Azeezah Muse-Sadiq > Banwo & Ighodalo > Lagos, Nigeria > Lawyer Profile

Banwo & Ighodalo
48 AWOLOWO ROAD
IKOYI
LAGOS
Nigeria

Work Department

Capital markets: Debt & Equity, Taxation, Corporate restructuring, Islamic finance, Mergers & Acquisition, Competition & Consumer Protection, Legal Advisory, Company Secretarial & Regulatory Compliance

Position

Azeezah is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Finance Practice Group. This practice group is involved in general corporate law practice, mergers and acquisition, taxation, telecommunications, capital markets, project finance & corporate finance.  Her core practice areas are Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructurings, Taxation, General Corporate Law and Competition Law; in all of which she has garnered over 15 years of hands-on experience.

Career

Azeezah is ingenious, brilliant and possesses strong analytical skills. She is a part of the firm’s corporate finance group, and has worked on several capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate restructuring transactions. Her other areas of expertise include: taxation, consumer protection and competition.

Azeezah has advised on numerous domestic and international capital market transactions, has led various transaction teams on a number of ‘first of their kind’ transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market and advised on numerous acquisitions, restructuring and divestment transactions. Some of her recent transactional experience include: 

  • Led the team that advised UAC of Nigeria PLC, in relation to its divestment of 9,465,584,668 shares in UACN Property Development Company PLC to Custodian Investment PLC which transaction also entailed securing the approval of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
  • Co-led the team that advised in the merger between Dangote Sugar Refinery PLC and Savannah Sugar Limited
  • Co-led the team that advised UACN Property Development Company PLC in the unbundling of its interest in the UPDC REIT to all of its shareholders pursuant to a scheme of arrangement incorporating a reduction in capital
  • Co-led the team that advised Dangote Cement PLC in relation the establishment of its share buyback programme and the acquisition of the first tranche of 40,200,000 shares under the Programme. This was the first of its kind transaction in the Nigerian capital market

Languages

English

Memberships

Nigerian Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Investments and Securities UK, Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (UK)

Education

  • University of Lagos (LL.B)

  • Nigerian Law School (B.L)

Lawyer Rankings

Nigeria > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Top-tier practice Banwo & Ighodalo fields a ‘strong team with really good market knowledge and technical strength‘ in corporate and commercial mandates covering sectors such as manufacturing, telecoms, oil and gas, power and healthcare, among others. Asue Ighodalo and Azeezah Muse-Sadiq recently advised Savannah Sugar Company on its merger with the Company and Dangote Sugar Refinery, while Ayotunde Owoigbe served as Nigerian counsel to Interswitch Holdings Limited in its acquisition of a 19.9% equity stake in Interswitch Holdings by Visa International Service Association.

Nigeria > Banking, finance and capital markets

Banwo & Ighodalo has ‘excellent market profile and knowledge’ coupled with robust experience and expertise in corporate and project finance, as well as capital markets transactions. It is also increasing active in fintech, handling matters relating to tech start-ups and digital financial applications. Founding partners Femi Olubanwo and Asue Ighodalo act alongside Ayotunde Owoigbe, who recently advised MTN Nigeria on its landmark listing on the premium board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Isa Alade frequently advises private equity houses, investors and players in the fintech sector. Azeezah Muse-Sadiq and Seyi Bella are recommended for structured notes programmes, secured lending and asset finance.