Fatima Kere Ahmed is a professional lawyer with over 18 years of experience in litigation, prosecution as well as corporate law. She is currently one of the legal Advisers as well as The Secretary to the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau.
Fatima is very passionate about public sector Policies/Reforms and has a special interest in corporate governance in public institutions, and institutional integrity. she has made contributions and served in various capacities both at the state, Federal and international levels.
Fatima attended Queens College Lagos, Coventry University UK, University of Dundee Scotland, Yale University, International Institute of Sports Lausanne, Nigerian Law School etc.
She is also an NEC member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a member of the IBA, FIDA, Institute of Directors, WIMBIZ Associate, among many other Associations.
She is known for her proven ability to solve problems and is often described as a fantastic people person, and a result-oriented individual.
Olayinka Esan is a lawyer with 22 years post-call experience in secretarial administration, courtroom litigation, commercial practice and business administration.
An Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, he has honed in skills in corporate consulting and negotiation with the Bovas Group, Chemster Group, Aqua Nutro Limited and Matrag Chicken, among others.
An active bar man, he has served the National Body of the Nigerian Bar Association as a member of the National Executive Committee, the Technical Committee on Conference Planning 2014, and the Election Working Group.
He is the immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan Branch, and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation (Rotary International).
In his spare time, Olayinka is a football enthusiast and he channels his philanthropic energy by giving back to the society through his activities on the Executive Council (both local and national) of the Old Student’ Association of his Alma mater – Loyola College Old Boy’s Association.
He is a Senior Partner in Makanjuola Esan & Co.
Ayuli Jemide (AJ, as he is preferably called), is the Lead Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors. He is a highly regarded Corporate & Commercial Lawyer who brings an unmatched eye to key aspects of the firm’s service delivery. Chambers
Global Guide and IFLR1000 reported respectively that clients say: “Mr Jemide has a vibrant and creative mind and his expertise is remarkable.’’ He has led notable transactions including Lagos State Blue Line Railway; UPDC Plc N30 billion REITS; Heineken BV’s purchase of 5 breweries in Nigeria; 2nd Niger Bridge Design Build Operate & Transfer; Warri Industrial Park Project; Consultant on World Bank’s Nigeria PPP Project.
Ayuli obtained his LL.B from the University of Benin, Nigeria in 1987 he was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1988. He also obtained LLM from Northwestern University – Chicago, USA and a post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, Spain.
He is a Certified Public Private Partnership Specialist, Institute for Public-Private Partnerships – Washington DC, USA Ayuli has expertise in the following areas Project Finance, Public-Private Partnerships, Real Estate, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial and he was named the ‘’Best Lawyer, Nigeria, 2013’’ by World Finance. In June 2013, Mr. President appointed him as a Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria for a 4-year term.
Chinasa Unaegbunam is a co-Managing Partner of the Firm. She is also a team leader in the Firm’s Dispute Resolution and Aviation Practice Groups. Chinasa has played a leading role inadvising and representing several international clients in the aviation and oil and gas sectors while leveraging on her litigation and arbitration experience. She has acted in a wide range ofcommercial disputes including oil and gas, company law, aviation, employment, construction,domestic trade disputes and taxation.
Chinasa was also the co-counsel responsible for drafting the Civil Aviation Act and the subsequentdeclarations made by Nigeria in pursuance of the Cape Town Convention. She has been involved in the review of power industry template contracts and advised on proposed greenfield power projects. Chinasa’s representation in several notable dispute resolution, power and aviation transactions include:
Perenami is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution, Insolvency, Energy, Agriculture and Labour Practice Groups. She is regularly involved in high stakes, commercial disputes resolution before arbitral tribunals and superior courts. She is currently leading the team handling a portfolio of matters arising out of the privatisation & bid process, ownership and title of one of Nigeria’s major enterprises. She led a team that successfully represented an exploration and production company in an arbitration pertaining to assignment of interest and cost recovery in a marginal field to the tune of about US$40 million. She is also part of the team representing an investment and asset company in several litigation in relation to capital market disputes at the Securities and Exchange Commission and appeals at the Supreme Court.
She renders advisory services to financial institutions, corporate organisations and multinational companies on insolvency, restructuring and turnaround of companies, mergers and acquisitions, schemes of arrangement and compromise, winding up, voluntary liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy. She is currently advising an international carrier on the cross-border insolvency issues arising out of the carrier’s administration process.
In 2019, Perenami received a Special Recognition Award from the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – Professor Yemi Osinbajo – for her involvement with the proposed insolvency reforms in Nigeria.
LL.M, University College London, University of London.PG Cert. (International Business Law) University of London.Dip. (International Environmental & Natural Resources Law), University of London.B.L, Nigerian Law School.LL.B, Igbinedion University
Nigerian Bar AssociationNigerian Bar Association, Section on Business LawBusiness Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of NigeriaInternational Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy ProfessionalsChartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
Osahon is the Lead Counsel at BTO Partners.
He is a highly skilled commercial lawyer with experience advising local and international clientson business support legal services.
He brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector providing clients with a real and practical solution on how they can best grow their business and at the same time, stay on thethe right side of the law.
He is internationally recognized as a commercial transactional lawyer and a Notary Public –Fulton County, in the State of Georgia, USA.
ROTIMI OGUNYEMITECHNOLOGY ATTORNEY | TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & GOVERNANCE | DIGITALTRANSFORMATION
Rotimi Ogunyemi is a Technology Attorney with years of critical experience in commercial legal practice and core expertise in handling legal issues relating to ICTs; He provides advice and assistance on Corporate Digital Transformation.
Rotimi has advised a variety of clients on Digital services, Social, Mobile, and Cloud Technologies; Financial & Regulation Technologies (Fintech & Regtech); Intellectual Properties and Digital Assets; Internet governance, Legal & Policy Issues on Emerging Technologies; Legal& Legislative Drafting of ICT Instruments; together with all aspects of Law relating to the current information society and digital economy.
He is Co-Chair of the Digital NBA, on a mission to digitally transform the NBA. He is Chair of the ICT Committee, NBA – Section on Business Law. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of ICT Law, Policy & Regulation at the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Digital Bridge Institute and a facilitator of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Courses on ICT Law & Policy.
He is a member of the Global Blockchain Business Council. And a member of the International Bar Association, Technology Law Committee, and Communications Law Committee.
Christine Sijuwade is the Group Head, Legal & Compliance at Tangerine Financial UK. Prior to joining Tangerine Financial, Christine was a Partner at the prestigious law firm of Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie where she advised several high-profile local and international clients on mergers, acquisitions and investments in a variety of sectors, ranging from financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, FinTech, and FMCG, amongst others. She has also advised on international lending transactions including syndicated loans.
Christine has been involved in a diverse range of financial and capital markets transactions including private placements and, as part of her Asset Management and Collective Investment practice, the establishment and registration of mutual and private equity funds. She also advises on issues relating to the Nigerian bond market. As part of her corporate advisory practice, she routinely leads due diligence reviews, in the course of which she evaluates regulatory compliance practices and credit portfolios to assess the viability of targeted businesses for; merger, investment and financing transactions.
Prior to joining Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, Christine worked at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited. She has also worked at Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, London (now Dentons) as well as O’Melveny & Myers LLP, London.
Christine was a member of the Technical Committee established by the 8th Senate (led by Dr. Olubukola Saraki) to review the Companies and Allied Matters Act at the end of which the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, was passed by the Nigerian Senate on 15th May 2018. The Bill, re-introduced with amendments, was passed by the 9th National Assembly, before being assented to by the President on 7th August 2020.
Christine is a member of the Advisory Board of the Legal Business Unit of BusinessDay as well as the Secretary to the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law Committee on Competition and Consumer Protection. She is also a member of the International Bar Association and the Financial Services Lawyers Association.
Christine has also been the recipient of an award by the Nigerian Legal Awards, titled ‘Nigerian Rising Star: 40 under 40’ for young lawyers under the age of 40 who are shaping the future of the legal profession. She was also one of the lawyers featured as an ‘Amandla! Woman to Watch’ compiled by The Institute for African Women in Law. Christine has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria.
Christine regularly contributes to various publications and articles on Asset Management, Private Equity, Banking, as well as the World Bank’s Annual ‘Doing Business in Nigeria’ surveys. She also mentors several younger professionals and has facilitated training sessions for young lawyers on business etiquette and client management.