Kazeem Lawal – Associate, Templars

Kazeem is a double First Class holder from Adekunle Ajasin University and the Nigerian Law School. He graduated top of his class from Adekunle Ajasin University, where he received the Faculty of Law Prize for the Best Graduating Student and the Nigerian Law School, where he received the Director General Prize for First Class Students.

He is a one-time Lord Chancellor of Equity Chamber, a student-organized chamber at Adekunle Ajasin University, and the Clinic Administrator at Akungba Law Clinic between January and November 2016.

Kazeem is an avid reader with a growing passion for ICT Law and Intellectual property law.  He is currently an Associate at Templars.

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Caleb Adebayo – Associate, S.P.A Ajibade & Co

Caleb Adebayo is a lawyer with the firm of S.P.A Ajibade & Co where he works in the Dispute Resolution and Energy Law practices.

He earned his first degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, and led the school’s moot and mock team in his final year. While Caleb enjoys advocacy, his core interest is at the intersection of Energy, Finance and Environmental Law. In 2015, as an undergraduate, he founded Earthplus, an environmental nonprofit organisation committed to environmental sustainability and climate solutions.

Caleb has written widely on various issues, especially topics in Energy, Environment and Finance. His writings have been published in The Guardian, The Punch, The Nigerian Tribune, The Nation, Business Day, The Sun and This Day newspapers, and is forthcoming in the Obafemi Awolowo University Energy Journal.  He has also spoken at various high profile events, within and outside Nigeria.

Caleb is a Fellow of the Barrack Obama YALI Fellowship and the U.S Consulate Carrington Youth Fellowship (CYFI), a UNAOC Young Peacebuilder and a finalist for the Atlas Corps Fellowship. He is also a recipient of the JCI TOYP 2018 Award for Moral/Environmental Leadership

In his spare time, he performs spoken word poetry, plays the piano and writes fiction.

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Gabriel Nwodo – Associate, AELEX

Gabriel is a young, dynamic and highly motivated lawyer with a passion for excellence. He studied for his LLB at Enugu State University, winning several awards and scholarships during the period. Gabriel graduated top of his class and the entire university in 2015 with First Class Honours. In 2016, he was called to the Nigerian Bar, having graduated in the top 5% of his class with Second Class Honours.

Gabriel has interned with top Nigerian firms including Templars and Ikeyi & Arifayan. He is currently an Associate (Tax, Corporate/Commercial and Dispute Resolution) at Aelex, one of Nigeria’s top-tier full service law firms. Gabriel routinely advises a wide range of clients, including IOCs and indigenous companies on how to structure their transactions to achieve tax efficiency. He is currently assisting several foreign investors in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to structure their entities and businesses in compliance with local content requirements. In July 2018, Gabriel and his teammates won the prestigious LCA-YAN International Arbitration Moot (Law Firm Category).

Gabriel loves travelling, networking and making new friends. He loves to discuss politics and football. At his leisure time, he listens to music and also enjoys playing scrabble.

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Babatunde Ogala – Intermediate Associate, Perchstone & Graeys

Babatunde is a graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2015.

He started his career at the law firm, Adepetun Caxton Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS). During his time at ACAS, he was exposed to oil & gas practice, where he garnered relevant litigation and commercial analytical skills, a deep understanding of the oil & gas industry, legal drafting and review skills. He joined Perchstone and Graeys as an Associate in 2016 and joined the Oil & Gas group and further explored other areas of practice, particularly, corporate advisory and finance.

He is currently an Intermediate Associate at Perchstone and Graeys in the Energy, Startups and Finance groups and has been involved in various multi-billion Naira bond issuances, advised local and international oil companies on multi-billion Naira acquisitions and transactions. He also works with the Government on various finance related transactions and policy formulation.

He is the team lead of the firm’s Startup Group, where he applies his passion and skills to aid start-ups in their commercial and legal ventures. He is also passionate about the development of the legal profession and ensuring that young lawyers are equipped with the necessary tools to succeed in legal practice.

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Mavis Abada – Associate, Banwo & Ighodalo

Mavis is a corporate attorney at Banwo & Ighodalo and an adjunct lecturer at the Nigerian Law School (Corporate Law Practice).

Mavis has experience in Banking and Finance and she is particularly interested in private Acquisitions and Assets Management.

She is licensed as an attorney in both Nigeria and the State of New York, and believes that as a corporate attorney having additional skills and knowledge in accounting and finance are very vital.

Beyond law, her interest includes music and European football.

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Endurance Agbor – Associate, Aelex

A First Class graduate of Law, Endurance is an award-winning Arbitration practitioner, consummate Energy & Natural Resources and Infrastructure & Construction Projects lawyer, Law teacher, writer and excellent public speaker.

He previously worked with the Nigerian subsidiary of WorleyParsons – DeltaAfrik Engineering Ltd – and is presently an Energy & Natural Resources, Infrastructure, and Arbitration Associate at ǼLEX Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators.

He has ardent interests in Child’s Rights Advocacy, Quality Education and Purpose-Driven Leadership.

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Kenneth Okwor – MCL Candidate, University of Cambridge

Kenneth Okwor is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School where he obtained his LLM in Financial Law and Financial Regulation. He is currently studying for a second Master’s Degree in Corporate Law at the University of Cambridge.

He obtained his LL.B. Degree (with Dean’s Honours) from the University of Jos and subsequently graduated with First Class Honours and the Overall Best Performance from the Nigerian Law School in 2015.

Kenneth was an Associate (Finance and Projects) at Templars and an Adjunct Lecturer of Corporate Law and Practice at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.

He has garnered a wealth of experience both in the active practice of law and in the art of legal education and scholarship. His practice covers the broad spectrum of corporate and commercial law, with a special bias in corporate law and finance.

Kenneth is passionate about ethics at the Bar, mandatory continuing professional development, and in guaranteeing the growth and development of the Nigerian legal profession and legal system by developing the capacity of the emerging breed of Nigerian Lawyers.

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Caroline Tokulah-Oshoma – Associate Olisa Agbakoba Legal

Caroline is an Associate in the Corporate / Commercial Group in Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL). She practices in the Maritime/Shipping unit of the firm and is an active member of the Branding team. Before venturing into the field of law, Caroline was an Administrator in a Canadian College where she was in charge of the day to day running of the school.

Caroline holds an LLM in Maritime law from the prestigious maritime university, the University of Southampton, UK. As a maritime law enthusiast, she has conducted extensive research on Maritime Policies, the Blue Ocean Economy, Marine Cargo Insurance and Re-Insurance. Caroline has delivered lectures, press conferences and discourses on Maritime Law and the Diversification of the Economy.

Caroline has a special interest in mentoring young lawyers in Maritime law, as it is a niche area of law which is yet to be fully understood in this jurisdiction and there are limited resources, specialists and institutions that offer training in this specialized field. She is an advocate for personal and corporate branding; she believes it serves as a tool for building a good reputation and boosting visibility.

She has an immense passion for safeguarding the rights of women and children. Caroline strongly believes that society will be better off when the rights of the most vulnerable are protected and defended.

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Ntayi Anfani Bandawa – Associate D.D. Dodo & Co

Ntayi recently completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Cambridge (International Investments and Finance).

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Maiduguri in 2014, as the Best Graduating Student in the class. He was subsequently admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2015, after passing the Bar Examinations with First Class Honours.

He worked with law firms in Abuja for about two years. While in legal practice, he was exposed to diverse practice areas and developed a strong interest in Dispute Resolution and Commercial Practice.

Ntayi has a track record of academic and professional excellence. He is a member of several professional associations and serves as an editor in numerous international law journals. He is committed to legal scholarship and to assisting new wigs to start their career.

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Okezi Uwede-Meshack – Junior Counsel, General Electric

Okezi is a Junior Counsel at General Electric. He supports the power team on deals across francophone Africa, the transportation business on the Nigerian Railway Concession and the Oil and Gas business with optimization of the recent merger of GE and Baker Hughes in Africa.

He graduated with a First Class degree and as the Best Graduating Student in the Faculty of Law at Babcock University in 2014. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 2015.

Before joining General Electric, he worked at Makanjuola Esan & Co, a litigation law firm in Ibadan.

At university, Okezi participated in several internships at Citibank, G.O Sodipo & Co, George Ikoli & Okagbue and LawPavilion, which guided him in selecting his current career path.

Okezi was a member of the Venture in Management Program Class of 2016, a Lagos Business School one-week mini-MBA course in conjunction with Junior Achievement Nigeria. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria in 2015.

He is a keen learner, lover of the arts, and totally devout Christian, a curious reader and interesting writer.

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