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  • Capital Markets

  • Corporate Reconstructions

  • Business Agreements

  • Shareholders Agreements

Our lawyers are certified experts in capital markets transactions, serving prominent companies and financial institutions in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and worldwide. Nigeria’s leading public companies and investment dealers regularly turn to us to handle their corporate finance transactions and securities regulatory matters, tapping into our national and international presence to access our exceptional cross-border capability in foremost markets.

At CPJ, we cover a wide range of capital markets services including structured debt, debt and equity transactions, high yield and trusts. We offer our services on mainstream capital markets issuances in the major economies, as well innovative transactions in frontier markets.

We have extensive experience and expertise in public offerings, including initial public offerings, acquisition finance and innovative fund structures, as well as private placements. We advise corporations, trusts and investment banks on all types of securities regulatory matters and have unrivalled knowledge of securities regulation gained, in part, through our work with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Our international reach enables us to fully and seamlessly coordinate highly complex local, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions

Corporate Reconstructions

Financial crises is almost inevitable in corporate governance, and it involves many stakeholders and moving parts. Such situations require a legal team that understands the landscape and can guide clients through as effectively as possible. CPJ’s Corporate Restructuring team of lawyers possess such experience and expertise to act for stakeholders involved in corporate restructurings or experiencing financial stress.

We also has the capability to help Companies’ Board to navigate their organization through turbulence, and advise asset managers, banks, global investment funds, bondholders and other financiers on corporate restructurings. Suitable solutions may include but not limited to informal workouts and restructurings to more formal proceedings under the Companies’ and Allied Matters Act, Companies’ Proceedings Rules, and Investment and Securities Act.

Our dynamic approach in this practice area, requires that we work closely with our sector specialists in tax, banking, labour and employment, pensions, mergers and acquisitions and securities to address probable risk. We have deep contacts in the industry, which we draw upon regularly to benefit our clients.

Business Agreements

Business agreements are an indispensable component of every successful business. Business Agreement form all aspects of daily business activities including employer/employee, independent contractors, consultants, customers, vendors, technology and regulators. Any business dealing that is premised on a clear and unambiguous agreement or contract ensures preservation of valued business relationships and client retention as it helps to avoid unnecessary dispute and costly litigation.

At CPJ We work on more complex, higher value business agreements where the exposure to risk is greatest. Our unique approach in this practice area requires us to manage the process of review, negotiation and resolution of problems which rise under commercial contracts.

We understand that cost is the primary concern of any business expenditure. Whether providing your business with standard form agreements or assisting Hence, CPJ works within your budget to provide your business with the representation needed with the review, drafting, negotiating or formalizing the agreements of a particular transaction. Our team is skilled and experienced with many different contract matters, including, but not limited to the following types of commercial agreements: Business Formation and Purchase and Sale Agreements; Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements and Employee Handbooks; Real Estate, Tenancy and Lease Negotiations; Customer Contracts and Agreements; Vendor and Distributor Agreements; Equipment Lease Agreements; Management Contracts; Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality/Non-Competition/Non-Compete Agreements; Technology Agreements; Partnership Agreements; and Profit Sharing Agreements. Overall, CPJ aims to help your business succeed and maintain valued business relationships with clear and concise business and commercial agreements.

Shareholders Agreements

Ideally, no two businesses are the same and so Shareholder Agreements must be customized to ensure relevance to your particular business. CPJ helps your organization put together a carefully considered shareholder agreement which covers all potential developments that your business may experience in future.

With a Shareholder Agreement, the obligations and rights of the Shareholders are clearly defined and the procedure for resolving disputes is transparent, meaning that disputes may be managed early and with minimal disruption to your business’ productivity.

As all businesses are unique, the Shareholder Agreement will need to consider the particular needs of your company. Thus, a CPJ commercial lawyer can provide advice about issues relevant to your business, and draft or review your Shareholder Agreement. Our firm has the skilful representation that you need on your side in order to maximize your chances of achieving your goals and desires regarding the outcome of this case and for the future of your business.

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