The firm has a noted practice in aviation matters and has over the years represented several International and Domestic air carriers. We have provided legal advice on matters relating to their corporate and commercial interests. From the transactional perspective we have acted as counsel to an international airline in the negotiation and documentation of a joint operating/code share agreement with the National carrier in Nigeria.
We have acted as local counsel in several aircraft wet lease agreements and give advice from time to time on liens and aircraft registration requirements. We are often involved in providing legal advice to international airlines leasing companies entering into an aircraft operating lease agreements with a domestic passenger airline carrier.
We have also provided services on behalf of clients involving drafting operating lease agreements, powers of attorney and assignment of aircraft insurance. We regularly render advice on repossession and deregistration procedures in Nigeria, claims by third parties and other non-statutory liens. The scope of our instructions has resulted in a thorough understanding of and working relationship with regulatory bodies in Nigeria particularly the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Ministry of Aviation (MOA).
Our litigation team emphasizes the firm’s commitment to its clients by responding aggressively with formidable resourceful litigation capability when they become involved in disputes that cannot be settled by the parties themselves. The firm handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes before the Federal and State High Courts, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria. An invaluable contributor to positive results for PISTIS PARTNER’S clients is a modern and resourceful litigation support and paralegal team. Many methods have been developed to keep costs in good perspective; our litigation practice draws on its intimate knowledge of our clients businesses and our ability to respond creatively to their problems. This knowledge enables us to resolve their disputes efficiently.
Our litigation lawyers offer expertise in: Company & Corporate law litigation, Contract claims of varied complexity; Admiralty and shipping; Insolvency and Tax appeals; Intellectual property actions; Environmental defense involving multi-party representative actions;
ADR and Arbitration services are provided by the firm and actively encouraged for the very peculiar interests of commerce – quick, effective, binding and final resolutions are recommended. Our experienced and highly qualified arbitrators provide the expert advice that is vital. Bearing in mind the economic interest of our clients and the need for speedy resolution of disputes, our lawyers are committed to the use of arbitration and mediation as an effective and efficient means of dispute resolution.
The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Team provide legal support for those companies involved in the exploration and production of energy resources. Our practice handles all types of oil, gas and energy resource matters, which extend to property, title, contract, liability and environmental issues.
The firm has significant involvement in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry where we have acted for a number of North American corporations in various multifaceted transactions. Our clients operate in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the Oil & Gas Industry.
Our energy lawyers offer expertise in the extensive area covered by “upstream” and “down stream sectors” of oil and gas projects, the acquisition and disposal of interests in oil and gas fields and marginal fields and other concessions, advisory work in the privatization and project financing of corporations in this area has provided an invaluable understanding of the entire sector.
PISTIS PARTNERS is the “go to place” when it comes to tax and revenue matters. We advice both local and foreign clients on a variety of tax issues in sectors ranging from banking, maritime and oil & gas. The firm has a dedicated team of specialized lawyers involved in all aspects of any emerging tax regime in Nigeria providing innovative and professional advice taking into consideration the business needs of different jurisdictions. The team has a strong domestic tax capability from practice qualification and experience.
Tax representation is important feature of advice to clients in commercial transactions. Clients are routinely guided through tax benefits in corporate alliances, outright mergers, financial arrangements, restructurings and local labour. Specific areas of practice are capital market flotation, project financing, foreign and international participation in Nigerian enterprises involving tax exemptions, the grant of pioneer status, employment and pensions regulations in Nigeria.
In the event of contentious disputes with tax authorities a skilful litigation team will pursue protests, petitions and appeals to the tax commissioners and through to the Federal courts.
Our Banking and Finance team represent numerous domestic and foreign banks and other financial institutions in both general advisory (Banking Regulation) and transactional capacities. We regularly represent our clients in a broad spectrum of syndicated and non-syndicated financing transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, liquidity facilities for structured finance transactions, commercial paper back-up facilities, senior and subordinated credit facilities, acquisition credit and leveraged buy-outs involving both public and private companies and asset based loans to middle market companies.
Our banking and finance lawyers offer expertise in securitization and international capital markets, projects and asset finance, syndicated and bilateral lending, debt conversion, global depositories and collective investments securities trade finance.