Gbenga Oyebode is the chairman of the firm’s management board and heads its energy practice, with significant experience in corporate and commercial law, energy and natural resources, project finance, aviation and telecommunications.
Aluko & Oyebode is one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, providing a comprehensive range of specialist legal services in the areas of energy and natural resources, banking and corporate finance, project and infrastructure finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration, transport law (shipping and aviation), real estate and taxation. The firm’s clientele is highly diversified and includes top-tier domestic, international and multinational clients.
Gbenga is currently advising on the Brass LNG Project, a joint venture between NNPC, TOTAL, Conoco Philips and Agip for the construction of a US$3.5 billion LNG plant, and advised on the US$360 million Lekki Concession Infrastructure Project for the construction of toll roads and bridges in Lagos State – the first major PPP initiative in Nigeria. He also advised on the US$1.25 billion financing of the Exxon Mobil Natural Gas Liquid II Project; the US$1.06 billion financing of trains four and five of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Expansion Project; and the development, financing and implementation of the first IPP project in Nigeria.
Gbenga attended the University of Ife (LLB honours) and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LLM), graduating in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). At various times in his career he has worked with White & Case in New York and Gulf Oil Company in Lagos and Houston.
Gbenga is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He is the chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association’s section on business law.
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