Our People

Our team comprises smart, intelligent, and most experienced legal practitioners, passionate about results and delivering solutions at all levels from the practice area, key sectors, and relevant affiliations.

Michael Chukwu

Associate

Michael is an Associate in the firm. He is a graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology and the Nigerian Law School.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael had worked with notable firms in Nigeria.

He has experience advising on corporate and commercial deals, including complex mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked on capital market transactions bordering on equity and debt financing.

  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  • Nigerian Law School, Abuja
  • Company Secretarial and Regulatory Compliance
  • Contract Negotiation and Documentation
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Financial Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology
  • Advised an insurance company on the receipt of N3 Million Financing from a foreign Investment Fund
  • Advising a hospitality company in the divestment of a majority of its equity stake
  • Advising a Nigerian company on its acquisition of a Ugandan human resource company.
  • Advising a Nigerian company on its acquisition of a downstream oil and gas company.
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association

Onyinyechi is an associate with the firm’s Banking and Finance department. She is an astute and result-driven lawyer who is passionate about delivering excellence to clients.

Onyinyechi has an ardent interest in corporate restructuring, financing, and regulatory compliance.

  • University of Lagos, LL. B- 2016
  • Nigerian Law School- 2017
  • University of Reading, LL.M- 2020
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate, Commercial and M&A
  • Corporations
  • Infrastructure
  • Government
  • Banking
  • Part of the team advising a Multinational Conglomerate on the establishment of its N100 Billion Bond Issuance Programme and issuance of Series 1.
  • Advising Conex Petroleum Group on its 100% acquisition of the shares of the French Oil giant " Total" in both Liberia and Sierra Leone
  • Part of the team advising a Nigerian Company on the establishment of a N20 Billion Bond Programme and the issuance of up to N10 Billion Series 1 Bond.
  • Advising the borrower a downstream oil and gas corporation with respect to its  $60,000,000,000  facility from a Development Financial Institution.
  • Advised the trustees with respect to the establishment of a N300 Billion multi instrument bond issuance programme and the issuance of series 1 by Dangote Cement Plc.
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
Onyinyechi Chima

Associate

Kehinde Adegoke

Associate

Kehinde is an associate in the Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources, Business Development as well as Disputes Resolution Practice Groups and a First-Class graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

He has consistently advised a broad spectrum of clients with various needs, ranging from governmental and corporate agencies, financial institutions, investment houses, multinationals, and top energy firms in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors on diverse areas of local as well as cross border transactions. Kehinde has an in-depth understanding of the practical procedures in various regulatory agencies in Nigeria such as the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), etc.

He is also an active member of the Disputes Resolution practice of the Firm and has appeared before superior Courts in Nigeria.

  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (B.A. History and International Relations)
  • University of Ibadan (LL. B)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L)
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Corporate
  • Power
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Shipping
  • Capital Markets
  • Disputes Resolution
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Business Development
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Advising a Consortium in their acquisition of 80% shares in three (3) out of the ten (10) NIPP Power Plants owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC)
  • Advising a high-profile Company in its proposed acquisition of 100% shares in one (1) of the ten (10) NIPP Power Plants owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in response to the new bid call by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE).
  • Advising a Consortium who has been prequalified to submit a commercial bid for the direct sale and direct purchase contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
  • Successfully represented a company in negotiating settlement with its ex-employees who demanded immediate repayment of their unpaid pension.
  • Representing a limited liability company in the United State of America in its claim for breach of contract against another private limited liability company in Nigeria at the Lagos State High Court.
  • Represented some minority shareholders of a company in a minority protection action brought before the Federal High Court against one of Nigeria’s top job recruitment platforms recently acquired by another leading Nigerian company.
  • Coordinating a transaction for the transportation of crude oil between a Transporter and a Sender using a vessel belonging to the Transporter.
  • Advised a foreign company that has several vessels which it deploys in Nigeria and which due to Cabotage law and other local content requirements found it necessary to structure the Nigerian aspect of its business to enable it optimise the opportunities available under the Nigerian law.
  • Assisting a top Nigerian shipping company in registering with the CAC and NIMASA a charge on its vessel.  
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, Historical Society of Nigeria

Love Olayemi obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Rivers State University in 2017 and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2018 with First Class Honours in both cases.

She is currently an Associate in the banking finance and capital market department of Sefton Fross, a commercial law firm in Lagos.

As a member of the banking, finance, and capital market team, she participated in several groundbreaking Nigerian and cross-border transactions encompassing capital market transactions, syndicated financing, mergers and acquisitions and project financing.

2017-2018: Nigerian Law School, Agbani, Enugu State

  • Barrister at law, BL (First Class Honours)

2012-2017: Rivers State University

  • Bachelor of Laws, LLB (First Class Honours)

Banking, Finance and Capital markets

  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Banking
  • insurance
  • Trust Corporations
  • Advised an Asset Management company on its establishment of three mutual funds.
  • Advising a Nigerian company on its 100% acquisition of the shares of a professional firm in Uganda.
  • Advised the trustees to the Fidelity bank N100 Billion bond issuance programme and its N75 Billion series 1 issuance.
  • Advising a Project company on securing US$60,000,000 finance for the construction and operation of an estate in the Federal Capital Territory containing a 5-star hotel, luxury apartments and a shopping mall.
  • Advised the trustees with respect to the establishment of a N300 Billion multi-instrument bond issuance programme and the issuance of series 1 by Dangote Cement Plc.
  • Advising a Foreign company on its acquisition of a majority interest in a telecommunication company in Nigeria.
  • Advising a fund manager on the establishment of a N2,000,000,000.00 fixed income fund.
  • Advising the borrower, a downstream oil and gas corporation with respect to its $60,000,000,000 facility from a Development Financial Institution.
  • Advised a State Government on its N30 Billion note issuance by private placement.
  • Advising Conex Petroleum Group on its 100% acquisition of the shares of the French Oil giant " Total" in both Liberia and Sierra Leone
  • Nigerian Bar Association
Love Olayemi

Associate

Jeremy Odor

Associate

Jeremy is a detail-oriented lawyer who is commercially aware, tech-savvy, has a highly analytical mind and excellent business acumen.

He is a self-motivated and result-driven individual who prioritizes optimum client satisfaction at all times. Jeremy is also a Chartered Secretary and holds a master’s degree in International Energy & Policy with Distinction from the University of Dundee, United Kingdom.

  • Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP) University Of Dundee, United Kingdom. Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M with Specialisation in International Energy Law and Policy 2019 – 2020
  • OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency’s International School Of Nuclear Law (ISNL) University Of Montpellier, France. Degree: University Diploma, International Nuclear Law. 2019
  • The Nigerian Law School. Degree: L 2014-2015
  • Igbinedion University Okada Degree: LL.B
  • Energy & Projects
  • Infrastructure & Projects
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Banking & Finance
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Advising Conex Group in respect of a multi-million-dollar acquisition of 100% shares in subsidiaries of the French oil giant, Total in Sierra Leone, and Liberia. My roles include preparation and review of the relevant transaction documents such as the Share Purchase Agreement, the Facility Agreement, Flow of Funds Agreement, Intercreditor and Security Sharing Agreement, Share Pledge Agreement, Litigation Bond, Deed of Chattel Mortgage, and other security documents. I also conduct multiple due diligence and research on cross border legal and regulatory issues and attend strategy action point and deliverables sessions.
  • Advising a confidential client on the ongoing National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) divestment of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited Generation Companies. My roles include assisting in the preparation and review of the required bid documents for requirements and procedures for submission of bids in respect of the same.
  • Advising a confidential client on a multi-million-dollar pilot water concession project in Nigeria. My roles include assisting in restructuring, reviewing, and negotiating the concession agreement and associated documentation to validate/upgrade the credit enhancement, enforcement risk and sustainability provisions. I also provided legal opinions on the entire legal structure between the project grantor and the grantee as well as other key risks, project guarantees and performance timelines.
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Energy Institute
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL) Intelligence Forum

Chioma Azolike is an Associate with the Firm’s Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Group.

She has garnered experience in debt capital market issuance, financing and Mergers & Acquisition in general having advised clients in various local and cross-border transactions. She also has significant experience in company secretarial duties, compliance and regulatory matters.

She has a flair for organization with excellent interpersonal skills and strong emotional and adaptability quotient.

  • Nigerian Law School (BL) First Class
  • University of Nigeria (LL.B) Second Class Upper Division
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisition
  • Company Secretarial
  • Finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Advised on the establishment of a N5.5 Billion bond issuance programme by a Nigerian Company.
  • Advising a Nigerian company on the establishment of a N20 Billion bond issuance programme.
  • Part of the team advising a hospitality company on the sale of a majority stake in its equity shareholdin
  • Advising as solicitor to the Purchaser on the acquisition of a human resource company in Uganda.
  • Advising a Nigerian Company on the establishment of a N20 Billion Bond Programme and the issuance of up to N10 Billion Series 1 Bond.
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC)
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Chioma Azolike

Associate