Ahmed Tidiane Ba – Senegal
Ahmed is a special counsel at Fall & Partners LLP in their Dakar office. He brings in the firm his practical experience of advising on complex transactions in areas such as oil & gas, mining, construction and real estate. His practice also focuses on maritime law, public procurement matters (PPP and concessions) and finance.
Ahmed practiced law in Canada in various law firms and served as the in house counsel for an international trade and investment firm before returning to Senegal where he worked at Geni & Kebe law firm as Senior Associate.
He was admitted in the Quebec bar in 2013 and holds an LLM in Maritime law from the University of Dakar and a LLB from the University of Montreal.
Aly Salem – Egypt
Aly is an Associate in the Arbitration and Project Finance Practice Group at Sarie Eldin &Partners law firm, he started his practice in 2011 in top tier law firms in Egypt where he specialized in Business and Commercial Law, including – inter alia- commercial arbitration and litigation, M &A, project finance and PPP projects, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, in addition to drafting, negotiating and reviewing a wide variety of commercial agreements, legal memos and due diligence reports.
As part of Sarie Eldin, he is advising governmental institutions in Egypt on matters related to PPP projects as well as setting the legal framework for investment zones and specific sectors (i.e railways and ports) to be compatible with the international investment framework.
Before joining Sarie Eldin, Aly worked for the United Nations Migration Agency “IOM” as a Caseworker and Programme Associate in Cairo and Amman offices processing the cases of thousands of refugees eligible for resettlement and assessing their protection needs, during his two years tenure at IOM Aly gained a solid experience in international law and development.
Aly is a member of the Egyptian Bar of Association, he holds an LLM in international Commercial Law. Further, he is a United Nations online volunteer, Gabr Foundation fellow and a member of the East West Dialogue Initiative, which aims at creating greater mutual understanding by building bridges between the people of the East and the West by training the selected fellows from both cultures to be globally minded leaders.
Camille Razalison – Madagascar
Camille Razalison is a law consultant and currently a pupil barrister at a local Madagascar barrister’s chambers headed by Me Tantely Rakotonirina. He is assisting both domestic and international clients on a range of transactional and court litigation particularly on commercial matters. Before he completed his barrister’s exam by obtaining a CAPA or Certificat d’Aptitude pour la Profession d’Avocat from the Bar School of Madagascar, he was a Senior Legal Consultant as an in-house lawyer in the Antananarivo-based and ISO 9001-2015 standards-complying consulting firm, FTHM. From May 2014 to July 2015, he has been a law consultant at Juristconsult Chambers in Mauritius, a member of DLA Piper Africa Group network. Previously to moving to Mauritius, Camille was a part of John W. Ffooks & Co. in Madagascar, from February 2011 to April 2014, an international law firm with focus on French-speaking countries in Africa sharing the OHADA law system.
He is a member of the Bar of Madagascar and holds a Master 2 in Business Law from the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar) with a work on “The role of court in international commercial arbitration”. Camille is a member of the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (YICCA) and a founding member of the first Toastmasters International Club in Madagascar.
Chukwudi Ofili – Nigeria
Chukwudi is a senior associate within the Finance and Securities practice group at Bloomfield Law Practice, Nigeria. Chukwudi advises on matters such as local and foreign currency syndicated lending, structured/project finance, structured trade finance, and mergers & acquisitions. His experience also includes providing foreign investment advisory services. Prior to joining the firm, Chukwudi worked as an associate Aluko & Oyebode, Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association – Section on Business Law, and regularly speaks at networking meetings and seminars. He is also a YALI Network member. He holds an LL.M. from University of Georgia School of Law and LL.B. (first class honours) from Babcock University. He enjoys watching and playing football.
Cynthia Kankindi – Rwanda
Cynthia is a legal analyst in the Strategic Investment Department at Rwanda Development Board. Her tasks include negotiating investment agreements such as joint venture agreements, lease agreements, public private partnership agreements, privatisation agreements; provide legal analysis and develop recommendations to investment proposals, carry out due diligence exercises on potential investors, draft and review of legal documents related to various fields such as infrastructure, agriculture, ICT, renewable energy, forestry and health.
Prior to joining the Rwanda Development Board, she worked as an associate at Equity Juris Chambers, a Rwandan law firm that is part of the DLA Piper Africa Group. Her duties included review and drafting of legal documents/contracts, advising clients on registration of companies and intellectual property, carrying out mortgage and land searches, preparation of pitch documents for the law firm to prospective clients and research on domestic laws for clients and the firm.
Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda; where she receieved the Dean’s List of Merit Certificate (2011-2012), and a Master of Laws in International Trade Transactions from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.
Cynthia enjoys dancing, sight seeing and adrenaline rushing activities.
Folashade Oluyadi – Nigeria
Folashade Oluyadi is currently a senior associate within the Oil & Gas Practice Group at Olaniwun Ajayi LP. She is involved in advising both local and international clients on financing, regulatory, acquisitions and other matters in the Nigerian oil & gas sector. Prior to joining the Oil & Gas practice group, she worked with the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions team where she gathered wide experience in advising on both local and cross- border M&A transactions spanning across various sectors of the Nigerian economy including the insurance and finance sectors (to mention a few). She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and is an active member of the NBA –Section on Business Law. She holds an LLM from the Cambridge University, United Kingdom and an LLB from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is a lover of contemporary music and loves dancing.
Gezu Ayele Mengstu – Ethiopia
Gezu is a Manager of the Legal Service Department of Addis International Bank S.c, in Ethiopia. He is responsible for the overall legal matters and legal dealings of the bank. He involves in advising the bank on all domestic and international legal matters and litigates before courts of law and arbitral tribunals.
Prior to joining Addis International Bank S.c, he was a Senior Legal Attorney at Commercial Bank of Ethiopia where he involves in domestic and International Commercial matters. He also handles a legal matter at the merger of commercial Bank with Construction and Business bank of Ethiopia. Prior to joining the banking industry, Gezu was a senior Lecturer and researcher of Laws at University of Gondar in Ethiopia. As a lecturer of laws he undertakes different research projects which resolve community problems in addition to teaching different legal courses. Gezu holds LL.M from Addis Ababa University with very great distinction and LL.B Degree from Jimma University, Ethiopia.
Gezu being a lawyer is always eager to contribute something to his profession. He is a pioneer in writing a well known reference material on Banking and Commercial Instruments Law in Ethiopia. There are also many articles on Commercial Law matters authored by him. He is also an authoritative professional for Commercial law matters in his country.
Larona Somolekae – Botswana
Larona Somolekae is an Associate in the corporate commercial department of Desai Law Group (Botswana member of the Africa Legal Network). She has experience in corporate commercial law generally and banking and finance in particular. Larona has experience in loan finance and in particular corporate lending and in secured and syndicated lending on a local and cross border basis in the Southern African region. Larona also has financial regulatory experience in the introduction of products in relation to payment and mobile banking services. She also provides regulatory advice in relation to the telecommunications sector. Larona was previously an Associate at the Johannesburg, South Africa office of Bowmans (a Pan-African law firm), where she also seconded to the Botswana office.
Larona is admitted as an attorney of the High Courts of Botswana and is a member of the Law Society of Botswana.
She holds an LL.M. from Harvard University and an LL.B. (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. While at Harvard Law School, Larona served as the LL.M. Representative of the Women’s Law Association. Larona currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Law School Association Recent Graduates Network.
She is interested in and enjoys travel, design, history and reading. She has lived and/or worked in Botswana, South Africa and the U.S.A.
Interesting point: Larona is an artist that has exhibited her work in Botswana.
Miranda Khumalo – Zimbabwe
Miranda is a partner in the commercial and tax department at Atherstone & Cook. She advises on various commercial transactions including, mergers & acquisitions, corporate restructuring and general tax advisory. She is a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association. Miranda has an LLB from Rhodes University and an HDipTax with the Thomas Jefferson University. She is an avid reader and enjoys long distance running.
Nduta Njenga – Kenya
Nduta is a Legal Advisor to the Petroleum Directorate at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Kenya; a challenging role in which she has participated in a number of assignments including the drafting of a raft of Bills most recently the Local Content Bill (2015), the Energy Bill (2017), the Petroleum (Exploration, Development & Production) Bill (2017) and the Model Petroleum Sharing Agreement all of which are currently before Parliament in the final stages preceding assent.
She is a Gazetted member of the First Oil Technical and Commercial Working Committee tasked with fast-tracking the development of oil discoveries on oil Blocks 10BB and 13T and the crude oil export pipeline.
Previously, Nduta has worked as a visiting-associate in the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure (ETI) team at Ashurst LLP, a multinational law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom and a member of the ‘Silver Circle’ of leading UK law firms and served as a trainee with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya Chapter (CIArb), April 2015, the Law Society of Kenya (admitted to the Bar in 2012), the East Africa Law Society and the Kenya Christian Lawyers Fellowship. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Energy Law and Policy from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, was a recipient of the 2017 Australia Awards Local Economic and Social Development in Extractives (LESDE) Program at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and has various Certificates in Petroleum Resource and Business Management from Norway and the United States.
While she enjoys her day-job immensely, Nduta is a gym enthusiast, enjoys a good conversation, a good book (history) and a challenging game of Scrabble. She has also experienced significant success in not setting the kitchen on fire with her cooking!
Nania Owusu Ankomah – Ghana
Nania is dual-qualified, called to the bar both in England and Wales, and in Ghana. She is a Senior Associate at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, and is fast developing specialist practice in cross-border dispute resolution. She regularly advises and acts in a range of high value litigation and arbitration disputes, and is particularly noted for her innovative approach to solving complex legal issues.
Nania has an LLM and Qualifying Law Degree from the University of Leeds where she won the Ford and Warren Prize as the most Meritorious LLM Student. She holds a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana. She also graduated with an ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course from the College of Law, London and was awarded a Certificate of Honour by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She is an alumni of the Lex Mundi Institute, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LCIA Young Members Group, Young ICCA and ICC Young Arbitrator’s Forum. She has authored a number of articles, and is a named contributor to the Ghana chapter in ‘Arbitration in Africa’ (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016).
Nania loves to travel, and is currently focused on developing content for her new website (counsel-to-counsel.com), an information sharing and legal support site for lawyers.
Olusesan Sulaiman – Nigeria
Sesan is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution and Tax practice groups of Templars – a full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria. She specializes in international arbitration and commercial litigation in connection with infrastructure and investment agreements, representative actions, settlements, oil and gas contracts, and a wide range of other high-value disputes. She also provides tax advisory and litigation services to clients in relation to petroleum profits tax, companies income tax, transfer pricing, value added tax, and withholding tax. Sesan holds an MSc in International Business from the University of Sheffield where she graduated with a Distinction. She is also a Student Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
In addition to her legal experience, she also co-runs a non-profit organization, Call to Love Initiative, an organization whose focus is supporting underprivileged youth by improving access to education and skills acquisition.
Shem Otanga – Kenya
Shem is a senior associate within the intellectual property (IP) team at Anjarwalla & Khanna, a leading corporate law firm in Nairobi, Kenya.
Shem’s practice centers principally around IP law and technology media and telecommunications (TMT). He has experience in both transactional and contentious IP work. Prior to joining Anjarwalla & Khanna, Shem worked at the firm of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA)’s Famous and Well Known Marks Committee and frequently contributes to international peer review journals and other publications in the intellectual property space.
Shem holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi (2nd Class Honours, Upper) and a post graduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law.
Sixtus Iwuoha – Nigeria
Sixtus Iwuoha is an Associate at Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading first-class multi-disciplinary law firm with offices in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. He obtained his law degree from the Imo State University, Owerri and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. He has been involved in most of the firm’s Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution cases; advising international and local clients on a myriad of legal issues (and sometimes, non-legal).
Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Commercial and Dispute Resolution Counsel at Matrix Solicitors LLP. In his first week at Banwo & Ighodalo, Sixtus set standards for himself in which he’s going to have to work extremely hard to maintain. He brings to the team all the fun aspects of photography, along with his unique fashion choices. He also enjoys playing/watching football, reading and travelling.
Sixtus is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (Section on business law) and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has a passion for advocacy and community service and is a huge pet lover – dogs and parrots.
Stephen Oke – Nigeria
Stephen is an associate in the Energy and Natural Resources practice group at Banwo & Ighodalo. He is involved in advising both private and public sector clients on a broad range of legal transactions relating to the development and financing of independent power projects and the structuring of investments and transactions in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an associate at Ikeyi & Arifayan. Stephen is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from Babcock University. He enjoys listening to music, watching TV shows and writing poetry.
Tizyo Bulaka – Zambia
Tizyo is an Associate at Chifumu Banda & Associates. She represents and advises parastatals, multinational corporations, local companies and individuals in various commercial transactional work and disputes in the superior courts, and in commercial arbitration. Her areas of practice include international investment law and trade, corporate and commercial law, banking and financial services, intellectual property law, competition law, mining, mergers and acquisitions, commercial arbitration and litigation.
Tizyo was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2012. She is an active member of the Law Association of Zambia and currently serving as Convener of the Law Reform Committee, which position she has held since 2016. She holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from City university of London and an LLB from University of Zambia. Tizyo is interested in non-profit projects focused on the welfare of children, education and empowerment of youths and women. Outside work she enjoys, travelling, swimming and event planning.
Wassim Mohamedali – Kenya
Wassim is an associate within the corporate & commercial team at Walker Kontos Advocates. Wassim is involved in advising local and international clients on financing (project and corporate) & M&A transactions. He is also involved in assisting teams in energy & infrastructure projects.
During his University years, Wassim worked in the IT sector – rising from being a salesman to a branch manager. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and an LLB from the University of Nairobi and has received numerous accolades for his academic achievements including “best final year student at the University of Nairobi – School of Law – Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Trustee Fund Prize” and “best overall student in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences – University of Nairobi”. He was also recognized by prominent law Firms in Kenya such Kaplan and Stratton Advocates and Mohamed Muigai Advocates with notable awards such as “best overall final year student in the School of Law” and “best fourth year student in the School of Law”.
While he relishes being a lawyer, he enjoys following technological trends and science, plays squash and sudoku and has a keen interest in participating in local charity events.