Nigeria: M&A and Governance 2017

We feature 24 lawyers who stand out for their transactions expertise, and their ability to advise and assist clients on M&A in Nigeria and on cross-border matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Folake Elias-Adebowale Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos
2. Dan Agbor Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos
3. Afolabi Caxton-Martins ACAS-Law, Lagos

Six individuals at leading Nigerian firm UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE are recognised in this chapter, two of whom are among our most highly regarded practitioners.
Managing partner Dan Agbor is one of the country’s pre-eminent M&A lawyers with extensive experience of advising on numerous precedent-setting deals in Nigeria.
Folake Elias-Adebowale has been involved in numerous significant deals involving private equity and cross-border matters and is recognised as one of the foremost M&A advisers in the country.
Yinka Edu advises on public M&A deals, and is highlighted for her excellent transactional work.
Aniekan Ukpanah boasts transactional experience across a wide range of sectors including TMT, manufacturing and energy.
Myma Belo-Osagie specialises in transactions relating to infrastructure, finance and foreign investment and has advised both regional and international corporations.
Jumoke Lambo frequently counsels foreign investors in the Nigerian market on acquisitions and regulatory compliance matters; she is a respected and highly sought after practitioner.

OLANIWUN AJAYI achieves three listings in this chapter for its first-class transactions practice.
Tominiyi Owolabi is one of Nigeria’s leaders in M&A, particularly relating to infrastructure. He has been involved in some of the country’s largest project financings.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a distinguished figure in the domestic M&A market. He has advised national and international clients from a range of sectors on complex financings.
Standout practitioner Oluseye Opasanya is renowned as a corporate finance expert. He also possesses great experience in dispute resolution and is a well-established litigator.

Three M&A specialists at ALUKO & OYEBODE achieve nominations this year.
Olubunmi Fayokun provides first-rate counsel to clients on M&A matters including acquisitions by multinational corporations within the Nigerian market.
Gbenga Oyebode is well known for his work in oil and gas transactions, an area in which he is considered a true specialist.
Kofo Dosekun boasts a superb practice and is recommended for her strong transactions expertise as well as her extensive experience in advising leading corporations on M&A matters.

BANWO & IGHODALO sees two leading practitioners listed.
Ayotunde  Owoigbe is recognised as one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial lawyers and a trusted adviser when it comes to high-end transactions.
The widely respected Asue Ighodalo advises on financial transactions and wins praise from sources who consider him a great strategist.

Two individuals at G ELIAS & CO are recognised for their expertise.
Name partner Gbolahan Elias SAN frequently advises clients on high-value deals and is one of Nigeria’s most distinguished commercial lawyers.
Fred Onuobia is an accomplished and experienced transactions lawyer who has advised on acquisitions in numerous sectors including TMT and infrastructure.

TEMPLARS achieves two nominations this year.
Chike Obianwu is a leading lawyer in the transactions space and draws widespread praise for his work in project financing, restructuring and loan syndications.
Olumide Akpata is an M&A expert, and has longstanding experience advising clients on the regulatory and compliance aspects of the national market.

Afolabi Caxton-Martins of ACAS-LAW is one of the most highly recommended lawyers in our research this year. He advises on joint ventures and foreign investment and is an esteemed M&A lawyer.

AÉLEX sees Theophilus Emuwa recognised for his world-class expertise in corporate governance as well as due diligence matters.

Folasade Olusanya at JACKSON ETTI & EDU advises on big ticket transactions across numerous sectors. She is regarded as one of the best legal minds in Nigeria today.

DETAIL COMMERCIAL SOLICITORSAyuli Jemide  frequently leads on high-end, complex transactions relating to transport, infrastructure and commercial acquisitions in Nigeria.

At IKEYI & ARIFAYAN, Sola Arifayan is a market authority on energy transactions advising developers, lenders, borrowers and sponsors. He stands out for his superb regulatory knowledge.

Oladipo Odujinrin of ODUJINRIN & ADEFULU is a pre-eminent transactions lawyer with great experience advising leading corporations on acquisitions in Nigeria. 

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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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