Nigeria: Capital Markets 2017

In this chapter we recognise 17 practitioners known for their expertise in capital markets transactions, advising issuers and underwriters in IPOs, secondary offerings including rights issues, placements and other debt and equity issuances.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Asue Ighodalo Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
2. Ayuli Jemide Detail Commercial Solicitors, Lagos
3. Ayotunde  Owoigbe Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
4. Dan Agbor Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos

At UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE, three individuals are singled out for praise.
Managing partner Dan Agbor is an eminent practitioner who one source considers “a very knowledgeable player in the Nigerian capital markets space.” A debt and equity specialist, he regularly advises on securities offerings and debt to equity conversions.
The “excellent” Yinka Edu is highly recommended for her excellent knowledge of the Nigerian bond market, as well as her significant experience advising clients on a diverse range of capital markets transactions.
Aniekan Ukpanah is also recognised as a leading practitioner in the field.

Leading Nigerian multidisciplinary firm BANWO & IGHODALO sees two of its team selected for inclusion in this chapter.
Name partner Asue Ighodalo is the foremost practitioner in this year’s research thanks to his vast experience advising on major capital markets transactions.
The “fantastic” Ayotunde  Owoigbe heads the firm’s corporate finance group and is a key name in the Nigerian market. She is highlighted for her top-tier commercial practice and vast experience.

G ELIAS & CO’s founder Gbolahan Elias SAN is a widely respected figure in the field. He is described as “an excellent lawyer” by respondents who commend his market-leading practice.
Onyinye Chukwu gains recognition for her strong expertise in this area. One source notes: “She is my favourite lawyer to work with; I always have complete confidence in her work.”

OLANIWUN AJAYI is home to two leading capital markets lawyers.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a well-known name in the Nigerian market. According to one source, “He is a pragmatic lawyer with tremendous business acumen.”
The “superb” Wolemi Esan possesses considerable experience assisting clients on complex capital markets transactions.

ABDULAI TAIWO & CO also boasts two inclusions in this chapter.
Banking and finance practice head Alayo Ogunbiyi is a longstanding fixture in the market known for his great expertise advising on structured financing.
Ladi Taiwo leads the firm’s corporate group and is praised for his experience handling both domestic and cross-border transactions.

DETAIL COMMERCIAL SOLICITORSAyuli Jemide is a prominent practitioner renowned for his brilliant work advising on high-value capital markets transactions for REITs.

At ALUKO & OYEBODE, Olubunmi Fayokun is recognised for her extensive experience advising banking clients and corporates on issues relating to bond and syndicated note issuances.

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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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