Chike Obianwu

Templars - Nigeria

Partner and head, Finance


+234 (1) 270 3982; +234 (1) 279 9396

Market leader


Bar admissions:

England & Wales



Practice areas:

Capital markets
Project finance

Chike is a Partner and the Head of the Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices at Templars. 

He has extensive experience in corporate and project finance, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets & securities law as well as investment banking. 

He regularly advises corporates, project sponsors, fund managers, banks and other financiers on equity and debt capital raising, fund formation, and the structuring, financing and development of projects. He was formerly joint deputy head of corporate finance & advisory and legal counsel at the leading Nigerian investment bank, Zenith Capital Limited.

Chike is recognised as a leading finance lawyer by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. He sits on the Legal & Regulatory Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and also serves regularly on various public interest panels and committees.

  • Shell, Total and NNPC on a US$ 1billion pre-export financing for field development works.
  • The Sponsors and their Project Company on the US$1.34 billion financing and development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project.
  • Azura Power on its US$1 billion financing and development of a pioneering project-financed 459MW IPP. 
  • NSIA and Julius Berger as sponsors on the development of the $1 billion Second Niger Bridge and Toll Road project.
  • Diamond Bank plc on its merger with Access Bank plc to form Africa’s largest retail bank.
  • American Tower Corporation on its US$1.05 billion acquisition of 4800 telecoms towers from Airtel
  • IHS Towers on its US$800 million debut Eurobond. 
  • Seplat Petroleum Development Company plc on its US$350 million debut Eurobond issuance.
  • The Tolaram Group and Hyflux on the proposed first-of-its kind 5MGD water desalination plant project.

  • Banking
  • Project finance
  • Private equity
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Capital Markets

  • Banking
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Oil and gas
  • Utilities

  • Nigeria
  • England & Wales

  • LLM, University College London