About US

Ascension Legal Services (ALS) is a highly specialized Tax Litigation, Corporate Commercial, Legal Advisory, and Arbitration Law Firm in Nigeria. We provide world-class strategic tax legal solutions to our multinational and national clients. We are focused on providing qualitative internationally acceptable legal solutions with track records in tax litigation support & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). We have our offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, Nigeria which enables us to provide speedy response and services to our clients.

At ALS, we are committed to providing qualitative client based services geared towards meeting their legal needs. Our practice areas is primarily Tax Litigation, Corporate Commercial, Legal Advisory, Dispute resolution and Arbitration. Our industry cuts across Energy, Oil & Gas, Consumer Industrial Products, Telecommunications & Information Technology, Banking & Finance, Shipping & Maritime, Aviation, Solid Minerals and Public Sector.

Our Values

Dedication : We are dedicated and devoted to the course of our clients within the rule of law. We approach our services delivery with energy, enthusiasm and empathy. We invest a lot of attention, energy and expertise to the course of our clients in the pursuit of their just courses.

Competence : We adopt the approach of high-level competence in know-what, know-how and life experience. We apply high professional care and skills in dealing with our clients and issues. We consider business entrepreneurship in evaluating issues but sound legally protective approach to delivering our services.

Confidentiality: As a very important business ethics, we are committed to keeping the information made available to us by our various clients to ensure there are no leakages. We respect our clients and will not jeopardize the integrity of our clients by misusing information legally made available to us. Our clients are our pride and we cherish and will not relent in supporting their business.

Integrity: We cherish our integrity as the platform upon which we do our businesses. Doing the right thing rightly is our philosophy. We are not deterred by rough environments but rather, it offers opportunity to us to demonstrate who we are. We challenge unacceptable status quo in any environment that we operate. We operate on the platform of high professional ethics in dissecting problems and proffering solutions.

What We Do

At ALS we have developed considerable legal expertise and accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience in Nigerian economy, particularly taxation matters. ALS has been consistently providing legal services to private entrepreneurs, key sector operators, multinational corporations, financial institutions, and governmental agencies spreading across various complex transactions.? Our Lawyers belong to various internationally recognized professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), American Bar Association etc. This gives us the exposure and know-how in handling various legal and commercial challenges as they relates to meeting the needs of our clients.

We adopt consultative approach toward dissecting the issues of our client bringing to the fore the legal strengths and merits of their cases based on the fact and the law. We are very passionate in presenting our clients cases. Our team are motivated by their passion to deliver innovative services to our numerous clients.

At ALS we ensure that we identify the problems of the investment climate, provide lasting business solutions and support to our clients on a continuous basis to ensure that they meet their goals.


Tax Litigation

We have a highly competent team of Lawyers, with years of quality experience and practical insight on taxation. Our team of tax litigants have focused on providing both litigation support and representation to companies in various sectors within the Nigerian economy and beyond. Most of our clients who are leading multinationals have been supported through litigation proceedings at the various courts to obtain justice.

With our competence in taxation, we have provided myriads of legal solutions on local and international taxation, through dedication and commitment in order to meet the needs and expectations of our esteemed clients within and outside Nigeria.


Legal Advisory

We are specialized in providing legal advisory services to our clients. Our advisory cut across regulatory and compliance services to both indigenous and foreign companies desirous of investing or extending their businesses to Nigeria. We assist our clients on regulatory requirements from various government agencies like the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion etc.

Our advisory are mainly focused on tax efficient and commercially viable structuring of transactions, in order to ensure our clients maximize their resources and improve their profitability.


Corporate Commercial

We offer corporate commercial and compliance services in our area of practice. Our services cut across incorporation, regulatory approvals, contract drafting and reviews, company secretarial services, due diligence, corporate restructuring and transactions negotiation. We have offered these services to clients in various sectors which include the oil & gas, maritime, manufacturing and consumables and conglomerates.

Our team of qualified and experienced attorney’s who have cumulative years of experience across the various sectors of the economy assure are well positioned to deliver value added services. We have provided a range of services to multinationals and national clients on corporate structuring, investment appraisal, regulatory approvals and defense, mergers and acquisitions and liquidation of companies on expiration of its useful life.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We have a team of internationally certified ADR professionals trained in the UK and Nigeria. With our experience and know-how we have supported our clients across all sectors of the economy to resolve both corporate and commercial disputes both in Nigerian and at other international platforms, like the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

We recognize the need to keep our windows open for amicable resolution through mechanisms like arbitration and mediation. We are well positioned to offer quality services in this regard. We provide solution for dispute arising from taxation and across borders. We also provide litigation support to out-sourced cases or on request of clients by virtue of our expertise and technical competence in taxation.

Our People

Our team of Lawyers who are trained within and outside Nigeria are members of professional bodies including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), Chartered Institute or Arbitrators (UK), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chartered Institute Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Nigeria Institute of Management and similar professional affiliations. Our team are experienced both in Tax Litigation, Corporate Commercial Practice and other areas of our specialization. Over the years, our lawyers have provided ground breaking support for both indigenous and foreign companies.

We support our clients from the point of pre-commencement of business, commencement and continuation of business. We have supported our clients in various tribunals and courts in Nigeria and also international Arbitration. With our experience in tax, corporate commercial practice and other areas of law including Oil and Gas, Energy & Power, Maritime and Shipping, etc. we are well positioned to support our clients on their business issues based on our experience.

Azeez Alatoye Adedamola Olawale Dickson Okoro

Azeez Alatoye

Senior Partner
  • Legal Advisory
  • Tax Litigation
  • Commercial and Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisition
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
Email: azeez.alatoye@ascensionlegalservices.com

Azeez Alatoye is the Lead Legal Consultant of Ascension Legal Services. He is an opinion leader in Energy and Oil & Gas taxation with quality years of experiences with multinational firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Ernst & Young. Azeez has been involved in myriads of Tax Litigation cases to clients both in Nigerian Tribunals and Courts and in International Tribunals. He has lead various Corporate and Commercial transactions including Mergers & Acquisitions, Buy-outs, Corporate structuring and re-structuring and Advance Legal Opinions for International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce.

?He has been involved in series of legislative review as the current Dean of Extractive Industry Tax Faculty at the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He was a member of the Research & Technical Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and the Chairman of the Computer Sub-Committee of the Institute. He has participated widely in Oil & Gas Conferences in Nigeria, UK, USA, South Africa, Ghana among others. He has presented many papers both in Nigeria and abroad. His experience cuts across multinationals having interest across Asia, North America, South America, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

? Azeez studied law at the University of Bradford (UK) were he got his LLB before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School for his BL. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and Member of the Institute of Management (MNIM). Azeez is an advocate of a friendly investment environment and amicable resolution of business and tax disputes.

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Adedamola Olawale

Senior Counsel
  • Tax Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial and Corporate
  • Business Law
  • Regulatory
Email: adedamola.olawale@ascensioncsng.com

Adedamola is a Senior Consultant with Ascension Consulting Services. He has vast experience in Litigation and Commercial Law. He has appeared in various Tribunals and Courts in Nigeria. He has provided business support for many companies both foreign and indigenous companies. He has been involved in series of transactions including Regulatory, Tax Support Services, Dispute Resolution and Corporate & Commercial transactions. Prior to joining Ascension, he had worked with WYZE Concepts and Associates, a Tax and Financial Advisory Firm as a Senior Legal Assistant. There, he made substantial Impact in the Business Advisory Service of the firm. He also worked at Akinlawon & Ajomo for four years with experience in corporate law and Commercial Litigation as a Legal Practitioner. He has vast experience in Legal drafting, Legal Audit (Secured Credit), Civil and Corporate legal practice.

Adedamola is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos where he obtained his LLB (Hons.). He also obtained his BL from The Nigerian Law School. (NLS).

Dickson Okoro

Senior Counsel
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Taxation
  • Litigation
  • Compliance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Project finance
Email: dickson.okoro@ascensionlegalservices.com

Dickson is a Counsel at Ascension Legal Services. Prior to joining Ascension, Dickson had been with the Law Firms of Adepetun Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun (ACAS) and Streamsowers & Kohn (SSK), with experience in Corporate & Commercial, Business Support, Advisory, Dispute Resolution, Taxation, and Oil & Gas. He handles Regulatory, Tax Support Services, Dispute Resolution and Corporate & Commercial transactions.

He has been involved in series of transactions including company & business structuring, winding-up and merger & acquisitions for Nigerian and foreign companies across Asia, Europe and the United States. Dickson has been involved in cases at various Nigerian courts and tribunals. He has also provided support for cases at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID).

Dickson is a member of the Global Project Professional Society of United Kingdom. He graduated with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from the Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria where he obtained his LLB. He holds a BL from Nigerian Law School (NLS). He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a member of Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) UK.

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