Olayemi Anyanechi

Olayemi Anyanechi is the Managing Partner of Sefton Fross. She has 20 years’ indelible experience and is internationally renowned for her diligence, her expertise and deep seated experience advising on corporate and project finance, derivatives, Islamic finance, mergers and acquisitions as well as energy and infrastructure law.

She is an erudite speaker who has spoken in many conferences and workshops round the globe and a prolific writer who has written on diverse issues of law.

Olayemi plays a very active role in the Nigerian law reform and is currently the Facilitator of the Finance Working Group of NASSBER with the responsibility for technical review of Bills for the Financial sector.

Career:

  • 2013 – Present Managing Partner, Sefton Fross
  • 2006 – 2012 Senior Partner, Templars
  • 2005 – 2006 General Counsel Sahara Energy Group
  • 2003 – 2005 Senior Counsel, Olaniwun Ajayi LLP
  • 1999 – 2002 MBC International Bank Limited (Now part of First Bank of Nigeria)

Education:

  • Ongoing M.Sc Finance – School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
  • 2003 LL.M, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge,
  • 1998 Admitted to the Nigerian Bar
  • 1996 LL.B University of Ibadan (Best Graduating Student)

Professional Recognitions:

  1. Highly Regarded Lawyer, Financial & Corporate IFLR1000, 2018
  2. Leading Individual, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets – Legal500, 2018
  3. Leading Lawyer, Energy & Infrastructure Law, IFLR 1000, 2017
  4. Leading Lawyer, Banking & Finance – Chambers and Partner 2017

Practice Areas:

  • Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Energy, Natural Resources & Projects
  • Structured Finance and Derivatives
  • Islamic Finance

Affiliations & Appointments:

  • Chairman, Mergers, Acquisition & Corporate Reorganisation Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association – Section of Business Law
  • Facilitator, Finance Working Group, National Assembly Business Environment Roundtables (NASSBER)
  • Member, National Assembly Technical Committee for Financial Law Reform
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association

Law Firm Overview:

SEFTON FROSS is a full-service law firm in Lagos, Nigeria.

We consistently provide hands-on legal services that are excellent, innovative and bespoke to financial institutions, domestic and multinational corporations, SMEs, private equity firms, private investors, and governmental agencies on transaction structuring, legal due diligence, documentation and negotiation, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

We are well-versed in domestic and international business arrangements, and our lawyers work tenaciously to negotiate, structure and document transactions in all forms. Our lawyers bring to the transaction table a combination of deep industry knowledge and expert perspectives from other industries on the challenges at stake, to offer our clients fresh perspectives and breakthrough business insights.

At Sefton Fross, our perennial goal is to exceed the expectations of our client, and we consistently achieve our team-based approach in addressing the needs of our clients.

Our core areas of practice are all aspects of Banking and Finance (including insurance and financial services), Corporate & Commercial law (including Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity), Energy, Natural Resources and Projects (including oil and gas, electricity and mining) Construction, Real Estate and Infrastructure Law.

Ömer Kesikli, LLM

Omer Kesikli is the founding partner of Kesikli Law Firm (“Firm”). Before the inception of the Firm, he worked for reputable energy and contracting companies as their legal advisor and In-House Legal Counsel. His past experiences as the legal advisor of both investor and contractor companies coupled with his legal educational background enable him to deeply understand his clients’ concerns and to advise them on effective allocation of the relevant risks of their businesses appropriately.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Kesikli has advised a number of local and foreign corporations and handled a broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters internationally and locally regarding various aspects of Turkish Law including consortiums and joint ventures; structuring share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, guarantee arrangements, strategic alliances, project development agreements, providing legal advice on corporate transactions, competition law, project finance, privatizations, energy law and regulatory matters, public tenders, construction law, EPC Projects, labor law, tax law and foreign investments.

Registered to Istanbul Bar Association.

Education:

  • Galatasaray University Faculty of Law, Juris Doctorate (J.D) – candidate,
  • Istanbul Bilgi University, Master of Business Law, Istanbul (L.L.M),
  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama, Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L) Program,
  • Marmara University, Faculty of Law, Bachelor of Law, İstanbul (L.L.B)

Recognitions:

  • Kesikli Law Firm – recommended by Legal 500 in 2018 as a Leading Law Firm for its Project Finance / Projects Practices.
  • Kesikli Law Firm is recommended for its ‘deep industry knowledge and practical approach’ and advises EPC contractors, project developers and energy companies on contracts, agreements and other aspects of inbound and outbound energy, infrastructure and construction projects. Practice head Ömer Kesikli is recommended for his ‘vast experience and know-how in the energy business’.
  • Kesikli Law Firm – recommended by Legal 500 in 2018 as a Leading Law Firm for its Energy Practice.
  • Ömer Kesikli leads Kesikli Law Firm’s energy department and ‘knows energy and project finance matters inside out’. The team advises on financing, contractual agreements, tender and regulatory law, and both inbound and outbound investments into the energy industry. Clients include General Electric, Tek Yapı and Garanti Koza Enerji.
  • Kesikli Law Firm – recommended by Legal 500 in 2018 as a Leading Law Firm for its Real Estate and Construction Practices.
  • Kesikli Law Firm is recommended for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge and practical approach’ and advises on real estate and construction-related contracts and financing matters. Ömer Kesikli has ‘vast experience and know-how in the energy business’ and advises on inbound and outbound investment into energy projects. Clients include General Electric, Garanti Koza Energy and Tek Yapı İnşaat.
  • Founding partner of the Firm, Omer Kesikli, recognized as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 in 2018 for Real Estate & Construction practices.
  • Legal500 EMEA – 2017 recognizes Omer Kesikli as a leading individual in Real Estate & Construction practices.
  • Legal500 EMEA – 2016 remarks that Omer Kesikli ‘has extensive knowledge and experience of power projects, both in Turkey and abroad’.
  • Legal500 EMEA – 2016 recognition: Led by founding partner Omer Kesikli, Kesikli Law Firm specialises in domestic and international construction and engineering projects, including power and energy projects, factories and industrial facilities.
  • Legal500 EMEA – 2015 recognizes Omer Kesikli as a leading individual in Real Estate & Construction practices.
  • Legal 500 EMEA – 2015 describes Mr. Kesikli as a ‘first-class’ partner attracting high praise as having ‘keen knowledge of the power industry’, ‘commerciality’ and ‘dedication to his clients’.

Legal500

Selected Publications & Speeches:

  • 2016 Edition of Energy Book, Global Legal Insights, Turkey Chapter, (published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London)
  • 2016 Edition of International Comparative Legal Guides to Construction and Engineering (published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London)
  • Legislative Changes to Incentives For Electricity Generation, February 2016, published at: www.internationallawoffice.com
  • Perspectives on the Energy Sector, published at: www.internationallawoffice.com
  • Consequences of Termination of Public Procurement Contracts, published at: www.internationallawoffice.com
  • 2015 Edition of Energy Book, Global Legal Insights, Turkey Chapter, (published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London)
  • 2015 Edition of International Comparative Legal Guides to Construction and Engineering (published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London)
  • Turkey Tax Guide 2015
  • EPC Contracts and Limitation of Liability, (presented at the International Conference on Energy and Management 2014)
  • Essential Legal Aspects of Acquisitions under Turkish Law (presented at the International Legal and Accountancy Solutions Conference in Istanbul, 2014)
  • Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Turkey
  • Power Plant Construction Contract (EPC Contract) and Some of Its Essential Provisions From a Perspective of Risk Allocation and Financing Requirements (presented at the ICCI International Energy & Environment Fair and Conference in 2012)
  • International Arbitration and Arbitrability from the United States Perspective
  • W. Scott Simpson & Omer Kesikli, The Contours of Arbitration Discovery, 67 Alabama Lawyer 280 (2006).

Fawzia El-Amin

One of the experienced Sudanese lawyers with tremendous career history. Upon her graduation from the Faculty of Law University of Khartoum in 1974, she joined the Attorney General’s Chamber (Now the Ministry of Justice) from (1976 – 1991), and was assigned to the civil, criminal and commercial registrations departments. Afterwards, she became a private practicing lawyer and oath commissioner from (1992 – 2001), and by the end of 2001 she re-joined the Ministry of Justice to serve in the legislative and contracts sections, and then seconded to the National Electricity Corporation (NEC) from (2003 – 2010). From (2010 – 2011) she was selected as the head of the translation department at the Ministry of Justice. Upon that, she was appointed as the head of the legal administration in the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity from (2011 – 2016) where she worked alongside the Nuclear Power Generation Unit, and the renewable Energy departments with all the matters concerning contractual negotiations and drafting.

Ms El-Amin was an associated member in the program held in Vienna by the United Nations concerning insolvency out-boundaries in 2010, and she represented Sudanese government in the course of drafting regulations regarding the first Nuclear Power Plant in Sudan which was also held in Vienna in 2012. In addition to representing the authorities in drafting and negotiating contracts with the People’s Republic of China. She is an associated member in the Common Authority of the River Nile since the year 2013. She was also a member in the Pan-Arab Electrical Market where she represented the Sudanese government in reviewing and revising the Electrical interconnection agreements which where sponsored through the Arab League and the World Bank since the year 2012. Currently she’s acting as a member of the English version of Sudanese laws volumes revision committee.

Firm Overview:

SCLO is a Khartoum-based full service Sudanese law firm that provides a variety of cutting edge business oriented legal services, in a pro-active, timely, cost effective, and professional manner. It was established in January 2007. Since April 2015 we have established a branch in the UK. The firm serves clients in various sectors, expertise and regions. SCLO primarily focuses on areas of international business and investment, corporate law, banking and finance, energy, construction and infra-structure projects, employment law, litigation, arbitration and ADR, IP, and environmental law, TMT, and international diplomatic missions and NGO’s. SCLO runs a pro-bono program as part of its commitment to the concept of corporate social responsibility.

The firm system runs entirely on bilingual Arabic/English grounds in order to accommodate the full needs of our clients. Our associates have diversified and extensive experiences, as we always thrive to hire the best to give the clients the maximum quality of professional legal services.

To further reflect our capacity, we currently have presence in many major cities in Sudan to maximize the coverage area of our services.

Sarah Kuman

Sarah Kuman specialises in corporate and commercial advice and natural resources law and has worked on some of PNG’s most significant mining, infrastructure and resources projects. She has particular experience in power generation, most notably advising on the regulatory requirements for the establishment of a number of small through to large scale hydropower projects.

Her Recent Experience Includes:

  • NiuPower – advising on regulatory issues related to the establishment of a new power station.
  • Ramu 2 Hydropower Plant – as local counsel to Chinese law firm Fangda Partners (on behalf of project participant Shenzhen Energy), providing regulatory advice for the construction of Ramu 2 Hydropower Project.
  • Cartesian Capital Group – as local counsel providing regulatory advice and preparation of a due diligence report in relation to a project by K92 Mining in PNG in respect of a mining lease located in the Eastern Highlands Province.
  • PNG Power Ltd – providing regulatory advice as part of the establishment of a World Bank funded PPP for the construction and operation of the proposed 80MW Naoro Brown hydropower station.
  • Oil Search (PNG) Limited – advising on regulatory approvals necessary for the establishment of power stations in Morobe Province and Hela Province.
  • Schweiter Technologies – advising on the acquisition of all assets of a PNG company involved in the cultivation, harvesting, processing and export of Balsa wood.
  • Kumul Mineral Holdings Limited – advice to the Board of Petromin PNG Holdings Limited (as it then was) in relation to amendments to the company constitution.
  • International Finance Corporation – PNG law matters relating to the acquisition of shares in Bank of South Pacific Limited.
  • Talisman Australasia Pty Ltd – on secondment for over two months, working with the in-house legal team advising on corporate structure and company secretarial matters.
  • Regulatory Advisory Work – reviewing the constitutional amendments on the State’s ownership of minerals and petroleum and legislation referred to as the ‘Kumul legislation’ and advising clients on the possible effects of the new laws.
  • ExxonMobil PNG Limited – financing and sanction of the PNG LNG Project and providing advice in relation to a range of regulatory issues in relation to the Project.
  • Steamships Trading Company Limited – advising on the establishment of a joint venture company for property development referred to as the Harbourside Development.
  • Nautilus – advising on its acquisition of 17 parcels of land in East New Britain Province, as part of the Solwara 1 Project for its shore based processing facilities.
  • Daewoo International Corporation – advising on regulatory issues related to the establishment of a power generation facility in Lae and assisting with the preparation of related power purchase agreement as well as arranging the set up of a PNG subsidiary of the client.
  • PNG Forest Products Limited – advice to PNG Forest Products Limited in the establishment of Joint Ventures to develop several mineral tenements.

Firm Overview:

Allens is a leading international law firm serving clients throughout Australia and Asia. Together with Linklaters, our global network spans 40 offices across 28 countries.

Named Australian Law Firm of the Year (Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017) we make it our business to know our clients’ businesses. We have built our reputation on the quality of our people, the strength of our client relationships and our innovative approach to complex work. We combine technical excellence with commercial understanding to provide the best insights and whether you’re a global multinational or a start-up with a bright idea, our commitment to outstanding service is the same.

Innovation:

We are committed to knowing our clients, understanding their business needs and collaborating to find solutions that meet their needs. Each client is unique, so the way we provide advice isn’t ‘one size fits all’. We recognise that a great solution will vary, depending on the focus of your business, the sector you work in, and the unique challenges you face.

Our Values:

Our values reflect our strong heritage and our desired future.

Driven by excellence
Everything we do, from delivering client work to interacting with one another, is done to the highest possible standard of quality and integrity. We strive to do the best and to be the best.

Fostering greatness
We build each other up. We take pride in, and celebrate, the diversity of our team. We treat each other with respect and honesty. We work to make ourselves and each other the best we can be.

In it together
Greatness is a team sport, and it’s baked into how we operate. We are at our best when we work together. We all participate not spectate, share our views and get involved in every aspect of the firm. Whether we’re working in multi-disciplinary teams with our colleagues, or partnering with our clients, every challenge is something in which we are all invested.

Courageous and creative
We are bold and challenge the status quo. We aren’t afraid to experiment. We solve the problems others can’t because we are willing to look at things from new angles and challenge conventional thinking. We know that integrity sometimes takes courage.

Eyes on the horizon
We look to the future and see the big picture, spotting new challenges and opportunities, helping our clients and ourselves prepare for what’s to come.

Maxim Telemtayev

With more than a decade’s experience in sectors as diverse as energy, mining, power generation and banking, Maxim Telemtayev brings insight and know-how to major local and international clients.

Maxim works at the Firm’s office in Astana, but also supports companies with their corporate finance and commercial transactions across central Asia.

He delivers guidance and rigour to large and challenging public and private acquisitions, reorganisations and consolidations and applies his understanding to the transactional documentation and negotiations, legal due diligence and financing considerations of clients’ deals.

His clients benefit from his hands-on involvement in their public offerings and listings on the global capital markets as well as in all matters relating to their mergers and acquisitions.

Additionally, Maxim supports the Kazakhstan government and industry bodies in developing relevant foreign investment, natural resources and other legislation.

Bars & Courts:

– Kazakhstan

Education:

– Law Degree, Adilet Law School, Almaty
– Juridical Translators’ Certificate, Adilet Law School, Almaty

Languages:

– Russian
– English

Supporting Our Clients Around The Globe:

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Nusmir Huskić

Huskić is a young and dynamic law office founded in spring 2012 when I left my position of Senior Associate at Maric & Co Law Firm (Maric Law Office) and started my own private practice. My approach to practice is based on innovative and expert solutions tailored to the specific needs of my clients. I constantly strive to anticipate the changing needs of my clients and to achieve excellence in whatever I undertake for my clients. At Huskić every client and project is important, so I work cooperatively with my clients to understand and meet their needs. No matter how complex or dynamic your legal matter is, I have the experience and expertise to guide you through the legal process. My practice is based on honesty, ethics and hard work and you will find that I am always willing to do more and make a greater effort.