Nigeria: M&A and Governance 2018

In this chapter we highlight 27 individuals for their outstanding work handling a wide array of corporate matters including foreign investment, privatisations, joint ventures and governance issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Folake Elias-Adebowale Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos
2. Folasade Olusanya Jackson Etti & Edu, Lagos
3. Dan Agbor Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Lagos
4. Asue Ighodalo Banwo & Ighodalo, Lagos
5. Gbolahan Elias SAN G Elias & Co, Lagos
6. Tominiyi Owolabi Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos


Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie has a highly visible presence in the Nigerian market. It receives seven nominations this year, reflecting its strong position in the M&A and governance space.
Folake Elias-Adebowale is a pre-eminent lawyer in the Nigerian market with expertise on cross-border work and divestments. Her practice covers a range of industries including energy and insurance.
Dan Agbor is “a very strong lawyer” according to market commentators, who praise him for his excellent work handling issues including derivative transactions, fund establishment and acquisitions.
Yinka Edu is an outstanding individual who receives strong support from colleagues this year. She has a first-rate practice and is known for her specialist insight into the fintech space.
Aniekan Ukpanah is a widely respected practitioner among sources who highlight him for his 25 years’ experience in the field as well as his particular expertise across the banking and finance sectors.
Ozofu Olatunde Ogiemudia enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and receives high praise from commentators for her broad practice covering a range of issues relating to the finance sector.

Olaniwun Ajayi sees five well-regarded practitioners highlighted in this chapter.
Tominiyi Owolabi is a superb practitioner who sources for his wealth of expertise in the energy and banking sectors. He is well known for his work on matters such as strategic planning and transaction structuring.
Wolemi Esan is a highly thought-of lawyer who is recognised for his first-rate practice covering a range of matters including privatisations and infrastructure financing.
Konyinsola Ajayi SAN boasts an impressive reputation in the Nigerian market. He offers clients over 35 years of experience on matters relating to project finance and privatisations both domestically and in an international context.

Banwo & Ighodalo has a formidable reputation in the jurisdiction for its work in the field. The firm is home to some outstanding practitioners, three of whom receive listings this year.
Asue Ighodalo is well respected among peers and is recognised as one of the most highly regarded names in the field particularly when it comes to matters relating to the finance sector.
Azeezah Muse-Sadiq is well regarded by respondents who praise her as “a leading name” in the mergers and acquisitions field. She is “often seen in transactions” and a “great lawyer” who excels on a range of banking-related matters.
Ayotunde Owoigbe has a top reputation in the market and continues to be highly rated by sources for her work. She offers clients over 15 years’ experience in the field and excels on matters relating to corporate finance.

Chike Obianwu of Templars is praised by sources as “one of the best in Nigeria”. Listed as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our ranking this year, he offers extensive expertise on such matters as acquisition financing and corporate governance.
Olumide Akpata stands out for his work in the field of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. He has an excellent practice, which has seen him involved in major acquisitions in the infrastructure sector.

Jackson Etti & Edu’s Folasade Olusanya has an outstanding reputation in the Nigerian market and is highly sought after by clients for her work in the M&A space. She is an expert on cross-border acquisitions, with a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure and consumer goods sectors.

G Elias & Co’s Gbolahan Elias SAN has a superb reputation in the market. He is known for his excellent practice, offering a wealth of expertise on matters including joint ventures, strategic planning and governance issues.

Aluko & Oyebode’s Olubunmi Fayokun is praised by sources for her work in the field of corporate mergers and acquisitions. She has nearly two decades of insight into a range of matters including privatisations and corporate finance in the fields of energy and infrastructure.

Founding partner Afolabi Caxton-Martins of ACAS-Law commands great respect from our sources this year and runs an enviable practice that sees him advise clients on matters concerning joint ventures, foreign investment and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Theophilus Emuwa of AÉLEX is an outstanding lawyer who receives high praise from respondents for his work in the energy sector, with particular expertise relating to corporate structuring and shareholder agreements.

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