Femi Olubanwo is a go-to name in the Nigerian market for sophisticated mining matters, including major projects and transactions.
Femi Olubanwo is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in Nigeria. He graduated with an LLB honours degree from the University of Lagos in 1981 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. After working at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, he joined the law firm Chris O Okunowo & Co in 1983. In 1991, he co-founded Banwo & Ighodalo as a partnership. The firm has since grown from two partners and one associate to more than 90 lawyers including 12 partners, with offices in Lagos and Abuja.
Femi focuses on investments, banking and corporate finance, project finance, mining, and intellectual property. He is well versed in project and corporate finance and has been engaged in a very wide variety of national and international financing transactions over the past 30 years. He is frequently recommended as a leading lawyer in banking, finance and mining, by guides including Chambers Global, WWL and IFLR1000. He has written many articles and is a frequent speaker on his core practice areas.
He is a director of many companies operating in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy, and of several not-for-profit organisations, particularly in the area of education.
He has taken a special interest in the growth and development of law firms in Nigeria, and has spoken at different fora on diverse topics relating to the running of law firms as a business.
His hobbies are reading, driving, travel, snooker and, recently, golf. He and his late wife are blessed with three adult children, and a son-in-law.
Femi Olubanwo is “an active IP lawyer” who is singled out by sources as a go-to name for complex transactional matters.
Femi is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo and heads the IP and technology practice, covering all aspects of IP including trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, and other ancillary matters such as entertainment and media, and technology. He graduated with an LLB (honours) degree in law in 1981 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. His other practice areas are banking and corporate finance, project finance, M&A, capital markets, corporate restructuring and mining.
He has advised several multinational and blue-chip companies in various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and manufacturing, in relation to the protection and enforcement of their IPRs in Africa. His commitment to exceeding clients’ expectations, and the assurance of success in any transaction with which he is identified places him above the ordinary lawyer.
Femi is the current chair of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA); the Nigerian Maritime Law Association; the World Trade Centre of Nigeria; and the International Trademark Association (INTA). He sits as a director on the boards of many companies.
Femi is ranked as a leading Nigerian lawyer by renowned international law directories such as Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000 and WWL. He is frequently called upon to advise and assist the government of Nigeria on IP policies and reforms.
He has written many articles and frequently delivers papers and gives presentations on subjects in his core practice areas. His hobbies are reading, driving, travel, snooker and golf. He and his late wife are blessed with a daughter and two sons.