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tel: +234 1 4617 321 | fax: +234 1 4617 092
4th Floor, Marble House | Lagos | 234 | Nigeria

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Theophilus Emuwa

Theophilus I EmuwaManaging Partner

AELEX's Overview

ǼLEX is a full service commercial and litigation law firm. It is one of the largest law firms in West Africa with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja in Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

The firm has local legal expertise and presence, political & industry wide connections with an appreciation for global standards. ǼLEX was formed as a result of the merger on July 1, 2004 of four leading commercial law firms. O. Adekoya & Co., Victor & Charles, Anga & Emuwa and Adegbite Adeniji & Co.

Members of the firm are active in many professional associations including the International Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Association, Centre for American and International Law, Venture Capital Association of Nigeria, International Trademark Association, and Telecommunications Lawyers Association of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, African Telecommunications Think Tank, American Society of International Law and the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Also, the firm is a member of a number of business associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, West African Enterprise Network, and the Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria.

The firm is the Nigerian member of the law firm section of the World Services Group.

The firm is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to provide advisory services in relation to securities.

  • Year this Office was Established: 2004
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 4
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 69

Languages: English, Ijaw, Yoruba, English, French and Mandarin


Areas of Practice
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Re-organisation and Insolvency
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labour & Employment
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Shipping
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications
Representative Clients
  • Clients of the firm are predominantly multinational companies including banks and other financial institutions, airlines, oil and gas companies, power companies, mining companies, insurance companies, shipping lines, trading and manufacturing conglomerates. The firm also advises foreign embassies, multilateral agencies and International Chambers of Commerce.

How Contractors Can Deal with Delays and Disruptions of Construction Projects Caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic
AELEX, May 2020

The implementation of travel restrictions, lock-downs, stay-at-home orders, and curfews, in an attempt to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has led to delays in the completion of construction projects. Contractors are thus faced with worrying about the potential implications of such delays. In this article, our Osinachi Nwandem (Associate) discusses force majeure as an excuse for delay or non-performance of contractual obligations and makes recommendations for negotiating construction  contracts in the future...

An Examination of the Measures to Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19 on Taxpayers in Nigeria
AELEX, May 2020

As Covid-19 continues to impact all aspects of our lives, taxpayers are rightly seeking emergency tax measures to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses. We examine below the measures that have been introduced to mitigate the impact on taxpayers. THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL The House of Representatives passed the “Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020” (“the Bill”) which provides that employers (with the exception of oil companies) who retain the same employees from 1 March 2020 till the 31 December 2020 will enjoy a 50%-income tax rebate on the total PAYE amount due or paid...

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AELEX Retains its Top Rankings in The Legal 500
AELEX, April 2020

AELEX maintained its Tier 1 position in Dispute Resolution; Energy and Natural Resources; Shipping and Transport; and Corporate, Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions practice areas in The Legal 500 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) 2020 rankings. Nine of the firm’s lawyers were recognised as being proficient and exemplary in their various areas as they were either ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ and ‘Next Generation Partners’. The firm’s managing partner, Theophilus Emuwa, was recognised as a Leading Individual in the Corporate & Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions practice...

AELEX Welcomes Two New Partners to Firm
AELEX, February 2020

AELEX is delighted to announce the admission of Ngozi Efobi and Perenami Momodu into its partnership, bringing the number of its partners to 11. The promotion of these new partners, both drawn from the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice, is in keeping with AELEX’s commitment to expanding opportunities for its people and providing first-rate representation for its clients. Ngozi has over 11 years of experience in Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Commercial Arbitration and Mediation) and Project Finance, Company Secretarial and Regulatory Compliance...

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