Olaniwun Ajayi LP, a leading institution in Africa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tominiyi Owolabi and Wolemi Esan as managing partner and deputy managing partner respectively, effective September 1 2021. Tominiyi and Wolemi, (who show we understand today, and shape the future), represent the promise of the firm to serve society and make Africa proud, by assuring our clients’ success in their endeavours.

Tominiyi, a distinguished Eisenhower Fellow, teetered on leadership, ingenuity, resilience, and industry foresight, brings to bear his doctorate in business administration, but more so his youthful nature and fresh thinking. Tominiyi has demonstrated exceptional drive and passion for sustainable and scalable innovation, and has an enviable record of winning for his clients, his team and ultimately our esteem.

Tominiyi has been intrinsic to the emergence of Olaniwun Ajayi as a truly international firm operating out of Africa. Widely regarded internationally as a foremost commercial practitioner, Tominiyi, (who served as longstanding chair of the firm’s oil and gas practice) brings to the leadership of the firm, a stellar record of being a perfect executioner of strategy, a warm and welcoming person and one to do business with. His appointment as managing partner is not only well deserved, but also fitting as our firm looks forward to the new ways of work in a platform economy.

Wolemi, (described by Chambers Global 2021 as "a standout lawyer with a tremendous reputation in the market"), has with uncommon drive, exceptionality and dedication laced his brilliant career with accolades from clients who he makes flourish. Successfully chairing the firm’s power and infrastructure practice, he built a track record of leading and advising on some of the transactions that have defined the Nigerian economy.

Wolemi belongs to the elite class of lawyers whose practices are not defined by either contentious or non-contentious matters, but are able to advise on high value transactions, as well as complex litigation and arbitration, with equal proficiency. He has remained highly regarded by the firm’s clients, peers, and regulators alike, and has consistently acted as a bridge between the partnership and the firm’s younger generation of talent.

In passing the baton, Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN and Oluseye Opasanya SAN will continue to provide most valued counsel to the firm and its clients, especially in litigation and arbitration in which they both continue to grow in stature and measure.

The entire firm is very excited for what lies ahead with the gifted duo of Tominiyi and Wolemi at the helm, confident that the firm will in their hands, grow from the largest law firm in Nigeria to one of the best firms in the world born of Africa. The new leaders enjoy our unreserved support as we assure our clients, alliance partners and well-wishers that the excellence and professionalism that are the hallmark of Olaniwun Ajayi will know new heights.