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Nigeria - Banking 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ayotunde Owoigbe draws acclaim for her adept handling of mergers and acquisitions, securitisations and banking transactions.

Biography

Ayotunde Owoigbe is a partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 2001; she joined B&I shortly afterwards and was admitted into the firm's partnership in 2010. Her core practice areas, spanning almost 20 years’ experience, are banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and project finance.

Ayotunde advises Nigerian and foreign banks, DFIs, borrowers and corporate lenders. Amongst several other financing transactions, she recently advised AXA Mansard Insurance Plc in connection with a facility advanced by Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited as well as Africa Infra Plus Fund in respect of debt financings advanced to investee companies in which the Fund, a Nigerian SEC-registered infrastructure fund has made both debt and equity investments.

Ayotunde is immediate past chair of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA), an independent self-regulatory association of Nigerian law firms that contributes to the development of the national capital market and promotes the interests of legal practitioners engaged in capital market transactions. Ayotunde is also a member of the investors, issuers and intermediaries engagement/education sub-committee set up under the auspices of the FMDQ Securities Exchange to make recommendations on the debt capital market development project.

Ayotunde frequently delivers presentations on subjects in her core practice areas, as well as other topics. She is a frequent facilitator at seminars and workshops organised for or by professional associations, international law firms and clients.

Ayotunde is a non-executive director on the boards of Africa Plus Partners Nigeria Limited, fund manager of the “Africa Infra Plus Funds I and II”, infrastructure funds registered by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission and Me Cure Industries Limited, a leading pharmaceuticals company in Nigeria.

She is consistently ranked as a leading Nigerian lawyer by Chambers, IFLR1000, WWL, The Legal 500 and World's Leading Women in Business Law.

Nigeria - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ayotunde Owoigbe wins high praise for her top-tier practice, which spans an array of corporate transactions including M&A and project finance. 

Biography

Ayotunde Owoigbe is a partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 2001; she joined B&I shortly afterwards and was admitted into the firm's partnership in 2010. Her core practice areas, spanning almost

20 years’ experience, are banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and project finance.

Her recent transactions include advising Interswitch Holdings Limited in connection with the acquisition of 19.9 per cent of equity interest by Visa International Service; Access Bank on its merger with Diamond Bank to create, arguably, the largest retail bank in Africa and Greenoaks Global Holdings Limited in connection with the divestment of its 99.03 per cent equity stake in Ensure Insurance Plc to Allianz, a global leading insurance conglomerate.

Ayotunde is immediate past chair of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA), an independent self-regulatory association of Nigerian law firms that contributes to the development of the national capital market and promotes the interests of legal practitioners engaged in capital market transactions. Ayotunde is also a member of the investors, issuers and intermediaries engagement/education sub-committee set up under the auspices of the FMDQ Securities Exchange to make recommendations on the debt capital market development project.

Ayotunde frequently delivers presentations on subjects in her core practice areas, as well as other topics. She is a frequent facilitator at seminars and workshops organised for or by professional associations, international law firms and clients.

Ayotunde is a non-executive director on the boards of Africa Plus Partners Nigeria Limited, fund manager of the “Africa Infra Plus Funds I and II”, infrastructure funds registered by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission and Me Cure Industries Limited, a leading pharmaceuticals company in Nigeria.

She is consistently ranked as a leading Nigerian lawyer by Chambers, IFLR1000, WWL, The Legal 500 and World's Leading Women in Business Law.

Nigeria - Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ayotunde Owoigbe is greatly experienced domestically and internationally, and highly sought after for high-value project financings and related transactions. 

Biography

Ayotunde Owoigbe is a partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in January 2001; she joined B&I shortly afterwards and was admitted into the firm’s partnership in 2010. Her core practice areas, spanning almost

20 years’ experience, are banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and project finance.

She regularly advises on project finance transactions. Presently, she advises Africa Infra Plus Fund on the project financing aspects of its investments into investee companies including the successful concession for hostel developments at the University of Calabar in Cross River State as well as an ongoing project for the development of a power plant for one of the state governments in southern Nigeria.

Ayotunde is immediate past chair of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA), an independent self-regulatory association of Nigerian law firms that contributes to the development of the national capital market and promotes the interests of legal practitioners engaged in capital market transactions. Ayotunde is also a member of the investors, issuers and intermediaries engagement/education sub-committee set up under the auspices of the FMDQ Securities Exchange to make recommendations on the debt capital market development project.

Ayotunde frequently delivers presentations on subjects in her core practice areas, as well as other topics. She is a frequent facilitator at seminars and workshops organised for or by professional associations, international law firms and clients.

Ayotunde is a non-executive director on the boards of Africa Plus Partners Nigeria Limited, fund manager of the “Africa Infra Plus Funds I and II”, infrastructure funds registered by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission and Me Cure Industries Limited, a leading pharmaceuticals company in Nigeria.

She is consistently ranked as a leading Nigerian lawyer by Chambers, IFLR1000, WWL,

The Legal 500 and World’s Leading Women in Business Law.

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