B&I (winner of the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015 for the Capital Market Team of the Year and the M&A Team of the Year), announces the addition of four new Partners, effective January 9, 2017, bringing the number of Partners in the Firm to eleven. The new slate of Partners affirms the Firm’s preference for organic growth and its unwavering commitment to assisting clients achieve their goals.
The four new Partners, who reflect the Firm’s culture of excellence, are:
Olumide Osundolire joined the firm in 2007 and has been a key member of the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Finance Practice. He is a versatile, intelligent and resourceful lawyer. He leads the Firm’s Property and Construction Law, Information Technology and Telecommunications as well as the Intellectual Property law practice. , He has been involved in most of the Firm’s PPP transactions. His clients include public and private entities, as well as start-ups and multinationals.
He also has delivered trainings to the legal teams of some of the Firm’s clients on various areas of law including Company law, Probate, Technology Transfer Documentation and Intellectual Property law. Olumide’s versatility covers diverse practice areas including Corporate & Commercial law, Company Secretarial services, Property and Construction Law, Family law and Probate and Intellectual Property law.
Toyin Bashir joined the Firm in November 2005 and has since superintended all of the Firm’s regulatory compliance matters as well as all interactions with Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Prior to her admission into Partnership, Toyin, who is best described as a lawyer with commercial Nous!, was the Team Leader responsible for the Firm’s corporate office in Abuja. Toyin has unrivalled expertise in advising multinational companies, investors and international non-governmental organisations, on all regulatory matters from point of incorporation through their operations in the country and whenever (if ever) they seek to exit Nigeria.
She also provides general Corporate and Commercial advisory services on several projects and transactions spanning several sectors. Given her extensive experience in advising clients who are keen on doing business in Nigeria, she was invited to join the team assisting the Federal Government in overhauling the ease of “Doing Business In Nigeria” regime as a remit of which she is currently a key member of the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat, set up by the Federal Government to improve ease of doing business in Nigeria.
Isa Alade joined B&I in 2006 and was hitherto, a Senior Associate and Team Leader in the Corporate Securities and Finance Practice Group of the Firm. He has extensive experience and is widely regarded as an expert in the areas of Corporate Finance, Banking, Project Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Over the last decade, he has advised local companies and multinationals on structuring a significant number of novel/complex transactions covering various sectors including the Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Energy and Mining sectors. Isa has authored several articles in leading law publications, including the International Financial Law Review.
He has also delivered presentations on diverse subjects, including papers at seminars organized by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Loan Market Association.
Azeezah Muse-Sadiq joined the firm in 2006 and is an integral member of the Firm’s Corporate Securities and Finance practice. She has advised clients across a wide range of industries and has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and executing Corporate Commercial transactions. She has particularly distinguished herself in the areas of Capital Markets, Corporate Restructuring and Mergers and Acquisitions, and in 2010 was named as Team Leader in the Firm’s Securities and Finance Practice with responsibility for managing many of the Firm’s most complex and pioneering transactions.
Azeezah is brilliant, passionate about her work and has a reputation for being very analytical. She has authored numerous articles and is frequently called upon to participate in the rules development initiatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission.