Oshokha Michael Momoh of the Energy Team at GE&P receives placement in Baker McKenzie LLP

Oshokha Michael Momoh of the Energy Team at GE&P receives placement in Baker McKenzie LLP

We are pleased to announce that our Oshokha Michael Momoh of the Energy Team at George Etomi & Partners (GE&P) has received placement in Baker McKenzie LLP, a leading global law firm in New York, United States of America (USA), for a one-year period as a Fellow under the Power Africa Legal Fellows Program 2019 – 2020.  This was made possible by the Vance Center, a non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association with interests in promoting and participating in pro bono legal representation throughout the world.

Following the involvement of the Vance Center in the Africa Legal Fellows Program since 2002, an award was presented to them by Power Africa, a United States Government initiative that addresses one of the most pressing challenges to sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa – access to electrical power. This award was granted in August 2018, which led to the creation of the Power Africa Legal Fellows Program (‘The Program’).

The Program brings highly qualified African energy lawyers within the region to U.S. law firms for a one-year period to develop world-class skills and experience in energy transactions. An objective of the Program is the development of a valuable global network in international energy law, thereby advancing a key pillar of Power Africa’s strategy, which is to strengthen the overall enabling environment of the Africa energy sector. This is achieved through policy and regulatory reforms and filling critical skills gap such as the development of local legal support to help negotiate and close energy transactions.

Since August 2018, Vance Center has partnered with host organisations including leading corporations such as J.P Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch. The Vance Center is also in collaboration with select few African institutions and has extended its partnership to George Etomi and Partners (GE&P) as one of the steps in attaining its objectives, given GE&P’s pivotal role in the Africa energy sector.

Oshokha is expected, upon return, to share his acquired skills and knowledge gained, as well as conduct trainings to Government representatives and other lawyers which would be coordinated by Power Africa teams present in Nigeria.