Dr. Adesegun A. Akin-Olugbade – one of Nigeria’s finest legal notabilities – has joined the ranks of the largest law firms in the world. He has joined the Clifford Chance as an Of Counsel to strengthen its Africa Practice.
After 30 years of service at Africa’s leading international financial institutions, he has decided to take up a new challenge by joining the global law firm.
According to information gathered, Clifford Chance said Adesegun will work side by side with other members of the firm’s Africa Practice. This arm of the company is under the control of the Regional Managing Partner, Anthony Giustini. “Dr. Adesegun will help increase the success of our African business, by leveraging off his exceptional legal expertise and network across Africa”.
“Africa is a strategic market for Clifford Chance, as many of our clients are making important investments in the region. The focus is on key sectors such as infrastructure, manufacturing, funds, PE, technology, oil and gas and energy (conventional and renewable)”.
“With an attempt to bring the African Continental Free Trade Area into work, this will create one of the world’s largest free trade blocs, which will create a single market of 1.2 billion people, with combined GDP of $2.5 trillion. This will be an economic game-changer for the continent, and Clifford Chance is ideally placed to help with support to local and multinational corporations. As well as those entrepreneurs who are fuelling Africa’s business revolution”, the statement reads.
“Joy fills our heart knowing that Adesegun has decided to join us. No doubt, he is an outstanding lawyer with vast experience and has a legacy across and beyond the African continent. We are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he will play a major role in helping us to further grow our market leading African practice”, said Anthony Giustini.
Dr. Adesegun Akin-Olugbade said, “For the past 30 years, I’ve known all leading international law firms working on the African continent very well. Given that they all worked for different institutions in which I uphold. Clifford Chance is clearly committed to the African continent and stands out as the market leader in Africa. Its tactic in Africa is amazingly well formulated and the members of the firm’s Africa Practice are deeply focused on achieving success. It’s with great excitement and pleasure that am joining the firm”.
A glimpse on Adesegun Akin-Olugbade’s Biography
Dr. Akin-Olugbade is the founder and Principal Partner of Luwaji Nominees (a partnership firm that provides support on clients’ corporate administration). He graduated from King’s College, London, and Harvard Law School, as well as the Nigerian Law School in 1984.
In 2012, the Federal Republic of Nigeria honored him with the National Honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON).
He served as the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). Furthermore, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and as an Executive Director of the AFC until December 2018. Prior to this, he was the Senior Director and General Counsel at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).
During his sojourn at AfDB, he was responsible for contributing to the creation of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). After the creation of the Afrexim bank, he served as the Chief Legal Officer.