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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 advised The Infrastructure Bank on a number of transactions including a ₦12.9bn PPP concession with the Delta State government for a water supply development; Ladi Taiwo led on the matter. Practice chair Alayo Ogunbiyi acted as transaction counsel to Mutual Benefits Assurance on a ₦4bn rights issue and advised Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel on a $12.7m refinancing facility from Absa Group. Senior associate Kunle Ayansola is also noted.

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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’s Ladi Taiwo regularly handles the firm’s core M&A and PPP/PFI transactions. He assisted the Bureau of Public Enterprises with a privatisation sale tender of its majority stake in national power company Afam Power. The team also assisted AG Goldtrust as project sponsor with a build-operate-transfer infrastructure project with the Niger State Government. Alayo Ogunbiyi handled M&A transactions for Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries and Radmed Diagnostics and the team also advised Jil-Amber Consortium on a PPP joint venture with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation for a 100,000 barrel per day refinery project. Senior associate Kunle Ayansola is a core team member on PPP and corporate and commercial projects and senior associate Oluwaseyi Adebayo assists with regulatory compliance and immigration issues.

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