Olayemi Anyanechi is the founder and managing partner of Sefton Fross, a leading law firm in Nigeria. She obtained her LLB from the University of Ibadan, and an LLM in corporate and commercial law from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Earlier in her career, Olayemi was general counsel at Sahara Energy Resources. Following this, she was senior partner, and head of the banking and finance practice, at a leading Nigerian law firm. She has made significant contributions to the development of financial law and policy in Nigeria through her role as the Thematic Lead for Financial Services for the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtables (NASSBER) where she leads the review of financial services bills before passage into law.
Olayemi is recognised as a “leading individual” in financial and corporate law by The Legal 500 (2020) and as “highly regarded” by IFLR1000 (2020). She has also been described as "a tenacious financial lawyer" who is "sought after" for her expertise in financing transactions” and “a talented lawyer; with exceptionally strong eye for detail, has subject knowledge and is a problem solver”- IFLR 1000.
Olayemi advised on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Series I, II & III multi billion Naira domestic Sukuk issuance, Guinness Nigeria PLC’s N10 Billion Naira commercial paper issuance and Nova Merchant Bank’s N50 Billion Bond programme, amongst others.
Olayemi Anyanechi is the founder and managing partner of Sefton Fross, a leading law firm in Nigeria. She obtained her LLB from the University of Ibadan, and an LLM in corporate and commercial law from University of Cambridge.
Olayemi’s experience spans the entire energy and natural resources value chain where she advises on investment, joint ventures, licensing, operations, development, financing, restructuring, privatisation, acquisition and divestment.
She is currently the regional representative (Africa) of the International Bar Association’s power law committee. An astute speaker and prolific writer, has written on diverse legal issues, including co-authoring two chapters of the Globe Law and Business (2019) “Encyclopaedia of Upstream Oil and Gas”.
Olayemi is described as one of the “foremost energy lawyers” by The Legal 500 (2020) and as a “highly regarded” by IFLR1000 (2020). Under her exemplary leadership, Sefton Fross won several notable awards and recommendations, including Business Day’s Top 100 Fastest Growing SMEs in Nigeria; Energy Team of the Year and Oil and Gas Team of the Year by ESQ Legal Awards.
She advised on the “buy-sides” of the acquisitions of the downstream subsidiaries of Total Group in Sierra-Leone and Liberia by Conex Group, 74.05 per cent of the share capital of Fore Oil Plc by Prudent Energy, and the US$2.56 billion acquisition of 45 per cent participating interest in OML 29 by Aiteo Eastern E&P Company Limited, amongst others.