Nigeria: Banking 2018

This year’s research recognises 14 leading banking and finance lawyers. The practitioners listed here come highly recommended for their expertise in a wide range of matters, from banking and finance transactions to regulatory advice and compliance. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos
2. Kofo Dosekun Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos


Olaniwun Ajayi is a full-service firm with an impressive banking practice group. This year, three leading banking lawyers are highlighted.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is a prominent figure in the market who is widely endorsed for his broad experience handling complex banking and finance transactions and regulatory matters.
Wolemi Esan is very knowledgeable on financing matters and is regularly engaged by major financial institutions to advise on high-value banking deals.
Tominiyi Owolabi is an expert in financial regulation and banking law. He is highly visible in the market and enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in the space.

Three lawyers from commercial law firm Aluko & Oyebode are nominated for inclusion this year.
Kofo Dosekun is “clearly a first-class banking lawyer”, say market sources. She is frequently sought out to advise on commercial banking and finance mandates for an array of high-profile clients.
Gbenga Oyebode is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience in the field. He stands out for his deep expertise handling banking and finance transactions.
Oghogho Makinde is an expert in complex banking and finance matters and is widely regarded as a go-to lawyer among major international clients. 

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is a major player in Nigeria and achieves three listings in this chapter.
Dan Agbor is well known for his expert handling of high-value financial transactions, including secured credit, foreign investment and debt conversion.
Aniekan Ukpanah is a top name for complex banking transactions, financial structuring and syndicated loans. He is held in high regard for his superb work advising lenders and corporations.
Yinka Edu is a prominent lawyer in the banking sector who draws praise for her deep transactional expertise. She also has a strong compliance practice and is a trusted adviser to local banks.

Koye Edu is a leading light at Jackson Etti & Edu. He boasts an impeccable understanding of trade finance and is regularly engaged to advise international banks on complex mandates.

At AÉLEX, Lawrence Fubara Anga is a distinguished banking lawyer with an excellent reputation in the market thanks to his strong commercial practice and intricate knowledge of banking regulations.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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