Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie was established in 1983 and, with 68 lawyers, is one of the oldest and largest commercial law partnerships in Nigeria.
The firm is a full-service commercial law firm and is particularly well-regarded in its areas of practice, which include: aviation, banking and finance, business establishment and corporate immigration, capital markets, company secretarial services, compliance and investigations, corporate advisory, dispute resolution, employment, fintech, intellectual property, media and entertainment, mergers and acquisitions, mining, oil and gas, power, infrastructure and projects, private equity, pro bono, real estate, tax, and telecommunications, media and technology.
Clients include local and international companies, local and international banks and financial institutions, multilateral financial institutions, nonprofit organisations, private equity firms and state governments, as well as the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The firm has been described in international rankings as one of Nigeria’s premier law firms — a description underscored by one of the highest per-firm ratios of internationally and independently recognised partners and practice areas in the Nigerian legal market.
Chambers and Partners currently ranks UUBO in Band 1 for the firm’s corporate & commercial and banking & finance specialisations, citing interviewees’ recognition of UUBO’s “…deep bench strength…” and reporting “…market sources’ praise of its creative and insightful approach to matters…”, explaining that “when we have a quandary, they think outside the box to get a resolution," as well as the firm being "commercially oriented in their approach to legal advice and being solutions-driven in their advice.” In addition, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is the only Tier 1 ranked Fintech law firm in Nigeria.
Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc’s IFLR 1000 also ranks the firm in its top tiers for banking, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and projects, noting client feedback that it is “…without a doubt the premier firm and leader within the corporate finance and project development sectors …”. IFLR 1000 further stated that “Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is one of the top commercial law firms in Nigeria. They are efficient and have a rich pool of resources to draw from in dealing with transactions…’'.
The firm’s banking, finance and capital markets; commercial, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and natural resources and real estate and construction practice areas are also top ranked by the Legal 500, with 12 lawyers recognised across these specialisations. In the current edition of Who’s Who Legal, UUBO achieved 28 listings across 11 practice areas (banking & finance, capital markets, energy, natural resources & mining, intellectual property, labour & employment, litigation, maritime & aviation, M&A, governance, and project finance). The publication notes that this represents ''more listings than any other firm in this year’s research, showcasing the depth and breadth of expertise on offer...''
The firm maintains a rich network of long-term relationships across leading African and global firms. Its three offices are located across Nigeria’s key commercial centres.