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.
OZOFU ’LATUNDE OGIEMUDIA is a Partner in the law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, where she is part of the firm’s Corporate Advisory, Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions teams. She is recognised as an extremely resourceful and versatile adviser and has advised on various areas of the law including, corporate and commercial law, private equity, corporate re-structuring and mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, labour and employment, company secretarial practice. She also co-heads the firm’s pro bono practice.
She advised on various equity investments, usually leading the teams that carry out legal due diligence reviews in connection with various investments and divestments. She was part of the teams that advised clients such as Kellogg, Verod Capital, OCP Africa, Synergy Capital, Carlyle and Actis on various investments in Nigeria.
Ozofu is the 1st Vice Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law Committee on Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructurings. She was recognised in 2018 by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) as one of the IFLR1000 Women Leaders in Nigeria. She is rated as a ‘highly-regarded lawyer’ for her Mergers & Acquisitions, and Private Equity practice, by The IFLR1000 2019.
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).
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.
Ayoyinka is a Partner at AARNDALE Solicitors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and the International Bar Association. She has served as the Publicity Secretary for the Capital Markets Solicitors Association and is an active member of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association serving on the Conference Planning Committee of the Section. She has authored several articles including co-authoring the Nigerian Chapter of “Getting the Deal Through – Mergers and Acquisitions” in 2012 and 2013.
Ayoyinka’s main practice areas are corporate/commercial law and corporate finance. She advises clients both local and international regularly on multi-billion Naira transactions. She represents AARNDALE as company secretary and legal advisor on the Boards of various companies both private and public and regularly advises on the incorporation of companies, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and corporate restructuring with regard to shareholding and Board membership.
She is currently advising one of the largest prominent media and entertainment groups in Nigeria on obtaining debt and equity financing from a private equity firm and the corporate restructuring of its various entities. She acts as legal advisor to a corporate real estate development company with respect to the divestment of its US$100 million asset. She is company secretary and legal adviser to an international fintech company – assisting in the incorporation of its Nigerian entity and advising on running its operations in the Nigerian market. She advised and assisted a foreign mobile communications company in acquiring its communications licence. She was part of a team that advised a foreign online retail store on its direct investment and entry into Nigeria.
Ayoyinka led a due diligence team and advised a Nordic bank with respect to its acquisition of a local microfinance bank. She has also advised a European development bank (as lender) on a 7-year US$20 million Unsecured Subordinated Convertible Facility to a Nigerian Bank. She was an active member of a team that advised on the acquisition of a US$120million majority stake in Nigeria’s largest switching company.
Prior to joining AARNDALE, Ayoyinka worked at a leading law firm in Nigeria in the Corporate and Commercial and Banking and Finance departments and at Linklaters LLP in London with the Project Finance and Capital Market teams.
Seni Adio, SAN
Immediate Past 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.
Zonal Officer – North
Aisha Rimi is a Partner in the Corporate Commercial and Private Client practice group of the Africa Law Practice (ALP).
She is a leading transaction lawyer, versed in general corporate commercial law with expertise in foreign investment, regulatory compliance and business advisory for ‘doing business in Africa’.
Her areas of specialisation and experience include project finance, corporate and operational joint ventures, all manners of commercial structures and advisory services such as joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, manufacturing, licensing and distribution agreements, divestments, mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring and government and regulatory compliance. She also manages the firms Private Client department which offers services in Trusts, Wealth and Estate planning, Wills and personal investment and advisory services.
She has significant local and international experience as a project finance attorney at Chadbourne & Parke, (now Norton Rose Fulbright New York, US) where she worked on infrastructure projects across sectors.
In recent times, she has led teams that advised DFI’s on multi-million-dollar investments in large infrastructure development projects; the restructuring of a multi-billion naira facility; conducted value for money and legal audits; rendered business advisory and transaction structuring advise to corporates and government agencies in areas of acquisitions, mergers and private equity investments. With responsibility for growing the firms evolving Private Client group, she has overseen the organic expansion of this service to include, wealth management and personal investment services.
Zonal Officer – South
I had prior to my pursuit of a law degree taken a Honours Degree in History at the unique University of Port Harcourt in 1984 and proceeded to Enugu capital of the old Anambra State where I took part in the National Youth Service Corp Scheme. After my youth service I gained admission to read law at the University of Ibadan, Oyo, State and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in 1990 upon graduation from the University of Ibadan in December 1989.
After my call to bar, I joined the law firm of George Etomi and Partners first in its Lagos office and then to Port Harcourt and worked with the said law firm for about 18 months before I left to join the Multinational Dredging firm, Horicon Nigeria Limited which later metamorphosed into Phillip Holzmann Nigeria Limited as its Legal Adviser/Personnel Manager.
I worked with this firm until late 1993 when I founded the law firm of Tonye Ibisiki & Associates where I am Head and Managing Solicitor. The firm’s areas of specialization spans across: Insurance, Banking Law, Corporate Law and Practice, including Joint Venture Packaging, Trans-National, Economic and Monetary Law, Credit and Securities Law, Maritime Law, Petroleum Law, Property Practice, Arbitration, Mediation, Negotiation and Legal Drafting. I have since my return to Port Harcourt in 1991 been very active in our bar.
Zonal Officer – West
Tolu Olatunji MCIArb. is a seasoned Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator, Researcher and Notary public. He possesses over a decade of experience as Legal Counsel to financial institutions, other corporate entities and individuals.
Tolu’s penchant for service, culminated to his having held and still holds various leadership positions. Some of the capacities in which he has served include; Provost of Nigerian Bar Association(Ibadan Branch), wherein he is today, an active member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
Tolu being an ardent dispute resolution expert beyond litigation, is also a member of other dispute resolution bodies such as; the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(CIArb) UK, wherein his commitment to service, further led to his being a member of the Executive Committee of the CIArb (Ibadan Chapter).
He leads Edge Hill Law Practice, a Commercial and Dispute Resolution law firm in Nigeria.
Mr. Abubakar is the Registrar General 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.
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.
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.
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.
Chinasa is the Managing Partner of Streamsowers & Köhn. She has been involved in the Firm’s Infrastructure and Privatization Practice, she heads the Aviation Practice as well as involved in the review of power industry template contracts and advised on proposed greenfield power projects. She is also a seasoned litigator and arbitrator and has represented multinational corporations in several litigation and arbitration proceedings.
She was part of the team responsible for drafting the Civil Aviation Act and the subsequent declarations made by Nigeria in pursuance of the Cape Town Convention.
In addition to being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (UK), Chinasa is also a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and the Vice Chairman of the Aviation Committee of the NBA Section on Business Law.
Stella is Partner in the law firm of Banwo and Ighodalo. She consistently proffers refreshing solutions at the negotiating table. Since joining the firm in 2001, Stella has risen professionally especially in her areas of expertise, energy and natural resources as well as corporate commercial law. She has worked on several oil and gas transactions and has actively participated in negotiations relating to same. Over the period, she has garnered considerable project finance experience.
Stella Duru is lauded as having "an understanding of the industry that is commendable." She advises on a number of oil and gas transactions on behalf of the firm.
Stella has a sound understanding of intricate and complex legal issues in her chosen areas of practice. Prior to her admission into Partnership, she served as a Team Leader in the firm's energy & natural resources as well as its corporate, securities and finance practice groups.
Adeleke Alex Adedipe
Adeleke is currently the Managing Partner of the law firm of Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe. He is a corporate commercial lawyer based in the Lagos office of the Firm. He specialises and has depth of experience in Banking and Finance, Capital Market, Telecommunication, Media and Technology, Real Estate, Aviation law, Company Secretarial and other corporate commercial practices.
Adeleke has advised on several landmark and award winning transactions both locally and internationally in Banking and Finance and Capital Market transactions.
Adeleke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2007 and was qualified to the Nigerian Bar in 2008. He is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He has attended quite a number of trainings, seminars and conferences both within Nigeria and outside Nigeria in finance documentation, mergers and acquisition, telecommunication media and technology.
Adeleke worked with the Standard Chartered Bank Limited for a year and has subsequently worked in two top tier Nigerian law firms.
During his work life in one of the top tier law firms, he was seconded to work in one of the biggest law firms in Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
He advised the Joint Lead Managers (J.P. Morgan Securities Plc and Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc) in connection with the Eurobond offering of US$400m by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (“GTB”) under a US$2 Billion Global Medium-Term Note Programme.
He advised on the 2014 Euro Medium Term Note Program update for Koninklijke Ahold N.V, Dutch Company as well as the Gombe State Government of Nigeria in respect of the N30 Billion Debt Issuance Programme and the N20 Billion 15.5% Fixed Rate Series 1 Bonds due 2019 being the first tranche under the N30 Billion Debt Issuance Programme.
Funmi is a Partner at the law firm of Aluko and Oyebode. Funmi has experience in several aspects of banking and finance law and advises Nigerian and multinational clients on local and cross-border financing deals across several sectors. She has recently advised the sponsors (NNPC and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited) on the US$1.36 billion financing of the NGL II project, and a syndicate of Nigerian and international lenders in connection with the US$2 billion financing of the acquisition of oil and gas assets by a Nigerian indigenous oil and gas exploration and production company. She is the Secretary of the Banking, Finance and Insolvency Committee of the NBA-Section on Business Law.
Yemi is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Practice of the law firm of Templars. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos.
She provides general corporate advisory on the Nigerian law and policy affecting the incorporation and operation of businesses, corporate governance, and tax compliance issues, and is part of the firm’s Labour and Immigration practice.
Yemi is currently the Chair of the NBA-SBL Young Lawyers’ Committee.
Yahaya is the Principal Partner of Law Allianz which he founded in 2008. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1992 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1994.
He has also been a member of the Law Society of England and Wales since 2013. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, entertainment law and commercial/corporate law. He generally advises company boards on corporate governance, tax and securities matters.
He is also a leading lawyer in Africa for the Gaming and Leisure industry. Yahaya began his career as Legal Advisor to Aso Savings & Loans Plc. Thereafter, he worked as the Company Secretary for First Alliance Pension and Benefits until he left to start Law Allianz. He is the Chairman of the NBA-SBL Sports, Entertainment and Media Committee
Efeomo is a Partner at the Firm of George Etomi and Partners. She leads the Firm’s Corporate Finance and Business Advisory Group. She is a versatile lawyer with decades of experience advising clients on various aspects of commercial and corporate transactions. Her experience comes from being the team lead in various transactions with both local and international clients, regulatory bodies and private entities.
Prior to re-joining the Firm in 2018, she was a Legal Consultant at Enterprise Bank Plc. (EBL) after the successful acquisition of EBL by Heritage Banking Company Limited. As the Legal consultant, she supervised the Legal Department and advised the interim management on all legal issues affecting the bank’s internal and external business operations and credit related transactions. After the merger, she was the head of the Legal Advisory/Specialized Credit and Transactions Unit of Heritage Bank Plc. Her role included reviewing and negotiating on behalf of the Bank different documents, which include syndicated loan documents, security documents, project loan documents, service contracts, restructuring documents amongst others. She advised the bank on all legal aspects of its post-merger integration process, credit related transactions, internal and external business operations with customers and service providers.
She has and continues to provide legal advisory services to various companies on equity and debt financing; and has led several teams and provided legal advisory services on high-level transactions to the tune of over US$1 billion dollars. She currently provides legal advisory services to a N10 Billion Naira Private Equity Fund and she handles all legal aspects of the various investment transactions including but not limited to preparing investment documentation and ancillary definitive agreements.
Efeomo is the Pioneer Chair, Young Lawyers Committee NBA Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chairperson of the Young Mediators Group of the International Bar Association Mediation Committee (2013 – 2015). Her areas of expertise are Banking & Finance, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Fintech, Mergers & Acquisitions, Post Merger Integration Process, Private Public Partnerships, Project Finance, Due Diligence, Aviation, Data Privacy and Real Estate.
The NBA-SBL has at its apex, a Council which is currently chaired by Ayuli Jemide and consists of Twenty-One (21) other members all of whom are seasoned Commercial Law Practitioners drawn from diverse legal backgrounds.