Garnet LP has broad expertise with the ability to handle mandates for both emerging companies and market leaders.
EMERGING COMPANIES/ START-UP LAW
To Garnet LP, nothing matches the excitement of bringing a new business to life. We are passionate players in this space, working daily with key incubators and growth catalysts in Nigeria as well as financing sources crucial to your growth. Clients draw on our experience, know-how and relationships to realize dreams and reinvent industries.
With our experienced partners, we have the resources to nurture your company at every stage of growth, from company incorporation to early seed financing, to intellectual property management, to exit strategies. An experienced partner will personally lead your team and walk you through every legal milestone and decision moment.
CORPORATE/ COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS ADVISORY
Garnet LP’s comprehensive business advisory services underpin its entire practice and border on all aspects of corporate and commercial law including: Formation of Companies; Negotiating transactions; Structuring Partnerships & Joint Ventures; Dealing with Regulators on clients’ behalf; Contracting and Legal Advisory Requirements; Regulatory and Corporate Compliance; Corporate Secretarial and Fiduciary Services.
Garnet LP’s company secretarial practice assists companies in completing and maintaining all corporate reporting and record-keeping requirements, and assist clients’ compliance with applicable corporate governance codes as well as directors’ fiduciary and legal responsibilities.
In providing business advisory services, the Garnet team with their wealth of expertise dealing with emerging companies and growing business strategically positions you with the law, giving you legal advantage over competitors in the market and avoiding fines from regulatory bodies.
EMPLOYMENT/ LABOUR LAW
- Garnet lawyers have years of experience in successfully helping employers solve the full range of complex employment and trade secret problems that arise with their employees and consultants, through negotiation, litigation and developing strategies and mechanisms to prevent such problems in the first place
- Garnet is renowned for its practical, creative and business-oriented advice that helped clients with their human resources and employment-related needs. These clients include emerging growth companies, large public companies, senior management, boards of directors, and nonprofits.
Garnet’s skilled team offers hands-on comprehensive real estate services. We represent private and institutional investors, property owners, developers, and financiers in a broad range of transactions such as:
- Perfecting title to real estate
- Drafting and negotiating real estate contracts, lease agreements and other conveyance documents
- Ensuring regulatory and permit compliance with pertinent laws and authorizing bodies including the Ministry of Lands, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) and other government regulation agencies.
- Structuring the financing of real estate transactions
- Representing companies in buying and selling of real estate
TECHNOLOGY/ DIGITAL MEDIA/ ENTERTAINMENT
We understand that the world of media, entertainment and technology is constantly evolving and it affects the manner and mode in which data is created, transferred, and stored. We have a detailed understanding of these changes and we advise our clients on issues bordering on e-commerce strategies, law and regulation, data analytics and data monetisation, and data issues arising in the fin-tech sector.
Thanks to our Intellectual Property practice, we proffer solutions on IP related technology issues in digital media, cloud solutions, development, licensing and maintenance agreements. We understand the legal issues that are inherently connected with digital media and the convergence between traditional distribution and Internet-based services.
At Garnet LP, we recognise the unique importance of tax efficiency, risk reduction, and the avoidance of tax related controversy. We know that our client’s rely on expert advice in navigating through taxation issues at the early stage and formation of their companies and the more complex taxation realities that arise as their companies grow.
We utilize our expertise, strength and depth of knowledge to ensure that we meet our clients’ needs, at the right time. Our practice covers all aspects of Nigerian and International law, including corporate income tax, personal income tax, withholding tax, value added tax and other sector-specific taxes.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DATA SERVICES
Our Intellectual Property (IP) practice offers integrated advice on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property. We advise on novel and topical issues on the acquisition, enforcement and maintenance of trademarks, patents and copyrights. We also help clients protect their valuable trade secrets and negotiate the licensing of their intellectual property. Garnet LP is made up of partners and associates specifically trained in IP and IT law and the multidisciplinary approach we have adopted in our practice ensures that resources are pulled from all departments of the firm to ensure that our clients maximise and monetise their technology and intellectual property assets.
At Garnet LP we believe that the moral and economic right vested in a work of art or a literary piece should always remain within the exclusive use and exploitation of its creator, in the absence of any ceded or competing rights. Copyright confers exclusivity of use and economic exploitation of literary and other artistic works on the creator or co-creator of the work. Copyright is also not restricted to works of art, it also covers and protect your software designs and source codes. However, the nature of literary works, artistic creations and software as public goods makes them susceptible to infringement. It is therefore important to seek protection under the law.
Our Copyright services include the following:
1. Copyright filling and registration
2. Preparing and negotiating copyright licensing.
3. Negotiating royalty and sharing formula disputes
SME AND START-UP STRATEGY MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
Our firm is founded on a rigorous understanding of every client’s commercial context, sector dynamics, and macroeconomic environment. For this reason, we invest heavily in knowledge development, learning and capability building. We study markets, trends, and emerging best practices, in every industry and region, locally and globally, within the SME and emerging companies’ space. We have recently committed to publishing our findings extensively, and we engage with leading thinkers on the most pressing issues facing SMEs and emerging companies in Africa.
We partner with clients to put recommendations into practice and work directly with them over the long-term, to help develop workforce skills, drive operational improvement, and apply new working methods. No matter the challenge, we focus on delivering practical and enduring results, and equipping our clients to grow and lead.