Nigeria: Project Finance 2017

In this year’s Nigerian project finance research, we recognise 20 specialists for their expertise and experience advising sponsors and lenders on major project financing and refinancing transactions across a variety of sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Dan Agbor Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos
2. Asue Ighodalo Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos

UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE tops our research in this chapter with an impressive four listings. The firm is a major player in the Nigerian project finance space thanks to its experience advising on major financing and refinancings in the oil and gas sectors.
Managing partner Dan Agbor leads the firm’s banking and finance practice, as well as its power offering, and is considered a “go-to lawyer” for complex projects.
Myma Belo-Osagie is a leading infrastructure projects lawyer recommended for her particular expertise in the telecommunications and oil and gas sectors.

National commercial outfit OLANIWUN AJAYI also performs well this year with three listings.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a well-established name in the market with extensive experience advising both lenders and sponsors on significant financings.
The “superb” Wolemi Esan draws praise from market commentators for his expert handling of major financings on energy sector projects.
Tominiyi Owolabi boasts an excellent reputation in the market thanks to his strong relationships with major Nigerian banks and financial institutions.

ALUKO & OYEBODE also impresses with three individuals recognised in this chapter.
Kofo Dosekun is a distinguished practitioner renowned for her expertise advising on some of the country’s largest project finance transactions in the oil and gas sector. She is also well known for her experience advising offshore lenders in relation to oil exploration and production.
The “eminent” Gbenga Oyebode draws praise for his 30 years’ experience in the Nigerian energy sector and experience handling significant financings.
Oghogho Makinde’s impressive practice encompasses oil and gas project finance, as well as exploration production restructurings.

BANWO & IGHODALO’s founder and managing partner Asue Ighodalo is one of the most highly regarded individuals in this year’s research. He enjoys a great reputation in the market for his fantastic work on complex project financings.
Ayotunde  Owoigbe is recognised for her experience on both the lender and borrower side in significant transactions.

At AÉLEX, two individuals are recognised.
Lawrence Fubara Anga is a widely respected player in the Nigerian project finance space with an enviable list of clients in the oil sector.
Soji Awogbade is a first-class practitioner with a wealth of experience advising domestic and international investors on transactions in the electric 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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