Nigeria: Energy and Natural Resources 2017

In this chapter we highlight 35 practitioners who stand out for their impressive work representing and advising energy companies and investors involved in the exploration, production, marketing and transportation of all types of energy, including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Ken  Etim Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
2. Sola Adepetun ACAS-Law, Lagos
3. Soji Awogbade AÉLEX, Lagos

UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE is recognised as offering one of the most specialised and well-equipped energy practices in the country and leads the research in this chapter with an impressive five listings.
Senior partner Myma Belo-Osagie leads the firm’s oil and gas group and is considered a true expert in the field, particularly when it comes to regulatory matters in the oil and gas sector.
Uzoma Azikiwe is a dispute resolution specialist and is highlighted for the excellent counsel he delivers to multinationals in relation to oil and gas and environmental law.
Sally Udoma is top choice for many clients seeking counsel in the area and is highly valued for her extensive industry experience. Her practice covers a wide array of matters from sector-related contracts and transactions to dispute resolution.  

Four standout practitioners at ALUKO & OYEBODE are highlighted for their expertise in the field. 
Gbenga Oyebode leads the firm’s energy practice. He is a longstanding fixture in the domestic market and is highly sought after by clients for his invaluable sector experience.
Oghogho Makinde is recognised for her first-class corporate practice. She is frequently engaged in handling oil and gas project financings as well as sector-related regulatory and compliance matters.  

Full service firm OLANIWUN AJAYI achieves three listings this year.
Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a well-established name in the market and possesses over 35 years’ experience handling transactional matters in the energy, natural resources and power sectors.
Wolemi Esan heads the firm’s power and infrastructure practice and is highly regarded for his fantastic work on all aspects of power projects, from acquisition and financing through to development.
Oluseye Opasanya is also highlighted for his superb work in the field.

BANWO & IGHODALO achieves two listings in this chapter.
Ken  Etim is the most highly recommended energy practitioner in our research. He is a firm favourite among clients, one of whom praises “his tremendous depth of knowledge and his clear understanding of client needs”.
Stella  Duru stands out as “one of the stars in the field” according to sources, who value her “commercially savvy and practical solutions”.

Two impressive practitioners at ACAS-LAW are also nominated for their excellent work in the space.
Founding partner Sola Adepetun is internationally recognised as a top-tier energy specialist. His practice encompasses the whole gamut of sector-related matters including acquisitions, licensing, projects and regulation.  
Felicia Kemi Segun is a well-known figure in the market and is particularly praised for her strong transactional expertise.

At AÉLEX, managing partner and head of the energy practice Soji Awogbade is widely respected among peers who consider him “a fine lawyer”. He is renowned for his excellent work handling major projects in the power and petroleum sectors.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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