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Nigeria - M&A and Governance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is commended by peers as a notable practitioner in the M&A space. She is described as “technically sound, commercially savvy and great at relating to clients.”

Biography

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is a partner of Banwo & Ighodalo (B&I), a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos, and joined B&I in 2006. In 2010, she was named as team leader in the firm’s corporate securities and finance practice, with responsibility for managing many of the firm’s most complex and pioneering transactions. She was admitted to the firm’s partnership in January 2017. Her core practice areas are capital markets, M&A and corporate restructurings, Islamic finance, taxation, consumer protection law and competition law having garnered over 13 years of experience working in these fields.

She regularly advises on M&A and corporate restructurings and advised on a number of the acquisition transactions in the banking industry following the repeal of the Universal Banking regime and a number of first-of-their-kind transactions in the Mergers and Acquisitions space.

Her recent transactions, include amongst others: the merger of Access Bank with Diamond Bank (with Access Bank being the surviving entity – this transaction created the largest retail bank in Africa by customer base and a very significant player in the Nigerian market); the acquisition of the entire shareholding of Dangote Flour Mills Plc by Olam International Limited through its subsidiary, Crown Flour Mills; the acquisition of a 19.9 per cent equity stake in Interswitch Holdings Limited by Visa International Service Association (This transaction marked the largest foreign investment in any company within the financial technology industry in Nigeria at the time of completion); Forte Oil PLC’s divestment of its power generation business undertaken through its subsidiary – Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited which held a 51 per cent stake in Geregu Power Plc, a power generation company in Nigeria, to a related party; and Forte Oil Plc’s divestment of its upstream services business undertaken through Forte Upstream Services Limited to Gbonka Oil and Gas Limited; Tropical General Investments’ divestment from CHI Ltd to European Refreshments, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company Limited; GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria’s sale and divestment of its drinks business to Suntory Beverage & Food Nigeria (a subsidiary of Suntory Beverage & Food Japan); and Unilever Nigeria’s sale of its Blue Band margarine business to KKR & Co.

She is currently leading the team advising UAC of Nigeria Plc and UACN Property Development Company PLC in relation to proposed restructuring earlier announced by both companies. Also, she supervises the company secretarial and legal advisory retainers of clients in different sectors including fast-moving consumer goods, agriculture, banking and pharmaceutical industries amongst others.

Azeezah is frequently called upon to participate in the rules’ development initiatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Stock Exchange, among others and is actively engaged in rules drafting, policy reform and development in the Nigerian capital markets and mergers and acquisition space. She is also a member of some of the committees including the Committee of E-IPO.

Azeezah authors articles in leading legal publications and delivers presentations on subjects in her core practice areas. She is frequently called upon to share her knowledge and expertise as a participant, facilitator and speaker at professional workshops, trainings and conferences.

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