Gbenga Oyebode enjoys a stellar reputation in the international energy market, where he is highly respected for his adept handling of complex transactions and project development matters.
Gbenga Oyebode is the chairman of the management board of Aluko & Oyebode and heads the firm’s energy practice. He has significant expertise in corporate and commercial law, energy, natural resources and mining, project finance, aviation and telecommunications.
Gbenga is currently involved in a number of complex commercial transactions in various sectors, with a particular focus on the energy, mining and telecommunications sectors. He advised on the US$80 million investment by 8 Miles LLP, ACA and DEG in Beloxxi Industries and the sale by Exxon Mobil Oil Corporation of its 60 per cent equity stake in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc. He also advised on the Brass LNG Project; the US$1.25 billion financing of the Exxon Mobil Natural Gas Liquid II Project; the US$1.06 billion financing of trains four and five of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Plant Expansion Project; and the development, financing and implementation of the first IPP project in Nigeria.
Gbenga attended the University of Ife (LLB, honours) and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LLM), graduating in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983). At various times in his career he worked with White & Case in New York and Gulf Oil Company in Lagos and Houston.
Gbenga is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He is a past chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association section on business law and serves on the boards of several companies.