The 2019 edition of the Nigerian Legal Awards has held in Lagos, with a host of legal luminaries across the country being recognised.
The Awards, which is convened by ESQ Legal Blitz, a platform projecting the achievements of legal players within Nigeria’s business law community, took place on Friday, November 1, 2019.
At the Awards ceremony, which held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo was “recognized for his invaluable contribution to improving the nation’s economy and the development of business law in Nigeria.”
Similarly, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of World Bank Group, Dr Sandie Okoro was recognized for her “tremendous contribution to the development of diversity and inclusion in the global legal community.”
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Other legal heavyweights who were recognised include:
President of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Managing Partner of Chris Ogunbanjo LLP, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, Independent Non-Executive Director of FBN Holdings and Fmr. Vice President Secretary General of the African Development Bank, Cecilia Akintomide, Founding Partner of one of Nigeria’s most reputable firms, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-LAW) and Chairman, Board of Directors, Standard Chartered Bank, Sola Adepetun, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State and Fmr. National Secretary to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, Managing Partner of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, and former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, Olumide Akpata.
Previous editions of the Nigerian Legal Awards have recognized awardees like the late Justice Kayode Eso, first female President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Priscilla Kuye, the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, first female Senior Advocate of Nigerian, Folake Solanke, former Attorney General of Lagos State and first female General Counsel of the Nigerian Bar Association, Airat Balogun.
Some of this year’s award categories included: Law Firm of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year, Banking and Finance, Oil and Gas, Dispute Resolution, Private Equity, Real Estate and Construction, Capital Market, Intellectual Property, Shipping and Transport, Media and Entertainment, among others.
Also of note was the honouring of ’40 under 40 Rising Stars’, which celebrates young lawyers who have been making giant strides within the Nigerian legal space.
Below is a list of some of the awards handed out on the night and their recipients:
Legal Amazon of the Year: Adedoyin Rhodes (SAN)
Immigration Team of the Year: Olajide & Oyewole
Intellectual Property Team of the Year: Jackson Etti & Edu
Insolvency Team of the Year: G Elias &Co
Telecommunications and Technology Team of the Year: G Elias & Co
Energy and Power In-house Team of the Year: Ikeja Electric
Capital Market In-house Team of the Year: Nigerian Stock Exchange
Banking and Finance In-house Team of the Year: Zenith Bank Plc
Corporate Governance Team of the Year: DCSL
Corporate Restructuring Team of the Year: DCSL Corporate Services
Company Secretary of the Year: Bode Ayeku (Nestle)
Real Estate and Construction Team of the Year: ChurchGate
Oil and Gas Team of the Year: Bloomfield
Merger and Acquisition Team of the Year: Templars
Media and Entertainment Team of the Year: Olajide & Oyewole
Private Equity Team of the Year and Corporate Commercial Team of the Year: The New Practice
Energy Power and Mining Team of the Year: Templars
Banking and Finance Team of the Year: Alliance Law Firm
Shipping and Transport Base Practice of the Year: G Elias and Co
General Counsel of the Year: Mrs Ngozi Giwa Amu
The Law Firm of the Year (Small practice): Stark Legal
Managing Partner of the Year (Mid size): Adeniyi Duale
African Law Icon of the Year: Mr Abimbola Ogunbanjo (President of the NSE)
Law Media Personality of the Year: Shola Soyele (Channels TV)
Managing Partner of the Year (Large Practice): Mr Ken Etim
Law Firm of the Year (Large Practice): Aluko & Oyebode
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