Nigeria: Project Finance 2018

In this chapter we highlight 21 impressive lawyers who stand out in the Nigerian market for their expertise handling major public infrastructure projects, as well as enterprises across a range of sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Dan Agbor Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie, Lagos
2. Wolemi Esan Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos
3. Aniekan Ukpanah Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie, Lagos
4. Kofo Dosekun Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos


Full-service national firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie boasts a strong project finance offering and sees four lawyers nominated here for their excellent work in the field.
Managing partner Dan Agbor is the foremost project finance lawyer in the country, receiving plaudits for his top-tier work on power projects.
Aniekan Ukpanah is recognised as one of the top names in the project finance space. He stands out among peers for his deep financial expertise.
Folake Elias-Adebowale “should absolutely be on the list” according to market sources who highlight her invaluable experience handling complex transactions.
Myma Belo-Osagie is a long-standing fixture in the market and garners praise for her adept handling of foreign investment, regulatory and infrastructure matters.

First-rate domestic firm Olaniwun Ajayi also performs well this year with three leading practitioners selected for inclusion.
Wolemi Esan is one of the most prominent names in the Nigerian projects market. He leads the firm’s practice in power and infrastructure, areas in which he enjoys a great reputation.
Managing partner Konyinsola Ajayi SAN comes highly recommended by market sources for his extensive experience handling project financings, most notably in the power sector.
Tominiyi Owolabi receives widespread recognition in this chapter for his first-class practice that encompasses a range of oil and gas projects and transactions.

Aluko & Oyebode sees three lawyers nominated for their work in the space.
Kofo Dosekun is “definitely a top project finance lawyer” according to respondents who note her talent for handling PPPs and regulatory matters in the power sector.
Oghogho Makinde is highlighted by peers for her excellent banking and project finance expertise, and is frequently engaged to advise clients on PPPs, infrastructure developments and oil and gas projects.
Gbenga Oyebode is a well-established figure in the Nigerian market who impresses peers with his superb work handling a range of energy transactions and projects.

At Templars, Chike Obianwu is widely recognised by peers for his work in the projects space. His impressive practice spans a range of related matters, including the structuring and the financing of projects. 
Managing partner Oghogho Akpata wins high praise for his outstanding financial expertise and is recommended for his 20 years’ experience handling projects and transactions across the oil and gas sector.

Banwo & Ighodalo’s Asue Ighodalo impresses market sources with his strong corporate finance capabilities as well as his deep understanding of project financing transactions.
Ayotunde Owoigbe enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for her top-notch corporate practice that spans a wide array of matters from M&A to project financing.

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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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