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Ladi Taiwo

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Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

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Corporate/Commercial; IP; PPP and Infrastructure Finance


Joint Managing Partner and the Chair: Corporate/Commercial; IP; Infrastructure Finance and PPP. He has a strong and reliable reputation for advising on Nigerian business regulatory issues, and is author of several books on commercial law practice in Nigeria. He has acted as the firm’s team leader in several cross border M&A; PPP; and Privatization. He is consistently recommended as a leading lawyer in his field by all the major international lawyer/law firm rating agencies in the world.


Admitted Nigerian Bar, 1973. Co-founding name partner of the firm 1976. Previously associate at David Garrick & Co., and State Counsel, Lagos State Ministry of Justice; Chairman, Legal Committee of the National Council on Privatisation (2017-2018); Vice-Chairman, NBA Section on Business Law (2004-2009); Chairman, National Working Group on the Review of Investment Laws of Nigeria (2007-2009). Life Patron and former Vice-President, Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce; Honorary Member, Nigeria Association of Professional Educators (2006); Trustee, Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation.




Body of the Congress of Fellows, Centre for International Legal Studies (Salzburg); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; International Bar Association; International Trademark Association; American Intellectual Property Law Association; Nigerian Bar Association; Notary Public.


University of Lagos (LL.B Hons., 1972) Nigerian Law School (Certificate of the Council of Legal Education, 1973); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (MCI.Arb 1999);


Member, Ikoyi Club 1938; Member, Metropolitan Club.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co is noted for its expertise in PPP and PFI projects. Highlights included Ladi Taiwo advising Marina Quayside Strip Development on its $2.8bn PPP project, with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Lagos State Government as stakeholders; it involves the regeneration of a 144-acre lagoon into a verdant city centre. Practice head Alayo Ogunbiyi advised Presco on reviewing and negotiating ₦23bn-worth of agricultural loan facilities arranged by Stanbic IBTC Bank.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Ladi Taiwo - Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co handled Procter & Gamble’s sale and hive-off of a Vicks plant and associated business assets to Elixir Global Manufacturing Food, and conducted legal due diligence for Siat Nigeria relating to a concurrency buy-out of all shares in Ayip Eku Oil Palm. The water, leisure, power and transport sectors are key sources of instruction for the practice. Other clients include Procter & Gamble, Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel and Abuja Electricity Distribution. Ladi Taiwo heads the corporate and commercial department; Alayo Ogunbiyi is also recommended.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co provides legal advisory and transactional services to clients in the energy and power sector including Abuja Electricity Distribution, Anglo Energy Oil & Gas and Sakr Power Generation Systems. Ladi Taiwo and Kunle Ayansola provided transactional advice to AG Goldtrust on the second phase of the Adiyan Waterworks Scheme and for the Warri/Effurum water supply PPP concession.

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