and expertise and local know-how, based on collaborations between leading African law firms.
“The firm’s in-depth knowledge of the legal and economic environment, in Africa and internationally, allows us to advise our clients on the most complex transactions and meet their needs with excellence,” said Gbenga Oyebode, co-founder and Of Counsel, ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode, and one of Nigeria’s most prominent corporate lawyers. “We believe that our firm joining ALN will greatly strengthen our ability to service our clients wherever they are operating on the continent. We completely share the vision of ALN to become the leading legal service provider in Africa.”
Africa is becoming a bigger player in the global economy, and Nigeria accounted for 18.4% of total African GDP in 2021 – the largest share in Africa. As rising investment into sectors outside the traditional extractive industries in Africa creates more sustainable long-term growth, the African Continental Free Trade Area has the potential to create the biggest free trade area in the world.
Aluko & Oyebode has over 120 lawyers in Nigeria’s major commercial centres – Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt – and is the most highly ranked firm across all the key practice areas in the Nigerian market, helping pioneer the development of legal services to international standards in Nigeria.
“We are delighted to welcome on board the leading law firm in Nigeria,” said Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman, ALN. “The addition of Aluko & Oyebode’s expertise and extensive experience into our fold means that clients can trust that we are an alliance that spans Africa and connects her to the world, that they can thrive in this evolving market and achieve their commercial objectives with ALN’s unique combination of local and international expertise, intellectual rigour, and agility on their side.”
Aluko & Oyebode’s vision is to complement its robust domestic practice with the capability to service clients regionally. As such, the firm strengthens ALN’s regional offering by providing greater access to a broader pool of specialist teams and resources. The pursuit of excellence by both ALN and Aluko & Oyebode is captured by the expectation of delivering legal services with the highest ethical standards, enhanced by an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit.
“The African continent is an undeniably dynamic market and a springboard for real development opportunities for many domestic and international companies,” commented Kofo Dosekun, Chair of the Management Board, ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode. “Today, we are immensely proud to be part of ALN. With this joining of forces, we bring a tailor-made legal service to our domestic and international clients with a focus on meeting the highest international standards to support and secure their operations wherever they are operating.”
ALN is ready to lead the way forward, focusing on excellence and further deepening capabilities to deliver a positive and proactive approach to helping clients overcome their business challenges. ALN aims to transform the way legal services are delivered in Africa through a dynamic integrated operational model of “One Region. One Vision. One ALN”.
“We are confident that Aluko & Oyebode’s entry intoALN will forge a stronger and more comprehensive offering for our clients in Nigeria and across Africa,” commented Karim Anjarwalla, ALN Board Director and Senior Partner, ALN Kenya. “Similarly, we remain grateful to our clients and other key stakeholders whose support has continually facilitated our growth. As the exclusive ALN firm in Nigeria, Aluko & Oyebode will continue to leverage ALN’s approach to provide integrated solutions to support clients in doing business across the continent.”
Reginald Udom, Managing Partner, ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode is equally excited about the new connection. “As an alliance of integrated law firms in Africa, our people and their knowledge are critical assets in differentiating us from our competitors and in adding value to our service offering,” he said.
Good governance is at the heart of Aluko & Oyebode’s operating model to ensure that systems and leadership structures position the firm well in a fast-changing and challenging market. The appointment of Udom as the managing partner in 2021 – supported by a dynamic partnership and management team – has been instrumental in the firm’s success and growth across Africa as it transitions from a founder-led organisation to an enduring institution.
“Having Aluko & Oyebode join ALN is a major step in transforming Africa’s current legal services and a crucial turning point for the continent. This decisive process significantly increases ALN’s influence and provides a solid foundation for the future development of our pan-African offering,” Udom concluded.
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