Omobola Bakare

ASSOCIATE

 omobola_bakare@foakinrele.com

 09095990074


OVERVIEW

Omobola Bakare is an associate in the corporate practice.

She is a Corporate Lawyer with fast growing experience in legal advisory, company secretarial and regulatory compliance practices across numerous sectors including Oil and Gas, Maritime, Employment, Shipping and Commercial sectors; with excellent client management skills and high-level professionalism at work and in all client-related dealings.

EXPERIENCE

  • Providing Corporate and Commercial legal advice to high profile clients such as North of England P & I Association Limited, Jabi Lake Mall Development Company Limited, Northwest Quadrant Development Company Limited, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited. Scope of work includes:
    • Attending Annual General Meetings, Emergency General Meetings and Board Meetings; and advising on compliance with standards of proceedings at such meetings.
    • Ensuring clients compliance with respective regulatory bodies and sectoral industry Codes of Corporate Governance.
    • Ensuring that client companies regulatory filings such as annual returns, change of directors e.t.c are prepared and filed timeously with relevant authorities such as the CAC, SEC, FRCN, NEPZA.
  • Preparing legal opinions on relevant legal issues such as recent changes in legislation affecting clients’ respective industries and advising on how such changes affect the clients. Recent engagements include:
    • Prepared a legal opinion for the Board of Directors of Solar Turbines (an international gas turbine service provider in the oil and gas industry), advising them on the legal implications of the suspension of an employee without recall.
    • Prepared a legal opinion for Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) which advised on the statutory propriety of the demand by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for the payment of 10% freight charges.
  • Participated as a member of legal team drafted by NIMASA to review and draft an amended NIMASA Act and for related matters.
  • Litigating suits on behalf of high-profile clients across all superior courts of record, particularly the Federal High Court and National Industrial Court. Recent engagements include:
    • Represented North of England P & I Association Limited at the Federal High Court, Lagos in a suit involving a claim for damage to vessels.
    • Represented Solar Turbines in an action for breach of contract of employment instituted against the client at the National Industrial Court.

EDUCATION

Coventry University, LL.B (Hons), LL.M.

Nigerian Law School

Qualifying Certificate

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria

 

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 FCIArb

Senior Associate

azubuike_okoye@foakinrele.com

 +234(803)798-7039


OVERVIEW

Azubike Okoye is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution practice.

He routinely handles commercial litigation proceedings involving Engineering Construction liability claims, Winding-up of Companies, Oil spill claims, Aviation liability claims, Banking law and practice, Debt recovery, legal audit of corporate entities and Insurance disputes. He has garnered extensive experience in representing clientele in all Courts in Nigeria and before Arbitration and Mediation proceedings.

He is currently an accredited Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K; Prime Dispute, U.K; Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators; Arbitration and Mediation Institute of New Zealand.

EXPERIENCE

  • Acted for an international financial institution in defending claims in a consolidated multiple proceeding arising from a complex construction contract executed in Ghana.
  • Acted for a financial institution in respect of an instruction from a corresponding bank abroad premised on a contract of indemnity for freezing of a customer’s account.
  • Acted for a leading Nigerian based construction company in a construction liability claim involving commercial terms and financial disputes relating to multiple engineering construction contract.
  • Acted as an Expert witness in a contested matrimonial causes proceeding pending in the United States of America (USA) on the jurisdiction of the USA Court over a marriage celebrated in Nigeria between Nigerian American Citizens.

EDUCATION

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

Nigerian Law School.

Qualifying Certificate

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria: Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Kazakhstan: Lawyer (before the Astana International Financial Centre-AIFC Court)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  1. Notary Public, Supreme Court of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  2. Judicial Commendation by a Honourable Judge of the High Court of Lagos State of Nigeria for excellent and in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian Law.
  3. Merit Based Scholarship, Federal Government of Nigeria, Undergraduate Scholarship.
Azubuike Okoye FCIArb

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

Senior Associate

olufemi_akinrele@foakinrele.com

 08023084435


OVERVIEW

Olufemi Akinrele is a Senior Associate in the corporate practice.

Mr. Olufemi Akinrele is a seasoned Lawyer and transaction originator in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry. With a core focus in energy, natural resources, and transport law, he has mediated in a number of transactional negotiations and also ensured transactional integrity. He has vast experience in corporate and commercially centred advisory work.

He has conducted extensive due diligence on several upstream projects within Nigeria and has amassed deep insights about several key players in the Nigerian and international oil and gas sector. He has also rendered advisory services with respect to oil and gas law including the contractual analysis of agreements within the said sector in Nigeria.

Mr. Olufemi Akinrele has advised and successfully represented a broad range of local and international clients spanning from financial investors to technical partners in the energy and natural resource space, and in the process, has developed extensive and close client relationships, and a correspondingly deep book of structuring commercial transactions.

Over the years, he has developed a passion for the study of analysing and managing the political dynamics of sector reform. With his experience, track record and intimate knowledge of the Nigerian oil and gas regulatory terrain, he is highly sought-after by several international corporate clients seeking to make investments in Nigeria.

He is the Membership Secretary of the Lagos Motorboat Club. He is a citizen of Nigeria and has the dual right to live and work in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

EXPERIENCE

  • Acted as mediator in contractual negotiation between indigenous oil companies and foreign financiers/ technical partners desirous of acquiring oil & gas assets from the International Oil Companies (IOCs) Chevron and Shell.
  • Assisted a couple of indigenous oil & gas entities in locating and assessing potential reverse takeover (RTO) targets with listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Oslo Stock Exchange.
  • Helped indigenous oil and gas entities negotiate terms of their agreements with foreign technical partners in respect to the development of oil and gas assets.
  • Rendered numerous opinions to several IOCs.
  • Co- authored the Nigerian section of the (1st Edition) Foreign Investment review journal “Getting the Deal Through” (2012).
  • Led a legal team that represented a long-established corporate entity at advanced stages of embarking on a PPP with Lagos State, with respect to a mixed purpose development project within the said State.
  • Worked on a varied corporate transaction, within the oil & gas sector.
  • Instrumental in crafting the firms guide to estate planning “Wills or Trusts”.

EDUCATION

University of Dundee, Scotland LLM, 2001

University of Sraffordshire, U.K.  LL.B. (Hons), 1998

Oxford Princeton International Oil Trading Course, UK , Certificate in International Oil Trading, 2005

Nigerian Law School.

Qualifying Certificate, 2003.

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria

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

Peter Ibe

ASSOCIATE

peter_ibe@foakinrele.com

+234-706-922-1592


OVERVIEW

Peter Ibe is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.

He regularly advises client on dispute resolution and has represented clients in superior Courts of record in Nigeria. Peter has also participated and rendered advisory services on Real Estate Transactions, Mortgages, Foreign Exchange, and tax claims.

EXPERIENCE

  • Rendered legal advisory to a multinational company on the application of the Monetary, Credit, Foreign Trade and Exchange Policy Guidelines for Fiscal Years 2020/2021 and other applicable laws and regulations with respect to Foreign Exchange Transactions in Nigeria.
  • Represented the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) at the Tax Appeal Tribunal, Lagos Division, in an appeal by Nigerian Agip and Oando over their tax assessment in respect of OML 125.
  • Rendered legal advisory to a leading Nigerian Bank on the propriety or otherwise of placing a post-no-debit on a customer’s account.

EDUCATION

University of Nigeria, Nsukka. LL.B. (Hons) Law

Nigerian Law School

Qualifying Certificate

ADMISSIONS

Nigerian Bar Association.

 

Peter Ibe

Abraham Otene

ASSOCIATE

 abraham_otene@foakinrele.com

 08095703214


 OVERVIEW

Abraham is an associate in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice.

He focuses on representing clients in complex multisectoral disputes as well as advising local and multinational corporations on the most efficient strategies for dispute prevention and resolution. His areas of interest cut across oil and gas, intellectual property, labour and industrial relations, banking, insurance and real estate where he routinely represents clients at both the trial and appellate courts.

He is also developing competence in corporate/commercial transactions where he is routinely attached to the corporate/commercial department of the firm.

He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.

EXPERIENCE

  • Part of the team advising MTN on its proposed shareholder offering.
  • Part of the team advising DLM Trust Company Limited acting as trustees in the Primero BRT Securitisation SPV PLC’s bond issue.
  • Representing Ecobank Nigeria Limited in several employer-employee related disputes at both trial and appellate courts.
  • Part of the team representing the trio of South- Trust Bank, Import-Export Bank of the United States of America and Private Export Funding Corporation at the Supreme Court.
  • Represented Federal Inland Revenue Service in tax appeals at the Tax Appeal Tribunal
  • Part of the team representing the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission at the Court of Appeal in a challenge of its regulatory powers by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Commission.
  • Advised Kaddas Oil Field Services and Trading Company (KOSTCO) on the most effective model for dispute resolution in its commercial relations with its client.

EDUCATION

University of Nigeria Nsukka, LL.B. (Hons).

Nigerian Law School

Bar Qualifying certificate, First Class Honours.

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  • Director-General’s Prize for First Class students.
  • Best Graduating Student, Nigeria Law School (Kano Campus) 2018/2019 session.
Abraham Otene

Kemi Oluwagbemiro

 ASSOCIATE

kemi_oluwagbemiro@foakinrele.com
09074774189


OVERVIEW

Kemi Oluwagbemiro is an associate in the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice group.

She focuses on capital markets, aviation, infrastructure, and commercial transactions.

Kemi routinely advises on corporate restructuring and other strategic transactions which include equity or debt financing for investors and portfolio companies.  She is also versed in regulatory compliance with Companies and Allied Matters Act, Investment and Securities Act, Anti-trust, Anti-corruption laws and other relevant laws where applicable which she does for several of the firm’s clients.

She Co-Authored the Nigerian chapter of Aviation Law Review for 2018 and 2019.

EXPERIENCE

  • She currently works with the team that provides assistance to the Lagos State Government on a Commonwealth/United Nations assisted project for the development/implementation of policies, procedures and template licenses for ferry, freight and terminal operators, and creation of an urban renewal and regeneration guideline for the state.
  • She was part of the team which produced the new Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency (NIMASA) Act draft for the repeal of the current Act.
  • Acted as solicitor to the issue for the Series 1 Bond issue for Primero Securitisation Transaction N 15.5bn Bond Issuance Programme and N50 Billion Medium Term Note Programme by Gel Utility Funding SPV PLC (2019).

EDUCATION

University of Lagos, LL.B. (Hons).

Nigerian Law School

Qualifying Certificate.

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria

Kemi Oluwagbemiro

Doherty Taiwo

ASSOCIATE

doherty_taiwo@foakinrele.com

08134768544


OVERVIEW

Doherty Taiwo is an associate in the dispute resolution practice.

His expertise includes arbitration, mediation and general litigation practice. He routinely advises on labour matters, banking, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and real estate. He also advises on the negotiation and drafting of legal documentations in various areas of law practice.

EXPERIENCE

  • Counsel in arbitration between top class oil & gas companies engaged in a dispute over a joint venture agreement.
  • Counsel in arbitration between top engineering and construction firms.
  • Advised a first-class bank on the assimilation of its non-core banking assets which run capital market, asset management and investment banking businesses with its commercial banking license.
  • Advised a top-rate oil and gas firm on possible constructs for the acquisition/ownership structure of a vessel meant to operate in the Nigerian oil and gas sector under the Local Content Act and Regulations made pursuant thereto as well considerations under the Cabotage laws in Nigerian.

EDUCATION

University of Ilorin LL.B. (Hons)

Nigerian Law School

Qualifying Certificate

ADMISSIONS

Nigeria

Doherty Taiwo

Adewale Sontan

ASSOCIATE
adewale_sontan@foakinrele.com  
08028515511


OVERVIEW
Adewale Sontan is an associate in the dispute resolution practice.

His expertise ranges from labour, banking, commercial law, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution. He routinely handles litigation proceedings involving financial institutions and government agencies, debt recovery, commercial and labour matters.

EXPERIENCE

  • Counsel in various litigation proceedings involving financial institutions, their debtors, ex-employees, and government agencies.
  • Advised a financial institution on the propriety of placing a post-on-debit restriction on a customer’s account when served with a motion for injunction on the account.
  • Advised a financial institution on transacting with customers who engage in lottery business in view of the conflict between the federal and state governments on which tier of government can legislate on lottery.
  • Advised a financial institution on transacting with the account of a statutory corporation in situations where the director occupying the office recognized in the mandate changes.

EDUCATION
Olabisi Onabanjo University, LL.B. (Hons).

Nigerian Law School
Qualifying Certificate.

ADMISSIONS
Nigeria

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Best graduating student of 2015/2016 Session, Faculty of Law, Olabisi Onabanjo University and getting seven prizes on the convocation ceremony.

Adewale Sontan