Ms. Victoria Alonge is a Partner and the Practice Head of SimmonsCooper Partners. She is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria, an Arbitrator and a Certified Mediator. She has over twenty-eight years of experience in representing and advising government parastatals alongside several multinationals. Her areas of specialization include: Labour Law, Family Law, Private and property law, Banking & Insurance Law, Commercial law, Public Interest Law, Tax and Arbitration. Victoria’s expert trial and appellate skill in some of the most complex dispute situation has been seen in representation before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the ECOWAS Court of Justice. As a compulsive reader, Victoria’s incisive opinions on commercial litigation issues have been demonstrated in a number of review and advisory engagements. For instance, she was appointed a member of a special committee set up by His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, to review and advice on the assets of the Federal Government in Lagos State. With inputs from Ms. Alonge and a few others, the committee was able to successfully complete its mandate, enabling the State Government identify ways in which the state could improve the socio-economic wellbeing of residents of Lagos state. Before joining the firm of SimmonsCooper Partner as Practice Head, Victoria worked as the State Counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
With Africa’s largest economy, often regarded as Africa’s sleeping giant, Nigeria has the potential to become one of the world’s most inspiring economic success stories given the size and scale of business and investment opportunities it presents. The Nigerian government has realised that they need to make the country as attractive and lucrative as possible for offshore investors to bring their capital, skills and business trade into the country. One way is to provide tax holidays to “pioneer companies,” who are engaged in the production of export goods, establishing new industries, or expanding production in vital sectors of the economy. Pioneer companies that are eligible under the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act can enjoy an income “tax holiday” for a period of up to five years. In addition, pioneer companies enjoy other benefits such as the exemption from withholding tax on dividends paid out of pioneer profits.
SimmonsCooper Partners is one of the leading firms in Nigeria. Our purpose is to achieve “Total Clients’ Solutions”. With offices in Lagos and Abuja and affiliated offices in Illinois and London, we understand the dynamic and evolving nature of an increasingly multi-jurisdictional, globalised, and sometimes, complex legal environment. Our skilled, talented and well credentialed lawyers represent a wide range of expertise, experience and backgrounds in the jurisdictions they practice. Some of our lawyers have been in government and industry and have successfully engaged in multi-jurisdictional practices and transactions. A number of the members of the firm have been recognized and honored for their excellence and contributions in their areas of practice by both clients and other organizations.
Energy: Oil, Gas & Electricity, Public Sector and Regulatory, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Private Equity & Venture Capital , Competition, Projects: Infrastructure Development and Project Finance, Banking & Finance, and Securities and Capital Market.