Chief Oladipo Odujinrin and Prince Adeyemi Adefulu have been pioneers in the legal industry.
Adeyemi Adefulu MFR is a Senior Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Team.
Adeyemi is a seasoned litigator and has carved a niche for himself as a foremost Legal Practitioner and Statesman. Adeyemi has over 41 years’ experience of legal practice in Nigeria. His core area of practice includes commercial litigation, general civil litigation matters and ADR with added expertise in issues relating to Maritime, Aviation, Insurance, Environmental, and Government Relations.
Over the years Adeyemi has successfully represented:
- Leading financial institutions.
- International oil companies; and
- Multinational institutions
In relation to a wide variety of disputes.
Adeyemi was educated at the University of Lagos (LLB, honours). He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted November 1972). Adeyemi was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2008, this honour was conferred in recognition of his services to the development of the legal industry in Nigeria.
He is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association and a member of the International Bar Association.
He is listed as a leading litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioner in The Legal 500.
Oladipo Odujinrin MFR is a Founding Partner of the firm. Oladipo is an accomplished legal practitioner and statesman with over 43 years of practice experience providing a range of specialist legal services with particular emphasis on capital markets, corporate and commercial law, banking and corporate finance, project finance and privatisation
Some of Oladipo’s transactions include:
- Advised the team advising as transaction counsel in a USD 150 million facility to a major oil and gas company in Nigeria.
- Led the team advising an international financial institution, as transaction counsel, in a USD 80.5 Million Dual Tranche Syndicated Oil Contract pre-financing facility to a drilling company in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
- Led the legal team which successfully represented Skyway Aviation Handling Company Ltd in its negotiation for the purchase of the Federal Government owned Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited.
- Advising on legal matters pertaining to the construction of captive power plants in south west Nigeria.
- Legal Team Leader on the Ogun State Water Project. Conducted review of the current legislation (State, Federal and International) affecting the Ogun State Water Corporation; Supervised the preparation of the Legal and Regulatory Framework Report submitted to the client; Advised the Technical Team on the legal issues arising in the course of the project.
- Oladipo attended the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School, Cambridge Massachusetts, where he received several awards for academic excellence. Oladipo was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2008, this honour was conferred in recognition of his services to the development of the legal industry in Nigeria.
- He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Bar Association, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, and the Capital Market Solicitors Association (Nigeria).
He is listed as a leading corporate and commercial practitioner in the Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading Mergers and acquisition lawyer. Oladipo has also been listed among the leading lawyers in Nigeria by IFLR 1000 the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms to the legal profession.
Dr. Adeoye Adefulu is a partner in the law firm of Odujinrin & Adefulu with over 20 years of professional experience spanning the fields of petroleum law & policy, electricity law & policy, corporate & project finance. He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar. He also holds a Masters’ and Doctorate degree from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Scotland.
Dr. Adefulu’s interests include oil and gas regulatory reform, gas utilisation, energy reform, energy transition and environmental law. He regularly speaks at local and international fora on Nigerian energy matters.
Dr. Adefulu was involved with the Petroleum Industry Bill (“PIB”) from its initial drafts in 2009 till its passage in 2021. He is the Managing Editor of www.petroleumindustrybill.com, the leading information portal that provides up-to-date information on the Petroleum Industry Bill (now the Petroleum Industry Act 2021). He was a member of the Nigerian National Assembly’s Technical Committee on Petroleum Industry Reforms from 2015 to 2019.
He advises several indigenous and international oil companies on the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act.
Dr. Adefulu is the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association – Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).
Damilola Adetunji is the partner and head of Odujinrin & Adefulu’s corporate, capital market and finance practice group. She is a legal practitioner with over twenty-two (22) years of professional experience advising on banking and finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital market transactions.
Through her professional experience, Damilola has developed a keen understanding of the policy, legal and regulatory framework governing the Nigerian finance industry. Damilola’s contributions in her area of expertise have been well noted and she has been consistently ranked as a leader in the field of corporate and commercial transactions by Chambers and Partners; Who’s Who Legal Nigeria, Legal 500, and IFLR1000.
She led the team that advised the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), as Nigerian Counsel, on its UNECA initiative and Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation Facilities (PATIMFA) in a cumulative value of US$600 million advanced to 5 different Nigerian banks structured to assist in mitigating the negative impact of Covid 19 , led the team that acted as Nigerian counsel to Afreximbank in a US$300 million syndicated acquisition facility which was granted to Titan Trust Bank Limited to acquire the majority shares in Union Bank Plc, and also led the team that advised a syndicate of lenders in a US$550 million Facility to Seplat Petroleum Development Company Limited (now Plc.) obtained to facilitate the development of its interests in 3 OMLs.
Prior to joining Odujinrin and Adefulu, Damilola practiced with various law firms in the United States of America and Nigeria. She joined the firm in June 2005 as a Senior Associate and was made a Partner in the firm in December 2007.
She obtained her law degree from the University of Buckingham (UK) and holds a Master’s degree in law from the Harvard Law School (USA). She is licensed to practice in the State of New York, in the United States of America (1999) and in Nigeria (2003). Damilola has written several published articles on matters relating to corporate finance and between 2015 to 2019, held various positions on the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Capital Market Solicitors Association. She currently serves as an Independent Nonexecutive Director on the board of Chapel hill Denham Advisory Limited – an investment bank based in Nigeria. She also serves as a trustee of several non-profit organisations.
Lucky Ayeki is a Partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution Team. He has over 20 years post-call qualification experience and is deeply involved in the prosecution of cases both at the court of first instance and at the appellate level, up to the Supreme Court. Lucky has acquired vast knowledge in his area of practice and is widely acknowledged for his negotiation and mediation skills. Nevertheless, Lucky has an undiluted passion for litigation.
He has recently been involved in the following transactions:
- Represented a multinational company in a N500 million suit for environmental pollution.
- Facilitated an out-of-court settlement of a tax claim for a leading manufacturing company.
- Representing a major financial institution in an action for breach of contract.
- Representing a leading telecommunication company in an action for the wrongful erection of communication equipment.
- Acting for the defendant in an action for breach of contract and misrepresentation wherein the claimant is claiming several millions of Naira.
- Representing a multinational company in an action for wrongful termination of the contract of employment.
- Debt recovery for financial institutions.
- Arbitration proceedings in Oil related matter.
- Represented a multinational company in land dispute.
Lucky obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Calabar and is called to the Nigerian Bar and has a qualifying Certificate as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).
Olubukola (“Bukki”) is a partner in Odujinrin & Adefulu and currently co-heads the Corporate/Commercial and Capital Market Practice of the Firm. Bukki has fifteen years of legal practice experience and in this time, has developed expertise in the general practice of law with extensive experience in matters relating to corporate and commercial law, capital market as well as corporate governance. She has led the Firm’s team on a number of innovative transactions in the commercial practice space.
Bukki was a member of the panel on Corporate Governance at the 2015 International Bar Association Conference in Vienna. She has been highlighted as a “recommended lawyer” in the Corporate/Commercial category of the Chambers Global Guide 2018 and is one of the recipients of the top 40 Under 40 lawyers at the ESQ Nigerian Legal awards in 2018. Bukki currently acted as Chairperson, Young Lawyers’ Forum of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law (‘NBA-SBL’) and is the Coordinator of the NBA-SBL’s inaugural Mentorship Program. She was the Publicity Secretary for the Capital Market Solicitors Association (2019-2021) and currently is the First Vice Chairman of the Capital Market Committee of the NBA-SBL.
She holds a law degree from the University of Buckingham and has been called to the Nigerian Bar.
Chambers Global 2018 Corporate/Commercial
Bukola Olabiyi is a dynamic player in the market, engaging in a broad array of corporate and commercial matters. This includes mandates such as bond issuances and securities as well as M&A and regulatory compliance. Market sources appreciate her resolution capabilities and supportive attitude.
2018 Legal 500 Corporate Commercial M&A
Olubukola Olabiyi is recognised for her. . . “strong response times, business acumen and industry knowledge.”
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