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Olaniwun Ajayi

Olaniwun Ajayi is among Nigeria’s leading and most well-established law firms. Founded in 1962, the firm has grown to be one of the largest partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 12 partners, 11 senior associates and 43 associates. Olaniwun Ajayi has predominantly established a reputation for the quality of its work in the areas of commercial litigation, banking, project finance and capital markets. The wide ranging expertise of its practitioners is reflected by four individuals being recognised within this report, who achieve 14 listings in total across our practice area chapters.  

Banking 2 Energy & Natural Resources 3
Capital Markets 2 M&A and Governance 2
Commercial Litigation 1 Project Finance 4

 Founding partner Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is well regarded internationally for his involvement in the financing of some of the biggest energy projects in the country. His experience in dealing with both domestic and cross-border commercial disputes before the Nigerian courts is also highly rated by respondents.

Oluseye Opasanya heads the banking, finance and capital market group; he has acquired “a track record of achievement in complex transactions” leading the team on a number of important mandates, including the first supranational bond issuance in Nigeria. The firm is particularly recommended for its “outstanding” project finance team.

Tominiyi Owolabi is “an incredibly talent practitioner” and “technically excellent”. Respondents are quick to recommend him for his expertise in corporate and finance matters, particularly in the oil and gas industry.

Alongside him, also listed across four chapters, is the “fantastic” Wolemi Esan who receives recognition for his skilful handling of complex financing transactions, including leading the team on high-profile infrastructure project finance matters.

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