Kehinde Ojuawo > Banwo & Ighodalo > Lagos, Nigeria > Lawyer Profile

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Kehinde is a versatile commercial lawyer, with experience in advising on several complex and innovative transactions. He has represented several leading Nigerian and international clients on Energy, Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions and Foreign Investments & Divestments transactions


Partner with Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading multidisciplinary Nigerian firm which provides first-class legal advisory services on corporate and commercial Nigerian law. 

Kehinde lead the team advising Greenville Oil and Gas Limited, in connection with the development of a mini liquefied natural gas project in Rumuiji, Rivers State for the purpose of supplying liquefied natural gas to the Nigerian domestic gas market via virtual pipelines. Kehinde is also co-leading the team advising the Board of Trustees, Ogoni Trust Fund, a body set up to manage and disburse the One Billion United States Dollars (US$1,000,000,000) Ogoni Trust Fund, which is to be applied towards the environmental rehabilitation of Ogoniland, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Furthermore, Kehinde is currently leading the team advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”) and its subsidiaries on several novel and important transactions, including the proposed transition of its UJV arrangements with indigenous oil companies, into a fully-fledged IJV. Kehinde is also co-leading the team advising contractors and financiers in connection with the conceptualization, structuring, development, construction and financing of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline.


Kehinde was admitted to the Firm’s Partnership in 2014 and has extensive experience advising leading Nigerian and International clients on Shipping and Transport, Oil and Gas, Power and Corporate & Commercial Law transactions. With close to twenty (20) years of experience, Kehinde is a multi-faceted lawyer with a flair for assessing, understanding and resolving intricate and highly challenging commercial transactions across a range of practice areas.

His rich experience in both the Energy and Shipping and Transport sectors, ensures that he offers first-class expertise and astute advisory services on several complex and landmark transactions to his clients, both in Nigeria and internationally. Kehinde is the leading adviser on crude oil forward sale arrangements and prepayment financing in the country.

Kehinde is also renowned for his negotiation skills, painstaking dedication and penchant for hard work and commercially driven approach to his resolution of legal issues. He has firmly established himself as a lawyer who handles very complex Shipping and Aviation matters in the Nigerian market.


English, Yoruba


Nigerian Bar Association amongst others


He obtained his law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a Masters’ Degree in Law from the University of Newcastle, England. In addition to his formal education, Kehinde has undergone professional training in several courses from Nigerian and international organisations, including “School for International Financial Law,” (St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University), organized by Euromoney Legal Training; “The Core Course on International Oil and Gas Law,” (Cape Town, South Africa), organized by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; “Project Finance: Key Legal, Structural and Risk Issues,” (Lagos), organized by Euromoney Legal Training, “Business Development for Law Firms,” (Lagos), organized by the Law Society of England and Wales in association with the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association; “International Upstream and Downstream Gas Business Management Certificate Program,” (Boston, USA), organized by International Human Resources Development Corporation; and “Warranties, Indemnities & Disclosure in Mergers & Acquisitions and other International Business Transactions,” (London) organized by Euromoney Legal Training.


Travelling, Reading

Lawyer Rankings

Nigeria > Shipping and transport

(Next Generation Partners)

Kehinde OjuawoBanwo & Ighodalo

Boasting an impressive offering in wet and dry shipping, Banwo & Ighodalo leverages its top-tier expertise in ship finance, marine insurance, restructuring, charter party disputes and other facets of maritime litigation. The firm is also involved in nationally significant PPP transportation projects, such as its advice to the Government of Akwa Ibom State on the development and regulations in respect of the Ibom Deep Sea Port Project, positioned to be the first major trans-shipment hub for the West and Central African region. Ken Etim and Kehinde Ojuawo are the key partners.

Nigeria > Energy and natural resources

(Next Generation Partners)

Kehinde OjuawoBanwo & Ighodalo

Offering full-service capability for energy and natural resources clients, Banwo & Ighodalo is the go-to practice for acquisitions and disposals of petroleum assets, gas monetisation and utilisation projects, as well as financing and engineering procurement. The firm also enjoys a strong position in the Nigerian electricity supply industry space, and has been involved in Phase II of the development of Okpai Power Project, following the successful completion of the first Independent Power Project since the commencement of the power sector reforms in Nigeria. Managing partner Ken Etim is supported by a well-rounded specialist group including Stella Duru, Kehinde Ojuawo and Akindeji Oyebode.