KELLY MOGBO LLM (St. Mary’s), MBA (LSBF), BL (Nig), ACIS, ACTI,

Partner

+234-805-210-1336


Kelly has been involved in a number of high-profile corporate restructuring and commercial transactions including legal due-diligence on an upstream oil and gas company, acquisitions by private equity and ventures firms, establishment of Free Trade Zones, and was involved in structuring the debut issuance of an enrolment debenture instruments in Nigeria. He has advised on the restructuring of a leading IT company involved in operationalization and management of platforms for the deployment of various financial services to Microfinance Banks within Nigeria, among numerous other transactions. .

His relevant areas of specialisation include Commercial law, Information and Communication Technology, Company Secretarial, Corporate Restructuring, Finance & Secured Credit Transactions. Kelly has involved in a rich diversity of commercial matters including he assisted in editing the widely subscribed All Federation Weekly Law Reports. He has written several published articles on law and non-law related topics. He advised on a number of transactions involving contingent liabilities, letters of credit, commercial papers, project finance and structured loan facilities. Kelly is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Conflict Management Group (NCMG). He holds certification on Negotiation of Financial Transactions from the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR), and is registered with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administration (ICSA), London. At the moment, Kelly also superintends over the firm’s Legal Advisory briefs for a number of companies, and has facilitated a number business workshops and trainings.
Kelly may be contacted on his mobile number: +234-805-210-1336 or via email at kelly.mogbo@lexfinpartners.com

NKEM EZE LLM (Dalhousie), BL

Partner

+234-806-0311-837


Nkem Eze is a Partner in the firm's Energy and Natural Resources practice group. He has extensive experience advising on several aspects of energy and natural resources transactions ranging from the acquisition of interest in upstream petroleum assets, corporate restructuring of upstream petroleum companies, compliance with the local content and cabotage regimes in Nigeria, analysis of the Petroleum Industry Bill and raising finance and creating security interest over upstream petroleum assets.

Nkem (as he is fondly known) obtained his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and graduated with first class honours from Nigerian Law School. He then proceeded to the Schulish Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on scholarship where he obtained his master’s degree in law. He settled into legal practice in Nigeria after concluding a legal internship with the United Nations Environment Programme, Geneva, Switzerland.

Nkem is a keen-eyed practitioner with an impeccable record of excellent solution to knotty commercial problems. He has published articles in international journals and participates in seminars and conferences.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and International Bar Association.

Nkem can be reached on his mobile number: +234-806-0311-837 or via email at nkem.eze@lexfinpartners.com

IBEH CYRIL CHINEDU LLB (Nig), BL

Senior Associate

+234-803-6334-333


Ibeh Cyril Chinedu leads the Corporate Service practice. He holds a degree in law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and is currently undergoing professional training in taxation and accountancy.

Cyril’s key areas of expertise and special interests are Commercial Law, Company Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Property Law, Taxation and Telecommunication Law. Cyril provides general corporate representation to various established and emerging businesses, including a broad pool of closely-held businesses and international subsidiaries. This general representation covers a wide range of corporate legal issues including the negotiation of strategic alliances, the on-going governance of entities, formation and financing of start-up businesses as well as the structuring, negotiating and documenting of a vast array of commercial transactions.

Cyril also advises on complex property acquisitions, real estate development and construction projects. He routinely offers expert advice on land use issues, land allocation and the perfection of title to real estate property.

Cyril can be reached on his mobile number: +234-803-6334-333 or via email at cyril.ibeh@lexfinpartners.com.

ISIADE, OTITONI LLB(Ife), BL

Associate


Otitoni Isiade is an Associate Counsel in the firm. She has gathered considerable experience in corporate practice as well as civil, criminal litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). She has represented a broad range of clients in disputes, including actions relating to corporate law, complex commercial transactions, property law and energy law.

Otitoni graduated with a second class (upper division) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State Nigeria after which she gained admission to the Nigerian Law School Kano in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She won full scholarship to the Central European University, Hungary to realize her dream of a Masters degree in law.

Otitoni was played a significant role as part of the team that handled the privatization of a leading corporate organization in the airline services space. She also partook in several post-privatization monitoring exercises then carried on by the BPE. To her credit, several contentious issues relating to property, contracts, corporate governance as well as tort and criminal prosecutions have been successfully handled at the lower and higher courts of record.

Otitoni is a member of the Nigerian Bar association and holds an Associate membership at the Nigerian Conflict Management Group (NCMG). She is also a student member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) London.

EKI IVONGBE MSc Law & Finance (Oxford), LLB (Lagos), BL

Associate


Eki is a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience in advising a highly diversified clientele of top-tier, indigenous, international and multinational clients on various cross-border and domestic banking and finance, structured finance, insolvency, restructuring, capital markets and private equity transactions across various industries including banking, insurance, oil and gas, telecommunications, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

She also has extensive experience advising on company secretarial matters for local and international financial institutions and other entities.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lagos and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 2016 with a first class honours and was acknowledged as one of the best scholars on the roll.

SEYITAN FOLARIN BSc (Hons), ACA, CFA (en voire)

Principal Consultant


Seyitan Folarin is a seasoned Practice Administrator, Chartered Accountant and consultant with deep competence in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Financial Advisory, Corporate Finance and Financial analysis.

She began a career with First Bank Plc, garnering up much needed banking experience that would later see her at the heart of the audit of Nigeria’s foremost banking institutions. A member of the Certified Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute, Seyitan went beyond mainstream banking to pursue career in audit in one of global ‘big four’ audit firms. There, she etched her name in gold with meteoric rise through the ranks in a streak that saw her establish sterling accounting and audit practice across commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Her deep experience in IFRS procedures ensures that she remains a sought-after figure in a vast array of finance enclaves. Her forte includes financial analysis, corporate finance, equity analysis, derivatives, financial report, portfolio management, preparation of financial statements in line with international financial reporting framework (IFRS).

Seyitan has facilitated in a number of trainings, workshop and capacity building events including financial statements review, Sarbanes Oxley requirements (applicable corporations in the USA), IFRS reporting, among others. She has covered matters like audit planning, including the determination of audit strategy, scope and approach, documentation of the understanding of the clients’ businesses in the context of their environments with particular emphasis on fraud, control and engagement risks, review and test of control activities inherent in clients’ business processes, management reporting, including the preparation of financial statements in line with the IFRS framework and preparation of management letters.

FATIMA AKANO LLB (Jabu), BL

Associate


Fatima is an Associate Counsel in the Firm.

Fatima experience is focused on commercial, transactional, and regulatory advice to local and international businesses in respect of their going concerns in Nigeria; she provides legal advisory services in general corporate and commercial matters. She has assisted in a number of company incorporations and post-incorporation matters, advised clients on labour disputes, land transactions, research and a host of other corporate work.

Fatima attained her LLB in 2019 from Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Osun State and thereafter proceeded to Nigerian Law School Kano where she obtained a Bachelor of Law degree. She is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.