Banwo & Ighodalo


48, Awolowo Road
South-West Ikoyi

+234 8139841360; 8139841361; 8139841362; 8139841363

Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Mr. Ken Etim
Contact this lawyer

Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 80+
Network memberships include: Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Loan Market Association, African Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, UK, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria and UK, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Languages: English, French, several Nigerian languages

Banwo & Ighodalo was founded on 1st February, 1991.The firm is a leading full-service law firm in Nigeria and it is structured as a partnership, currently comprising fifteen (15) Partners, including a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. The firm is a leading full- service law firm in Nigeria.

Banwo & Ighodalo has evolved and we continue to equip ourselves to serve our clients better and provide exceptional results.

We are known in our markets for excellent mastery of legal issues and the development of creative solutions. Our lawyers are young, dynamic and driven; and we deliberately recruit and train for innovation, knowledge and the ability to create solutions for our clients.

The Firm is consistently listed as a 1st- tier law firm and a firm of choice in Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisition, Corporate Finance, Fintech, Energy & Natural Resources, Litigation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Information Technology. Our Shipping, Aviation and International Trade practice is also highly recommended.

Both the firm on one hand, and its partners and some associates on the other hand, are ranked in several leading Nigerian and international legal directories.

  • Capital markets
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project finance
  • Fintech
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Banking and finance
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Intellectual property
  • Technology and entertainment
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Shipping, aviation & international trade

  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping
  • Banking
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Government and public policy
  • Transport
  • Mining
  • Aviation
  • Financial services
  • Real estate
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer good and manufacturing
  • Technology and telecoms

Litigation, Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN) –
Chinedum Umeche –
Adeola Agunbiade-Adeyemi -

Energy & Natural Resources
Ken Etim –
Stella Duru –
Kehinde Ojuawo –
Akindeji Oyebode –

Intellectual Property & Technology
Femi Olubanwo –
Olumide Osundolire –

Corporate, Securities & Finance
Asue Ighodalo –
Ayotunde Owoigbe –
Azeezah Muse-Sadiq –
Seyi Bella –
Isa Alade –
Toyin Bashir –
Ayodele Adeyemi-Faboya –

Shipping, Aviation & International Trade
Ken Etim –
Kehinde Ojuawo –
Tunji Adeyemi – tadeyemi@banwo-

  • We acted as Nigerian counsel to FirstRand Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division) which provided a medium-term facility of US$56,500,000 to Gruppo Investment Nigeria Limited, in order to refinance the costs of developing the Ikeja City Mall.
  • We acted as Lenders’ Nigerian counsel in connection with the Senior term loan facility advanced by a syndicate of lenders to Heirs Holdings Oil & Gas and TNOG Pipelines Limited for the purposes of financing the acquisition of a forty-five percent (45%) participating interest in Nigerian oil license OML 17 (and other oil and gas infrastructure).
  • We advised MTN Nigeria Communications PLC’s on its ₦200 Billion Bond Issuance Programme and the Issuance of the ₦110,000,000,000.00 Series 1 Bonds. The Transaction is the first bond issuance by a Nigerian telecommunications company and one of the largest bond issues by a corporate entity in the Nigerian market
  • We acted as Solicitors to the Issue/Issuer in relation to the issuance of Series 2 Green Bonds in the sum of N6,325,000,000 by North South Power Company Limited through an SPV, NSP-SPV PowerCorp PLC. In this regard, we conducted due diligence on the Issuer and the Sponsor, drafted the deed of covenant, Note Subscription Agreement, the custody agreement, the vending agreement and also reviewed the Pricing Supplement and Trust Deed to ensure compliance with industry standard and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • We are acting as Project Counsel to Bank of China, Hebei Branch, Oilserve-Oando-CFCHEC Consortium and Brentex-CPP Consortium in connection with the financing and construction of the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Pipeline Project, which is the largest pipeline network in Nigeria.
  • We advised Dangote Cement PLC on its N300Billion Multi-Instrument Debt Issuance Programme and the issuance of Series 1 Bonds thereunder.