Oluwatosin Oluwole Akanle:

Oluwatosin Akanle is a qualified barrister and solicitor. He obtained his law degree from the University of Lagos, and a Masters Degree in International Corporate and Financial Law from the University of Wolverhampton. He is a member/associate of several professional bodies.

·Served as Lead Counsel in the drafting of a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) between the IPP (Independent Power Project) (our clients) and a private university in Nigeria, as well as the drafting and negotiation of all other required documents, including but not limited to the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Contract); O & M (Operations and Maintenance Contracts) etc.

·Representing the lenders in the Facilitation and Drafting of a US$500 million lifeline to a foremost Nigerian Telco company on behalf of a Bank based in Dubai.

·Design, conceptualization and promotion of a Nigerian Legal Internet Library and Portal, “LexNigeriana” which contains all Nigerian laws, i.e. Statutes, Case Law, and Statutory Instruments. There are various other services being offered on the portal part from these.

·Counsel in Arbitration Proceedings on behalf of a Federal Government Agency with an International Construction Company.

·Key part of the team involved in the Drafting, Reviewing and Negotiation of the N39 Billion BOT Concession Agreements for the Murtala Mohammed Domestic Terminal Building between Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Sanderton Ventures (2001-2002) and Bi-Courtney Consortium Limited (2002 – to date). We represented FAAN (Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria) and the Federal Government on both occasions

·Drafting and Reviewing of Legal Documentation on behalf of the Nigerian Ports Authority in the BOT Concession Agreement between NPA (Nigerian Ports Authority) and Grimaldi (Ports and Terminals Multiservices Limited) (2004-2005)

·Organisation of a Workshop for the Joint Tax Board for the Training of Tax Officers in the States and in the Federation of Nigeria.

·Organisation of seminars on various topics such as Securitization, Off-Balance Sheet Financing, Syndicated Loan Agreements, Successfully Managing the In-House Legal Function, Regulatory Compliance Issues, etc for Officers of the Legal and Credit Risk Part of the team that conducted the research into, and commenced the groundwork for the LexisNexis Butterworth Halsbury’s Laws of Nigeria, commissioned by LexisNexis Butterworth SA

·Key part of the team involved in the drafting of the Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Governance Scheme for Directors of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)

·Served as Solicitor to a Foreign International Company on a US$400 Million Syndicated Lending Transaction (which took the form of Advances and Promissory Notes), as well as Negotiating and Drafting the various Syndicated Lending Transaction Documents, including but not limited to Security Trust Deed Agreement, Accounts Receivables Administration Agreement, Loan Facility Agreement, Notes Issuance Facility Agreement, Advance Payment Guarantee, etc.

·Advising a Foreign International Company on a US$3 Billion Development Project for the reclamation of 8 Million Square Metres of Land.

·Served as Local Counsel to a Foreign International Company on a Syndicated Lending Arrangement for the financing of the reclamation of land in Nigeria.

·Representing a Foreign International Bank as Local Counsel on a series of Syndicated Lending Transactions. (US$75 Million, US$50 Million, and US$30 Million Syndicated Loan Facilities), as well as Negotiating and Drafting of Transaction Documents.

He is a member of various organisations such as the Nigerian Bar Association, the Maritime Arbitrators’ Association of Nigeria, and Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria.