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Prof Gbolahan Elias

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G. Elias & Co


Principal Partner.


Junior Research Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University, (1986-89) Junior Dean of Merton College, Oxford University, (1988-89) Admitted to the New York State Bar, (1990) Admitted to the New York Federal Bar, (1991) Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, (1989-93) Counsel at Kehinde Sofola (SAN) & Co., (1993-94) Principal Partner at G. Elias & Co., a Lagos law firm, (1994 - Date ) Senior Advocate of Nigeria 2005.


English and Yoruba.


Nigerian Bar Association, New York Bar Association and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Magdalen College, Oxford University -- Bachelor of Arts (Law) (1st Class Honours) 1980, The Nigerian Law School -- (1981) Magdalen College, Oxford University -- Bachelor of Civil Laws (1st Class Honours)1983, Merton College, Oxford University -- Master of Arts, Oxford University, 1987 Merton College, Oxford University -- Doctor of Philosophy (Law), 1989.




Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

In one of numerous market-leading transactions handled by G. Elias & Co, name partner Gbolahan Elias¬†structured the ‚ā¶11bn series two bond debt capital exercise under the existing ‚ā¶440bn medium-term note programme for Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company. The transaction is the largest financing programme on the Nigerian secondary mortgage market. Fred Onuobia¬†leads the team advising African Export-Import Bank on lending transactions including a $750m term loan facility forwarded to the Bank of Industry. Segun Omoregie¬†is noted for his capital markets expertise, having handled United Bank for Africa‚Äôs ‚ā¶30.5bn series two bond offering as part of its ‚ā¶350bn bond programme. He is also transaction counsel, supported by senior associate¬†Nosakhare Aguebor,¬†to Mortgage Warehouse Funding on its asset-backed commercial paper issuance programme.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

G. Elias & Co advises on market-leading M&A transactions including Tolaram Group’s $420m sale by way of shares to Kellogg’s, which was handled by name partner Gbolahan Elias. Fidelis Adewole handled Cement Company of Northern Nigeria’s merger with Kalambaina Cement Company. The firm is also advising on an $800m controlling-interest acquisition in a port developer and operator. Managing partner Fred Onuobia handles cross-border transactions in the infrastructure, banking and finance sectors and Segun Omoregie is a key name for corporate restructuring and divestment of interest issues.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

G. Elias & Co's ‚Äėoutstandingly brilliant, decisive, resolute and results-oriented‚Äô¬†Gbolahan Elias,¬†‚Äėvery knowledgeable, helpful, empathetic and supportive‚Äô Fred Onuobia¬†and Fidelis Adewole¬†are highly regarded for dispute resolution instructions across all industry sectors, ranging from commercial, maritime, banking and finance, oil and gas and many other areas. The team of ‚Äėsterling professionals‚Äô acts for world-leading multinational corporations, including numerous UK- and US-listed companies, in multibillion-dollar product liability cases. Senior associates Okechukwu Okoro¬†and Steve Arubike¬†and associate Yemi Adeleke¬†stand out for their ‚Äėthoroughness in covering all possible angles in their legal opinions‚Äô.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

With ‚Äėstrong industry knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėthe ability to simplify complex issues‚Äô, G. Elias & Co. advises its international client base on complex tax matters, oil field developments, regulatory licensing, sale and handling of crude hydrocarbons, drilling contracts and acquisition agreements. On the energy side, the firm advises on significant finance and development matters in the electric power and renewable energy sectors. Gbolahan Elias¬†led the team that assisted the Transmission Company of Nigeria (owner of Nigeria‚Äôs transmission grid) with the application of new regulations implemented by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. The team also assisted a syndicate of lenders with the financing of Shell, Total E&P and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation‚Äôs joint venture gas generation project. Fred Onuobia¬†and Elias provided advice and drafted field development agreements concerning Summit Oil International‚Äôs Otien field project. Segun Omoregie¬†and senior associates Oluwatoyin Nathaniel¬†and Okechukwu Okoro¬†are also noted.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Gbolahan Elias - G. Elias & Co

Within: Real estate and construction

The ‚Äėvery professional and caring‚Äô practice at G. Elias & Co¬†‚Äėis always ready to assist on small or large issues‚Äô for its international development, investment and construction clients. Gbolahan Elias¬†and Fred Onuobia¬†advised General Electric on the interim phase of a $2bn infrastructure concession set to revive the government of Nigeria‚Äôs railway assets; advice encompassed reviewing and negotiating the interim phase agreement, regulatory and compliance assistance and ancillary legal help. Other mandates included advising on the financing and construction of Kellogg‚Äôs and Tolaram‚Äôs ‚ā¶6bn factory development. The firm is also assisting with the transaction structure concerning El-Alan Group and Kaizen Properties‚Äô 25-storey twin-tower residential development. Other clients include PPC, Paragon Holdings and RMB Westport.¬†Senior associate¬†Lynda Chinweokwu¬†is also highly regarded.

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Shipping and transport

Within: Shipping and transport

G. Elias & Co. provides ‚Äėunparalleled, second-to-none experience‚Äô in the shipping and transport sector. With ‚Äėan extraordinary insight into the Nigerian market‚Äô, Gbolahan Elias¬†‚Äėbrings a depth of experience, diligence and innovation to deals, consistently exceeding clients‚Äô requirements‚Äô. Highlights included advising on the first federal government freight and passenger railway concession across state boundaries and assisting with ongoing attempts to recapitalise Aero Contractors (the oldest airline in Nigeria). Elias is also assisting with the road and rail network to be laid out between the nation‚Äôs first deep sea port and the adjacent industrial city. Fred Onuobia¬†is noted for his ‚Äėmastery of key legal concepts and attention to detail‚Äô and is, according to one client, ‚Äėthe man to have by your side during deal negotiations‚Äô. Onuobia advised Multipro Consumer Products on a transport services agreement with Lafarge Africa and is assisting with the concession for the operation, rehabilitation and maintenance of the western and eastern rail lines and associated infrastructure. Senior associates Nosakhare Aguebor¬†and Ukamaka Okoli¬†are praised for their ‚Äėinitiative, innovation and no-holds-barred approach to ensuring client satisfaction'.

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