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Olayemi is an exceptional and internationally ranked lawyer with more than two decades of experience advising clients in diverse areas of law including Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Energy and Natural Resources Law, among others. She represents various organizations and multinational companies, attending to the full range of their business and transactional needs on a range of local and cross border transactions.

Prior to founding Sefton Fross, Olayemi was a Senior Partner and Head of the Finance Practice Group and a Key Member of the Energy and Projects Practice Group at Templars, and before then the General Counsel at Sahara Energy Resources. Under her leadership, Sefton Fross has been consistently recognized by IFLR, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the three most internationally renowned legal directories and publication, as a Leading Law Firm.

She has also made significant contributions to the development of finance law, policy and business in Nigeria through her current role as the Facilitator of the Finance Working Group of the National Assembly Business Environment (NASSBER).

She is also an astute speaker and a prolific writer and has written on diverse legal issues.

Transactional Experience
  • Prudent Energy and Services Limited in its US$140 Million acquisition (through Ignite Investments and Commodities Limited) of a 74.02% Equity Stake in Forte Oil Plc.
  • Debt Management Office of the Federal Government of Nigeria on its issuance of a non-interest financing NGN100 Billion instrument (Sukuk) in the domestic debt market to be used for road infrastructure development.
  • Aiteo Eastern E&P Company Limited, on its US$2 Billion acquisition finance of 45% of OML 29 from the Shell JV.
  • EMA Consortium, in respect of its US$625 Million acquisition of 80% of the issued share capital of Calabar Power Generation Company Limited in the privatization by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) of 10 thermal generating plants.
  • Platform Capital on its investment in Omnicharge Group, a Silicon Valley-based and leading IoT-equipped portable power solution provider for commercial infrastructure power design and professional electronic devices.
  • Crestar Integrated Natural Resources Limited on its proposed US$453 Million acquisition of OML 25 from the Shell JV.
  • Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited (REGIC) on the acquisition, by InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF) of 39.25% Stake in REGIC.
  • New Hampshire Capital Limited on its partnership with the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company as a Meter Asset Provider (MAP).
  • TLG Capital and Sanlam Investments on their various structured finance investments across Africa.
  • LL.B University of Ibadan
  • LL.M, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • M.Sc Finance – School of Oriental and African Studies (London, UK) (Ongoing)
Professional Recognition

Olayemi has been recognised as one of the leading banking and finance as well as energy and infrastructure lawyer in Nigeria by Legal 500, IFLR 100 and Chambers and Partners since 2006.

Practice Areas
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Derivatives
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Foreign Direct Investments and Joint Ventures
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Fund Formation and Investments
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
Affiliations and Appointments
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Regional Representative Africa of the International Bar Association - Power Law Committee
  • Chairman, Mergers, Acquisition & Corporate Reorganisation Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association - Section of Business Law
  • Facilitator, Finance Working Group, National Assembly Business Environment Roundtables (NASSBER)
  • Member, National Assembly Technical Committee for Financial Law Reform
  • Member, Advisory Board, International Energy Law Advisory Group (IELAG)
  • Chairman of the Section of Business Law 2016 Committee for the Review of the Companies and Allied Matters Act Repeal Bill and the Foreign Exchange Monitoring and Miscellaneous Provisions

“The `extremely knowledgeable` Olayemi Anyanechi leads the ‘deep, broad’ team, and has ‘a knack for meeting tight deadlines while remaining pleasant and polite”
Legal 500, 2018

“it is ‘a struggle to identify areas in which Olayemi Anyanechi is not good.”
Legal 500, 2018

“Sefton Fross is recommended for its oil and gas expertise as well as its experience in the development, financing and construction of energy projects, which include gas processing plants, energy storage facilities, refineries and petrochemical plants. The firm advises energy companies, governments, national oil companies, contractors and financial institutions on all aspects of international oil and gas and LNG transactions. Team head and managing partner Olayemi Anyanechi is highly rated.”
Legal 500, 2018

“The firm handled my transaction with impressive dedication. I was particularly impressed with the attention that Olayemi Anyanechi gave to the transaction. She was a delight to work with”
ILFR 1000, 2017