Templars is a foremost, integrated full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria. Established in 1995, the firm has been at the forefront of remarkable domestic and international landmark transactions. It is one of the largest law firms in Nigeria by headcount with over 85 lawyers including 15 partners. With offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, it is strategically situated to offer quality legal services to clients across the length and breadth of the country.
Templars boasts of a team that nicely blends Nigerian, international and multi-disciplinary experiences, drawing from the experience of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, lawyers with varied experience in leading Nigerian and International law firms; a former General Counsel and in-house tax planner with over 30 years’ experience in one of the largest multinationals, an investment banker amongst others.
Its clients include some of Nigeria’s largest banks, conglomerates, infrastructure developers, power generation and distribution companies, telecommunications companies as well as leading international funds and financial institutions, energy firms, hotel chains, shipping companies and investors. Templars is also highly rated for its role as counsel in some of the largest E&P deals, international commercial arbitrations, power projects and securities offerings in Nigeria.
The firm has built a reputation for understanding each client's peculiar business needs and applying legal principles to craft workable solutions to meet business objectives. Its lawyers are trained to diagnose and break down business problems from a commercial perspective and don the lawyer's hat to pursue business-savvy legal solutions.
Templars has consistently maintained rankings in the top-tier amongst leading international legal directories including IFLR 1000, Chambers Global and Legal 500. In 2016, the firm emerged the biggest winners at each of the two dominant legal awards in Nigeria: Law Digest Africa Awards and ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards. In 2017, it was awarded as “Law Firm of the Year” by both award institutions.
Areas of practice
Energy & Natural Resources; Banking & Finance; Project /Infrastructure Finance; Capital Markets; Private Equity; Mergers & Acquisitions; Taxation; Internal Investigations, Risk Management & Anti-Corruption Compliance; Litigation & ADR; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Transportation; Intellectual Property; Labour; General Corporate Advisory; Immigration; Hospitality; Real Estate.