About The ALS
Originally conceived as part of the activities to mark the tenth anniversary of our firm and opening of our purpose built office; the audience’s enthusiastic response convinced us to make our Annual Law Series (ALS) a yearly, multi-disciplinary non-paying event; a platform for the creation of a deeper understanding between the business community, the Bar and leaders of government.
In 2008, with the onset of the global financial crisis, it had the theme Legal and Related Challenges in Funding Infrastructural Projects in Emerging Economies A notable achievement from that year’s edition was that it led us on the path to eventual involvement in the draft Securitization Bill currently before the Nigerian National Assembly (legislature) In 2009, it focused on the place of Securitization as an alternative financing technique. The 2010 edition of the ALS was themed “Sustaining the Objectives of Reform” on account of the far reaching reforms introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to reposition troubled Nigerian banks even as parallel reforms were simultaneously being considered for the Nigerian petroleum industry. In 2011, being a general election year in Nigeria, we considered the theme “Managing Investment Policy Reforms in Times of Political Transition” and recourse was had to the experience of India in managing policy fidelity and political transition. In 2012, our theme was: “How Emerging Markets Emerge – An Asian Perspective”, in recognition of the place of emerging markets in the global space and the ascendency of Asian economies; adjudged to be among the biggest and fastest growing emerging markets in the world and projected to attain the status of dominant economies by 2020.
Since 2012, we have had a fruitful relationship with the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI; India’s oldest and largest chamber of commerce) and in June 2013, our firm collaborated with it to convene our Annual Law Series (ALS) in New Delhi. The 2013 conference brought together Indian and Nigerian business men, lawyers and leaders of government to explore the expanding commercial opportunities available to both countries. There were almost 30 Nigerian companies in attendance, benefiting from business to business meetings with numerous Indian counterparts. In the aftermath of the programme in India, efforts are ongoing to explore privately led energy cooperation between both countries.
Our focus on India takes account of the eastward shift of global economic power with India as one of the new epicenters. India’s post-colonial experience, in several ways, closely mirrors that of Nigeria. Its volume of trade with Nigeria was reportedly over $17 billion in 2012, expanding continually, it’s over a century old economic and investment footprint. The rise of India as a significant source of investment into Nigeria suggests it can no longer be ignored by forward visioning companies. On account of the success of the 2013 event, we will again be collaborating with FICCI to convene the 2015 India Nigeria Business Forum (INBF) on September 10 and 11, 2015, in Mumbai; another opportunity to share value between companies from India and Nigeria. Click here to stream online