Profile

George Etomi established the Law Firm of George Etomi & Partners in 1984. Prior to this he worked in one of the premier Commercial Law Firms, Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. He has extensive experience in commercial transactions, spanning Arbitration and other ADR methods, Aviation, Building and Construction, Banking and Finance, Energy and Natural Resources. He has represented clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters including public and private offerings, privatisation and major project finance transactions.

George Etomi has a special interest in Telecommunications and Competition Law and Policy. He was closely involved in acting for the first mobile telephone service in the country and has gone on to represent clients in the GSM wireless market and most recently in the privatisation of the national carrier NITEL. He has also been closely involved in providing policy advice and legislative drafting of the proposed telecommunications law working closely with the National Assembly. Mr. Etomi also has a special interest in the Energy and Natural Resources field and is a member of Center for Petroleum Law Research [CPLR]. He has worked over the years with numerous multinational oil companies and has kept close to his heart the cause of the people of the oil producing states acting as a mediator and champion of their cause.

Mr. Etomi is the first and immediate past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law and recently, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies named a centre after him: “The George Etomi Centre for Strategic Investment and Corporate Governance”. Mr. Etomi has also been given a Professorial Chair at the Institute.

In 2016 George Etomi was appointed a member of the Body of Benchers, the highest regulatory body of the legal profession in Nigeria.

Educational Background

  • Lagos Business School Chief Executive Program – CEP 7, (July 1998)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London – LL.M, (1979)
  • Nigerian Law School – B.L, (1977)
  • University of Ife (OAU) – LL. B Hons., (1976)

Professional Membership

  • Nigerian Bar Association – Member
  • Section on Business Law (Nigerian Bar Association) – First and immediate past Chairman
  • International Bar Association – Member
  • Centre for International Legal Studies – Fellow
  • Nigeria – Notary Public
  • The Committee of The United Nations General Assembly, (1990) – Member
  • Member, Body of Benchers (The highest regulatory body of the legal profession in Nigeria)

Awards & Achievements

  • The President’s National Productivity Order of Merit Award – August 2014
  • NIALS – Conferred with a Fellowship by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS)
  • NBA – George Etomi: Pioneer Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law – 2005-2010
  • SBL –  Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering achievement of the Section Business Law- 2012
  • NBA- 2011- For immeasurable contribution to the growth of legal practice and the branch
  • Nigerian Lawyers Association 2012- Keynote Speaker
  • NBA Women Forum- Immense Contribution-2012
  • Young Lawyer’s Conference – Exceptional Mentor- 2012
  • SBL – Trailblazer Achievement Award