Caleb Ekene Onwe, ESQ - Penlit and Greyson

Caleb Ekene Onwe, ESQ

Managing Partner

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Caleb engineered the conceptualization of Penlit & Greyson and currently heads the Enterprise and Commercial Practice, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Practice, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Department of the firm. He is admitted to practice as a lawyer into the Nigeria Bar and thus an active member of the Nigeria Bar Association. He will be receiving his LL.M in the prestigious Michigan State University, the United State of America where he extensively studied Intellectual Property, Information, and Communication Law.

He is renowned for the depth of his knowledge of the law and has, over the course of his career, distinguished himself in a string of notable cases and transaction which he has handled working with top-notch law firms in the country. He started his legal practice career in Federal Capital Territory with one of the renowned law firms in Nigeria before relocating to Lagos to establish Penlit & Greyson.

He has worked with a distinguished Senior Advocate of Nigeria in his previous law firm to develop the banking and structured finance department of the firm deriving from his extensive experience in general litigation with particular bias for commercial banking. Caleb has cognate experience in factoring and securitization. He has advanced knowledge of corporate financing amongst his skills in the versatile areas of the firm’s practice.

In his quest for broad financial knowledge, he has attended a number of finance-related courses prominent of which is the Factoring and Securitization organized by the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) and the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja in 2016.

Caleb is an expert in Intellectual Property and he is currently developing strong I.P portfolio management for clients and information and communication law group of the firm. He has handled an I.P Portfolio for an Indonesian based pharmaceutical company. He is currently consulting and managing serials of the I.P portfolio of local entertainment companies and firms. 

A technology-savvy and intellectual property enthusiast, Caleb has over time attended advanced training on digital technology, data protection, intellectual property portfolio management, power, and energy. He has also attended advanced training on taxation by the PWC tax academy.

Amongst the key transaction, Caleb has participated is advising on the formation of the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) between the Nigeria-Soa-Tome and, Precipice, and Equator Hydrocarbon Limited, Papis Oil limited and Dangote Group, power contract agreement between the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria and an Indian firm, Skipper Nigeria Limited.

Caleb has also advised clients both foreign and local on serial corporate transactions and has represented clients in all the courts in Nigeria. Amongst the most celebrated case, he has handled prior to founding Penlit & Greyson was the famous case of My Pikin case (a pharmaceutical company in an action instituted by the Federal Government, which has generated considerable media attention and may possibly define the boundaries of product liability in Nigeria) at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Caleb spends most of his time advising commercial clients on contentious legal issues. He regularly represents the interests of clients in our regular courts, from the High Court all the way to the Supreme Court, and is primarily responsible for handling arbitral proceedings, particularly in respect of oil and gas and finance matters.

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