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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 draws high praise from peers and clients alike for his expertise in complex energy transactions, especially in the oil and gas sectors. 

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 led the team which advised the Seven Energy Group in connection with its business restructuring, which culminated in the divestment of its key assets in Nigeria to Savannah Petroleum Plc, a British oil and gas firm.

Ken leads the team providing legal advice to 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. He similarly leads the team advising Greenville Oil and Gas Limited in connection with its supply of Liquefied Natural Gas to a notable cement manufacturing company in Nigeria.

Additionally, Ken leads the team advising the Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN) on the comprehensive review of GACN template master agreements for the sale of natural gas to purchasers in the domestic gas market.

Furthermore, 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. Ken has written several articles, and delivered several presentations in his core practice areas.

Nigeria - Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ken Etim is a long-standing figure in the Nigerian market who excels in advising on high-value projects within the oil and gas sector.

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 led the team which advised the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in connection with a prepayment arrangement entered into with Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG).

He currently plays a key role on the team advising the Bank of China, Hebei Branch, Oilserve-Oando-CFCHEC Consortium and Bentex-CPP Consortium in connection with the conceptualisation, structuring, development, construction and financing of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline, a major gas infrastructure project in Nigeria designed to connect the pipeline networks in the eastern and western parts of Nigeria to the northern region.

Ken is leading the team advising Newcross Exploration and Production Limited on the financing of some of its operations by virtue of a prepayment facility. He similarly leads the team advising Greenville Oil and Gas Limited in connection with the development and financing of a mini liquefied natural gas project in Rumuiji, Rivers State, to supply liquefied natural gas to the Nigerian domestic gas market via virtual pipelines.

Also, 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.  

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.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "brilliant" Ken Etim is widely recognised as a leading practitioner with a deep knowledge of the shipping sector, and a flair for handling contentious matters within it.  

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 is been ranked severally as a top-tier shipping and transport lawyer, and has been involved in practically all of the Firm’s shipping and transport matters.

Ken has advised several shipping companies, offshore service operators, P&I Clubs, insurance companies, commodity traders, airlines, financial institutions including Bourbon, Cameron, Schlumberger, MSC, Bumi Armada, Glencore, Investec Bank, MS Amlin, Swedish Club and the UK P&I Club.

He recently led the team that advised the international American multinational retail corporation, Walmart Inc. in relation to a compliance review and assessment of the International Trade Compliance Programme of the corporation in order to address extant Nigerian legal and regulatory requirements as well as other potential risks in relation to the export processes in Nigeria. He is currently advising Dangote Oil Refinery Limited in relation to the shipment of various multi-million dollar heavy duty equipment from various ports to be deployed in the circa US$12 billion Dangote Refinery, in Lagos, Nigeria.

He also recently advised Oriental Energy Resources Limited on tax and other regulatory issues in relation to the deployment of a floating storage and offloading vessel and a mobile offshore production unit on the Ebok marginal field, offshore Nigerian waters. Over the last two years, he has led the team that has been advising Investec Bank Plc. on its various charter arrangements in respect of the vessels which are the subject of a U$17,500,000 facility advanced by the bank.

His expertise in both transactional law and core dispute resolution in the shipping and transport sector has, over the years, earned him a well-recognised name in the Nigerian market where he stands out for his top-tier work on pivotal multi-million dollar transactions within the maritime sector.

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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