Firm Profile > Olaniwun Ajayi LP > Lagos, Nigeria

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Olaniwun Ajayi LP demonstrates strong capabilities across the full range of banking and finance transactions, such as those involving acquisition finance and project finance, among others. In addition, it advises on regulatory matters, and also provides support on restructurings and insolvencies. In the capital markets arena, the firm handles offerings of debt and equity finance for major domestic and international corporations, financial institutions and governments. Yewande Senbore leads the group, which includes Tominiyi Owolabi and Konyin Ajayi.

Practice head(s):

Yewande Senbore

Key clients

Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Limited (InfraCredit)

Development Bank of Nigeria Plc.

Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company

Seplat Petroleum Development

Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Olaniwun Ajayi LP fields 'a very versatile team of lawyers with cutting edge competence', who are regularly sought out in technically complex and business-critical disputes; the aviation, oil and gas, maritime, infrastructure and finance sectors are key areas of strength. In the white collar space, the firm also assists clients with mitigating legal and business risks arising from investigations and enforcement actions. Konyin Ajayi, Seye Opasanya and Khrushchev Ekwueme are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Konyin Ajayi


‘I find the firm to be very good at helping to develop possible solutions to problems. Legal advisory work is exceptional with excellent commercial knowledge of the industry.’

‘Olaniwun Ajayi fields a very versatile team of lawyers, who are very knowledgeable about their diverse areas of specialisation. They strive very hard to maintain cutting-edge competence, adjusting very quickly to new regulations/legislations and keeping their clients informed about changes as they occur.’

Key clients

Central Bank of Nigeria

First City Monument Bank

ATC Wireless Infrastructure

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Standard Metallurgical Company

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Olaniwun Ajayi LP's varied workload covers corporate M&A and private equity transactions, as well as general business advisory matters. The firm also assists international clients with establishing operations in Nigeria and also all aspects of foreign investment. The practice is led by Anuoluwapo Balogun, who leads on M&A, restructurings and other corporate matters. Elsewhere, regulatory expert Yimika Phillips focuses on internal reorganisations, M&A, demergers and general corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Anuoluwapo Balogun 

Key clients

Gray Matters Capital

Saham Finances

Lakepoint Towers Property Development Company Limited

Flutterwave Technology Solutions

FPS Danone Communities SICAV

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Olaniwun Ajayi LP handles a range of energy and infrastructure matters, including M&A, finance, project development and construction. It also assists clients with bidding processes and power chain agreements. Wolemi Esan advises on all aspects of the development, investment, acquisition, divestment, financing and operation of power and infrastructure assets. Oil and gas specialist Tominiyi Owolabi and managing partner Konyin Ajayi are other notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Wolemi Esan

The firm: Olaniwun Ajayi is a leading commercial law firm with broad financial, corporate, energy and natural resources and regulatory advisory practice areas. Olaniwun Ajayi is a pan-African practice with a presence in key African cities and lawyers who are qualified in multiple jurisdictions, including Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the State of New York.

Over the years, the firm has acted for some of the biggest corporations in Africa and across the globe, equipping the firm with a good mix of local knowledge and international expertise. As a result of this, the firm’s clients are constantly provided with bespoke services expected of a top commercial law firm which provides value for money while keeping abreast of the dynamic pace of the business world. The fulcrum of the firm’s strategy is the assiduous protection of the firm’s clients’ interests, employing sound judgement and innovative tools for mitigating and, where possible, eliminating the risks involved in the various aspects of their businesses.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP is a pacesetter: strategically positioned to provide support on all matters related to commercial enterprises, from start to finish. Its history, deep roots and familiarity with the business environment afford the firm a uniquely different perspective to issues and has continued to shape the way it approaches and innovates around its clients’ challenges.

Areas of practice: With over 50 years’ experience in helping organisations, governments and individuals achieve their goals, the firm has developed expertise in sophisticated commercial transactions, a fact illustrated by its involvement in some of the largest and most complex transactions across many sectors of the Nigerian economy. This has been exemplified by the work of Oluseye Opasanya, SAN in the receivership of Arik Air Limited – the largest and most complex receivership in the West African aviation sector, cutting across multiple jurisdictions.

In the banking and finance space, the firm remains one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial law firms in the country and on the continent, routinely advising domestic and international commercial lenders, DFIs, governments and supranationals, as well as some of the largest corporations on various market-defining deals. Recently, the firm advised a syndicate of lenders in connection with the financing and restructuring of a US$600m multicurrency facility granted to Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited (Etisalat Nigeria).

The firm has been highly regarded for its expertise in capital markets transactions, advising on the issue of the most successful (in terms of subscription) non-sovereign and non-supranational Eurobond issuance in sub-Saharan Africa. The firm is currently advising an indigenous oil and gas company on its Eurobond issuance programme.

As a leader in the Nigerian power industry, where it is widely recognised as a pioneer, the firm advised on the landmark 459MW Azura-Edo IPP and more recently, the proposed development of a 540MW gas-fired IPP in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

In terms of contentious work, the dispute resolution practice of the firm is highly regarded as the ‘go-to firm’ for very complex disputes and criminal investigations and representing clients in complex finance, capital market, power and oil- and gas-related disputes. The firm also has a growing arbitration practice representing clients both in domestic and international arbitrations.

As a result of the firm’s expertise, it has become the leading law firm when companies are thinking of embarking on a new and revolutionary idea, product or process, and for complex and sophisticated commercial transactions as well as contentious work.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative and constitutional
Banking and finance
Business advisory
Capital markets
Company secretarial
Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Dispute resolution
Entertainment, leisure and media
Foreign investments
Information technology and fintech
Infrastructure and PPPs
Intellectual property
Legislative and regulatory reform
Licensing and regulatory compliance
Mergers and acquisitions
Mining and minerals
Oil and gas
Private equity
Transportation (aviation, shipping, and inland transport)
Wealth management
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Number of lawyers : 70
Contacts : Konyin Ajayi (managing partner)
Contacts : Oluseye Opasanya (deputy managing partner)
Contacts : Tominiyi Owolabi (partner, oil and gas)
Contacts : Wolemi Esan (partner, power and infrastructure)
Other offices : Abuja