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Global Leader

Energy 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Ken Etim is an “excellent lawyer” with a wealth of experience of energy and project finance transactions.

Biography

Ken is the managing partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading first-class multi-disciplinary law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Ken obtained his law degree from the University of Uyo, and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991.

Ken is a consummate lawyer with over 29 years of cognate experience advising on all areas and aspects of energy and natural resources, particularly in relation to regulatory matters; project conceptualisation, structuring, development and implementation; and financing.

Ken is also actively involved in advising on the Nigerian electricity supply industry value chain, and in this regard has provided legal advisory services to a robust mix of stakeholders in the electricity sector.

Ken is leading the team advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) JV in connection with the restructuring of the Escravos-Gas-To-Liquid (EGTL) venture as well as the resolution and settlement of the EGTL Project Dispute.

Ken is the lead counsel advising Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc in connection with the conceptualisation, structuring, development financing, building and operation of the proposed Assa North/Ohaji South unit area gas processing plant with a capacity of 300MMSCFD. He is also involved in advising on the conceptualisation, structuring, development, construction and financing of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline.

Further, Ken is a member of the team advising the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) JV on the structuring and conceptualisation of Okpai IPP Phase II including: the development, financing and construction of a 480MW gas-fired power plant (Okpai IPP Phase II) in Okpai, Delta State, Nigeria; and the transitioning of the Okpai Phase I from an unincorporated joint venture to an incorporated joint venture.

Ken is a notary public for Nigeria; the vice chair of the energy and environment committee of the Nigerian Bar Association’s business law section; and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Nigerian Gas Association. He has written several articles, and delivered several presentations in his core practice areas.

Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ken Etim is "a go-to name in the project finance arena". He gains widespread recognition for his standout work in the energy sector.

Biography

Ken is the managing partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. He obtained his law degree from the University of Uyo, and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. He has been ranked as a top-tier energy lawyer for the past 15 years, and has been involved in most of the firm’s energy and natural resources transactions, as well as its infrastructure projects.

He is currently advising the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and its joint venture (JV) partners in connection with the migration of onshore upstream unincorporated JV assets into incorporated JVs. He is also advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in relation to the NLNG trains 1-6 project, specifically on upstream gas development and supply arrangements. In addition, he is assisting the NNPC /Mobil JV in relation to its Phase 2 satellite fields development-financing transaction.

Ken routinely advises domestic and international oil companies and concessionaries on all aspects of the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

Ken has extensive experience advising on all aspects of the Nigerian electricity industry. He was actively involved in the Nigerian power sector reform initiative, and currently advises on gas utilisation projects and solar power projects in Nigeria.

Ken is a notary public for Nigeria, and the vice chairman of the energy and environment committee of the business law section of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Nigerian Gas Association. He has written several articles in leading legal publications and delivered presentations on diverse subjects within his core practice areas.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ken Etim “always provides practical and excellent advice”, effuse clients who consider him “a big name for oil and gas”. ​

Biography

Ken is the managing partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. He obtained his law degree from the University of Uyo, and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. He has been ranked as a top-tier energy lawyer for the past 15 years, and has been involved in most of the firm’s energy and natural resources transactions, as well as its infrastructure projects.

He is currently advising the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company and its joint venture (JV) partners in connection with the migration of onshore upstream unincorporated JV assets into incorporated JVs. He is also advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in relation to the NLNG trains 1-6 project, specifically on upstream gas development and supply arrangements. In addition, he is assisting the NNPC /Mobil JV in relation to its Phase 2 satellite fields development-financing transaction.

Ken routinely advises domestic and international oil companies and concessionaries on all aspects of the Nigerian oil and gas sector.

Ken has extensive experience advising on all aspects of the Nigerian electricity industry. He was actively involved in the Nigerian power sector reform initiative, and currently advises on gas utilisation projects and solar power projects in Nigeria.

Ken is a notary public for Nigeria, and the vice chairman of the energy and environment committee of the business law section of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and the Nigerian Gas Association. He has written several articles in leading legal publications and delivered presentations on diverse subjects within his core practice areas.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ken Etim is a well-recognised name in the Nigerian market where he stands out for his top-tier work on contentious matters within the shipping sector.

Biography

Ken is the managing partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja. He obtained his law degree from the University of Uyo, and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. He has been ranked as a top-tier shipping and transport lawyer, and has been involved in practically all of the firm’s shipping and transport matters.

He advised Bumi Armada Berhad in relation to the contract for the provision of a floating production storage and offloading unit for field development activities at the Zabazaba oil field, located in offshore Nigerian waters and operated by ENI. He also led the team that advised NIDAS Marine Limited (the marine subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) in relation to claims arising from a contract for the transportation of around 2 million barrels of crude oil.

In the past decade, Ken has advised Bourbon, the leading marine service provider, on various multifaceted legal and regulatory issues, thus contributing to Bourbon’s attainment and retention of Category AAA status on the marine vessel categorisation scheme of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board. In the past two years, Ken has been advising the sponsors on all legal and regulatory matters in relation to the concession of the Ibom Deep Sea Port project, which – with a value of around $1 billion – is the leading public private partnership port project in Nigeria.

Ken is a notary public for Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association. He has written several articles in leading legal publications and delivered presentations on diverse subjects within his core practice areas.

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