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Abdulbasit Usman

Intellectual Property Law| Entertainment Law| Privacy and Data Protection Law| Technology Transfer| Dispute Resolution.

Abdulbasit Usman is a highly accomplished legal professional, specializing in Intellectual Property Law and the Founder/Managing Partner of 21st Street Legal Practitioners. With a strong focus on Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Technology Law, he has played a key role in advancing the practice in these fields of legal practice in the country. His passion extends to Entertainment Law, Data & Privacy, and Technology Law.

Abdulbasit’s expertise extends beyond his core specializations. He has provided valuable guidance to tech start-ups and fin-tech companies on project financing and legal due diligence. His experience includes conducting intellectual property audits, managing IP assets, and facilitating registration processes. He has worked with notable clients, including major banks and government parastatals, showcasing his extensive industry reach. Noteworthy clients in his portfolio include Unity Bank, Union Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Heritage Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Riverdale Financial Services Limited, Bulkon Nigeria Limited, and Xechem Pharmaceuticals Limited.

Continuously seeking professional growth, Abdulbasit holds certifications from prestigious institutions such as WIPO, the University of Derby, and the WTO. He is also an esteemed member of the Young Arbitrators Forum of the ICC. Currently, Abdulbasit serves as a trusted legal advisor and company secretary to three indigenous companies based in Abuja. His remarkable expertise, experience, and track record make him an exceptional legal professional, particularly in the realm of intellectual property law, dispute resolution and related areas of legal practice.

Nafisa Abdulazeez

Real Estate Law| Contract Law | Estate Management | Investment Advisory.

Nafisa is a partner at 21st Street Legal Practitioners, where she leads the firm’s operations with exceptional dedication and has established herself as a tenacious legal professional.
Alongside her legal pursuits, she is deeply involved in humanitarian efforts and serves as a passionate advocate for girl child education.

With extensive experience in the real estate and property management sector, Nafisa brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. She has successfully guided numerous clients through complex legal matters pertaining to real estate transactions and property management, earning their trust through her meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled professionalism.
Recognized as a reliable resource in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Nafisa frequently acts as the first point of contact for startups seeking legal guidance. She adeptly crafts legal frameworks and offers invaluable financial advisory services, ensuring these businesses are equipped to navigate the legal landscape and make sound strategic decisions. Additionally, she serves on the board of several companies, leveraging her expertise to provide strategic insights and contribute to their overall success.

Throughout her career, Nafisa has established fruitful partnerships with prominent entities such as Quantum Construct Limited, Peak and Hills Engineering and Real Estate Company, UrbanCribs Group, etc. These collaborations have allowed her to further broaden her expertise and develop a nuanced understanding of diverse industries.

James O. Okpe

Senior Associate | Dispute Resolution| Real Estate| Contract| Tax Law | Employment & Labour Law.

James is a Senior Associate in the firm with expertise in Commercial Law, Tax Law, Employment and Labour Law. He represents clients from a wide range of industries in complex and high stakes litigation and also in several arbitral panels.

His experience in complex legal issues in both civil, commercial and criminal litigations has given him several platforms to advise clients in multifarious transactions such as Employment Contracts, Executive compensations, etc.

James is an industrious lawyer with a keen eye for details. His confidence, versatility and dedication to constantly and consistently churn out quality work and a penchant for exploring diverse areas of legal practice has made him a legal practitioner with multiple competencies.

Simpa Ibrahim Abdulaziz

Criminal Procedure| Litigation and ADR| Real Estate Law| Contract Negotiation.

Simpa Ibrahim is a Senior Associate at 21st Street LP, with a wealth of experience in Criminal law and procedure. He amassed his wealth of experience from his practice with the law firms of Gani Asiru Chambers, Ahmed F. Yusuf & Associates and J.B. Majiyagbe & Co.

During the course of his legal practice, he has had the opportunity of prosecuting several high profile cases before courts and tribunals with little to no supervision, and he has an outstanding track record.

Simpa Ibrahim has also worked as an external prosecution attorney for the Nigerian Police Force, FCT Command on a pro bono basis, for whom he has conductes several cases from arraignment to conviction. 

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