GEORGE ETOMI - PRINCIPAL PARTNER
Mr. Etomi is a distinguished transaction lawyer regularly consulted by multinational companies and top government agencies. He was closely involved in acting for the first mobile telephone service in the country and advised major foreign airlines operating in Nigeria. 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.
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. In the power sector space, he supported power investors during the acquisition and concession of Successor Companies in the Nigerian power privatisation process and provided high-level legal advisory services to the Government and core investors alike throughout the several stages of the privatisation process. Mr. Etomi is a Director on the Board of one of the top performing Utilities in Nigeria where he serves as the Committee Chairman of The Board Legal, Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs Committee. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of the National Advisory Council of Designated Non-Financial Institutions, a body set up by the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML).
Mr. Etomi is the first past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law [NBA-SBL] 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. He is a recipient of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award. He is also a member of the International Trade in Legal Services of the Bar Issues Commission of the IBA and a regular facilitator at global business conferences.
Mr. Etomi is a renowned author of several publications including his latest book titled, “An Introduction to Commercial Law in Nigeria – Cases, Texts and Materials”, where he brings to bear his over 42 years’ experience in commercial law practice in Nigeria, published in 2014.