Omobola Bakare

Practice Group

Aviation, Transport, Infrastructure and Corporate

Practice Focus

Omobola is an associate in the firm’s aviation and transport law group. She also works in the firm’s corporate compliance and infrastructure group, which gives support on regulatory compliances for all companies on an on-going basis. She has advised on various private/public procurement, PPPs, and refinancing transactions in the aviation and public /private transport sector.

Professional Membersip

NIGERIAN BAR, 2018

Education
Coventry University (LL.B. HONS) 2016, (LL.M) 2017

Omobola Bakare

Adamu Usman

Adamu Usman advises on Banking, Finance and Capital Markets law, Companies law, general corporate matters, employment law, immigration law and taxation. He also focuses on corporate aspects of oil and gas work and leads both the Banking & Capital Markets and the Corporate law Groups. According to sources, “he is intelligent and thoughtful, and he really thinks about the political and practical issues of a transaction”. Chambers and Partners 2008.

Practice Group

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets, Energy & Natural Resources and Corporate law

Practice Focus

He has, over the past 24 years rendered comprehensive advice on various areas of the Nigerian economy including providing advice on Nigerian oil and gas legislation, tax legislation and pro-active discussion of recondite issues revolving around the operating and fiscal environment in the country, to various offshore corporations and multinationals, including those with local (Nigerian) subsidiaries.

In addition, he possesses vast experience in reviewing; collating and analysing legal documentation for various cross-border transactions, financing projects and international business merger and acquisition transactions, as well as creation, review and finalisation of specific and general form contractual documentation.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 1988

Publications

  • Co-Author Country Contributor Banking Regulation Review 2010-2012 (Law Business Research)
  • Co- Author Country Contributor “Getting the Deal Through” 2012 (Law Business Research)

Professional, Associations and Memberships

  • Member – Association of Nigerian Business Lawyers

Education

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Nigeria) LL.B. (Hons.) 1987;

Adamu Usman

Ademola Akinrele, SAN

The “cerebral and focused” Demola Akinrele is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) with impressive track record in litigation practice at both trial and appellate levels. A “forceful and persuasive” advocate, he has built up a reputation in aviation and maritime-related matters. One client enthused: “One of his most striking skills is his ability to combine his knowledge of the law with his extensive experience.” Chambers Global 2008

Practice Group

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Practice Focus

Demola routinely handles complex commercial litigation proceedings involving cross-border transactions for various local and international clients. He has been a fellow of the Charted Institute of Arbitrators since 2001 and has represented private and public organisations in local and international arbitral proceedings, including the Government of Lagos State of Nigeria and other leading private organisations.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 1983
Senior Advocate of Nigeria 1999

Professional, Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom – 2001.

Education

University College, London (LL.B (Hons.)) (1982)
University of Cambridge, (LL.M.) (1984)

Leadership Positions

  • Commodore Lagos Motor Boat Club 2003-2004;
  • Director: AGIP Nigeria Plc. 2002 – 2003, Oando Plc. 2000 – 2009
Ademola Akinrele, SAN

Adedolapo Akinrele, SAN

Adedolapo Akinrele is a key contact on energy matters. Clients praised his “excellent and thorough” research skills, which ensure that “even potential problematic areas are brought up”. And also a practitioner who “knows his stuff” and is “always intent on providing good service”. Chambers and Partners 2008.

Practice Group

Energy & Natural Resources, Transport Law and Infrastructure & Telecommunications

Practice Focus

Adedolapo is the Managing Partner in the firm.
He leads the Maritime, Aviation & Transport Law, Energy & Natural Resources Law and Infrastructure & Telecommunications Groups of the Firm. He possesses extensive experience in conducting litigation within these practice groups.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 1987
Senior Advocate of Nigeria 2006

Education

Clifton College, Bristol, England, (1979-82) Graduated from University College London (1986), Life Member Bentham Club, University College, London

Publications

  • Authored Nigerian Oil and Gas Law: (OGEL) Publications (2005) endorsed by Professor Thomas W. Wälde, Jean Monnet Chair for EU Economic and Energy Law, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, CEPLMP Dundee, Scotland UK
  • Consulting Editor to Professor Piero Bernadini of Luiss University of Rome’s. “ENI Encyclopaedia of Hydrocarbons”
  • Co-Author Country Contributor to “International Project Finance and PPPs” (Kluwer Law) – 2010/2011

Professional, Associations and Memberships

  • Editorial Board, Oxford Journal of World Energy and Natural Resources Law (JWELB)
  • Editorial Board, Oil Gas & Energy Law (OGEL)
  • Consultant to Adam Smith International

Leadership Positions

  • President of the Lagos Polo Club 2009.
Adedolapo Akinrele, SAN

Azubuike Okoye

Practice Group

Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Transport Law.

Practice Focus

Azubuike Okoye is a member in the firm’s litigation and transactional Corporate Groups. He regularly lends vital litigation support to the Transport of the Firm.

Azubike has routinely participated and rendered advisory services on construction contracts, shipping debt recovery, insolvency proceedings, employment related matters, aviation, banking and tax claims and companies’ winding up proceedings. He also advises on probate matters and structuring of estates and has reviewed several contract documentations.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2007

Education

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (LL.B. Hons.) (2006)

Azubuike Okoye

Chukwudi Eze

Practice Group

Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Transport Law

Practice Focus

Chukwudi Eze is involved in Corporate Litigation in the practice areas within the Banking & Capital Markets Group, Corporate Group and Transport Law Group. He joined the firm in 2006.

He has vast experience in matters involving shareholder disputes, insolvency, telecommunications, debt recovery, product liability claims, aviation, banking and tax claims, personal injury and oil spill claims.

Chukwudi is a contributing editor to the Commercial law reports of Nigeria and has written a number of articles and reviews which include:
(1) The doctrine of waiver and renunciation of rights under the Bills of Exchange Act 1990: A Review of the case of Auto Import Export –v- J.A.A. Adebayo & ors (2006) 1 CLRN 1. (Published in the Commercial law reports of Nigeria Annual review and 2006 index).

(2) The Exclusive Jurisdiction of The Federal High Court in relation to the operation of the Companies and Allied Matters Act CAP C20 LFN 2008- the need for a touchstone jurisdictional test. A review of the case of Standard Trust Bank Plc –v- Chief Emmanuel Olusola (2007) 9 CLRN 41 (Published review in the Commercial law reports of Nigeria Annual review and 2007 index).

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2006

Education

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (LL.B. Hons.) (2004)

Chukwudi Eze

Olufemi Akinrele

Practice Group

Energy & Natural Resources, Transport Law.

Practice Focus

Olufemi is a member in the Energy & Natural Resources and Transport law Groups. He has acquired vast experience in corporate and commercially centred advisory work.

He has advised and successfully represented and worked with a varied range of clients consisting of both local and international corporate entities, in respect of transactions within the oil and gas industry. He has developed a particular bias for negotiation/drafting oil and gas industry contracts. He has been involved in a number of upstream and downstream projects through the rendering of legal advice and the conducting of legal due diligence on behalf of international corporate entities desirous of investing in Nigeria.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2003

Publications

Co-Author Country Contributor “Getting the Deal Through” 2012 (Law Business Research)

Education

Staffordshire University (1998)
University of Dundee (LL.M) (2001)
Oxford Princeton International Oil Trading Course (2005)

Olufemi Akinrele

Anthony Nkadi

Practice Group

Transport Law, Energy & Resources Law

Practice Focus

Tony is a key member in the Transport Practice as well as Energy and Natural Resources. He has gained experience in the field of shipping and admiralty litigation and has rendered a variety of transactional support in the core practice areas within the Energy and Natural Resources Group to local and international clients.

Tony has also been involved in a number of complex enforcement of maritime claims, judicial sale of ships and claims against maritime funds. He has done extensive work in a wide variety of corporate commercial disputes including marine claims and contractual disputes arising from the full range of marine casualties and has represented both cargo owners, shipowners and their insurers for both hull and P&I coverage disputes. He is also experienced in general commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Tony’s corporate and commercial practice covers a broad range of areas, including, corporate finance, commercial real estate, land development, secured transactions with emphasis on mortgage enforcement remedies and creditors’ rights.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2002

Education

University of Lagos LL.M 2009
University of Benin (LL.B (Hons) 1999

Anthony Nkadi

Benson Akunya

Practice Group

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Practice Focus

Benson is a core member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Transport Law Groups. He joined the firm in 2003.

He has rendered legal advisory services to local and international clients with an avowed interest in oil spill related cases and aviation matters.

He advises clients on the litigation and pre-litigation, transactional aspects of energy and natural resources, aviation, contract, banking and project finance, intellectual property, intellectual property, construction and taxation.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2001

Publications

Co-Author Country Contributor “Getting the Deal Through” 2012 (Law Business Research)

Education

Imo State University, Owerri. (LL.B (Hons) 1999
University of Lagos LL.M 2008

Benson Akunya

Olumide Aju, SAN

Olumide has an impressive record as a trial and an appellate lawyer. He is thorough, responsive and has a genuine knowledge of all the legal issues involved in his field of specialisation.

He is often credited for promptly identifying the big issue in a case and getting on top of it. He is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department of the firm and has been involved in a number of contentious commercial litigation and rendered legal advice and opinions on many aspects of telecommunications and corporate law. He has participated in various ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA Arbitrations.

Practice Group

Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Practice Focus

Olumide’s principal field of work is Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Oil Pollution Claim, Product liability and Real Estate. He has a wide experience of arbitration across a wide range of business and industry sectors and has conducted both domestic and international Arbitration under all the major institutional rules.

He has done considerable work in multi-jurisdiction enforcement proceedings in the energy sector.

Admission

Nigerian Bar 2003

Education

Nigerian Bar 1993
England and Wales 2007
Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (2000)

Professional Membership

International Bar Association;
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb) UK

Olumide Aju, SAN

Kemi Oluwagbemiro

PRACTICE GROUP
Corporate, Infrastructure, Aviation and Transport Law group.
PRACTICE FOCUS
Kemi is an associate in the firm’s aviation and transport law group. She also works in the firm’s corporate and infrastructure group, which gives support on a transactional basis to the aviation and transport law group. She has advised on PPPs, and is versed in aircraft financing (purchasing, leasing, mortgages), review of aviation-related contracts, and licensing and deregistration of aircraft and airframes. She has also aided local and international air carriers in navigating the legal and regulatory framework for operating in the Nigerian aviation sector.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
NIGERIAN BAR, 2016
EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS (LL.B HONS), 2015
Kemi Oluwagbemiro

Doherty Taiwo

 

PRACTICE GROUP

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

 

PRACTICE FOCUS

Doherty is in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution group where he handles litigation proceedings for various local and international clients.

 

BAR ADMISSION

NIGERIAN BAR, 2017

 

EDUCATION

University of Ilorin (LL.B. HONS) 2016

 

Doherty Taiwo

Adewale Sontan

PRACTICE GROUP

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

 

 

PRACTICE FOCUS

Adewale is in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution where he handles litigation proceedings for various local and international clients.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

NIGERIAN BAR, 2017

 

 

EDUCATION

OLABISI ONABANJO UNIVERSITY (LL.B. HONS), 2016

Adewale Sontan