Nigeria: Energy, Natural Resources & Mining 2018

This year’s research shines the spotlight on 39 highly regarded experts in energy and mining related transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. With expertise spanning projects in the oil and gas, mineral, coal and electricity sectors, the market has identified these individuals as the leading players in the space.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sola Adepetun ACAS-Law, Lagos
2. Soji Awogbade AÉLEX, Lagos
3. Ken Etim Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
4. Oghogho Akpata Templars, Lagos
5. Adeoye Adefulu Odujinrin & Adefulu, Lagos
6. Stella Duru Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos


Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is home to a strong energy practice and sees five esteemed experts recognised here.
Uzoma Azikiwe receives wide-ranging endorsements for his sophisticated knowledge of oil and gas projects. He leads the firm’s dispute team and is well versed in handling related litigation and arbitration.
Managing partner Dan Agbor is a highly regarded lawyer who “does great work” in the power sector. He has broad regulatory expertise and is a go-to adviser for large commercial transactions.
Senior partner Myma Belo-Osagie is a well-established figure in the Nigerian market who comes highly recommended for her work on infrastructure projects in the oil and gas space.

Four leading lawyers from commercial law firm Aluko & Oyebode are listed here.
Gbenga Oyebode excels in the mining and energy markets and is recognised for his strong commercial practice. He leads the firm’s energy group and is a highly regarded figure in the space.
Olubunmi Fayokun stands out as “one of the best” energy lawyers in Nigeria. She has a strong international focus and is held in high esteem for her expertise in energy projects, transactions and financing.

This year’s research features three experts from Banwo & Ighodalo.
Ken Etim is a leading energy and resources lawyer in Nigeria. He draws praise from peers and clients alike, who commend his expertise in the oil and gas sector and say, "He thinks outside the box, and you cannot but marvel at the solutions he comes up with."
Stella Duru has vast experience in oil and gas deals and is recognised for her sophisticated industry knowledge. She is well versed in energy sector transactions and is highlighted for her commercial expertise. 
Femi Olubanwo is an expert in mining law and is known for his experience in cross-border finance transactions. He is regularly engaged to advise Nigerian and international clients on high-stakes matters and is a trusted commercial adviser.

Babalakin & Co is home to three highly regarded energy experts.
Dunni Segun-Oki is a go-to adviser on downstream and upstream energy projects. She is regularly engaged by major oil and gas companies to advise on projects, deals and compliance matters.  
Bolanle Olawale Babalakin SAN advises on large commercial disputes in the oil and gas sector and is held in high esteem for his “noteworthy litigation practice”.
Bayo Adaralegbe leads the firm’s energy group and stands out for his impressive expertise in oil and gas projects. He counsels clients on upstream and downstream projects and comes highly recommended for his top-quality work in the space.

AÉLEX is a full-service commercial and disputes firm and achieves two listings in this chapter.
Soji Awogbade is a prominent figure who is "very well known" for his first-class energy and mining practice. He heads the energy group at the firm and boasts broad expertise in project finance and investment matters.
Lawrence Fubara Anga is a distinguished energy lawyer and "certainly a name worth knowing" for complex projects in Nigeria. His experience spans all stages of oil and gas projects, and he is regularly engaged to advise major clients from the public and private sectors.

Sola Adepetun is a leading light at ACAS-Law and is held in high esteem for his intricate knowledge of the energy sector. He has an international practice and is widely regarded as a go-to lawyer in Nigeria.
Felicia Kemi Segun is also recognised here for her extensive experience handling a range of project finance matters across the energy sector.

Templars’ Oghogho Akpata is highlighted as “a leading name” in Nigeria. He is one of the most highly nominated individuals in this year’s research and is “very prominent” in the projects space.

At F O Akinrele & Co, managing partner Adedolapo Akinrele SAN is "a very well-regarded lawyer" with an "excellent" disputes practice. He has extensive litigation experience and is well versed in the oil and gas sector.

Bloomfield Law Practice’s Ayodele Oni is a prominent practitioner in the energy market. Clients say, “He renders excellent work, delivers fast, understands the nuances of energy deals and always looks out for the client’s interest.”

Ola Alokolaro leads the energy practice at Advocaat Law Practice and stands out for his first-rate expertise in natural resources, oil and gas and electricity law. He is a trusted adviser to major domestic and multinational companies operating in the space.

The Law Crest is home to Tobenna Erojikwe, a seasoned practitioner who draws praise as “a very thorough lawyer who pays special attention to detail”. Clients describe him as “a solutions driver with a wealth of experience in corporate transactions and finance”.

The “excellent” Adeoye Adefulu is a prominent practitioner at Odujinrin & Adefulu, known for his deep expertise in oil and gas and power. He enjoys a stellar reputation for his expertise in the energy sector and is regularly engaged to advise on transactions and regulatory matters.

Gbenga Biobaku at Gbenga Biobaku & Co is “certainly a name for inclusion” according to respondents who note he is “always very good” when it comes to handling corporate matters across the energy sector.

At Olaniwun Ajayi, managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a top-notch disputes and transactional lawyer who is highly respected for his extensive experience handling related matters in the energy and natural resources space.

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