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May Agbamuche-Mbu (Founding Partner)

The firm was previously run by our Founding Partner May Agbamuche-Mbu who is an expert in Commercial Law with specialisation in PPP and Arbitration/ADR practice. She is a seasoned expert of three decades at the Nigerian Bar as well as being a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

May was appointed a National Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2016 and has now answered the call to public service as INEC Commissioner, Legal and for the South-South states of Nigeria.
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Education:
May graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria in1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. May subsequently qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999 and obtained her Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of London with specialisation in commercial and corporate Law. From the University of London she also obtained a postgraduate certificate in International Dispute Resolution. May was formerly a Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, Nigeria Branch.

Practice Areas:
Her main areas of specialisation are Corporate and International Business law, Oil & Gas law, Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Arbitration/ADR. She has a strong interest and competence in Corporate Management and Governance issues. Mining is a specialty area for May who has written on the prospects of the contemporary Solid Minerals Industry in Nigeria. She has kept abreast with the extractive industries developing key relationships and core competencies through corporate collaborations. She continues to write on the Solid Minerals Industry. May was the immediate past Editor of THISDAY LAWYER a Tuesday pull out in a foremost Nigerian newspaper.

May is a member of several professional bodies, among which are the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), she was also a Member of the NBA Anti-Corruption Commission, the Arbitration Committee of the Section on Business Law, the Law Society of England and Wales (current) and the London Court of Arbitration User Council.

May was previously a member of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association and the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.

Her corporate expertise and professionalism earned May is a seat on the Board of Lagos Court of Arbitration and also the Board of Smart Woman Nigeria, the Advisory Council of Alegna Global Partnerships Limited (Management consultants). She was formerly a member of the Executive Council of Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

May served as a member of Presidential Projects Assessment Committee (PPAC) from March 2010 to November 2011. The PPAC was a committee set up by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to assess and make recommendations on all ongoing Federal Government projects.

In March 2016 the Minister of Solid Minerals Dr. Kayode Fayemi appointed May to a Committee to prepare the Roadmap for the Solid Minerals sector.


Patrick Mbu (Senior Partner)

Patrick Mbu holds an M.A. (Jurisprudence) from Oxford University (1984) and an LL.M (International Law) from Harvard Law School (1987), having in-between been called to the Nigerian Bar (1985).

After Harvard Patrick worked in the Corporate Finance Division of Kleinwort Benson Merchant Bank London, later a subsidiary of Commerzbank AG, before moving into industry.

He was a director of WTN (Holdings) Ltd, an investment holding company with interests in shipping, banking, construction and packaging before returning to Nigeria in 1999 and becoming Chief Executive of Wiggins Teape Plc and thereafter in 2002 of his own company operating in similar fields, Norfolk Paper & Packaging Ltd (paper, film and plastic labels and office stationery). Patrick specialises in Advisory and Advocacy practice.

Patrick enjoys a wide variety of sports and music genres as well as indulging in exotic island holidays.

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Idowu Olofinmoyin (Managing Counsel)

He has worked with a number of private and public organisations in Nigeria and abroad including work at the UK Parliament in Westminster (Parliamentary Intern with Member of Parliament- Diane Abbot) and as Junior Counsel at Ihensekhien & Co.

Education:

Idowu Olofinmoyin obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law and Marketing (London Metropolitan University), before training extensively in the English Law and then being Called to the Bar of England and Wales at his Inn of Court the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2010. He obtained his Masters in Law (LLM Professional Legal Practise focussing on the PIB and Human Rights in Nigeria) at BPP University College London before returning home where he was Called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012.

Practice Areas:
He has a keen interest in Litigation and first-rate Advocacy. His current area of specialty include Corporate and Commercial Law, specifically Property, Maritime Law, Company Secretarial and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Idowu is an avid sports fan; he plays a number of sports including Football, Tennis, Golf and Basketball. He enjoys an eclectic mix of music genres, and enjoys learning about cultures, languages and all types of ways to do things better.


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