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 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
Ayuli 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.
Dr. Adeoye Adefulu
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 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.
Isaiah is a Partner at Broderick Bozimo & Company. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has over ten years experience as a Barrister and Solicitor. An effective advocate, he has a proven track record of litigating and resolving disputes before the various State and Federal courts in Nigeria.
Isaiah is also an active member of the Arbitration Community in Nigeria. In May 2015, he was elected into the Abuja Chapter Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators' Nigerian Branch. Most recently, he was appointed as an ICC YAF Representative for Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration-Young Arbitrator's Network (LCA-YAN).
Advisor, Research & Training
Mena Ajakpovi is a Partner in the Intellectual property, litigation, arbitration & alternative dispute resolution and telecommunications, media and technology departments of the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. He advises on copyright, patent, trademarks, domain names, broadcasting, music/movie/comedy production, distribution, branding, image rights, franchising/licensing, amongst others. He has represented some of the world’s biggest names and owners of IP in disputes relative to these areas.
Mena is a Notary Public, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (FCIArb), and a member of the panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of International Arbitrators LCIA. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies Salzburg, Austria. He is a member of the Anti-counterfeit Committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) and has made presentations in this capacity. Mena is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the International Bar Association, where he has also made presentations. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trademarks Attorneys UK, and the Pharmaceutical Trade Group (PTMG), a pan-European forum for IP lawyers with specialisation in the pharmaceutical sector. He has featured in the Who’s Who Legal Intellectual Property section and has published papers on copyright, information technology, broadcast rights and dispute resolution.
Okey is a Partner at CLP Legal. 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 has been very instrumental in the organisation of the Annual Conference of the Section on Business Law. More specifically, he led the 2018 Conference Planning Committee as Chairman. He continuously contributes to the growth of the SBL.
Zonal Officer, North
Mr. Abubakar is the Director of Compliance & Litigation in the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). He had served as the Special Adviser to the immediate past Registrar General of CAC between 2009 and 2017.
A.G Abubakar has represented CAC on the Governing Boards of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority. He was also a member of several Inter Ministerial Committees such as the Steering Committee on National Code of Corporate Governance, Committee on the Review of the Companies and Allied Act, Inter Agency Committee on Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, CAC Focal person on Open Government Partnership, amongst others.
Between 1995 and 2004, A.G Abubakar worked with the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON). He resigned as Senior Manager, Perfection & Securitisation in April 2004 to take up employment with the CAC.
Mr. Abubakar has presented several papers at local and international conferences.
Ama Etuwewe, SAN
Zonal Officer, West
Ama Etuwewe SAN is the Principal Solicitor in the law firm of Messrs Ama Etuwewe (SAN) & Co., a firm of Legal Practitioners, Arbitrators and Notary Public. He obtained the SEMP LLM Certificate in International Business Law from the Metropolitan University UK in 2015.
He is a legal practitioner with over 30 years’ experience as a trial and appellate lawyer at all levels of Nigerian Courts, in domestic arbitration as well as in Tribunals. Grounded and experienced in constitutional law, electoral law, company and corporate governance, oil & gas law, international law of the sea
commercial law, debt recovery, banking, aviation, maritime, labour, international relations, environment and pollution law, telecommunications, investigations and civil and criminal litigations, Ama Etuwewe SAN, is also a seasoned Arbitrator.
Having a clientele that cuts across International Oil Companies, Multinational Corporations, and Banks, Ama Etuwewe SAN, leads both an array of experienced lawyers as well as mentors young calls in both litigation and dispute resolution. His core area of specialization is Commercial practice and arbitration. He has handled corporate and public interest cases, community disputes from the trial Courts up to the Supreme Court as well as partaken in several arbitral proceedings.
Ama Etuwewe SAN more to being a very active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Warri Branch, is a member of the National Executive Committee (N.E.C.) of the Nigerian Bar Association. Ama Etuwewe SAN is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria and a Member of the Maritime Lawyers Association of Nigeria.
Ama Etuwewe SAN was on September 23rd, 2019, sworn in to the Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
Omubo Victor Frank-Briggs
Zonal Officer, East
Olumide A. Akpata
Immediate Past Chairman
Olumide Akpata is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group of the Law Firm of Templars and he is currently the Head of that Group.
He is admitted to practice in Nigeria and 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.
He is often called upon to speak at local and international conferences and seminars. He is the immediate past chairman of the Council. He is also the Vice-Chair (West-Africa) of the International Bar Association’s Africa Regional Forum.
Immediate Past Secretary
Mrs. Priscilla Ogwemoh epitomizes leadership par excellence as seen in the precision with which she oversees the general administration and day to day running of the multifaceted practice of the law firm of Olisa Agbakoba Legal.
She is one of leading Women Mediators in the Country and currently serves as the Director of the OAL Arbitration and Mediation Centre which is the first law firm annexed ADR center in Nigeria. She is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a legal adviser to the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).
Priscilla is a Judge of the International Law Students’ Association Jessup Moot Court Competition and has assessed several Memorials in the competition since 2013. She was recently appointed a panel member of the NBA Disciplinary Committee.
She is also the immediate past secretary of the Council.
Dr. Myma Belo-Osagie
Myma Belo-Osagie is the Senior Partner of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie. Her areas of specialisation include corporate restructuring, acquisitions, foreign investment, regulatory communications, equity finance and infrastructure projects, among many others.
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 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.
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.
Mr Aiboni is a Partner in the law firm of Victoria Chambers. He specializes in advising major corporations on Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, Mergers & Acquisitions and Project Finance. He has Global and Operating Unit experience in Upstream, Midstream and Gas Commercial operations including prior 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 trained negotiator and mediator. He is a Fellow of the Global Academy of Finance and Management, certified in Finance Crimes (Economic Crime and Fraud Prevention) and a Certified Compliance Officer.
He is a member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a Council Member of The NBA – Section on Business Law (NBA SBL). He is also a member of Nigerian Gas Association (NGA), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), USA, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, International Bar Association (IBA) and Society of Corporate Governance Nigeria
Fola Akande joined Cadbury Nigeria Plc. as Company Secretary/Chief Counsel West Africa in July 2012. Mrs. Akande is a qualified lawyer who obtained her degree LLB hons from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) University of London and a Masters in Law (LLM.) from The University of Lagos. She comes into her role with an impressive background in Compliance, Corporate Governance, Commercial and Finance Law. She has over 25 years of working experience and prior to joining Cadbury, she worked for Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser/Chief Compliance Officer as a pioneer staff for 13 years. Mrs. Akande is a special member (MCIarb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and sits on the Governing Board of The Eye Bank for Restoring Sight Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) set up for the purpose of creating awareness on Cornea donation and clinically restoring sight to individuals who have suffered "reversible" blindness as a result of damage of the Cornea.
Wale Akoni, SAN
Wale Akoni, SAN is the Managing Partner of the law firm of Babalakin & Co. He was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2006 and is recognized by ‘Who’s Who Legal’ Magazine, the official research partner of the International Bar Association and the ‘’Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa’’ directory, as one of the top business lawyers in Nigeria. He is a Notary Public for Nigeria and has been approved by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out legal services in the Nigerian Capital Market. He has acted as Chairman of the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules Review Panel and Committee Chairman on judicial appointment and bench relations of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Ajibola is the Partner & Head of Deal Advisory, M & A, Tax Services, KPMG in Nigeria and has garnered over 28 years of experience having advised several local and multi-national organizations on various assignments such as framework development and review, tax and regulatory compliance and advisory, implementation of cross-border schemes, corporate mergers and acquisitions, start-ups, compliance checks and audits, reorganization and recapitalization and business restructuring. Ajibola has provided regulatory and tax advisory, outsourcing and compliance services to multinational and national companies in the areas of incorporation and start-up advisory services, corporate tax compliance, planning and advisory work, mergers and acquisitions, payroll outsourcing and management, indirect tax management, personal income taxes (PIT), withholding tax (WHT), petroleum income tax (PIT), etc., in various industries including: financial services, energy and natural resources, consumer/industrial markets, manufacturing, telecommunications & communication and power.
He has experience in advising companies in various industries and sectors of the economy including communications, oil and gas, and other sectors on Group taxation, International Corporate Tax and International Executive Services and has advised on the restructuring, mergers and acquisition of major companies operating in the manufacturing, aviation and oil and gas sectors in Nigeria.
Tony is the Managing Partner of the Law Crest LLP. Between 1994 and 1999, Tony was the Company Secretary and General Counsel of Societe Bancaire Nigeria Limited (Merchant Bankers) a leading Nigerian Investment Bank which merged with several other legacy banks to form the entity now known as Unity Bank Plc.
In addition to his role as Managing Partner, Tony also heads the Corporate & Commercial Practice Team of the Firm an area in which he has garnered extensive experience. He regularly advises on foreign direct and indirect investments in Nigeria as well as on regulatory compliance.
Mr. Nwaochei is a fellow of the Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association Of Nigeria, BRIPAN is a professional body of business recovery & insolvency practitioners in Nigeria and a member association of INSOL International. Anthony is recognised as a leading insolvency lawyer and has been involved in several complex business recovery and insolvency transactions over the years.
He has been quoted to be “one of Nigeria’s finest insolvency lawyers” as he is a consummate solicitor and has been involved in many ground breaking transactions in several areas.
Justina is a graduate of the Universities of Jos and Lagos, where she bagged bachelors’ and masters’ degrees respectively in Law.
She currently wears two hats as the Company Secretary & Chief Legal Counsel at Sterling Bank. As Company Secretary, she manages shareholders, ensures compliance with extant laws and interfaces between the Board and the Management of the Bank. As the Chief Legal Counsel, Justina manages the Legal Risk portfolio of the Bank in addition to providing legal advice, drafting and reviewing of agreements and contracts among other duties.
Although she began her career as a State Counsel with the Ministry of Justice in Jos, Plateau State, she joined NAL Bank Plc now Sterling Bank Plc in 1990 and built thought leadership in the banking sector which saw her rise to the position of the Head of the Bank’s Legal Department.
Justina is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (Federacion Internacional De Abogados – FIDA Nigeria) and The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HCIB) among others.
She won the General Counsel of the Year 2016 by ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards 2016 and was also awarded the Law Digest Award for the best General Counsel of the Year in Africa in 2017.
A founding partner, Baba is TNP's Managing Partner and leads its Corporate Finance and Business Advisory Group. He has a peculiar focus in Private Equity, and in this light, has acted for both Investor and Investee companies in capital raising transactions. Baba is regarded as a solution-oriented business lawyer and has been responsible for the firm's reputation in the capital markets, e-Commerce and tech space in a series of deals across several industries.
He lends his expertise across areas of Project Finance, Corporate Finance, M & A, Infrastructure and Power. Between 2007 and 2011, Baba garnered some public sector experience as General Counsel to the Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria.
He is a member of theChartered Institute of Arbitrators and Capital Market Solicitors Association.
Dapo Otunla is the Legal Director at IHS (Nigeria) Limited (“IHS”) in which capacity he heads the company’s legal department. Dapo holds a BSc. (Honours) Degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and an LL.B. (Honours) Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Dapo also attended a joint law and management programme at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA and graduated with an LL.M. Degree (with Honors; Dean’s List) and a Certificate in Management from Northwestern University’s School of Law and Kellogg Graduate School of Management, respectively.
Prior to joining IHS, Dapo was Group General Counsel at another leading Nigerian company in the agricultural/manufacturing sector. Dapo is admitted to practice at the Bars of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1996) and the State of New York (2000), The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002), the District of Columbia (2004) and the State of Illinois (2008; Inactive status), in the U.S.
Dapo is a keen and engaging speaker who has spoken at a number of corporate organizations and private sessions on topics focused on organizations developing corporate cultures, inspiring professionalism and motivating employees towards optimizing their potential in line with corporate organizational objectives. He also has a keen fascination with mentorship, international affairs, developmental politics and travel.
The NBA-SBL has at its apex, a Council which is currently chaired by Seni Adio, SAN and consists of Twenty (20) other members all of whom are seasoned Commercial Law Practitioners drawn from diverse legal backgrounds.