The SBL Council Members

The SBL has at its apex, a Council which is currently chaired by Olumide Akpata and consists of sixteen (16) other members all of whom are seasoned Commercial Law Practitioners drawn from diverse legal backgrounds.

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Olumide Anthony Akpata, Chairman

Olumide Anthony Akpata is the current Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (SBL). He is a Partner and heads the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group of Templars.

Olu has over two decades of experience in advising clients on various aspects of Nigerian Corporate and Commercial Law.

He has been recognised by IFLR 1000 as a leading Mergers & Acquisition lawyer in Nigeria and by Chambers and Partners “as having long experience in representing foreign clients” in his area of practice.

He regularly advises local and international corporations on the impact of Nigerian Law on their investments and/or operations in Nigeria particularly regarding: the establishment of local subsidiaries, corporate governance and compliance, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, labour and immigration, regulatory issues and tax.

Olu is often called upon to speak at local and international conferences and seminars and currently sits on the Council of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law. He is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum and an active member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Seni Adio, SAN – Vice Chairman

Seni is an Attorney-at-Law and a member of the Nigerian Bar, as well as those of New York and Massachusetts in the United States of America. Notably, before returning to Nigeria Seni practiced law at the international law firm, MINTZ LEVIN, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he achieved the remarkable feat of becoming a Litigation Partner.

While in the United States, he counseled multinational publicly-held conglomerates and private companies on various matters, including but not limited to, Fiduciary Law and Corporate Governance; Securities Laws; Legislative and Regulatory Matters before the U.S. Congress; Tax Abatement; Intellectual Property Law; Internet Technology and Security; Insurance and Coverage Disputes; and Business Torts (including Unfair Trade Practices, Commercial Libel and Breach of Contract).

Since returning to practice in Nigeria, Mr. Adio has complemented his business litigation background with extensive expertise in Admiralty (Maritime), Energy (Oil and Gas), Telecommunications, and Capital Markets transactions and counseling. He is also duly registered with the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Capital Markets Solicitor.

Seni obtained his Bachelor of Laws with honours (LL.B Hons.) from The University of Buckingham, United Kingdom and his Master of Laws (LL.M Taxation) from Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was recently conferred with the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Ayuli Jemide – Treasurer

Ayuli is a Lead Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors. He is highly regarded Corporate & Commercial Lawyer who brings an unmatched eye to key aspects of the firm’s service delivery. Chambers Global Guide and IFLR1000 reported respectively that clients say: Mr. Jemide has a vibrant and creative mind’’ and ‘’His expertise is remarkable’’. He has led notable transactions including: Lagos State Blue Line Railway; UPDC Plc N30 billion REITS; Heineken BV’s purchase of 5 breweries in Nigeria; 2nd Niger Bridge Design Build Operate & Transfer; Warri Industrial Park Project; Consultant on World Bank’s Nigeria PPP Project.

Ayuli obtained his LL.B from the University of Benin, Nigeria 1987 he was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1988. He also obtained LLM from the Northwestern University – Chicago, USA and a post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain. He is a Certified Public Private Partnership Specialist, Institute for Public Private Partnerships – Washington DC, USA

 

yuli has expertise in the following areas Project Finance, Public Private Partnerships, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial and he was named the ‘’Best Lawyer, Nigeria, 2013’’ by World Finance. In June 2013, Mr. President appointed him as a Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria for a-4 year term.

Priscilla Ogwemoh – Secretary

Priscilla studied at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1990) and the Lagos State University (2002).  She is Managing Partner of the Olisa Agbakoba & Associates and has wide experience in alternative dispute resolution, having been involved in national and international mediation and arbitration processes for more than a decade.

These include the $8 million Walvis vs. Chevron dispute and the largest mediation settlement in Nigeria, that between the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) and its laid-off workers.  She was also involved in mediation in the case of Nigeria Maritime Authority vs. Brawal Shipping Company Limited, as well as in the ongoing dispute between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Maroko Evictees Committee.

Priscilla is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria and is accredited as a mediator by UK Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR-UK).  She is also a member of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), and legal adviser to the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).

Sam Aiboni – Assistant Secretary

Sam is Company Secretary/Legal Adviser at Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria Limited. He has Global and Operating Unit experience in Upstream, Middlestream and Gas business including experience with the Federal Ministry of Justice, Civil Litigation Department and the National Population Commission Headquarters.

He has in-depth knowledge of legal and contracting requirements in major projects. He is a constructive and pragmatic, trained negotiator and mediator.

Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN – Advisor

Babatunde is the Managing Partner of SPA Ajibade & Co, a Leading Corporate and Commercial Law firm with offices in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja, Nigeria.

Babatunde has extensive experience in transactional corporate and commercial legal practice and has been involved in the formation, maintenance and regulation of all types of business entities in Nigeria. He has been involved in the Nigerian capital market as a solicitor in several public offers of securities and in mergers and acquisitions and was the pioneer secretary, vice chairman and is the immediate past chairman of the Capital Markets Solicitors Association. He was vice-chairman of the rules and regulations sub-committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s capital markets committee and is the vice chairman of the banking, finance and insolvency sub-committee of the Nigerian Bar Association’s – section on business law.

Babatunde led the teams that have advised four state governments in Nigeria at various times in raising a total sum of N380 billion from the Nigerian capital market and is currently leading the team advising a company in the Nigerian brewing industry in what will be the largest merger in the sector. Babatunde has also advised extensively on corporate acquisitions, both domestic and cross-border.

Babatunde is also a dispute resolution specialist and has been involved in all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, especially in the fields of company law, banking law, insolvency law, insurance law, investment law and securities law.

In view of the confluence between his involvement in capital markets law and practice and his practice as a commercial litigator, Babatunde has a particular interest in the law and practice of the Investments and Securities Tribunal, a specialist tribunal established in Nigeria to deal with capital market disputes and has written extensively on the workings of the tribunal. One of such papers is available online via www.cdr-news.com/categories/litigation/4556-capitally-complex.

Babatunde brings his expertise in transactional corporate and commercial legal practice to bear in his approach to commercial litigation. Because he is aware of the nuances and considerations that motivate corporate business decisions, he is better able to identify and advise on the key issues in a commercial dispute, thus saving his clients from expending time and resources on litigation that does not further their commercial objectives.

Babatunde was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989; he obtained a LLM degree in corporate and commercial law from King’s College University of London in 1990; he also obtained a PhD in private international law from the same university in 1996. He has been a fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies in the UK since 1996. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in December 2007 and he was awarded the International Practice Fellowship of the International Bar Association in Madrid in October 2009.

Mena Ajakpovi – Advisor

Mena obtained his LL.B (Hons) from University of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. He holds an LL.M from Suffolk Law School, Boston. His areas of expertise include Corporate Finance, intellectual Property, Oil and Gas, Solid Minerals Law, Telecoms Law, Maritime and Commercial Litigation.
Mena began his career in the Law Firm of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. where he developed an expertise in litigation and general commercial practice. He thereafter practiced as a Senior Associate in the firm of Strachan Partners where he broadened his scope of practice.

He is a Fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies, Austria; a member of the International Trademark Association and a member of the Section for Business Law of the International Bar Association.

A.G Abubakar – Zonal Officer

Ama Etuwewe – Zonal Officer

Omubo Victor Frank-Briggs – Zonal Officer

Asue Ighodalo – Member

Asue is the Founding and Managing Partner of Banwo & Ighodalo. He serves as a director to many notable establishments, some of which include AiQ Capital Management Limited, Kakawa Discount House Limited, Dangote Flour Mills PLC and Zacchi & Krome Limited.

An accomplished legal practitioner with an LL.B from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1984 and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1985, Mr. Ighodalo’s core areas of practice include Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Energy; Natural Resources, Mergers; Acquisitions, Banking; Securitization and Project Finance.

Apart from being a lawyer, he also has a background in Economics having obtained a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan in 1981. He is highly innovative and proactive and possesses an undisputed flair for brokering and assuring the smooth conclusion of the most complicated negotiations. He has been engaged in many Capital Markets, Project Finance; International Finance related transactions and has very often been instrumental to the development of ingenious and effective strategies for ensuring the success of transactions in which he is involved. He has been Chairman of The Board at Sterling Bank plc since July 2014.

Asue is a member of several professional societies like the Nigerian Bar Association, The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), USA, Nigerian Maritime Law Association, and Commercial Law & Taxation Committee of the Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, London School of Economics Lawyers’ Group, and Associate Member Chartered Institute of Taxation etc. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and also sits on several boards of public and private companies and Non-profit organizations including the, Christopher Kolade Foundation and FATE Foundation to mention but a few. Asue is the immediate past Chairman of the NBA-Section on Business Law (SBL)

Soji Awogbade

Soji obtained his LL.B from the University of Ife in 1976 and a B.L in 1977. He commenced his career as a public prosecutor before developing an active civil litigation practice. Was managing partner of Nigeria’s oldest law firm from 1985 – 1993. He concentrated on project finance, oil and gas, investment and securities, environmental and company law. 1993 he established Messrs Victor & Charles (Solicitors). Over the last 20 years he has either managed or directly participated in most of the major FDI transactions in the Nigerian electric power and petroleum sectors. These include financings and other projects such as the Mobil OSO Field Condensate Development Project, the Mobil Independent Power Plant Project, the ENRON Emergency Power Plant Project, the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) Project, several marginal field transactions (farm – ins and farm – outs, Joint Operating Agreements, Joint Venture and Operating Agreements).

Soji has come to be respected by local and international investors, financial institutions, bank and non-bank financial institutions, project owners developers and contractors for his experience in transactional matters.

A pioneer practitioner of environmental law in Nigeria, has been active over the last ten years in developing the legal, regulatory and policy framework for Nigeria and  was largely responsible for the formation of the Nigerian Environmental Law Society. He is an international consultant to the UNDP on the environment. He has consulted for the Nigerian Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on a legal and regulatory framework for minerals development. Consultant to National Forum for Sustainable Development. He was on Technical Working Group of World Bank assisted project on development of Law on Response, Compensation and Liability for Environmental Damage in Nigeria. Member Revision Team on National Environmental policy, drafted National Agenda 21. Elected to Steering Committee of National Association of Environmental Consultants. Was a facilitator at US Eximbank capacity building services for West Africa in Project Finance Law.  Soji was a national delegate appointed by the president of Nigeria to understudy the American lobby system.

Soji’s areas of practice includes Energy with focus on oil and gas, Environmental Law, Project Finance, Business Development

He is a member of the International Bar Association (Officer, Gas Committee, Section on Energy & Natural Resources Law (SERL)); Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; United Kingdom Environmental Law Society; President, Nigerian Environmental Law Society; West African Enterprise Network; Associate Member, American Bar, Association. Vice President, Association of Business Law Firms.

Olubunmi Fayokun – Member

Bunmi is a partner in the corporate and commercial department of Aluko & Oyebode, with extensive experience in energy and natural resources law. Olubunmi heads the firm’s capital markets and M&A practices. She also advises on matters pertaining to project and infrastructure finance, banking, power, aviation, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and privatisation.

Over the years, Bunmi has advised on a significant number of energy transactions, including: the development of a greenfield independent power production (IPP) project; the prospective acquisition by an international power company of assets of the Nigerian National Integrated Power Project; the development, financing and implementation of the first IPP project in Nigeria; KNOC’s acquisition of two deep-sea oil blocks in Nigeria; and the acquisitions, by various international oil companies, of participating interests in Nigerian oil blocks. She continues to advise major oil and gas companies operating in Nigeria.

She graduated from University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in law, was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 and is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

She is listed in Expert Guides’ Guide to the World’s Leading Energy & Natural Resource Lawyers and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. She chairs the capital market committee of the Nigerian Bar Association section on business law, is the treasurer of the Capital Market Solicitors’ Association and has served on various committees established by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission for the purpose of promoting the development of the Nigerian capital market.

 

Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN – Member

Moyo is a first class litigator. He holds LL.B in 1988 from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University and B.L in 1989. In recognition of his excellence in this regard the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar GCON conferred on him with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on 23rd September 2013.

Moyo was appointed by the Nigerian Bar Association in July 2012 as a prosecutor of disciplinary matters before the Body of Benchers and the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (both of whom are statutory bodies). Mr. Onigbanjo offers his services pro bono in this regard.

In recognition of his wealth of experience in commercial law practice Mr. Onigbanjo, SAN was appointed as a Council Member of the Nigeria Bar Association’s Section on Business Law on 30th March 2011 and re-elected 2014. Moyo is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Moyo has vast and considerable court room experience in commercial litigation particularly in the areas of Debt Recovery, Breach and Enforcement of contracts, Companies Winding Up Proceedings, Aviation, Receivership, Marine claims, Arbitration and Oil and Gas. He has for the past twenty-three years participated extensively in commercial litigation in Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigerian and International Bar Associations and on the 31st March 2001, He was appointed a Notary Public.

He also has considerable appellate Court experience, having been privileged to successfully argue numerous appeals before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria. He also has experience in labour matters and has practiced before the National Industrial Court as well as the Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal. Over twenty four cases handled by him have been widely reported in Nigeria’s foremost Law reports (Nigeria Weekly Law Reports)

Okey Egbuchu – Member

Okey is a Partner with Consolex Legal Practitioners. He is a consummate commercial lawyer with extensive experience in corporate law and restructuring, corporate and project finance, construction and infrastructure, and energy law. Earlier on in his career he practiced mainly as a civil and commercial litigator, and still handles a portfolio of such cases. As he puts it, “once a litigator, always a litigator”. Astute, creative, and versatile, he is of immense value to the firm in providing practical, cost-effective solutions to Clients’ issues.

Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1992; Okey worked briefly as a Federal Prosecutor at the Federal Ministry of Justice between 1992 and 1993. He, thereafter, joined the Law Firm of Ukpong and Omotoso in 1994 as an Associate and rose to become a Partner in 2001.

Okey is a pioneer in gas pollution litigation in Nigeria, and has attended several training courses in his areas of specialization. He has led legal teams in complex, large ticket transactions.

He is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association’s SBL Council and also the Chairman of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

He has been very instrumental in the organisation of the Annual Conference of the Section on Business Law, and continuously contributes to the growth of the SBL.

Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie – Member

Myma is the Senior Partner of the Law firm of Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie. She also heads its Telecommunications and Oil & Gas teams. Her areas of specialisation include corporate restructuring, acquisitions, foreign investment, regulatory communications, equity finance and infrastructure projects, among many others.

She assisted with the drafting of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and was retained by federal government to assist with the drafting of Nigeria’s downstream gas legislation. She had advised several local, regional and international companies, organisations, institutions and governments on a variety of transactions.

Myma is ranked as a “leading lawyer” for her corporate, mergers and acquisitions (Chambers Global Guide), project finance (IFLR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal), finance and telecommunications (Legal 500) work.

She sits on the board of directors of various companies and acts as a trustee on the board of several not-for-profit organisations, including the African Leadership Foundation, the Growing Businesses Foundation, the African Wildlife Foundation and the Art and Business Foundation.

Myma has published several articles on Nigerian petroleum regulations, Nigerian environmental law and foreign investment in Nigeria in international journals such as the Petroleum Economist and the American Bar Association Section on International Law & Practice Journal.

 

Dr Adeoye Adefulu – Member

Adeoye is a partner in the Law firm of Odujinrin and Adefulu with almost 20 years professional experience spanning the fields of petroleum law & policy, electricity law & policy, environmental law, corporate & project finance. He has acquired significant experience through his involvement in various projects for public and private sector clients and has advised on a number of Nigerian energy reform initiative programmes.

Through his research work and professional experience, Adeoye Adefulu has developed a keen understanding of the policy, legal and regulatory frameworks for the Nigerian energy industry. He takes a particular interest in oil and gas regulatory reform, gas utilisation, energy reform, renewable energy and environmental law issues. Adeoye has published extensively on his research interests and regularly speaks at local and international fora on Nigerian energy matters. He has advised members of the National Assembly, through the DFID sponsored FOSTER project, on elements of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

Chinyere Okorocha – Member

Chinyere is a partner in the Intellectual Property (IP) Department of the Law Firm of Jackson Etti and Edu. With over 20 years practical IP experience, she is internationally recognized as an authority and specialist in this area of the law. She advises numerous blue chip clients on all aspects of intellectual property, as well as related issues; and is personally responsible for the IP portfolio management of a number of internationally renowned corporations. She also advises the various government departments on IP related issues particularly on Law reform.

Uaboi Agbebaku – Member

Uaboi is the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of the Nigerian Breweries Plc. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators. Graduated from the Edo State (now Ambrose Alli) University, Ekpoma in 1994. Enrolled as a legal practitioner in Nigeria in 1995. Worked with the law firm of David Garrick & Co between 1995 and 2002. Joined Nigerian Breweries Plc in January, 2003 as Legal Affairs Manager. Became Company Secretary/Legal Adviser and a member of the Executive Management Team in January, 2008. Has attended several functional and Management development courses/programmes in Nigeria and abroad. Areas of expertise – corporate governance, legal practice with bias for commercial/corporate law and leading people. A member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. Hobbies include sports and music.