Seconded to Trinity International
Aasiya is an associate within the corporate commercial team at the Accra office of ENSafrica. Aasiya is involved in several high-value transactions with local and international clients including fortune 500 companies. She has experience in advising clients on matters relating to general corporate commercial law, corporate finance, private equity, intellectual property, anti-bribery and compliance and competition and anti-trust.
Aasiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ghana. Aasiya is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana and a member of the Ghana Bar Association. Aasiya is passionate about mentoring and volunteers her time tutoring and mentoring basic school students.
Seconded to Dentons
Adeleke is a Senior Counsel within the Energy and Project Finance Team at Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law). He is involved in advising both domestic and international clients on a many aspect of the Nigerian oil and gas industry, including obtaining accreditation for oil companies, traders and financiers, providing consultation and advisory services on tax implications, labour, as well as negotiating and preparing related contracts. He also advises on a broad range of financing matters. Prior to joining ACAS-Law, Adeleke was an Associate at J.O. Fabunmi & Co., where he garnered experience in litigation. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He was called to the Nigerian Bar with First Class Honours and obtained his LLB from Babcock University in Nigeria. Adeleke enjoys watching football and engaging in intellectual discussions on social theories.
Seconded to King & Wood Mallesons, Dubai
Amro is a legal counsel in the contract department at the Sudanese Ministry of Justice, He is involved in studying, reviewing, and drafting different types of government contracts, with a specific focus on financial and banking contracts. Amro holds a Bachelors Degree in Law from the University of Khartoum, Masters Degree in Islamic Banking and Financial Transactions and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Khartoum, and Masters Degree in International Financial Law from the University of Sussex. Amro is passionate about the rights of persons with disabilities and is an advocate for the equal treatment and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Seconded to Clifford Chance
Anthony is a senior associate at Kaplan&Stratton, one of the largest and leading law firms in East and Central Africa. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters ranging from private equity; mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions; capital markets and TMT. He has, in this capacity, been involved in some of the largest and “first-of-a-kind” transactions in the region.
Anthony is admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is a member of the Law Society of Kenya where he sits in the ICT and IP Committee. He is also a member of Amnesty International. He holds a law degree from Moi University and a postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law.
Outside everyday legal practice, Anthony is active in the Kenya performing arts scene and sits on the advisory board of Lahani, which curates and produces local acoustic music gigs. He is also a board member of EducAfrica Foundation, a not for profit organization that seeks to give opportunities to children living in extreme vulnerability situations through sponsorship of education projects. Additionally, he has a keen interest in fintech and emerging technologies and sits on the advisory panel of The Lawyers Hub Kenya, a disruptive tech for justice forum. In between all this, he still finds time to gallivant the world and take quite some amazing pictures.
Seconded to Watson Farley and Williams
Arnold holds an LL.B degree from the University of Hull as well as an LL.M from the University of Warwick both in the United Kingdom. He is qualified to practice law in Uganda. Currently, he is a Partner in the Corporate Department of Engoru Mutebi Advocates. His focus areas are project finance, private equity, digital finance, capital markets and competition law.
He regularly advises both international and domestic clients on regulatory and compliance issues in the M&A space, financial services industry, energy and public private partnerships. Arnold also handles general banking and finance mandates and is noted for his recent work on a complex capital markets deepening transaction entailing a review of the Ugandan legal and regulatory framework to provide a mechanism for long term finance for infrastructure projects using local currency financing.
Arnold loves legal writing and is an author of the Uganda Mergers and Acquisition Chapter in the International Comparative Legal in both the 10th and 11th Editions. He has also authored several articles on the proposed competition law regime in Uganda in reputable legal and business journals. He is an avid fan of Manchester United Football Club.
Seconded to Hogan Lovells
Diana is a litigation counsel at the Kenya Revenue Authority. She has a passion for tax law and has represented the Kenya Revenue Authority in landmark matters at the Apex Courts in Kenya involving; transfer pricing, thin capitalization, foreign exchange losses, oil & gas, investment deductions and many other areas. She provides legal advice to the Authority with a specialty in tax law, administration and practice. She advises and represents the Authority in all dispute resolution proceedings and regulatory compliance. She further advises the Authority during legislative drafting and budget proposals geared towards enhancing the country’s tax policy. Besides this, she is responsible for running and coordinating the Authority’s pupillage programme, which mentors young lawyers in tax law practice before they are admitted to the bar.
Prior to joining the Kenya Revenue Authority, Diana was in private practice where she received intensive in-house training and practice in areas related to Dispute Resolution, Commercial Law, and Conveyance.
She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya. She is currently enriching her tax knowledge by pursuing a Masters Degree in Tax Law and Customs Administration from Moi University, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Second Class (Upper Division) degree from Moi University, Kenya and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She also holds a certification in Oil and Gas Contracting from the International Law Institute.
To unwind, Diana is an avid reader and participates in extreme sports with a soft spot for hiking. She also loves to travel to explore new cultures, cuisines and books.
Seconded to GE Capital Aviation Services (Hong Kong)
Doreen is an Associate with the Banking and Finance Team at MMAKS Advocates. She advises local and international clients including banks, funds, Development Finance Institutions like FMO and PROPARCO on a range of finance matters including project finance, corporate finance, power, energy and infrastructure. Doreen also regularly advises both local and international clients on labour and employment laws in Uganda. She has a keen interest in emerging technologies like blockchain, fintech, big data and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining MMAKS, Doreen worked as a legal assistant at Nyanzi, Kiboneka, Mbabazi Advocates.
She is a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East Africa Law Society. Doreen regularly speaks at technology conferences and seminars.
Doreen holds an LL. B Second Upper (Hons.) degree from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. She is currently undertaking an MBA at Edinburg Business School via correspondence. Doreen is passionate about women empowerment.
Seconded to King & Wood Mallesons (Hong Kong)
Glory is the Legal Counsel at Konkola Copper Mines Plc (“KCM”), one of Africa’s largest integrated copper producers and one of the world’s largest diversified natural resources companies. As Legal Counsel, Glory’s responsibilities include the provision of accurate and timely counsel to the KCM Executive Board and Management in a variety of legal topics, which include Employment law, Tax law, drafting and perfecting Contracts, projects, international ventures, and corporate finance. Glory also specifies internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance of all units at KCM and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations. He also represents KCM in disputes before superior courts and tribunals.
Glory was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2012. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the American Government to pursue a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) in 2014 and graduated from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC, in 2015. He graduated and acquired a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Zambia in 2010. Glory has a passion for pro bono work and is currently a board member of the Restless Development Organisation, which is focused on HIV prevention, and youth development. In his free time is an ardent reader and keenly follows astrophysics and football.
Seconded to Debevoise & Plimpton
Irene is an Associate in the Nairobi office of Bowmans- a highly ranked pan-African firm, where she is part of the firm’s Banking and Finance Practice. She enjoys her work immensely and has been involved in a number of exciting projects including offering regulatory advice to clients in financial services, cross-border financing, M&A, private equity and offering trainings on the regulatory concerns in the fintech space. Irene is convinced that fintech has the potential to solve the question of financial inclusion and has spent considerable time advising clients in the fintech and payments space who are using technology to do this.
She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (admitted to the Bar in 2016) and the East Africa Law Society. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) (First Class Honours) from Strathmore University.
When she is not catching up on the latest developments in the fintech and legal space, Irene is happy reading a book, having a conversation or applying her skills and talents to make her corner of the world a little brighter.
Seconded t0 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ivy is a legal counsel at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Kenya where she advises on various aspects of regulatory practice on electricity, petroleum and renewables. Prior to joining the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Ivy was an associate at the corporate and commercial team of Walker Kontos Advocates (in alliance with Norton Rose Fulbright). Her practice covered energy and infrastructure, financing, capital markets and local and cross border M&A transactions across a number of sectors including energy, banking and retail. Ivy was a contributing author to the first Kenya Chapter of the Energy Investment Risk Assessment published by the Energy Charter Secretariat and has contributed articles to the Butterworths Journal of International Banking subnational and Finance Law as well as the Chambers Global Practice Guides. Currently reading for her LLM, Ivy is researching on private public partnerships. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East Africa Law Society and the Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya. Besides enjoying being a lawyer, Ivy is passionate about civic education, lawn tennis and baking.
Seconded to Edwin Coe
Joan is an Associate at William Were & Co. Advocates. She advises on different commercial matters such as Land acquisition, joint ventures, immigration, debt collection, intellectual property and corporate governance matters in addition to reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts and due diligence reports. Prior to joining the Firm, Joan worked as an Associate at Muhumuza- Kiiza & Co. Advocates where she led a team of lawyers under the Resettlement Action Plan, Planning phase for acquiring land for the Feeder pipeline on behalf of Government of Uganda and TOTAL E&P Uganda.
She is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society and is part of the Natural Resources cluster of the Uganda Law Society. She holds a Masters in Natural Resources Law and Policy (with a distinction) from University of Dundee, a Bachelor of Laws from Uganda Christian University and a Postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre.
Joan enjoys singing and can sing three voice types: Soprano, Tenor and Alto.
Seconded to Hogan Lovells
Josephine is a Senior Counsel within the Energy and Project Finance Team at Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law). She is involved in drafting, reviewing, negotiating and structuring legal documents and transactions particularly in relation to oil and gas and power matters. She also advises on statutory and regulatory compliance matters related to doing business in Nigeria; her focus is on the energy sector. Prior to joining ACAS-Law, Josephine worked as a legal officer with the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, Nigeria where she was responsible for: providing general legal advice on matters relating to the day to day administration of the institution; drafting and reviewing legal documents; attending meetings of the university to ensure that they were conducted in compliance with applicable Nigerian laws and university regulations; and preparing minutes. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a student member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. She holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen, was called to the Nigerian Bar with second class honours (upper division) and was awarded an LLB from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Josephine enjoys travelling, watching stage plays and hosting friends and family.
Seconded to White & Case
Lebogang is a Senior Legal Advisor at the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (“IDC”). Lebogang provides legal advice to IDC on its funding transactions in South Africa and the rest of Africa. She has general experience in general corporate and commercial work and extensive experience in Banking and Finance work. Her Banking and Finance experience is on various debt funding instruments, equity funding instruments and quasi-debt funding instruments.
Lebogang also sits on several boards as an IDC appointed non-executive director. Prior to joining IDC, Lebogang worked as an Associate within the Banking and Finance team at Werksmans Attorney in Johannesburg.
She holds an LLM in business and commercial law from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLB (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded a certificate of merit for the best performing student in the law of contract module and the law of succession module.
In her spare time, Lebogang is either ballet dancing, travelling, hiking, behind a camera lens taking pictures, reading and sharing her knowledge with other people.
Seconded to Pinsent Masons
Mame is an associate of LithurBrew and Company. Mame is involved in advising local and international clients on corporate and commercial transactions and disputes. The transaction areas have spanned lending and borrowing, IT and energy and natural resources in general. She litigates routinely on corporate and commercial disputes and constitutional issues. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales as well as the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands Territory) in 2014 and called to the Ghana Bar in 2015. She is a member of the Ghana Bar Association. She holds an LLM in Professional Legal Skills from City, University of London and an LLB from the University of Warwick. She enjoys spending her time playing golf, chess and watching Korean drama series.
Seconded to Baker Mckenzie
Ms. Mintewab Abebe, an Ethiopian lawyer qualified to practice law in New York and is a senior associate at Aman Assefa and Associates Law Office. She specialises in the corporate and transaction practice and has led major projects involving M&A, due diligence, legal memos, negotiation and execution of transactions at various Government offices. Mintewab has interned at the International Investment for Sustainable Development in Geneva and brings with her a unique development angle to investments. Mintewab received her LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration from New York University, School of Law and her LL. B (very great distinction) from Addis Ababa University, School of Law.
Seconded to Latham & Watkins
Onyinyechi is an associate at ǼLEX Partners. She is currently the supervising associate in the Banking and Finance Practice Group of the Firm and she frequently advises companies on loan and finance transactions. Previously, she was an associate in the Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups at Strachan Partners. She is an active member of the Banking, Finance and Insolvency Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law and a member of the Banking Law Committee of the International Bar Association where she has published articles. She earned her B.L from the Nigerian Law School and her LL.B. from Imo State University, where she graduated in the top 4% percentile. She has also been classified as a Rising Star in Banking and Project Finance by IFLR 1000 in 2018 and 2019. Onyinyechi is passionate about her lifestyle blog ‘Endi’s World’ www.onyixtus.com. She also enjoys travelling and is an avid Arsenal fan.
Seconded to Norton Rose Fulbright
Shadrach is a Senior Legal Counsel within the Transaction Legal Department at Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Limited (“InfraCredit”). Shadrach is involved in advising both domestic and international clients on viable/bankable structures for the financing of infrastructure projects, including project structuring and credit enhancement, due diligence; drafting, review and negotiation of transaction documentation; and regulatory consents and approvals. Prior to joining InfraCredit, Shadrach worked as an in-house counsel at Dunn Loren Merrifield Group, in Lagos, Nigeria, and had a brief stint with Templars (Barristers & Solicitors), also in Lagos, 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 an assistant to the Chairman, Regulation Consolidation Committee, of the FMDQ Nigerian Debt Capital Markets Transformation Project; where he is working with a team of experts to articulate concrete and actionable solutions to the issues facing the Nigerian non-sovereign debt capital market. He holds an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from the University of London, SOAS (with Distinction), and an LLB from the Ebonyi State University, Nigeria. Shadrach enjoys creative writing and mentoring junior counsel.
Seconded to Mayer Brown International
Sharon is a Partner within the Investments and Infrastructure Projects practice groups at MawereSibanda Commercial Lawyers in Harare, Zimbabwe. In the Investments practice group, she assists foreign and local investors with due diligence exercises, establishment of corporate structures, regulatory compliance and licensing, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and exit strategies. In the Infrastructure Projects practice group, she advises project developers, project funders, EPC contractors and government departments counterparts in infrastructure projects in the energy, transport, tourism and real estate sectors from feasibility studies, guarantee frameworks, off-take agreements, implementation contracts and post-implementation support. She is an active member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association. She holds an LLBS (honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe and is presently completing a Global MBA with Steinbeis University, Berlin. Sharon is a thrill-seeker and frequently does bungee-jumping and skydiving. She intends to run for public office in the next 10 years.