Funke is a founding Partner at the firm AELEX and heads the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Appointed Notary Public in 1986 and elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001, ‘Funke has over 45 years’ experience in Litigation and Arbitration. As a Litigator, she represents clients regularly before the Nigerian courts at all levels. She also provides expert opinions and has appeared as an expert witness on Nigerian law issues before the courts of England, United States and Turkey.
Amongst her many other accolades, Funke is one of just eight of Who’s Who Legal’s recently released Global Elite Thought Leaders in the Dispute Resolution Arena and the sole nominee from Africa. As President of ILFA Funke plans to reinforce the core connections at the heart of ILFA whilst adapting and broadening its mission in ways that speak to the next generation of young lawyers.
Tim is a solicitor advocate who was appointed Queens Counsel in 2011. He specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration as well as complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, cross- border insolvencies, regulatory investigations, civil fraud, and asset tracing. He has gained experience of proceedings in over forty jurisdictions globally. He has a leading reputation highlighted by the major directories for several years as being a creative litigation strategist as well as an experienced advocate.
Tim is the founding director of ILFA and believes that the social capital of this network is ILFA’s great fortune and that our shared belief in the rule of law as a bedrock for both national development and tackling global challenges is a vital resource to be harnessed in a conversation and work to address issues from social justice, equity, and inclusion to the protection of our resources, human rights, and freedoms.
John is EVP and GC of General Electric Capital Aviation Services. John joined GECAS’ legal staff in Shannon, Ireland in 1996 after working in private practice in London, the U.S. and Bermuda, focused primarily on aircraft leasing and financing. He has worked on numerous aircraft transactions, managed several acquisitions, including GECAS’ acquisition of PK AirFinance in 2000, and led legal aspects of GECAS’ aircraft sales. John graduated from the University of Liverpool with a bachelor of laws degree (LLB) and is qualified as a solicitor in both England and Ireland. He received his MSc in air transport management from Cranfield University and graduated with a master’s in law (LLM) from the London School of Economics.
Tinashe is a senior banking and finance lawyer based in London.
Tinashe focuses on cross-border finance in Africa. He advises local and international banks, development finance institutions and private equity funds in relation to their pan-African transactions. He has acted for Absa/Barclays, PIC, RMB, Standard Chartered Bank and Standard Bank. He has also acted for various development finance institutions including IFC, AfDB, DBSA and IDC.
Tinashe has previously worked for leading legal practices at Allen & Overy, Norton Rose Fulbright and Trinity International LLP, where he advised clients on a range of financings, including project financing, trade and commodities financing and most recently off-grid power development.
Tinashe obtained an LLB from the University of Cape Town in 2003 and is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York
Howard is a project finance lawyer focusing mainly on PPP infrastructure and energy projects in Africa. With more than 30 years’ experience, he has advised on transactions in more than 16 African countries. He has chaired the Dentons’ Africa Committee and been part of the strategy group leading the Eversheds (Sutherland) Africa practice. Market recognition includes being shortlisted by the Financial Times for Legal Innovator of the Year and being one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100”, as well as being ranked by various legal directories. He has spoken widely on legal topics, provided legal training in Africa and his publications include “Public Private Partnerships BOT techniques and Project Finance” (editor and contributor) and “Electrifying Africa – the hunt for an off-grid solution”.