Femi Olubanwo > Banwo & Ighodalo > Lagos, Nigeria > Lawyer Profile

Banwo & Ighodalo

Work Department

Banking and corporate finance, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate restructuring and mining.


Founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading full-service Nigerian law firm that provides first-class legal advice in most aspects of Nigerian corporate and commercial law.


After a short stint with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Femi joined the Lagos commercial law firm of Chris O. Okunowo & Co in September 1983.  In February 1991, he co-founded the law firm, Banwo & Ighodalo, as a Partnership.  The firm has since grown from two Partners and one Associate to today’s 92 lawyers including 12 Partners. Femi practices largely in Investments, Banking and Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Mining and Intellectual Property. He is especially versed in Project and Corporate Finance and has been engaged in a very wide variety of in-country and international Financing transactions over the last 30 years. He has led or participated in many of the Firm’s important financing transactions. He has advised several multinational and blue-chip companies in various sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and Manufacturing. He sits as a director on the boards of many companies.




Currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN), Femi is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA); Nigerian Maritime Law Association, World Trade Center of Nigeria and the International Trademark Association (INTA).


Femi graduated with a LLB (Honours) degree in law in 1981 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.


Reading, driving, travel, snooker and golf

Lawyer Rankings

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.