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Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Asue Ighodalo stands out in the Nigerian market thanks to his expertise advising clients on high-value capital markets transactions and offerings.

Biography

Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a foremost corporate commercial law firm in Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan, and a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.

He possesses extensive experience in his core areas of practice: capital markets; mergers and acquisitions; restructuring; corporate and project finance; and energy and natural resources.

For many years, Asue has led the firm's advisory teams in numerous domestic and international capital market transactions launched by private and public corporates. This work has covered various sectors, including banking, finance, energy and natural resources, and fast-moving consumer goods. Asue has also advised on transactions involving the issuance of various instruments ranging from shares and bonds to global depository receipts and global depository notes. He recently advised MTN Nigeria Communications on their listing on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange; and he advised the Nigerian government on the issuance of 100 billion naira of sukuk bonds in the domestic capital market. Asue has advised the Nigeria on all its Eurobond issuances in the international capital market and transactions to date.

Asue is the chairman of Sterling Bank; the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG); and Dangote Flour Mills. He also serves on the boards of several other public and private companies, NGOs and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.

Asue has been consistently ranked as a top-tier lawyer in all of his areas of practice by the leading legal directories.

National Leader

Nigeria - Capital Markets 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Asue Ighodalo comes highly recommended by peers for his work on complex cases involving instruments such as global depository notes, shares and bonds.

Biography

Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a foremost corporate commercial law firm in Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan and a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.

His core areas of practice are capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, corporate and project finance, and energy and natural resources, in all of which he possesses extensive experience.

Asue has for many years led the firm’s advisory teams in a majority of diverse domestic and international capital market transactions. Asue has also advised the Federal Republic of Nigeria on all its international capital market transactions to date. Asue recently advised on the Nigerian government’s establishment of a global medium-term note programme, and on the issuance of an aggregate of US$7 billion eurobonds thereunder; the government’s second issuance of 100 billion naira sukuk bonds in the domestic market; Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLC’s issuance of US$350 million eurobonds; and the listing of MTN Nigeria Communication PLC’s ordinary shares on the premium board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Asue is the chair of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Dangote Flour Mills PLC and Sterling Bank PLC. He also serves on boards of several other public and private companies, NGOs and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Asue is consistently ranked as a top-tier lawyer by leading legal directories. His hobbies include golfing, watching football, reading, travelling and participating in political discourse. He is married and blessed with a daughter.

Alternate Tel: +234 8050875883; 8092714452; 9020524921

Nigeria - M&A and Governance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Asue Ighodalo is a well-recognised name in the corporate finance space where he stands out thanks to his vast experience advising on a range of M&A, capital markets and project finance transactions.

Biography

Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a foremost corporate commercial law firm in Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan and a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.

His core areas of practice are capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, corporate and project finance, and energy and natural resources, in all of which he possesses extensive experience.

Asue has for many years led the firm’s advisory teams in a majority of diverse domestic and international M&A deals. Asue recently advised Access Bank PLC in connection with its merger with Diamond Bank PLC (with Access Bank PLC being the surviving entity); Forte Oil PLC in connection with the divestment of its power generation business undertaken through its subsidiary (Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited), and the divestment of its upstream services business undertaken through Forte Upstream Services Limited; and Tropical General Investments on its transfer of the entirety of its issued share capital held in Chi Limited to European Refreshments and The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, subsidiaries of The Coca-Cola Company. Over the years, Asue has advised on several landmark M&A deals in the Nigerian market involving major players in various sectors spanning across banking, insurance, fast moving consumer goods, hospitality and agriculture.

Asue is the chair of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Dangote Flour Mills PLC and Sterling Bank PLC. He also serves on boards of several other public and private companies, NGOs and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Asue is consistently ranked as a top-tier lawyer by leading legal directories. His hobbies include golfing, watching football, reading, travelling and participating in political discourse. He is married and blessed with a daughter.

Alternate Tel: +234 8050875883; 8092714452; 9020524921

Nigeria - Project Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Asue Ighodalo is a first-rate project finance lawyer with particularly strong expertise in transaction-related matters.

Biography

Asue Ighodalo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a foremost corporate commercial law firm in Nigeria. He obtained his first degree in economics from the University of Ibadan, a law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in July 1985.

His core areas of practice are capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, corporate and project finance, and energy and natural resources, in all of which he possesses extensive experience.

Specifically, as regards the capital market space, Asue has for many years led the firm’s advisory teams in a majority of diverse domestic and international capital market transactions launched by leading Nigerian banks, including Access Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank and Zenith Bank and other issuers, with instruments ranging from shares and bonds to global depository receipts and global depository notes. He has also advised on several first-in-kind capital market transactions involving Nigerian issuers such as Access Bank’s exchange offer to holders of its outstanding Eurobonds and Guaranty Trust Bank’s Eurobond tender offer. Most remarkably, Asue has advised the Federal Republic of Nigeria on all its international capital market transactions, to date.

Asue is the chairman of Sterling Bank plc and Dangote Flour Mills plc and also serves on boards of several other public and private companies, NGOs and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority.

Asue is consistently ranked as a top-tier lawyer by leading legal directories. His hobbies include golfing, watching football, reading, travelling and participating in political discourse. He is married and blessed with a daughter.

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