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Nigeria - Capital Markets 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq has over 13 years’ experience of providing top-tier capital markets advice on domestic and international transactions.​

Biography

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is a partner of Banwo & Ighodalo (B&I), a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. She obtained her law degree from the University of Lagos, and joined B&I in 2006. In 2010, she became leader of the securities and finance practice, and in 2017 she became a partner. Her core practice areas are capital markets, M&A and corporate restructurings. Azeezah has authored numerous articles and 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.

She regularly advises on domestic and international capital market transactions and has led transaction teams on many “first-of-their-kind” transactions in the Nigerian capital market. These include, among others, advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Standard Bank of South Africa, First Bank of Nigeria and United Bank for Africa in connection with the issue by the Federal Republic of Nigeria of US$300 million diaspora bonds due in 2022 (Nigeria’s first ever diaspora bond issuance); and advising the Debt Management Office and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in connection with the 100 billion naira sukuk issuance by the Nigerian government (the first ever sovereign sukuk issuance by the Federal Republic of Nigeria). 

Azeezah is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and is actively engaged in policy reform and development in the Nigerian capital market space. She has delivered presentations on subjects in her core practice areas and is frequently called upon to share her knowledge and expertise as a participant, facilitator and speaker at professional workshops, trainings and conferences.

Nigeria - M&A and Governance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Azeezah Muse-Sadiq comes highly recommended by market sources who note she has “done some really great work” on corporate finance and securities transactions.

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 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, having garnered over 13 years of experience working in these fields. 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.

She regularly advises on M&A and corporate restructurings, and has led teams on many transactions. These include, among others, the merger of Access Bank with Diamond Bank (with Access Bank being the surviving entity); Forte Oil’s divestment of its power generation and upstream businesses; 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 has delivered presentations on subjects in her core practice areas and 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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