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Nigeria - Banking 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gbolahan Elias SAN is well known for his excellent banking practice which covers a range of matters, such as oil and gas project financing, debt and equity offerings, and M&A transactions.

Biography

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria's leading business law firms. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of several distinguished professional bodies. These include the International Academy of Defence Counsel and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His work is recognised and commended in leading directories including The Legal 500IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. Gbolahan has advised clients on significant transactions and disputes in most sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has recently advised on two separate oil-and-gas sector financings to Shell and Chevron joint ventures for US$742 million and US$1 billion, respectively.

His recent capital markets work includes advising the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and two leading commercial banks on bond programmes to raise in aggregate the equivalent of over US$2 billionm and the huge forthcoming initial public offering of MTN Nigeria.

On mergers and acquisitions, he advised on the merger of two cement companies, making it the third largest publicly quoted cement manufacturing company in Nigeria (valued at over US$300 million). This transaction won an award for Deal of the Year. He is also advising on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a port developer (valued at over US$600 million).

In commercial litigation, recent cases include successfully representing the Africa Finance Corporation to enforce its immunity in a suit filed against it by a Nigerian governmental agency.

Nigeria - Capital Markets 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gbolahan Elias SAN is widely recognised as a key figure in the capital markets field. He has extensive experience of working on transactions as well as disputes.

Biography

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria's leading business law firms. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of several distinguished professional bodies. These include the International Academy of Defence Counsel and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His work is recognised and commended in leading directories including The Legal 500IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. Gbolahan has advised clients on significant transactions and disputes in most sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has recently advised on two separate oil-and-gas sector financings to Shell and Chevron joint ventures for US$742 million and US$1 billion, respectively.

His recent capital markets work includes advising the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and two leading commercial banks on bond programmes to raise in aggregate the equivalent of over US$2 billionm and the huge forthcoming initial public offering of MTN Nigeria.

On mergers and acquisitions, he advised on the merger of two cement companies, making it the third largest publicly quoted cement manufacturing company in Nigeria (valued at over US$300 million). This transaction won an award for Deal of the Year. He is also advising on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a port developer (valued at over US$600 million).

In commercial litigation, recent cases include successfully representing the Africa Finance Corporation to enforce its immunity in a suit filed against it by a Nigerian governmental agency.

Nigeria - Litigation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gbolahan Elias SAN is highlighted for his superb litigation practice and strong expertise in product liability disputes.

Biography

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria's leading business law firms. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of several distinguished professional bodies. These include the International Academy of Defence Counsel and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His work is recognised and commended in leading directories including The Legal 500IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. Gbolahan has advised clients on significant transactions and disputes in most sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has recently advised on two separate oil-and-gas sector financings to Shell and Chevron joint ventures for US$742 million and US$1 billion, respectively.

His recent capital markets work includes advising the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and two leading commercial banks on bond programmes to raise in aggregate the equivalent of over US$2 billionm and the huge forthcoming initial public offering of MTN Nigeria.

On mergers and acquisitions, he advised on the merger of two cement companies, making it the third largest publicly quoted cement manufacturing company in Nigeria (valued at over US$300 million). This transaction won an award for Deal of the Year. He is also advising on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a port developer (valued at over US$600 million).

In commercial litigation, recent cases include successfully representing the Africa Finance Corporation to enforce its immunity in a suit filed against it by a Nigerian governmental agency.

Nigeria - M&A and Governance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gbolahan Elias SAN is singled out by market commentators for his profound ability when it comes to handling major transactions across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, and consumer goods.

Biography

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria's leading business law firms. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of several distinguished professional bodies. These include the International Academy of Defence Counsel and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His work is recognised and commended in leading directories including The Legal 500IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. Gbolahan has advised clients on significant transactions and disputes in most sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has recently advised on two separate oil-and-gas sector financings to Shell and Chevron joint ventures for US$742 million and US$1 billion, respectively.

His recent capital markets work includes advising the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and two leading commercial banks on bond programmes to raise in aggregate the equivalent of over US$2 billionm and the huge forthcoming initial public offering of MTN Nigeria.

On mergers and acquisitions, he advised on the merger of two cement companies, making it the third largest publicly quoted cement manufacturing company in Nigeria (valued at over US$300 million). This transaction won an award for Deal of the Year. He is also advising on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a port developer (valued at over US$600 million).

In commercial litigation, recent cases include successfully representing the Africa Finance Corporation to enforce its immunity in a suit filed against it by a Nigerian governmental agency.

Nigeria - Project Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Gbolahan Elias is a project finance specialist who is highly sought after for oil and gas projects.

Biography

Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a member of several distinguished professional bodies. These include the International Academy of Defence Counsel and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

His work is recognised and commended in leading directories including The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Chambers Global. Gbolahan has advised clients on significant transactions and disputes in most sectors of the Nigerian economy. He has recently advised on two separate oil-and-gas sector financings to Shell and Chevron joint ventures for US$742 million and US$1 billion, respectively.

His recent capital markets work includes advising the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company and two leading commercial banks on bond programmes to raise in aggregate the equivalent of over US$2 billion and the huge forthcoming initial public offering of MTN Nigeria.

On mergers and acquisitions, he advised on the merger of two cement companies, making it the third largest publicly quoted cement manufacturing company in Nigeria (valued at over US$300 million). This transaction won an award for Deal of the Year. He is also advising on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a port developer (valued at over US$600 million).

In commercial litigation, recent cases include successfully representing the Africa Finance Corporation to enforce its immunity in a suit filed against it by a Nigerian governmental agency.

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