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Chief Christopher Ogunbanjo is a leading Nigerian corporate lawyer, philanthropist and industrialist. He was born on the 14th December, 1923. He is the son of a clergyman and attended Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife and Igbobi College, Lagos before obtaining a Law degree from the London University in 1949.

Chief Chris Ogunbanjo is often described in Nigeria as a Captain of Industry. He has established a reputation for promoting and nurturing industrial ventures. He was an early advocate of domiciliary accounts in Nigeria, which later came to existence through the promulgation of the Foreign Currency Decree 18 of 1985. In the late 1960s, he was among the group of businessmen who supported local equity participation in foreign firms operating in Nigeria.

As a business leader in Nigeria, he has been an articulate spokesman for the organised private sector and has over the years displayed good judgement in his various comments on the direction of the Nigerian economy. Chief Chris Ogunbanjo has served Nigeria in various public capacities.

These include but are not limited to:

  • The first Chairman of the Nigerian Council for Management Education and Training;
  • The first Chairman of the governing body of the Centre for Management Development;
  • The Chairman of the Study Group on Industrial Policy (set up by the Federal Government to examine industrial development in Nigeria in 1984).
  • The Chairman of the Consultative Assembly on the Review of Company Law in Nigeria.



Senator Olatokunbo Ogunbanjo is a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria., he represented the Ogun East Senatorial District from June 2003 – June 2007, during which he sat on several Senate Committees, some of which he vice-chaired. He was also the Secretary of the Southern Senators Forum.

Senator Ogunbanjo is a dynamic professional offering successful leadership in advancing private-sector development, with more than 25 years of experience in Legal Management. He is a Founder Member of the Institute of Legal Practice Managers UK.

He duos as a skilled marketer who has created and executed high-impact, multimedia marketing campaigns that generated new revenue streams and improved performance in targeted market segments. He is a renowned Independent Director which is evidenced by the number of multinational boards which he sits atop.

Work Experience

Senior Partner, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co, Jan 98 – Present

Managing Partner, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co, Jan 86 – Dec 98

Junior Solicitor, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co, Jan 1984 – 86


Education and Qualifications

BL The Nigerian Law School, Lagos 1983

LLB (University of Buckingham) 1980 – 1982
The University of Buckingham, England

G. C. E A’Levels 1975/76
Cherwell Tutorial College, Oxford, England



Abimbola joined the firm in 1990 . He specialises in Capital Markets and has garnered considerable corporate finance experience and has a brilliant understanding of legal issues in his preferred areas of practice. Abimbola is the former Vice Chairman of the Commercial Law and Taxation Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Former director and country legal advisor of ConocoPhillips and is the current President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is the legal advisor of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping and Advisory Board Member for University of Buckingham Centre for Extractive Studies (UBCEES).


Core Practice Areas

Joint Ventures, Mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs, Project and Asset Finance, Capital Markets Admiralty. 


Education


BL - Nigerian Law School
LLB - University of Buckingham
BSc - American College of Switzerland

Membership

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Institute of Petroleum(UK)
  • Capital Markets Solicitors Association.
  • Institute of Directors



Akinwunmi is Head, Commercial Disputes Resolution group with over 20 years’  substantial expertise in regulatory and commercial litigation, arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for a wide range of commercial and governmental clients. He is a graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Akinwunmi has worked in almost all the geo-political zones of Nigeria and his practice experience cuts across different courts and tribunals from Magistrate courts to the Supreme Court.


Akinwunmi is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), as well as a member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigerian branch). He was appointed  a Notary Public in 2009.

 

Core Practice Areas
Arbitration & Mediation, Commercial Litigation, Trade Union and Labour Matters, Insurance, Immigration.

Education

  • Nigerian Law School 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University
                                                       

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Nigerian Maritime Law Association
  • Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC)

Publications

  • International Bar Association Newsletter
  • Notice Of Public Policy (Committee 12 Newsletter)
  • Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium–sized Enterprises
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC) (Contributor)



Omowunmi Abimbola Sanni leads Chris Ogunbanjo Nominees’ corporate secretarial and entity management practice. Omowunmi is expertly positioned to advise clients to matters pertaining to Entity Management and Maintenance.

 

Core Practice Areas

  • Directors Duties
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entity Incorporation and Dissolution
  • Board Advice and Support
  • Entity Management and Compliance
  • Immigration
  • Real Estate

 

Education

  • BL, Nigerian Law School
  • LLB, Obafemi Awolowo University.

 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK

 



Olawumi is an active civil litigation lawyer with practical experience in several jurisdictions across Nigeria. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases, and successfully defended the firm’s corporate clients against multi-million adverse law suits.

Olawumi is an active civil litigation lawyer with practical experience in several jurisdictions across Nigeria. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases, and successfully defended the firm’s corporate clients against multi-million adverse law suits. Other practice areas include corporate and commercial law, labour and employment, probate and administration of estates, property/land law, intellectual property and debt recovery. He provides legal opinions to clients and regularly advises on various legal and administrative issues. He possesses commendable drafting skills and is a team player.

Education

  • LLB (HONS) (University of Ibadan)
  • B.L, Nigerian Law School


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria
  • Nigerian Maritime Law Association


Certifications

Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch

Articles

Did Lagos Get It Wrong In Enacting Waterways Law – published in This Day Newspaper of 21st September, 2009.



Ebunoluwa is a young vibrant lawyer, quick learner, team player and pro-active individual who is capable of effectively analysing and executing instructions under any circumstance. As a young lawyer, she has some Intellectual Property experience but is heavily involved in the Corporate Finance and Securities and Compliance departments.

Education

  • B.L (Second Class Upper) - Nigerian Law School, Lagos
  • LLB (Hons) Law (Second Class Upper) - University of Birmingham
  • International Foundation Year (AAAA) - Oxbridge International College


Membership of Professional Bodies
Nigerian Bar Association

Honours
Overall Best Student (Art Class) Oxbridge International College (2010/2011)
Young African Leaders Institute Certificate for the Basics of Public-Private Partnership

Languages: English, Yoruba



Simisola has over six years of legal experience and gained experience in the litigation unit, intellectual property unit, and company secretarial unit, before committing to the corporate & commercial unit of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. Simisola is industrious, intelligent and has advised a plethora of  multi-national and local organisations on various assignments including regulatory compliance, legal opinions, implementation of transaction/project structures, re-organisation and business restructuring.

Core Practice Areas

Mergers and Acqusitions, Project and Asset Finance, Banking, Foreign Investment & Divestments, Insurance

Education

  • LLB, University of Ilorin
  • BL, Nigerian Law School, Abuja
  • LLM, University of Lagos

Membership

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK (Student Member)
  • Member of the New Products & Business Development Committee of the Capital Market Committee, 2012
  • Member of the Investors’ Confidence Sub-Committee of the Securities & Exchange Commission , 2012

Essays

  • The Emerging Investment Terrain and the Law in Nigeria
  • An Examination of Trade Disputes And Settlement Mechanisms In Nigeria

 



Akinkunmi is a young vibrant and extremely enthusiastic lawyer renowned for his analytical skill set especially in corporate restructurings, asset financing, technology, real estate, maritime, entertainment, and aviation. He is an alumni of the prestigious University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his Masters of Law. Akinkunmi is a prolific writer and a sought after speaker at legal and business seminars.

 

Core Practice Areas

Admiralty, Asset Financing, Debt Financing, Aviation, Entertainment, Foreign Investment & Divestment, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Technology, Telecommunications.


Professional Memberships

  • Alumni, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Associate of the Certified Institute of Shipping of Nigeria.
  • Capital Market Solicitors Association
  • Legal Magnates & Co. International


Publications

  • The Coming of Age of FinTech Sector in Nigeria, Law Digest, Issue 12,
  • Redundancy and Recession in Nigeria, published 2017
  • E-commerce and Cybersecurity regulation in Africa, published in Law Digest Journal, Issue 11 Autumn 2016, pages 26 – 30
  • Is the National Code of Corporate Governance for Private Sectors far reaching enough?,
  • Nigeria at 55: Are we there yet? – October 2015.
  • How Democratic is Nigeria’s Democracy - October, 2012.
  • Legal Perspective of Oil Pollution in Nigeria - 2011


Education

  • LLM, University of California, Berkeley
  • BL, Nigerian Law School
  • LLB, Olabisi Onabanjo University

 



Moteleola is a graduate of the University of Lagos. She works in the firm’s Company Secretarial/Corporate Governance Department – Chris Ogunbanjo Nominees Limited.

Education

  • BL, Nigerian Law School
  • LLB, University of Lagos

Practice Areas
Company Secretarial Department, Company Matters, Compliance and Corporate Governance, Real Estate and Property Advisory, and Intellectual Property.



Funbi Matthew is a business management and HR professional, she has passion for legal practice management and organization development. She graduated from Lagos State University where she studied Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, she is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria (ACIPM) and a Chartered Project Management Professional(CPMP).

She has attended financial and advance human resource management and leadership trainings from Lagos Business School. In her spare time, she is involved in community service, she strongly believe in giving back to the society.