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  • Sharon Baddoo - Ghana

    2013 seconded to Nabarro LLP
    Sharon holds an LLB and a BA in Psychology both from the University of Ghana. Sharon is a Legal Officer in the legal department of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited. Prior to joining Stanbic Bank. She worked with one of the largest law firms in Ghana, where she provided legal opinions and advice on corporate and commercial transactions.

  • Sandra Baffoe-Bonnie - Ghana

    2013 seconded to Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Sandra holds a degree in law (LLB) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a professional law certificate from the Ghana School of Law. Sandra is currently an associate in the Financial Institutions and Capital Markets practice group of Bentsi-Enchill Letsa and Ankomah where she advises on project financing, corporate restructuring, private equity, immigration and employment issues.

  • Peter Kirugumi - Kenya

    2013 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Peter holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Certified Public Secretary qualification as well as a Certified Public Accountant qualification and is pursuing registration with the applicable bodies being ICPSK and ICPAK. Peter is currently the Manager-Legal & Compliance at British-American Insurance Company (Kenya) Limited, a leading insurance company in the East African region and part of the Britam Group.

  • Tisugane Makato - Malawi

    2013 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Tisu holds an LL.B from the University of Malawi. He is a state advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Lilongwe, Malawi. He specialises in legal advisory and civil litigation with a bias towards commercial, environmental, property and public law litigation.

  • Coenraad Nolte - Namibia

    2013 seconded to Clifford Chance UAE
    Coenraad holds an LL.B. and LL.M. (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and is a graduate of the Executive Development Programme from the Stellenbosch University Business School. He is currently studying for his PhD at Martin Luther University. Prior to commencing his recent studies he was a Director at the Namibian Competition Commission. Coenraad specializes in commercial law, with particular focus on competition law (SADC, EU and US).

  • Kayode Oladipo - Nigeria

    2013 seconded to Clyde & Co LLP
    Kayode is an Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust Scholar. He holds an LLM Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Birmingham, UK, and an LL.B from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is an associate in the Specialised Transactions Practice of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, where his core areas of practice includes, project finance, corporate finance, syndicated lending, leveraged finance work-out and corporate restructuring.

  • Adeola Agunbiade - Nigeria

    2013 seconded to Edwin Coe LLP
    Adeola holds an LL.B from The Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Adeola is a senior associate at Strachan Partners, a foremost commercial law firm in Nigeria. She is a key member of the firm's commercial dispute resolution and arbitration practice group and advises on a wide range of matters including contractual breaches arising from complex commercial transactions, enforcement of shareholders' rights, labour law disputes, expropriation of economic rights and public policy matters. Adeola has also been engaged in multi-jurisdictional litigation.

  • Doreen Karake - Rwanda

    2013 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Doreen is a Legal Analyst with the Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda; her day to day work includes negotiating strategic investment deals (mostly PPPs) on behalf of government. Doreen holds a B-Juris from the University of Namibia, an LLB and a Master in Laws (LLM- corporate law) from the University of the Witwatersrand-Johannesburg South Africa.

  • Alice Rwema - Rwanda

    2013 seconded to Ashurst LLP
    Alice is currently pursuing an LLM in Business Law at the National University of Rwanda. She obtained her LLB from the same University in March 2009. Alice is a Legal Advisor to the Minister of State in charge of Energy and Water in the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. Prior to this she was a legal officer to the energy sector in the Ministry of Infrastructure.

  • Mame Ngoné Sow - Senegal

    2013 seconded to Dentons LLP
    Mame holds an LL.M. in Information Technology and Communication Law from the University of Montreal, Canada a Master of Laws and a Master of Laws Certificate in Comparative and International Law from Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC. She also holds an LL.B. from the Catholic University of Lille, France. Mame practices Commercial and corporate energy and mining law in Senegal in the law office of Sow & Co Legal Consultancy.

  • Francis Gerber - Sierra Leone

    2013 seconded to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Francis holds a B.A in History and Political Science and an LLB Hons in Public international Law and International Trade Law. Francis is a junior associate at Halloway and Partners. Prior to this he worked at Access Bank as legal officer and was a High School teacher for many years.

  • Patience Nyabadza - South Africa

    2013 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Patience holds an LLM with specialism in commercial law from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLB Degree with the University of Fort Hare. She is currently employed by First National Bank as a legal advisor, focusing mainly on commercial law, procurement law, regulatory law and applicable compliance regulations, legislations and policies.

  • Tasneem Parkar - South Africa

    2013 seconded to SJ Berwin (MENA) LLP, UAE
    Tasneem Parkar holds an LLB degree and a post graduate diploma in tax law from the University of Cape Town. Tasneem is currently practicing as a senior associate at the Cape Town based law firm, Bisset Boehmke McBlain. Tasneem specialises in corporate and commercial law with a particular interest in South Africa?s new consumer protection legislation.

  • Manal Kamal Osman Ibrahim - Sudan

    2013 seconded to Slaughter & May
    Manal holds an LL.B with honours from Khartoum University. She has completed part I of her LLM in banking and corporate law and is currently writing her dissertation on the Role of Financial Institutions in Combating Money Laundering. She works in the legal Department of National Bank of Sudan (Audi Saradar Group). She is a legal counsel and Secretary to the Board of the bank.

  • Crispin Mwebesa - Sudan

    2013 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Crispin is an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. He is employed by TANESCO, a power company as legal counsel, and, on a part time basis, as a consulting advocate at NMM Attorneys both based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LL.B) both from University of Dar es Salaam.

  • Amalia Lui - Tanzania

    2013 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Amalia is an attorney at FB Attorneys in Tanzania. She holds an LLB and LLM from the University of Dar es Salaam. Amalia specialises in corporate, commercial, land and intellectual property law.

  • Sami Khlifi - Tunisia

    2013 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Sami holds an LL.B and a Masters Degree in Common Law obtained from Tunis-Carthage University (FSJPST Law School). He is currently the Head of the Trademarks Department of AL MENSI & Associates Law Firm which specializes in Industrial Property. He is also a lecturer at ?Start-up Intellectual Property Academies for Africa? managed by the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Tunisian Trademarks and Patents Office.

  • Pauline Among - Uganda

    2013 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Pauline holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from Makerere University and a post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda. Pauline is in-house legal counsel in the corporate and commercial sector and is currently employed as a senior legal officer in the Uganda Development Corporation, a Government institution charged with the mandate as the "Investment Arm of the Government of Uganda".

  • Daniel Gantungo - Uganda

    2013 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Daniel holds an LLB degree from the Makerere University and is currently studying for an LLM in Oil and Gas Law at the University of Aberdeen. Daniel is a State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs /Attorney General?s Chambers, Uganda. He practises civil and commercial litigation and advisory work. He is also a part time assistant lecturer at the School of Law in Nkumba University Entebbe, Uganda, where he teaches revenue law and taxation, employment law and Constitutional law.

  • Doris Tembwe - Zambia

    2013 seconded to Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
    Doris holds an LL.B from the University of Zambia. Doris is in-house counsel and a transaction lawyer for Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited, a subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank). Doris has some experience in commercial law having assisted Standard Bank to structure a number of deals under its Corporate and Investment Banking. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Zambian Branch.

  • Tendai Rwodzi - Zimbabwe

    2013 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Tendai holds an LLB degree from the University of Fort, Hare and a Masters in Commercial Law (LLM) from the University of Cape Town which focused on international trade, international economic law, law and regional integration in Africa. She is currently studying to be a chartered secretary under the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Zimbabwe. She is an associate at Manokore Attorneys law firm.

  • Mandipa Machacha - Botswana

    2012 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Mandipa holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree (in Psychology) and a post graduate LL.B degree, both from the University of Cape Town. She is currently reading for a LL.M in Public International Law (more specifically International Economic/Trade law and Dispute Resolution) through the University of London International Programmes. Upon writing her Bar examinations she was admitted to practice, as an Attorney in the High Court of the Republic of Botswana, in October 2011. After a brief stint in private practice she joined Public Service at the Attorney Generals Chambers as State Counsel in their International and Commercial Division. Currently she works in most areas relating to International and Commercial law however her main areas of interest are International Commercial Arbitration, Competition/Antitrust and International Trade law, in particular Trade and Development.

  • Onalenna Otlaadisa - Botswana

    2012 seconded to Slaughter & May
    Onalenna obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Botswana in October 2008, graduating as one of the best students in her class. She was admitted to practice as an Attorney in the courts of Botswana in November 2008, and later as a Conveyancer and Notary Public in February 2010. Her career started at the Attorney General`s Chambers in 2008,where she was State Counsel in the Civil Litigation Division. She later joined the firm Bookbinder Business Law as an associate in February 2010, where she is currently employed. She currently handles general civil litigation matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation and employment/ labour law matters. She is also involved in the firm`s largely growing commercial practice and drafts contracts as well as assists in several transactions including mergers and acquisitions, listing of companies on the stock exchange and other commercial transactions.

    Onalenna is an active member of the Law Society of Botswana and is currently part of the local team running the Trial Advocacy Program. She has been involved with the program since 2010 and recently returned from Seattle, Washington in the United States of America where she underwent training for trainers, together with participants from other African countries.

  • Lom Ahlijah - Ghana

    2012 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Lom holds a combined majors degree in Psychology and Sociology (BA) and a post graduate law degree (LLB), both from the University of Ghana.

    Lom was called to the Bar in September, 2011 and currently holds the position of Legal counsel at the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo). Prior to working at GRIDCo, Lom was a Junior Associate at the corporate law firm of Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah. He has particular interest in energy law, corporate finance and capital markets.

    Lom is also an alumnus of the Inter- American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, as well as, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

  • Robert Githinji - Kenya

    2012 seconded to Ashurst LLP
    Robert graduated in 2010 with an LLM-distinction in Petroleum Law and Policy from the Center for Energy Petroleum Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee-UK and holds an LLB from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Private Partnership (PPP) Specialist by the Institute of Public Private Partnership (IP3-USA). He is a member of Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), Law Society of Kenya (LSK), East Africa Law Society (EALS) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 2004.

    Robert is Senior Legal Officer-{Commercial and Regulatory} with the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) where he is involved in commercial law assignments. KPLC is a virtual monopoly in Grid Power distribution in Kenya. He has developed keen interest in the area of Public Private Partnerships and is involved, on behalf of KPLC, in negotiating and drafting of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with power generators including Independent Power Producers (IPPs), drafting of project agreements incidental to PPAs i.e Direct Agreements, Reimbursement and Credit Agreements. He also advises the company on regulatory and Public Procurement matters.

  • Nelly Wamaitha - Kenya

    2012 seconded to Simmons & Simmons LLP
    Nelly Wamaitha is an Associate at the firm of Mboya Wangongu & Waiyaki Advocates . She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi and a diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She was admitted to the roll of advocates of the High Court of Kenya in October 2009. Her area of specialization is corporate commercial law, which involves the provision of transactional legal advice, advising on the capital markets, corporate finance, reconstructions, mergers and acquisitions and commercial agreements.

    She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East African Law Society and the Kenya Christian Lawyers fellowship where she is a member of the mentorship committee, which provides mentorship to university students. She is also involved in providing career guidance and training to students in high schools in various parts of Kenya. Nelly loves to travel.

  • Hlupekire Phiri - Malawi

    2012 seconded to S J Berwin LLP, UAE
    Hlupekire holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons Degree from Chancellor College, University of Malawi and an executive MBA from Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute, Arusha. She is currently studying for CSQS under the International Qualifying and Membership body of the Chartered Secretary Profession, UK. She was admitted to the Malawian Bar in 2003 and practices as a Notary Public since 2011.

    She works for Airtel Malawi Limited, the biggest mobile network operator in Malawi as Legal Counsel and Company Secretary from 2006. She previously worked as a Legal Practitioner for three years at Racane Associates.

    She is a Member of the Malawi Law Society and enjoys exercises, reading, travelling and cooking

  • Desmond Ogba - Nigeria

    2012 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Desmond Ogba is an associate in the business law firm of G. Elias & Co. in Lagos. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Ebonyi State University in 2007 leaving as one of the best students in his class. He graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 2008 with First Class Honours and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar later that year.

    In the banking and corporate finance department of G. Elias & Co., Desmond has been advising sponsors, financial institutions and borrowers alike on numerous complex project, acquisition and structured finance transactions involving home-grown and international entities in both private and public sectors of the economy.

    Many of the deals that he has advised on have been listed in leading and reputable international law directories and have gained the firm of G. Elias & Co. the rank of a tier one law firm in the areas of law practice covered by those directories.

    Desmond is a member of the Section on Business law segment of the Nigerian Bar Association.

  • Masud Balogun - Nigeria

    2012 seconded to Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
    Masud holds a Bachelor`s degree in law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. He joined the Firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP, in 2008.

    Masud has appeared with silks as a junior and sole advocate before superior courts in Nigeria in commercial disputes ranging from corporate restructuring, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, regulatory intervention, among others. He has also advised on aspects of foreign investment, securitization and conflict of laws.

    Masud enjoys watching football and is a follower of Real Madrid FC.

  • Dipo Akinbode - Nigeria

    2012 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Dipo is a graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, is an associate in the firm of Banwo & Ighodalo, one of Nigeria`s foremost full service law firm. Dipo`s experience spans litigation, arbitration, tax, capital market and oil and gas transactions. He is currently a member of his firm`s Energy and Natural Resources practice group.

    Dipo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, as well as the International Bar Association. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (UK) and also a student member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

    Recently, he has been involved in several multi-jurisdictional transactions, including several oil and gas acquisitions. He recently advised on the acquisition and financing of two Oil Mining Leases in Nigeria. He was also involved in advising on the corporate restructuring of a major Nigerian oil and gas company, which involved the reverse takeover of a Canadian-based listed entity. Between September 2011 and January 2012, he served as secretary/rapporteur to the chairman of the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the De-mutualisation of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

  • Richard Balenzi - Rwanda

    2012 seconded to SNR Denton LLP
    Richard is a Chevening scholar and holds LLM in Corporate and Financial Law fromthe University of Glasgow. Richard also holds a BA (Hons) in Law with French from the University of Nottingham and a Diploma in legal practise from the Law Development Centre in Uganda.

    Richard is a Senior Associate at Rwanda`s biggest commercial law firm, Trust Law Chambers where he handles mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations.

    He also lectured business law part time and wrote a bi-weekly legal column for Rwanda`s biggest English paper, The New Times. Richard is a member of the Rwandan Bar Association and the East African Law Society. He speaks English, French and Swahili.

  • Ibrahima DIALLO - Senegal

    2012 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Ibrahima DIALLO, holds a LL.M in Business Law from the University Cheikh Anta DIOP of Dakar. He is qualified in 2005 with the Senegalese Bar Association.

    Since, he practices in GENI & KEBE law-firm mainly in litigation and dispute resolution in corporate, commercial and labour law. He also handle charities clients portfolio. Ibrahima conducted a work experience in 2009 with the Paris Branch of White & Case where he focused on international commercial Arbitration.

  • Nombulelo Beauchamp - South Africa

    2012 seconded to Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Nombulelo Beauchamp holds a BCom and an LLB degree (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa) as well as an LLM (Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington, D.C., USA). Nombulelo had a stint at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the land. She practiced at Bowman Gilfillan Inc. and her areas of interest are general corporate and competition law. Nombulelo enjoys reading, traveling, good food and a good conversation.

  • Deon Nel - South Africa

    2012 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Deon holds a B.Com Law and LLB from the University of Pretoria and is in the final stage of completing a LLM in Corporate Law. Deon started his career as a commercial attorney in the private sector and moved into the public sector in 2010 as a Governance Specialist and Legal Advisor for the Development Bank of Southern Africa where he is currently providing legal advice on mainly corporate governance issues and project financing. Deon`s blend of experience allowed him to develop a passion for corporate governance and infrastructure development in Africa

  • Amina Shamte - Tanzania

    2012 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Amina Shamte is a Commercial Lawyer working with the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA). Before joining EWURA she previously worked as a Legal Assistant at Farringdon Solicitors in London. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours) from Makerere University, Masters of Commercial Law from Cardiff University, admitted as an Advocate in August 2011. Ms Shamte has extensive experience in Commercial Law with a strong background in Regulatory Affairs, Energy Law and Alternative Dispute Resolutions. Amina is a member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East African Law Society. A keen sports fan who supports Arsenal Football Club, enjoys exercising, reading and doing Interior designing in her spare time.

  • Aisha Sinda - Tanzania

    2012 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Aisha Sinda has practiced as an Associate at Mkono & Co. Advocates and worked with Tanzania Investment Bank Limited as Senior Counsel. She is also a part-time Lecturer at the University of Bagamoyo. Aisha holds an LLM from University of Pretoria and LLB (Hons) from University of Dar es Salaam. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and a member of Tanganyika Law Society and East Africa Law Society. Her main areas of practice are banking and finance, conveyancing and property law and mergers and acquisition. Aisha also advises clients on a wide range of areas including general corporate matters, civil aviation, mining, oil & gas and telecommunication. She has also written numerous articles on investment and trade issues in Tanzania including Mining & Minerals Chapter on Tanzania 2012, Registration of Aircraft Tanzania Update 2012 and Tanzania: The Public Private Partnership Act, 2010 and its implications for the business community. Aisha enjoys travelling and dancing and is a devoted fan of the "Gunners" an English Premier League football club.

  • Samia Nasri - Tunisia

    2012 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Samia Nasri is a member of the Tunisian Bar since 2007 , she holds an executive MBA from Emory Goizueta Business School , Atlanta, USA and a Masters Degree in Anglo American Law-Common Law (Tunisia), has interned in the legal department of a leading insurance company in USA (Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Chicago). Samia has practiced with leading firms in Tunisia (Caid Essebsi &Partners law firm, Abdelly&Associes law firm, Donia Ellouze law firm) and has extensive experience in business law, investment law, contract law, employment law, oil&gaz law, banking and finance law and has recently obtained a certificate of Islamic Finance Expert from the General Council For Islamic Banks and Financial Institution and is a member in the legal committee of the Tunisian Islamic Finance Council (Le Conseil de la Finance Islamique de Tunisie COFIT).

  • Josephine Kimbe - Uganda

    2012 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Josephine obtained her Bachelors degree with Honours at Makerere University and her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre emerging the overall best student. She was awarded the Chief Justice's prize and the inaugural DentonWildeSapte (now SNR Denton) prize, which led to her secondment to the United Kingdom office in 2004. In 2007, she was awarded the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) Award to Erasmus University Rotterdam for an LLM in Business and Corporate Law where she obtained a cum laude (first class). Josephine is a GRAD ICSA, Commissioner for Oaths and is admitted to practice Law in Uganda.

    She is currently working for the Central Bank of Uganda and is primarily responsible for providing advice on financial sector reforms and proposing amendments to the financial sector legislation in line with current financial sector policies. Josephine has also worked with the National Social Security Fund (in charge of the Fund's litigation) and Katende, Ssempebwa & Co Advocates (ranked as the leading law firm in Uganda by Chambers and Partners Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers and IFLR-1000).

  • Nusula Nassuna - Uganda

    2012 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Nusula holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and is concluding a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree from the University of Manchester. She is a qualified Chartered Secretary (GradICSA) with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators,UK; an Enrolled Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all the subordinate courts and a member of the Uganda and East African Law Societies.

    She currently works as Compliance Officer in the Legal and Compliance department of the Capital Markets Authority, Uganda. She previously worked as an Inspectorate Officer with the Inspectorate of Government of Uganda and as a Legal Assistant in a private law firm. Nusula`s areas of interest are Capital Markets, Banking, Corporate Finance, Financial Services Regulation and Law and Finance in Emerging Markets.

  • Chanda Musonda - Zambia

    2012 seconded to Nabarro LLP
    Chanda holds an LLB degree from Rhodes University, South Africa. Whilst at university, she was a recipient of the Deans Merit Award throughout the duration of her studies as a law student. She was also accorded membership in the Golden Key International Society, a society recognizing academic excellence. Chanda is an advocate of the High Court of Zambia and a member of the Law Association of Zambia. She has worked for the law firm of Musa Dudhia & Company since 2009, where she began as a trainee advocate. Her areas of practice include corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and intellectual property.

  • Gilbert Kelemogile Ofetotse - Botswana

    2011 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Gilbert holds an LLB from the University of Botswana. He is an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer and admitted to practice in the High Court of the Republic of Botswana. Gilbert has practised with the law firms of Kgalemang & Associates Attorneys and Rahim Khan and Company, having had a stint in the Attorney General's Office as State Counsel. His areas of interest are Aviation, Banking and Finance and Corporate Law. He is currently an Assistant Legal Officer with the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana.

  • Etornam Adoboe - Ghana

    2011 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Etornam Adoboe is an Associate at Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 2010 where he was awarded the prestigious John Mensah Sarbah Prize for being the overall best graduating student of the Ghana School of Law. He received his LLB in 2008 from the University of Ghana where he also received the coveted Kwamena Bentsi-Enchill Prize as the best graduating student. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Prior to law school, he worked as an audit and tax associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers Ghana where he provided business assurance and tax advisory services to leading local and multinational companies in Ghana and West Africa.

  • Benjamin Kpakpo Sackar - Ghana

    2011 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Benjamin holds an LL.M from Harvard Law School, and recently sat the New York Bar exams. Prior to Harvard, he was actively engaged in private legal practice as an associate at Ntrakwah & Co, a corporate and commercial law practice. As a transactional practitioner, Benjamin has experience in negotiation and structuring of transactions, and has advised on, and structured a number of corporate and commercial deals involving domestic and international entities in both the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and also an active member of the Accra Ridge Church Evangelism Committee.

  • Cecil Lazaro Kuyo - Kenya

    2011 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Cecil graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2007. Cecil, is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya. He joined the firm of Ochieng', Onyango, Kibet & Ohaga Advocates based in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007 and he is an Associate in the firm's litigation department. Cecil specializes in commercial litigation involving banking law, company law, security documents and alternative modes of dispute resolution.

  • Aron Ambia - Kenya

    2011 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Aron is an associate at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates. Aron holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi where he graduated in 2007 and was one of the best students in his class. Aron was admitted to practice as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in October 2009. Aron's areas of practice include corporate law, commercial contracts, intellectual property law and general commercial law. Aron is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and he serves in the Legislation and Law Reform Committee. Before joining Kaplan & Stratton, Aron worked at Innovative Lawyering, a Kenyan legal research and consultancy firm specialising in intellectual property, ICT and constitutional law.

  • Sunduzwayo Madise - Malawi

    2011 seconded to SNR Denton LLP
    Sundu holds a BSc (Physics & Maths) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi. He has just completed his LLM (International Trade, Investment & Finance Law) from the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa where he also tutored Law of Insolvency. Sundu is an Attorney of the High Court and Supreme Court of Malawi having turned to law after a career in engineering. He has practised as a Senior Legal Aid Advocate in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and now works at the University of Malawi as a Lecturer of Law and a Legal Practitioner with Messrs Barnet & James, Attorneys and Law Consultants. Sundu's areas of interest are Financial Service Regulation (specialisation), International and Regional Trade Law and Labour Law. He is also a practising Human Rights Practitioner and Defender and has just completed a term as a Board Member of the Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC). He runs an NGO, the Labour Resources Centre, providing pro bono labour law services. He is keen sports-fan and watches all the major sports. He specially follows the "Gunners", McLaren-Mercedes F1 Team, The "Swiss Maestro", "The Rock" and the "Tiger".

  • Adesegun Agbebiyi - Nigeria

    2011 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Adesegun Agbebiyi obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lagos, in 2006 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. Adesegun is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. Adesegun joined Aluko & Oyebode immediately after his call to Bar in 2007. His main area of practice is Project and Corporate Finance and he is a key member of the Firm's Project and Corporate Finance practice and has played important roles in several large financing transactions in the Nigerian market including a number of award winning transactions.

  • Olabisi Makanjuola - Nigeria

    2011 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Olabisi holds a Bachelor's degree in law from the Obafemi Awolowo University

    He is senior counsel at Olaniwun Ajayi LP. Olabisi has considerable experience in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and has also advised on a number of big ticket transactions involving project finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.

    Olabisi plays cricket and football and is an avid fan of Premiership side Chelsea Football Club.

  • Nelisa Mali - South Africa

    2011 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Nelisa holds an LLM ( Commercial Law) from the University of Cape Town South Africa. Nelisa started her career as a State Prosecutor, she then lectured at Walter Sisulu University. Subsequent to her graduating her LLM she joined Deloittes South Africa where she was trained as a Tax consultant. She later joined South African Revenue Service(SARS). Nelisa is currently running her law firm in Pretoria and East London. Specialising in Tax and Commercial Law. She also lectures at the University of South Africa.

    Nelisa is a chairperson of SARS Tax Appeal Board and also chairs the Law Society of the Northern Province Tax Law Committee.

  • Ali Abdelrahman Khalil - Sudan

    2011 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Ali holds LLB and LLM from University of Khartoum with the highest prizes for academic performance. He has just finished, in 2011, an LLM programme at King's College London in international financial and commercial law. He was admitted to the Sudanese Bar in 2001 and since then he has been working as advocate and legal counsel in Shami & Partners law firm in Sudan mainly in corporate, finance, general commercial practice and litigation. He also had worked as part-time lecturer of law. Ali is active in human rights protection and law reform in Sudan.

  • Lotus Menezes - Tanzania

    2011 seconded to Slaughter & May
    Lotus Menezes is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience advising international and local clients on energy projects on power generation, public procurement, land rights, purchase of gas electricity tariff setting, project license and permit. Lotus previously worked for Mkono & Co Advocates and is currently at Ako Law. She is involved in a number of community projects including teaching salsa to children in homes, organising art exhibitions, a percentage of the proceeds of which go to charity.

  • Thomas Alex Nguluma - Tanzania

    2011 seconded to Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Thomas works for Rex Attorneys in the corporate, banking and project finance department. Thomas specializes in corporate, banking, financial services and Intellectual Property. He also contributes to different law journals and recently assisted a Partner at Rex to produce an article on "Bankruptcy Law Client Strategies In The Middle East And Africa".

  • Amine Babacheikh - Tunisia

    2011 seconded to Nabarro LLP
    Amine Babacheikh graduated at the University of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences in Tunis, then completed a Master in Common Law obtained with honours. He was admitted at the Tunisian Bar Association in May 2010 and multiplied his experiences in various law firms; meanwhile he remained close to the academic world as he taught competition and commercial law in his university. He currently works in CMB Lawyers and Counsels in Tunis, he practices mostly Corporate Law.

    Being very close to media (being also a producer and radio host at Tunis International Radio) makes him particularly interested in Media Law, a growing field that he reserves for his Ph.D.

  • Brenda Ntambirweki - Uganda

    2011 seconded to DLA Piper LLP
    Brenda is an Associate with Sebalu and Lule Advocates in the Banking and Finance department. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (First Class Honours) from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the University of Oxford. Brenda's practice areas are banking law and corporate finance law, with experience in debt and equity finance and project finance, and training in antitrust and corporate insolvency law. Brenda is a member of the Ugandan Law Society, the East African Law Society and the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Uganda.

  • Mulambo Hamakuni Haimbe - Zambia

    2011 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Mulambo was admitted as an advocate of the High Court for Zambia in June 2001. He subsequently gained the right of audience before the Supreme Court of Zambia in June 2004. Mulambo worked as counsel for Barclays Bank Zambia PLC before very recently returning to private practice with the firm of Malambo & Co. He holds an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration from the Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen Scotland, an LLB from the University of Zambia, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a qualified Chartered Secretary. A budding golfer, Mulambo is an avid rugby fan and former player.

  • Thembeni Sigogo - Zambia

    2011 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Thembeni is the Deputy Director of Government and Legal Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister Zimbabwe. Prior to this, she worked briefly at Honey and Blackenberg. In her spare time, she works as a volunteer in a programme called "Champions for Life". This is a programme targeted at children born H.I.V positive, with the objective of giving them hope and a sense of destiny.

  • Bojosi Kealeboga - Botswana

    2010 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Bojosi holds an LLM from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, an LLM (Commercial Law Specialisation) from Cambridge University and is in the process of completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford. He is an Attorney of the High Court of Botswana and has practised with several law firms, including Chris Du Plessis Attorneys and Gaongalelwe and Company. His areas of interest are Banking and Finance and general Corporate Law. He is a lecturer in Law at the University of Botswana. He has recently been an Associate Editor and then Supervising Editor of the Oxford Commonwealth Law Journal and is a contracted contributor to the International Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC), published by the Oxford University Press.

  • Patience Tanyi - Cameroon

    2010 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Patience graduated from the University of Buea with a Bsc in Law and Political Science. Patience went on to graduate from University Yaounde II SOA, where she obtained a post graduate diploma in International Business Law.

    Presently she works as a Judge and Examining Magistrate. She has had training in the OHADA Laws, Public Management and Good Governance and has participated in the Vulcanizations of the Criminal procedure code in Cameroon. She is affiliated to social and developmental NGO's such as RIPERID and FIDA.

  • Matilda Idun-Donkor - Ghana

    2010 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Matilda is currently an associate at Reindorf Chambers in Ghana. She has a BA in Psychology, and post graduate LLB, both from the University of Ghana. Matilda was called to the Ghana Bar in 2009, graduating as the best student in Interpretation of Deeds and Statutes from the Ghana School of Law. Her professional areas of interest include corporate, commercial law and litigation.

  • Kananu Kinya Mutea - Kenya

    2010 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Kananu graduated in July 2005 with a First Class honours degree in Law from Nagpur University in India. Kananu is presently engaged as an Associate with the Nairobi based firm of Havelock Muriuki & Raval Advocates where she primarily deals with Dispute Resolution. She also handles family matters (succession, divorces, and settlements), landlord and tenant disputes, employment and labour matters, white collar crime defence and commercial litigation.

  • Gokulan Thambapilai - Namibia

    2010 seconded to Nabarro LLP
    Gokulan graduated from the University of Namibia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence degree and Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to the High Court of Namibia as a Legal Practitioner in 2004, and has remained an active member of the Law Society of Namibia. Gokulan is currently the coordinator for Generation Projects at Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower), where he manages the legal workstream on various projects as well as providing legal advice on all aspects of power projects and related regulatory policy. Gokulan is particularly interested in energy and international project finance law. He speaks English, Tamil and basic French.

  • Gbenga Ojuawo - Nigeria

    2010 seconded to Eversheds LLP
    Gbenga, is a qualified chartered secretary and a member of the Corporate Commercial and Banking and Finance practice groups at leading Nigerian law firm ÆLEX. Gbenga was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005, emerging as one of the best students of his graduating set. He holds an LLM from the University College London and an LLB from Lagos State University where he graduated as the best graduating student. Gbenga's areas of interest are Banking and Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Tax. He is an avid sports fan and a supporter of English premiership side Manchester United.

  • Dipo Okuribido - Nigeria

    2010 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Dipo graduated within the fifth percentile of his class in the University of Lagos in 2006 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in late 2007. Since then, he has been an associate with Banwo & Ighodalo, ("B&I") where he has at various times been voted, "B & I Best Researcher", "B & I Mr. Fix-it" and "Best Lawyer 2008". He is presently a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and a student member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. Dipo works primarily in the Energy & Natural Resources practice group of Banwo & Ighodalo but is also one of the firm's leading tax experts.

  • Hadija Murangwa - Rwanda

    2010 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Hadija graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 2003 and went on to obtain an LLM in International Business law from McGill University, Canada. She furthered her studies by specialising in taxation at the Malaysian Tax Academy; East Afritac in Nairobi and Southern African Tax institute.

  • Walter Nicol - Sierra Leone

    2010 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Walter graduated from the University of Sierra Leone with an LLB in 2006. Walter is an Associate Partner at Renner-Thomas & Co., one of the leading firms in Sierra Leone, and specialises mainly in commercial law. Walter is also a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Sierra Leone Bar Association. Outside of work, Walter takes great interest in the fight against cancer in Sierra Leone and is a member of the controlling committee of the Well Woman Clinic which is a clinic which provides for early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other forms of the disease.

  • Nafisa Omer - Sudan

    2010 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Nafisa holds an LLB from the University of Khartoum and also holds a High Diploma in Human Rights and Part I Masters. Nafisa is a member of the Sudanese Law Society and practices at Omer Abdelati Law Firm. Nafisa's practice focuses on Litigation and Dispute Resolution generally and Commercial Law. Nafisa is married and has two daughters, and speaks English and Arabic

  • Justine Aldo Nyenza - Tanzania

    2010 seconded to Edwin Coe LLP
    Justine is Head of the Consumer Complaints and Education Department of the Fair Competition Commission of Tanzania and is also a member of Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) and United Nations Association of Tanzania (UNAT).Justine graduated in November 2003 with LLB and in 2004 completed legal practical training in the Office of Attorney General under the Ministry of Justice and Constitution Affairs. Justine later became a State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affair. He went on to join the Competition Authority as Head of Investigation Department and led investigations for violation of Fair Competition Act.

  • Sabrine Makkes - Tunisia

    2010 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Sabrine Makkes is partner at Makkes Consulting a Business Law Consultancy, and a PhD researcher specializing in Arbitration and Oil and Gas.

    She holds an LL.M. in International Commercial and Business law from the University of East Anglia (UK), an executive MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and a Masters Degree in Common Law (Tunisia). Sabrine was the first Tunisian ILFA alumnus for 2010, she was seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London and Dubai Offices), she has also interned at Cisco Systems (USA).

    Sabrine Makkes lectures in Contracts Law and Tunisian Legal System at the Tunis University and is co-author of several articles on international arbitration and business law matters. She is member of the African Lawyers Union and the Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration.

  • Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka - Uganda

    2010 seconded to Slaughter & May
    Diana holds a LLB degree from Makerere University and a Masters in Law from Cambridge University. She was admitted to the bar in 2007. She works with MMAKS Advocates and specialises in corporate and commercial law. Prior to joining private practice she worked with a Judicial Commission investigating charges of misuse of public funds in the health sector. Diana is a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African law Society.

  • Batanai Peresuh - Zimbabwe

    2010 seconded to SNR Denton LLP
    Batanai holds an LLB from the University of Zimbabwe and an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Stellanbosch in South Africa. Batanai currently works for Honey & Blanckenberg Legal Practioners in Harare. His areas of practice include Labour Law, Commercial Law and general litigation. Batanai is a keen rugby player with two Caps for Zimbabwe Senior National Rugby team.

  • Kusigani Alidi - Botswana

    2009 seconded to SNR Denton LLP
    Kusigani is a junior associate at Collins Newman & Co. Kusigani holds an upper second class LLB from the University of Botswana where she graduated as the best student in her class. Kusigani has been practicing law since January 2007 and she is admitted to practice as an attorney of the High Court of Botswana and a notary public and conveyancer. Kusigani's areas of practice include contract law, employment law and general commercial law. Kusigani is an active member of the Law Society of Botswana and she serves as the Convener of the Social and Welfare Committee. Kusigani is presently one of five Botswana citizens who have been nominated for the Fulbright grant tenable in the United States of America in September 2010.

  • Simon Pierre Ngue Bong - Cameroon

    2009 seconded to Eversheds LLP
    Simon Pierre is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Cameroon since 2003. He is a member of the Cameroon bar association and the international association of lawyers (UIA). Simon Pierre holds Licence i.e. LLB (honours), Maîtrise i.e. LLM (honours) and DEA, a post masters degree (honours), in OHADA business law, from the University of Douala. Simon Pierre is currently preparing a PhD thesis on OHADA company law. After working with law firms Henri Job and Makolle in Douala, Simon Pierre is now a general sole practitioner in his own chambers. Simon Pierre is a member of CPEPED oil and gas department (a think-tank working on economic and legal issues concerning African countries based in Le Mans, France). Simon Pierre won the best young talent award in the international competition for lawyers on human rights, Caen, France, in 2008. Simon Pierre is fluent in French and English and speaks Spanish at a lower level.

  • Emeafa Hardcastle - Ghana

    2009 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Emeafa received her Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Ghana and later completed an LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After admission to the Bar in 1995, her early career was in private legal practice in Ghana, with a particular focus on commercial and corporate law. This experience was later complemented with a position within the banking sector as Legal Counsel where she was involved in legal drafting as well as maintaining relationships both within and outside the sector. Emeafa's current position is as an Economic and Trade Attaché at the Embassy of Switzerland in Accra. Emeafa's main responsibilities include the design and management of economic development cooperation programmes and the promotion of Swiss business interests in Ghana. Emeafa loves Chelsea football club.

  • Jennifer Mbaluto - Kenya

    2009 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Jennifer Mbaluto, aged 27, graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2005 as the top student in the faculty of law. Jennifer is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya. Jennifer joined the firm of Hamilton Harrison and Mathews, based in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2005 and she is an associate in the firm's commercial department. Jennifer practices corporate, commercial and conveyancing. Jennifer speaks English, Swahili and basic French.

  • John Suzi-Banda - Malawi

    2009 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    John is currently working as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel for Ecobank Malawi Limited. John obtained his LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi in 2003 after which he worked for the Government of Malawi, Ministry of Justice, as Senior State Advocate. John later worked for a private law firm before joining Ecobank in 2005. In 2008, John obtained an executive MBA from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). John's main interests are corporate and financial law. He speaks English and Chichewa (a local dialect).

  • Bonita de Silva - Namibia

    2009 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Bonita holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy (B.Comm. PPE) as well as a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Bonita is an associate at Koep and Partners, a leading law firm in Namibia and a member of both Lex Africa as well as Lex Mundi, where she specialises in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis in banking and finance and intellectual property. Bonita is also the Convenor of the Professional Arbitration and Mediation Association of Namibia (PAMAN) and an active member of the Law Society of Namibia.

  • Ayodele Oni - Nigeria

    2009 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Ayodele is a young Nigerian lawyer called to the Nigerian bar in late 2005. He is a member of the energy and projects and corporate/commercial practice groups of top Nigerian law firm, Templars. Ayodele recently rounded up his course work for an LLM in Energy law at Canada's foremost energy law university; The University of Calgary, Alberta. Ayodele is a Shell Scholar who graduated as the second best graduating law student from his university and also the winner of the dean's prize in his graduation year. Ayodele's areas of interests include energy law, International project finance law and tax.

  • Nkusi Sulait - Rwanda

    2009 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Nkusi graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 2001, in the faculty of law. Nkusi worked for the judiciary for three and a half years, first as a judge at the tribunal of first instance in a provincial court in Kibuye province then as a single judge and President at a district court. Nkusi has been a member of the Kigali Bar Association since Nov 2008, working privately with an associate in Kigali and then a member of the East African Law Society based in Arusha, Tanzania. Nkusi speaks Kinyarwanda, English, Swahili, Luganda and basic French.

  • Michael Imran Kanu - Sierra Leone

    2009 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Michael is a Legal Officer at ProCredit Bank Sierra Leone, a member of the ProCredit Group which operates in 22 low-income countries worldwide. Previously Michael worked as an associate lawyer at Mustapha S. Turay and Associates. Michael was a National Legal Associate/Legal Intern attached to the Charles Taylor Defence Team in Freetown, and the Office of the Principal Defender, Special Court for Sierra Leone. Michael worked with Society for Democratic Initiative (a local NGO) and the National Insurance Company Sierra Leone. Michael holds law degrees from Sierra Leone Law School (2008) and Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (2007). He has recently been nominated to serve as a member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association Law Reporting Committee.

  • Aissata Sylla - Uganda

    2009 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Aissata holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and all courts subordinate thereto, a director of the Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity and a member of the Uganda Law Society. She speaks English, Russian, Luganda (a local Ugandan dialect) and basic German. She is an Associate with A.F. Mpanga, Advocates and specialises in corporate and commercial law.

  • Joseph Mbi - Cameroon

    2008 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Joseph is an Advocate, Solicitor and Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Cameroon and a Member of the Cameroon and International Bar Associations. Joseph holds Licence En Droit ie LLB (Hons) in English Private Law from the University of Yaounde-Cameroon. Joseph is the Head of the Common Law Department at Henri Job Law Firm Douala. Joseph is a Human Rights activist and Chief Executive Officer for the Centre for Human Rights, Education Training and Research (CHETAR) Cameroon. Joseph speaks both English and French.

  • Carolyn Wanjiku Njoroge - Kenya

    2008 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Carolyn was In-House Counsel and team leader with First Community bank in Nairobi. She is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya; and a part-time researcher based in Nairobi. Her work at the bank primarily involves the setting up of legal procedures and policies and the Corporate Governance Policy. Secondly, with the bank being the pioneer financial institution offering Islamic financial services in Kenya, Carolyn has been involved in extensive training and liaising with international law firms for guidance on Islamic finance contracts.

  • Febbie Chikungwa - Malawi

    2008 seconded to Eversheds LLP
    Febbie is In-House Counsel for Limbe Leaf Tobacco Co Ltd. Currently there are two women in management positions at Limbe Leaf and Febbie is one of the two. Febbie is a member of various professional bodies in Malawi: the Women Lawyers Association where she participates in legal aid clinics, the Malawi Law Society - main body, and also serves as an Executive Secretary of the Malawi Law Society Lilongwe Chapter.

  • George James Naphambo - Malawi

    2008 seconded to SNR Denton LLP
    George is 29 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria and a Masters Degree in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Western Cape. George is In-House Counsel for Malawi Telecommunications Limited (sole fixed line operator in Malawi). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shire Valley Cane Growers Trust; this is a Trust which deals with the administration of Sugarcane Growers.

  • Tosho Suleiman - Nigeria

    2008 seconded to Travers Smith LLP
    Tosho is Counsel in Paul Usoro & Co, a law firm in Lagos, Nigeria. He is 27 years old and holds an LL.B from the University of Ilorin. Tosho has two years' post-qualification experience. He is a member of the Communications, General Commercial Practice and Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Groups of the Firm. He heads the Editorial Team of Paul Usoro & Co. and is also an Assistant Editor of the Nigerian Weekly Law Report.

  • Rumanyika Désiré - Rwanda

    2008 seconded to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
    Rumanyika is currently the Director for Corporate Affairs and the Principal Legal Counsel with the Rwanda Development Bank. He is also an executive member of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). He has regularly been involved in the Bank's resource mobilisation process with some International Financial Institutions like European Investment Bank (EIB), the African Development Bank (ADB), FAGACE. He has also actively participated in the Rwandan Banking law reform and the financial sector development programme concluded in 2007.

  • Elsamawal Abdulhadi Idris Mohammed - Sudan

    2008 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Samawal is as an associate lawyer at El Karib & Medani Law Firm. He is 32 years old. He holds an LL.B & LL.M from the University of Khartoum, (Sudan). He was admitted to the Sudanese Bar in 2001 and has also practised in-house for Aljomaih Automotive Company (agents of General Motors in Saudi Arabia and in the Saudi Sudanese Bank.

  • Edward Samwel - Tanzania

    2008 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Edward works for Barclays Bank Tanzania. He is Head of Securities and Legal Counsel. His work is both advisory and regulatory in nature; he also deals with litigation. He is acting Company Secretary. Edward is 30 years old, has an LLB from the University of Dar es Salam and has been admitted to the same university for the LLM programme. He is a member of the Bankers Association and is on the In-House Lawyers committee.

  • Rachel Musoke - Uganda

    2008 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Rachel holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice (DIP LP) from the Law Development Centre in Uganda, where she was awarded the Attorney General's Prize for outstanding performance. Rachel works for Masembe, Makubuya, Adriko, Karugaba & Ssekatawa Advocates, a leading law firm in Uganda (MMAKS Advocates). She specialises in corporate and commercial law generally, with an emphasis in banking and finance (securities).

  • Busingye Kabumba - Uganda

    2008 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Busingye is 26 years old. He obtained his LLB from Makerere University (Uganda), graduating as a Vice Chancellor's list scholar with First Class Honours and winning the Uganda Law Society Prize for excellent performance. He went on to earn a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (Uganda), a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University (UK) and Master of Laws from Harvard University (USA). He has been a Law Lecturer at the Uganda Pentecostal University since August 2005 and is Managing Consultant at M/s Development Law Associates (DLA). He speaks English and French, and basic Kiswahili.

  • Diana Sichalwe - Zambia

    2008 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Diana is Parliamentary Counsel in Zambia. She is 26 years old. Diana graduated with an LLB from the University of Zambia with Credit in 2004 as best graduating student with 5 distinctions out of the 10 courses. Diana qualified in June 2006. She first practised in the Directorate of Legal Aid representing indigent Zambians in civil and criminal matters. Some of the criminal matters related to Murders, Aggravated Robberies and Espionage cases. In January 2008, Diana moved to the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel on promotion as Parliamentary Counsel. Diana is an active member of the Law Association of Zambia.

  • Tendayi Shomwe - Zimbabwe

    2008 seconded to Linklaters LLP
    Tendayi is 30 years old and holds an LLB from the University of Fort Hare South Africa and an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of the Western Cape. He is an Export Executive with the Zimbabwe Investment Authority (formerly the Export Processing Zones Authority). In his role he deals with Investment promotion; Investment regulation; Investor facilitation and gives Legal advice to the Authority.

  • Chinyere Gloria Iroegbunam - Nigeria

    2007 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Gloria is a lawyer with an LL.B from the University of Uyo. She is an associate at Aelex Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators in Lagos, Nigeria. She is 27 and has 2 years post qualification experience. Practice areas include Energy; Oil and Gas; Corporate/Commercial; and Taxation. Gloria has published articles on "Getting the Deal Through - Oil Regulations (Nigeria)" in the Global Competition Review for 2005 and 2006. She hopes that ILFA will give her an opportunity to receive practical hands on training and experience in a law firm that is likely to have extensive transactions that are predominant in Nigeria such as privatisation, restructuring and merger related transactions.

  • Perpetua Puemba Epuli Nji - Cameroon

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Perpetua is a deputy state counsel in the Ministry of Justice of Cameroon. She is 32 and has 6 years post qualification experience. She speaks English and French. She attended the University of Yaounde II and University of Buea. She holds an LL.B, Maitrise in Law and diploma in Magistracy. She participates in legal aid clinics and is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers in Cameroon.

  • Nutifafa Klutse-Woanyah - Ghana

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Nutifafa was a Senior Associate at Oxford & Beaumont. He graduated from the Ghana Law School where he was awarded the prestigious Charles Mends Cann prize for the best male graduating student.Nutifafa was seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner, where he advised on power supply agreements in Oman. He advised on several transactions in the energy sector including one of the first ever independent power purchase agreements entered into with the Government of Ghana. He also had the additional responsibility of heading the Energy & Infrastructure team within the Finance & Projects Group at Oxford & Beaumont.

    Nutifafa passed away in a tragic car accident in May 2010, a few months before being confirmed as a Managing Associate at the firm.

  • Mahesh Acharya - Kenya

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Mahesh is an associate at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. He practices general corporate/commercial law and IP law. He is 28 and has 2 years post qualification experience. He speaks English, Swahili, Hindi and Tamil. He is interested in widening his experience in IP law. He attended the University of Nagpur in India and holds an LL.B. He is involved with Nature Kenya and sits on the executive committee. He was awarded a 2 year scholarship in 2006 with the University of South Africa through the World Intellectual Property Organisation to specialise in IP law.

  • Crispine Odhiambo Awitti - Kenya

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Crispine is an associate at Mohammed Muigai Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. His practice includes commercial transactions, securitization, project finance, banking and telecommunications law. He is 26 and has 1 and half years post qualification experience. He speaks English, French and Swahili. He holds an LL.B from the University of Nairobi and a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the World Bank Institute. He had his article on M&A in Kenya published by the Law Society of Kenya.

  • Victor Jere - Malawi

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Victor is a general legal practitioner at Raymond & Haines. He is 29 and has 5 years post qualification experience. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Malawi. He had his dissertation on "The right to trial within a reasonable time and its practical limitations in Malaw" published. He is a member of the Civil Liberties Committee. He is interested in commercial law and dispute resolution.

  • Asiata Atinuke Oyebamiji - Nigeria

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Atinuke is an associate at Templars Barristers & Solicitors in Lagos. She is 25 and has 1 year post qualification experience. She is a member of the Dispute Resolution, Energy and Projects, Corporate and Commercial, Immigration and Labour practice groups of the firm. She holds an LL.B from the University of Ilorin and Barristers-at-Law from the Nigerian Law School with First Class Honours. She won the Chief T.O.S. Benson's Prize for the best overall performance at the Nigerian Law School. She also won the National Association of Female Judges Award.

  • Lumka Khaile - South Africa

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Lumka is a lawyer with an LL.B from the University of Kwazulu Natal and a postgraduate diploma in Contract Law from University of Johannesburg. She is a legal advisor in corporate and investment banking at Standard Bank, South Africa, having previously worked in documentation at Investec. Lumka is 33 and is interested in developing her skills in project finance and cross border transactions, particularly in the financing of public/private partnerships in developing economies, such as South Africa. She is involved in providing legal advice to the Bank on issues affecting the Africa network, including Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritius, Lesotho, Kenya, Botswana and Uganda.

  • Wael Omer Abdin - Sudan

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Wael is a lawyer at Eltayeb A-Alabass law office. He is 31 and has 7 years post qualification experience. His areas of practice are litigation, property and IP. He holds an LL.B from the University of Khartoum, LL.M International Law from the University of Khartoum and an LL.M International Business Law from the University of Manchester which he was able to attend through the Chevening Scholarship awarded to him in 2005. He speaks English, Arabic and French. Wael is also a part time journalist. He seeks exposure to international business and commercial law.

  • Firmat Tarimo - Tanzania

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Firmat is an assistant director of legal affairs at the Government Institution, Higher Education Students Loan Board. He is 33 years and has 1 year post qualification experience. He practices litigation and arbitration. He holds an LL.B from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam and an advanced diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Management Development. His article on "Legal Aspects of Credit Recovery by Financial Institutions in Tanzania" was published in the University of Dar-Es-Salaam Law Journal. He is keen to develop his skills in arbitration and mediation.

  • Davison Kanokanga - Zimbabwe

    2007 seconded to S J Berwin LLP
    Davison is a partner at Kanokanga & Partners. He is 42 and has 18 years post qualification experience. His practice consists of 40% commercial work and 60% general practice. He has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution and hopes to establish a centre in Harare. He holds an LL.B from the University of Zimbabwe.

  • Brenda Mahoro - Uganda

    2011 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Brenda is a Commercial lawyer currently working with MTN Uganda LTD as a Commercial legal advisor.She has experience as a commercial legal editor for the commercial division of the High Court on a pilot project for the Uganda Commercial Law Reports. Brenda is a member of the Uganda law society and East Africa law society.

  • Chazha Kgalemang - Botswana

    2014 seconded to Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
    Chazha began a career practising commercial law in the private sector and moved in house in August 2012 as in-house counsel for Stanbic Bank Botswana Limited, a subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank). Her areas of expertise include: commercial, banking and finance, debt capital markets, tax law, general banking, and finance. Chazha has a passion for finance and development law with a keen interest in infrastructure development in Africa. Chazha obtained her LLB and LLM at Rhodes University (South Africa) and University of Melbourne (Australia), graduating in 2005 and 2010 respectively. She was admitted to practise as an Attorney in Botswana in 2006. *Seconded to Norton Rose Fulbright in partnership with Barclays

  • Tumisang Dow - Botswana

    2014 seconded to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
    Participant, COMBAR Work Placement. Tumisang’s core areas of practice as an attorney at Dow & Associates are commercial litigation, transactional legal advice and labour law. He is also driving the firm`s growing bankruptcy and insolvency practice. Buttressed by his recent completion of an LLM in Finance and Law, he has a keen interest in the areas of private equity and capital markets, particularly the evolving legal framework as the segment deepens penetration into emerging markets. Tumisang holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kenyon College, USA and post-graduate LL.B degree from the University of Cape Town, RSA. He has recently completed reading for an LLM in Finance and Law from Duisenberg School of Finance in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Wilhelmina Quist-Therson - Ghana

    2014 seconded to Pinsent Masons
    Wilhelmina Quist-Therson is a Senior Associate at AB & David, a multi-specialist business law firm in Ghana. She has been a lawyer for 4 years and has a Qualifying Certificate in law from the Ghana School of Law, an Executive Masters in Alternative Dispute Resolution and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Ghana, Legon. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Executive Secretaryship from the Central University College.

  • Sammy Ndolo - Kenya

    2014 seconded to Allen & Overy LLP
    Sammy is an associate with the firm of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews where his practice has particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets. Sammy is an Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust Scholar, a recipient of the Warwick Global Advantage Award and was a participant in the 2009 Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court. Sammy graduated top of his class with an LLM (with distinction) in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation from the University of Warwick, UK, and also holds an LLB (with honours) from the University of Nairobi. *seconded to Allen & Overy in partnership with Shell Corporation)

  • Jackson Onyango Awele - Kenya

    2014 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Participant, COMBAR Work Placement. Jackson is an associate in the litigation and Intellectual Property Departments of the law firm of Oraro & Company Advocates in Nairobi. His work entails commercial and intellectual property law litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Magistrates Courts and Tribunals in Kenya as well as non-contentious Intellectual property registrations and advice at the Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and occasionally at the International Bureau of WIPO. Jackson holds an LLB Second Class (upper division) degree from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds advanced certifications for professional short courses undertaken in various institutions including Makerere University, WIPO and the Harvard University.

  • James Kaphale - Malawi

    2014 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Participant, COMBAR Work Placements. James is the Director of Legal Services and Board Secretary for Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). MACRA is a Utility Regulatory Organization that regulates the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector in Malawi. James is both a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Communications Management with University of Buckinghamshire and a Chartered Secretarial Qualifying Program with the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) of United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree from University of Malawi, a Master of Law from University of Minnesota Law School, USA and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Malawi.

  • Tadala Muyaya - Chinkwezule - Malawi

    2014 seconded to Edwin Coe LLP
    Secondee, Edwin Coe Participant, COMBAR Work Placement. Tadala works at the Legal Services Manager of AHL Group . AHL Group formerly known as Auction Holdings Limited, is one of Malawi's key strategic partners for local and international investors. AHL Group operates tobacco markets in Malawi and it wholly owns Malawi Leaf Company Limited (MLCL), TIL Limited, Agricultural Trading Company (ATC), AHL Chemicals and Steel Limited (ACSL), and AHL Commodities Exchange (AHCX). Tadala previously worked at the legal counsel at the Malawi Revenue Authority’s Legal Department where her position entails: litigation on behalf of the Authority in all courts of Malawi; provision of legal advice to the Authority’s departments and on diverse projects of the Authority; review and analysis of all types of contracts; and review and proposing amendments of laws and regulations. She previously worked as a Senior Legal Aid Advocate at the Department of Legal Aid within the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and as part - time lecturer at a private university, Blantyre International University. She is an active member of the Malawi Law Society and is currently a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Society. Through MLS she was accredited as an observer of the recent tripartite election in Malawi where she observed the polling and counting processes. Tadala holds a Master of Laws degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria and an honours degree in Law from the University of Malawi.

  • Edwina Jacobs - Namibia

    2014 seconded to Dentons LLP
    Edwina is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia. She is currently employed as Senior Legal Advisor at Bank Windhoek Holdings Limited and provides legal services to the Capricorn Investment Holdings Limited Group of Companies (CIH).CIH is a regional financial services group with subsidiaries in Namibia, Botswana and Zambia that have a focused interest in banking, insurance, asset management and microfinance. She holds a B Comm (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa as well as a LLM (Tax Law) from the University of South Africa.

  • Mojisola Fashola - Nigeria

    2014 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Mojisola is a Senior Associate in the Energy & Projects Practice Group at Templars, a top tier full service commercial law firm in Nigeria. She advises a broad range of international oil & gas companies and oil service contractors on a broad spectrum of oil and gas transactions in Nigeria. She also represents project sponsors, commercial banks, Development Finance Institutions and private equity investors in the development, financing, acquisition and divestment of power and infrastructure projects in Nigeria. Mojisola is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK) and the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University, where she graduated top of her class.

  • Ukamaka Okoli - Nigeria

    2014 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons
    Participant, COMBAR Work Placement. Ukamaka is an associate in the corporate and commercial department of G. Elias & Co., a leading Nigerian business law firm. She advises clients on transactions pertaining to capital markets, financings, acquisitions and sundry Nigerian law issues. Ukamaka holds a law degree (LL.B) from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. She is a member of the Capital Markets Solicitors Association and the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.

  • Chiamaka Nwokolo - Nigeria

    2014 seconded to Mayer Brown LLP
    Chiamaka is the Head, of Transaction Legal at Dunn Loren Merrifield Advisory Partners, a Nigerian investment bank where she provides legal advice across the entire phases of equity and debt capital transactions. Prior to joining DL Merrified, she was an associate in the Business Advisory/Corporate Finance Unit of Aluko & Oyebode, a Nigerian commercial law firm. Ms Chiamaka Nwokolo obtained an LLB (Hons) from the University of Nigeria (UNN) in 2008 where she graduated at the top 1% of her class. At UNN, She was the best female and the 2nd best graduate in her class. In 2009, she proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and finished with first class honours. For her exceptional performance at the Nigerian Law School, Chiamaka was awarded several prizes including the Best Student of the Year, the Overall Best Performance of the Year, Best Student in Civil and Criminal Law, Best Female Student of the Year and the Council of Legal Education Student Star Prize. In 2012, Ms Nwokolo obtained an LLM in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law as an Arthur Vanderbilt Scholar. At NYU, Chiamaka worked as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Professor Kevin Davis (Vice Dean, NYU Law) on legal issues involving bribery and corruption under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. She was also a Graduate Editor at the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP).

  • Emmanuel Rugambwa - Rwanda

    2014 seconded to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Emmanuel currently works as a Legal analyst/Transactions advisor for Rwanda Development Board (RDB). As a Legal Analyst, he negotiates strategic investment deals on behalf of government in priority sectors of energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and mining. He also takes part in appraising potential investment deals and making recommendations to the government. Emmanuel holds an LLM with specialism in Commercial Law from the University of Manchester and an LLB from the University of Rwanda.

  • Michaela Marandu - Tanzania

    2014 seconded to Clyde & Co LLP
    Michaela is an associate of Clyde & Co in Dar es Salaam. Michaela is a qualified and practising Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania; member of the Tanganyika and East Africa Law Societies, and a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. In line with her commercial and business law experience is her MBA in Corporate Management. Michaela has experience in general commercial and corporate law, her capabilities lie in particular in banking and finance, conveyance and securities, oil and gas. Michaela was also seconded to BG Tanzania for 5 months where she took on the role of in-house general counsel. Michaela has advised both local and international clients with business interests in Tanzania.

  • Karima Tanfous - Tunisia

    2014 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Karima describes herself as a“self-made Tunisian lawyer”. She works as MEA Legal Consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. Her previous law experience include:working as litigator for three years until she joined one of the largest law firm in Tunisia where she focused on transactional work for an additional three years. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent one year in the USA where she earned an LLM Degree in International law and legal studies from UC Davis, Law School and a Witkin Award for academic Excellence in International Human Rights. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Italian.She is a member of the Tunisian Bar Association and an advocate at the Court of Appeal since 2009. She also holds two master degrees (Business Law and Tax Law) from the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis and she was awarded a presidential award for ranking first on the national level when she obtained her LLB in Legal Sciences in 2002.

  • Bernard Mukasa - Uganda

    2014 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Bernard is an associate at ENSafrica Advocates Uganda, an office of ENSafrica—Africa's largest law firm operating in a number of African jurisdictions. He practices in the Corporate Commercial Department handling Intellectual Property work and also Banking (recoveries and mortgages) and litigation. Bernard is also interested in social development and is a member of Rotary International. Bernard earned his LLB at Makerere University Kampala in 2009. He earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in 2010. He has also completed additional training and earned Certicates with IDLO in IP Law, Justice Advocacy Africa in conjunction with The National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Trial Advocacy and Pepperdine University (USA) in Mediation.

  • Hellen Nakiryowa - Uganda

    2014 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons
    Hellen is an associate with Shonubi, Musoke & Co Advocates, a leading commercial law firm in Uganda, where she practices in all fields of commercial law and with a specialism banking and finance. Hellen is currently studying for the qualification as a Chartered Secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK. She holds a LLB from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre and an LLM International Banking & Finance Law from University of Leeds.

  • Hellen Nakiryowa - Uganda

    2014 seconded to Supreme Group
    Hellen was seconded to two placements in Dubai: Supreme Group & King Wood & Mallesons (Dubai Office). See complete biography under " King Wood & Mallesons 2014 ILFA Lawyer"

  • Makalo Mwaanza - Zambia

    2014 seconded to Ashurst LLP
    Participant, COMBAR Work Placement. Makalo works as Assistant Senior Research Advocate at the Judiciary of Zambia. She previously worked as an associate at Corpus Legal Practitioners in the Corporate Advisory Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Telecommunication Media and Technology practice groups. Makalo Mwaanza holds a Baccalureas Juris Law degree (B-Juris) from the University of Namibia, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Rhodes University in South Africa and a LLM in Sustainable Development from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with commendation. She was awarded Best Student in the Faculty of Law, University of Namibia for 3 years running (2001-2003). She was also the recipient of the Golden Key Award for academic excellence in 2004 by the Golden Key International Society whilst at Rhodes University and on the Dean’s Merit list for 2 consecutive years. Makola further obtained a Certificate with distinction from the School for Legal Practice (L.E.A.D) in Johannesburg South Africa in 2007. She is a DAAD Scholar and has an MSc in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

  • Situlile Ngatsha - Zambia

    2014 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Situlile is an associate in the Banking & Finance Department, Tax and M&A practice groups of Corpus Legal Practitioners, Zambia’s leading corporate law firm. Her practice areas include: banking & finance, corporate finance, corporate reorganization/restructuring, M&A, capital markets & securities law. Situlile obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree with credit in 2011 from the University of Zambia and was admitted to the Zambian Bar in October 2012 following her successful completion of the Legal Practitioners Qualifying Course at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education. She is a member of the Law Association of Zambia.

  • Patrick Jonhera - Zimbabwe

    2014 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Patrick is an associate at Wintertons Legal Practitioners. His experience spans commercial transactions, mergers & acquisitions, Real Estate, corporate restructuring, corporate finance, commercial litigation and general advisory work. Patrick has advised foreign firms and clients on Indigenization and general Investment Law in Zimbabwe. He is currently pursuing a postgraduate certificate in Corporate & Securities Law with the University of South Africa. He is a trustee of the Stewards of the Environmental Law Trust and a trainer in the Law Society of Zimbabwe faculty of advocacy. Patrick attended the University of Zimbabwe where he graduated with an LLB (Honors) Degree in 2008. He was admitted to practice law in 2009 and commenced practice the same year with Negona Law Chambers before moving to Honey & Blanckenberg.

  • Abdul Aziz Bensouda - The Gambia

    2014 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Abdul is a Partner at Amie Bensouda & Co. Amie Bensouda Co LP is the largest full service corporate and commercial law firm in The Gambia. The firm also has a subsidiary dealing with IP matters in Sierra Leone. Abdul obtained an LLB honours degree from the University of Hull, England; LLM Masters degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, England. Abdul also attended Bar School at BPP College of Professional Studies and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2008 and thereafter to the Gambian Bar in that same year. Abdul specialises in corporate and commercial law and Banking & Finance. He advises several financial institutions as well as corporations and investors to The Gambia. He has assisted and advised in finance and investment matters and commercial acquisitions and sales.

  • Adegbemisola Adekola - Nigeria

    2015 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    Adegbemisola is a Legal Officer in the Securities and Investments Services Department of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the regulator of the Nigerian Capital Market, where her responsibilities include advising on and reviewing the structure of all debt and equity transactions by public companies in Nigeria as well as M&A transactions. Prior to joining the SEC, she was an Associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group of Aina Blankson LP, a Nigerian Commercial Law Firm, where she advised on a plethora of corporate restructuring and capital raising transactions, and doubled as a member of its Research and Development Division where she co-published several topical legal articles. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a past attendee of the annual FBI Compliance Academy, Washington DC. Gbemi, as she is popularly known, holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2009 and was awarded the Ernest Shonekan Prize for the second best student in Property Law. She holds the Cardiff University Certificates of Development in Leadership, Communication and Personal Effectiveness. Random fact: I am a sporadic blogger (gemstots.blogspot.com)

  • Oyindamola Oyedutan - Nigeria

    2015 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons
    Oyindamola is the Legal & Company Secretarial Executive at Heirs Holdings Limited where she works as part of the in-house legal team in drafting required day to day contracts, negotiating potential investment contracts and providing general legal advice. Before joining Heirs Holdings, she was an Associate, Transaction Legal at Dunn Loren Merrifield and had also worked at Aluko & Oyebode, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria. Oyindamola holds an Msc in Law and Finance from the Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom and an LLB from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Oyindamola loves to dance and participate in social work.

  • Ngo-Martins Okonmah - Nigeria

    2015 seconded to Pinsent Masons
    Ngo-Martins is an Associate in Aluko & Oyebode international arbitration and litigation practice area where he assists in advising both domestic and international clients on a range of disputes including intellectual property law, taxation and admiralty law. Before joining the firm, he previously worked as an Associate at Ajumogobia & Okeke in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a degree in law (LLB) from Delta State University, Nigeria and a professional law certificate from the Nigerian Law School. Ngo-Martins enjoys watching football and he is a fan of the Arsenal FC.

  • Abayomi Okubote - Nigeria

    2015 seconded to Baker & McKenzie
    Abayomi is a Scholar of the International Bar Association (IBA). He holds an LLM Degree in International Commercial Law from the University College London (UCL), UK and LL.B from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. He is an associate in the Power & Infrastructure and Government Business Practices of Olaniwun Ajayi LP where he has advised public and private institutions on big ticket transactions. Prior to joining the Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Abayomi cut his teeth in legal practice with the firm of Rickey Tarfa SAN & Co, where he gained considerable experience in litigation and dispute resolution. Abayomi has attended courses and training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute (Boston, United States) and International Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France) and he is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). He is an ardent fan of the London Football Club – Chelsea FC.

  • Fatma Ndung'u Muiruri - Kenya

    2015 seconded to Ashurst LLP
    Fatma is a Legal Manager-{commercial and Islamic Banking} with Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited where she is involved in commercial law and Islamic Banking practice. Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited's parent company; Equity Group Holdings Limited, is the largest commercial bank on the African continent. Before Equity she worked as an Assistant Manager at First Community Bank Limited (Islamic Bank). Fatma has developed keen interest in the area of Islamic Banking as Shariah-compliant banking has evolved to become an integral part of the global financial system. She is involved, on behalf of Equity Bank, in setting up policies and legal structures in establishing an Islamic Bank and further support Equity Group Foundation in achieving its Four Pillars through international negotiation of legal commercial contracts and drafting of Grant and project agreements to institute structures aligned to the objective of the organization. Fatma holds a Bachelor of Laws and Shariah degree from Zanzibar University in Tanzania and a diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She was admitted to the roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2012. She is concurrently pursuing her MBA and LL.M at the University of Nairobi. She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), East Africa Law Society (EALS) and Coalition on Violence against Women (COVAW). Fatma enjoys traveling.

  • Mwiza Nkhata - Malawi

    2015 seconded to Thomson Reuters
    Mwiza Jo Nkhata is an associate professor of law, University of Malawi and a partner at Barnet & James, Attorneys & Law Consultants, Malawi. His responsibilities include giving lectures and seminars and conducting litigation before various courts in Malawi. Before joining the University of Malawi and co-founding Barnet & James, he worked as a legal practitioner at Makuta & Company and Banda, Banda & Company in Blantyre, Malawi. Mwiza is a member of the Malawi Law Society having been admitted to the Malawi Bar in 2003. He holds a doctor of laws degree (University of Pretoria), Masters of Laws – human rights and democratisation in Africa (University of Pretoria), Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (University of Malawi), Diploma (Abo Akademi) and Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Pretoria). Mwiza loves watching football and is a fan of Chelsea FC.

  • Katlego Bagwasi - Botswana

    2015 seconded to Edwin Coe LLP
    Katlego Bagwasi was a Lecturer of Public International Law at the University of Botswana. She was also an Associate Attorney at Otto and Paul Law Chambers where she handles mainly employment and labour law disputes. She previously worked in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as an intern in the Appeals Chamber. Prior to this, she worked with Monthe Marumo and Company for over two years as a litigation attorney; appearing in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Ms Bagwasi is a Rhodes Scholar from Botswana and has read for a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oriel College. She also holds an Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University. She has an LLB from the University of Botswana and is an active member of the Law Society of Botswana. Random Fact: I met my husband at a moot court competition.

  • Minega Isibo - Rwanda

    2015 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons UAE
    Minega Isibo is a legal analyst at the Strategic Investment Department at the Rwanda Development Board. Minega provides legal advice on investment transactions to the relevant government institutions, in addition to drafting and reviewing legal agreements and leading negotiations with potential investors on such transactions on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. Before joining Rwanda Development Board, Minega was a senior associate at Trust Law Chambers in Kigali, Rwanda. He holds an LLM from the University of Manchester and an LLB from the University of Reading. He plays a lot of scrabble in his spare time.

  • Osman Timbo - Sierra Leone

    2015 seconded to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Osman is the legal adviser in the Office of the President’s Public Private Partnership Unit in Sierra Leone. His responsibilities include conducting legal due diligence on project proposals and private partners and draft and negotiate PPP contracts between the Government of Sierra Leone and private partners. Before joining government, Osman was and remains a partner at J&T Solicitors (private legal practitioners). Also, he worked for the government’s pilot national legal aid scheme as defense counsel and as national legal associate at the Special Court for Sierra Leone Defense Office. He is a member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association and a Mandela Washington Fellow (the young African leadership initiative of President Obama). He is a holder of a Master of Laws degree from the University of London and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sierra Leone. He values team effort. Osman is so passionate about watching football.

  • Patson Arinaitwe - Uganda

    2015 seconded to Mayer Brown LLP
    Patson is a Ugandan trained attorney, licensed to practice in all Courts of Judicature in Uganda. He is currently a Senior Associate at Sebalu & Lule Advocates, a member of DLA Piper Africa group and one of the oldest and leading business law firms in Uganda. Patson practises with the firm’s energy & Projects department. His milestone so far has been advising a contractor in the negotiation of one of the biggest railway infrastructure project in Uganda. Patson is also involved in commercial litigation for clients in energy and extractive industry. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University in 2006 where he graduated among the top two of his class and was called back to the faculty as a part-time lecturer since 2007. In 2009, he completed specialised litigation training from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the world's premier Continuing Legal Education provider of trial advocacy skills. He was admitted to the bar in 2010 after he successfully completed the bar course from the Law Development Centre-Kampala. In 2012 he was awarded the Tullow group scholarship and spent a year in Aberdeen Scotland where he earned a Master of Laws (with a distinction) in Oil and Gas Law of Robert Gordon University. Patson has authored a text book on Risk Allocation in Oil and Gas Service Contracts alongside other journal articles relating to international tax, legal privilege and confidentiality, dispute resolution, energy and oil and gas. Patson is an active member of the Uganda Law Society where he has previously served on the Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is also a member of the East African Law Society and Energy Institute, United Kingdom. Patson enjoys playing football over the weekends and nature walks.

  • Ida Mboob - The Gambia

    2015 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Ida is the Director for the Legal, Licensing and Enforcement Directorate at the Gambia Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. She is responsible for licensing new entrants, resolving disputes between public utilities, enforcing minimum standards of performance and also advising relevant Ministries on policy issues. She also lectures Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Gambia Law School. Before joining PURA, Ida worked as a State Counsel in the prosecution division of the Ministry of Justice. She is a member of the Middle Temple Inn UK, The Gambia Bar Association for which she serves as the Social Secretary and the Gambia Female Lawyers Association. She is also a YALI Mandela Fellow. Ida has an LLM in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London where she was awarded the prize for the Prize for Best Student in her specialism. She was the first student from a developing country to receive this award. She completed her Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court School of Law London and was called to the bar at Middle Temple Inn. She completed her LLB at the University of Leeds. Her favourite past time is baking.

  • Pointer Chinyerere - Zimbabwe

    2015 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Pointer is a senior Legal Counsel at the African Development Bank where he provides legal support to investment teams in the Private Sector and Financial Sector Development departments. His main areas of focus include (i) Project Finance (ii) Private Equity (both Fund formation and portfolio investments) (iii) restructuring and workouts, and (iv) banking law. Before joining AfDB, he worked for Kantor and Immerman in Harare Zimbabwe. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and the Law Society of Zimbabwe. He holds an LL.M from Cornell University where he was a Fellow at the Institute of African Development and an LL.B from the University of Zimbabwe. He was previously on the Young Professionals Program at the AfDB. Random fact: an aviation fanatic

  • Naa Ashong - Ghana

    2015 seconded to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
    Naa is an Associate of the Law Offices of Ayine and Felli’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution team where she is responsible for drafting and structuring varied commercial agreements such as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). She also represents and advises clients in sectors spanning banking, telecommunications, energy and natural resource, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on diverse legal issues including contractual breaches arising from complex commercial transactions and compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Naa holds an LL.M. in business law from the University of California, Berkeley and an LL.B from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She is a member of Prisons Ministry of the Harvest Chapel International, Tema. Naa loves cooking, Interior decoration and wine tasting.

  • Babiker Ibrahim - Sudan

    2015 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Babiker holds an LL.M International Commercial & International Law from the University of Kent which he was able to attend through the Chevening Scholarship awarded to him in 2014 and an LLB with Honors degree from University of Khartoum. He was admitted to the Sudanese Bar in 2008 and since then he has been working in several positions till he became a Legal Advisor at Zain Telecommunication company- Sudan in corporate, finance, general commercial practice and litigation. Babikir is also a member of the executive office of Khartoum University graduate with disability association. He seeks exposure to International Commercial law & International law. I collect coins from different countries.

  • Christer Mushi - Tanzania

    2015 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Christer Jackson Mushi is an Associate advocate at Elite Attorneys Advocates and Legal Consultants. My duties involve legal writing and drafting, Labor and employment matters, Corporate Law and Management, Energy and Petroleum. My previous work experiences include quality assurance officer (Anti-Money Laundering Unit) at Standard Chartered Bank, project officer legal affairs at International Migration Management Project (IMMP) a project under the UNHCR and at VEMMA Consult Attorneys as an advocate. I am a member of the Tanganyika Law Society and the East Africa Law Society. I hold a Master Degree in Information Technology and Telecommunication (LLM IT &T) offered jointly by the Open University of Tanzania, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UK Telecommunication Academy (UKTA) and LLB from the University of Dar es Salaam. Random fact: I love to sing.

  • G. Malick Keita - Togo

    2015 seconded to Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
    Malick KEITA is a senior legal counsel working for the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD), the WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union) countries development bank. He has a first-hand experience at all the different stages of the BOAD’s transactions, varying from legal due diligence, project finance, structuring and establishment of islamic credit line, AML compliance, regulatory watch, drafting of legal documents to negotiation and legal advice. Before joining BOAD, he previously worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Bamako with emphasis on disciplines such as OHADA Corporate Law, Banking Law, Business Law, and French Civil Law. Mr. Keita regularly participates in plenary meetings of the Technical Commission of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) in connection with issues of financial security in WAEMU countries. He has also been providing free legal assistance to various non-profit associations such as support for albino people, abandoned children and volunteer legal assistance in some poor neighborhoods of Bamako (Mali). Malick holds a Master’s degree in Business Law and Economics from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon–Sorbonne (France) as well as a Master of Private Law from the University of Mohammed V Rabat-Agdal (Morocco). Random fact: I won a french literature price in high school

  • Marina Bwile - Ethiopia

    2015 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Marina Bwile is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya but now works and lives in Ethiopia. She is a dynamic and experienced lawyer actively involved in the practice of law in a leading law firm in Ethiopia advising foreign and domestic clients across a wide range of sectors and industries impacted by international trade and investment measures. Her emphasis is in investment law, banking & finance, intellectual property law, aviation and commercial law generally. I have particular expertise in international trade law (including provision of professional advice to foreign investors from entry – registration, licensing, obtaining of permits and consents, to exit – dissolution, deregistration and repatriation of profits and sale of proceeds from the liquidation process). She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the International Bar Association. Marina holds an LL.B from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and an LLM in International Trade Law from University of Turin, Italy. She is currently finalizing another master of law degree in International Economic Law from the University of South Africa. She enjoys gardening.

  • Billen Gidey - Ethiopia

    2015 seconded to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
    Billen Girmay Gidey is the Head of the Legal Services Department at the Federal Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission of Ethiopia with the responsibility of representing the Commission in litigations, drafting legislation and contractual agreements, providing legal opinions and advice to the various departments of the Commission, and managing international cooperation. Currently, he is also a part time lecturer at the Ethiopian Civil Service University. Previously, Billen was a Legal Officer at the Addis Ababa University. Assuming this position, he provided legal opinions and advice to the University and was involved in conducting a research related to the mandates of the University. He also participated in drafting legislation. As an apprentice legal expert, he reviewed government documents; provided legal comments on different draft laws; and advised the Legal and Administration Standing Committee of the Parliament on legal matters. Presently, Billen is a member of the Governmental Experts Group of Ethiopia for the Review of the Implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. He holds LLB and LLM from the Addis Ababa University. I like reading books and watching movies.

  • Issam Mokni - Tunisia

    2015 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Issam is a senior associate at the Tunisian leading law firm Ferchiou & Associés where he advises mainly international clients on a wide range of areas of expertise including corporate and labor matters, oil & gas, acquisitions, securitization and aircraft mortgaging. He also conducts and manages the performance of legal due diligence on a regular basis. Before joining this firm, he previously worked with a well-established law firm in Tunisia where he developed a significant experience in litigation. He is also involved in the Tunisian Entrepreneurship ecosystem and provides legal advices to viable start-ups in the framework of the first enterprises acceleration program in Tunisia. Issam holds a master degree in asset management from the law faculty of the university “Robert Schuman” in Strasbourg, France, where he also passed the first cycle degree in compared law at the International University of Compared Law. Random fact: Good listener

  • Sekou Camara - Guinea

    2016 seconded to Olaniwun Ajayi
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Sékou Camara is an Assistant to the Budget Minister of the Republic of Guinea where he assists in advising the Minister on both national and international law including Guinean administrative law and International Economic Law. Before joining the staff of the Budget Minister, he previously worked as an in-house counsel at TOTAL Guinée SA, legal adviser at the Presidency of the Republic and editor of a legal newspaper.
    Sékou is a junior member of the French society of comparative law; a member of the Institute of French-inspired Laws; and a member of the Guinean society of corporate lawyers. Sékou is a Phd Student in Paris. He holds several degrees and diplomas including a Master degree in Laws from Université Paris II, the first-ranked French University in law studies.

  • Georgina Karim - Sierra Leone

    2016 seconded to Detail Commercial Solicitors
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Georgiana holds an LLB and BA from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. She is hard working, with strong sense of responsibility and commitment to the values and principles of good legal practice. She is currently the Head, of Legal and Consumer Unit in the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission, a government Institution that regulates both the Energy and the Water Sector in Sierra Leone.
    Before Joining Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission, she was an Associate Practitioner in the Firm of Cole & Co Solicitors (Re-branding of Claslegal Solicitors). She was a key member in the Firms Civil and Commercial practice and worked as a commercial litigator within the superior court of judicature of the republic of Sierra Leone.
    Georgiana is member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, an active Member of L.A.W.Y.E.R.S a pro bono human right organization.

  • Gerard Tambi Mbah - Cameroon

    2016 seconded to G. Elias & Co
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Tambi is a young and highly efficient common and civil law trained lawyer. He is currently an associate advocate at Andang & Associates Law Office Bamenda Cameroon, where he engages in general law practice as a Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public with particular interest in ADR, OHADA company law, general commercial law, simplify debt recovery and pro bono human rights activities.
    Tambi worked as legal aid lawyer for “Avocates Sans Frontieres” France, Project DIDE in Cameroon. He is an active member of the Cameroon Bar Association, member of the Cameroon Common Law Lawyer Society, member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Young ICCA member. He holds an LL.M from the University of Turin Italy & ITCILO in International Trade Law- contracts and dispute resolution and a “Licence en Droit”(LL.B) common law option from the University of Yaoundé II- Soa, Republic of Cameroon.

  • Leon Patrice Sarr - Senegal

    2016 seconded to Banwo & Ighodalo
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Leon Patrice Sarr is the Managing Partner of LPS L@w, a Senegalese law firm where he advises and assists both domestic and international on IT law, intellectual property, oil and gas, company law, labour law, debt collection. Before joining the firm he previously worked as an associate lawyer at GENI & KEBE in Dakar, Senegal.
    He is a member of the Senegalese Young Lawyers Association, the African IT Lawyers Association, the International Technology Law Association. He holds a Master 2 in African Cyberspace and Law and Postgraduate Diploma in Economic and Business Law.

  • Joe Tia - Ghana

    2016 seconded to Templars
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Joe Slovo is an associate at Lithur Brew & Company where he assists in advising both domestic and international clients on finance, taxation, investment and corporate issues and dispute resolution. He is also a Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration where he lectures Tax & Revenue Law and Constitutional Law. Before joining Lithur Brew & Company, he previously worked as an associate in the finance, corporate and commercial practice areas at Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association.
    He holds an LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and an LLB from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

  • Joyce Thompson - Ghana

    2016 seconded to Aluko & Oyebode
    (IASP Lawyer)
    Joyce Franklyn Thompson is currently an Associate at Ntrakwah & Co., having been called to the Ghana Bar in October 2013. Joyce is attached to the Corporate and Commercial department and the Intellectual Property Department of Ntrakwah &Co. Joyce assists the partners in advising a host of local and international companies in areas such as: Banking and Finance; Mergers and acquisitions; Corporate governance; Trademark and Copyright Infringement; and Commercial Real estate. Prior to being appointed as an associate at Ntrakwah and Co., Joyce undertook her pupilage at Ntrakwah and Co.
    Joyce is a member of the Ghana Bar Association. Joyce obtained a Barrister-at –Law from the Ghana School of Law and was called to the Bar in 2013. She obtained an LLB. (Hons) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in 2011.

  • Matlhogonolo Thomas - Botswana

    2016 seconded to Trinity International LLP
    Matlhogonolo Thomas is a State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Republic of Botswana in the International and Commercial Division where she is involved in the negotiation and drafting of international agreements and as well as commercial agreements. She joined the Attorney General’s Chambers after completion of her studies.
    She was admitted to practice as an attorney in the courts of Botswana in 2011. She is a member of the Law Society of Botswana. She is also a shop steward of the Botswana Public Employees Union. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree and a Law degree (LLB) both obtained from the University of Cape Town.
    “Random Fact: She is a very optimistic being.”

  • Daniel Tolosa - Ethiopia

    2016 seconded to Hogan Lovells International LLP
    COMBAR Work Experience
    Daniel is a legal consultant and attorney in all Federal Courts of Ethiopia and is currently working in his own law office, Daniel Legal Office as a General Manager, where he advises and represents individuals, groups and legal persons in civil and criminal matters.
    Before establishing his law office he worked as an attorney in the Nile Insurance Company. He has completed training in cross-border investment at URIA MENDEZ International law firm, Beijing.
    He holds an LLM in European and International Law from Hamburg University in cooperation with the China-EU School of Law at CUPL and an LLB from Mekelle University, Ethiopia.

  • Peter Osei-Asamoah - Ghana

    2016 seconded to Mayer Brown LLP
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Peter is a senior associate at Renaissance Law Chambers, where he leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team. He also advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. Prior to joining Renaissance Law Chambers, he worked with Sentinel Law as the lead associate and with Law Trust Company as an associate. Peter has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and an LLB from the University of Ghana. He was called to the bar in 2011, where he received an award as the best graduating student in civil procedure.
    Peter is a member of the Ghana Bar Association, the Ghana Association of Certified Mediators and Arbitrators and a student member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Ghana. He is also a member of Rotary International. Peter loves charity work.

  • Joseph Mwagiru - Kenya

    2016 seconded to Gowlings/Standard Chartered Bank
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Joseph Ng’ang’ira is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Department of Kaplan & Stratton, Advocates. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya and a diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. Joseph is a qualified Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries (Kenya). Joseph specializes in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets law, corporate law, start-up businesses, anti-trust law, energy law, and carries out legal due diligence in various sectors in Kenya. He also has experience in drafting and reviewing a wide-range of commercial agreements and has advised on licensing and regulatory requirements in various sectors spanning from the energy sector to the telecommunications sector. Joseph was acknowledged in the 2013 edition of the IFLR1000 as a rising star in the Legal Financial and Corporate market in Kenya.
    When away from the office Joseph serves in the music team at his local church.

  • Samuel Njeri - Kenya

    2016 seconded to Clifford Chance LLP
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Sam Njeri is a Senior Adviser at KPMG in East Africa, where he supports the advisory sections in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia on quality, contract management and risk management. Before joining KPMG, Sam served in the Legal Department of ABC Group, which comprises of a Kenyan Bank, a Ugandan Bank, a stockbroker and an insurance broker. He has also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Defence Section.
    Sam is a member of the Young Lawyers Committee of Kenya’s Bar Association, the Law Society of Kenya. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi.
    Random fact: Sam ran the Lewa Half Marathon (a crazy marathon held in a wildlife conservancy – it had to be held up for ten minutes after a rhino decided to take a nap across the track). He did the run in 2 hours and 57 minutes. Nothing to write home about, but still, a fact.

  • Zani Chimbe - Malawi

    2016 seconded to Edwin Coe LLP
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Thokozani Chimbe is a Deputy Director Legal ( Consumer Affairs) at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), where she provides ICT-related legal and regulatory counsel, including drafting legal and regulatory instruments as well as managing the consumer affairs unit.
    Before joining MACRA, she worked as a State Advocate in the Ministry of Justice as well as the Malawi Anti- Corruption Bureau.
    Thokozani is a member of Malawi Law Society, Malawi Women Lawyers Association and Cyber Security Advisers Network (CyAN)(International).
    She holds an LLM in Computer & Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London, Pg Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the International Law Institute (ILI), Uganda and a LLB (Hons) from Chancellor College University of Malawi.
    She loves travelling and sightseeing.

  • Evelina Tomas - Namibia

    2016 seconded to Watson Farley Williams LLP
    Evelina is employed as in-house counsel at FNB Namibia Holdings Limited, responsible for providing specialist legal services, litigation management and credit risk compliance management for the FNB Namibia Group of companies. She is also the incumbent Chairperson of the Law Society of Namibia Standing Committee on Labour Law. Prior to joining FNB, Evelina served as in house counsel for TransNamib Holdings Limited, Namibia’s national surface carrier and the exclusive rail operator. Evelina also previously served in the position of Compliance Officer and Assistant Legal Advisor at Nedbank Namibia Ltd and was also an Associate of LorentzAngula Incorporated (trading as ENSafrica Namibia).
    She is an admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia and a member of the Law Society of Namibia. She holds B.Juris and LLB degrees from the University of Namibia as well as postgraduate certifications in Compliance Management and Board governance from the University of Johannesburg.
    Evelina loves to travel and learn about new cultures.

  • Ayodeji Atere - Nigeria

    2016 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons (London)
    COMBAR Work Experience
    Ayodeji is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Nigeria a leading commercial law firm – Aluko & Oyebode where he represents and advises corporate organizations/ clients (including international oil companies) on tax, commercial and oil and gas related legal issues.
    Ayodeji is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Law Students Association, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. He obtained a Masters Degree in Law from the University of California, Berkeley, USA where he also obtained a specialization certificate in Business Law, a LLB from the Lagos State University, Nigeria and a BL from the Nigerian Law School.
    He plays Tennis and is involved in community development projects during his spare time.

  • Chinedum Umeche - Nigeria

    2016 seconded to King & Wood Mallesons UAE
    Chinedum is a Senior Associate at a leading Nigerian commercial law firm – Banwo & Ighodalo. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Besides handling cases in court and arbitral tribunals, he advises clients (both locally and internationally) on a wide-range of legal issues.
    Prior to joining Banwo & Ighodalo in 2010, he worked with Messrs. Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) & Co, Lagos and Messrs. G. E. Ezomo & Co., Benin City. He is a member of the Board of Reporters of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and the Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (UK) and a Notary Public for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
    Chinedum obtained his law degree from Ebonyi State University and subsequently attended the Nigerian Law School. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 2007.
    He is a passionate writer and has authored several publications (on a widerange of legal issues) in reputable local and international law journals.

  • Olawale Ajetunmobi - Nigeria

    2016 seconded to Pinsent Masons
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Olawale is a Senior Associate at the firm of Perchstone & Graeys, Nigeria and a core member of the dispute resolution practice, where he handles diverse dispute-related matters in multi-faceted sectors for a wide range of corporate and individual clients, including appearances/hearings at various levels of courts (trial and appellate) and other judicial tribunals and ADR centers in a number of high profile cases. Before joining the firm, he worked as an associate at two small-sized law firms where he mastered the basics of litigation and legal practice.
    He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He holds a LLB from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria and a proficiency certificate in management from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). On account of his contribution, he was given the 2014 Best Employee (Legal) Award by the Board of Partners of Perchstone & Graeys (the first of such award), and was also recognized as a “Silent Go-Getter” at different times. He takes pleasure in encouraging people to be the best they are created to be, and he is a follower of the Christian faith.

  • Uloma Onuma - Nigeria

    2016 seconded to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Uloma K. Onuma is sole corporate counsel to the venture capitalbacked iROKO Partners, the fastest-growing technology company in Africa. She advises on private equity, joint ventures, content distribution, licensing, intellectual property, employment, privacy and other matters. Prior to iROKO, Uloma worked as an associate at a commercial law firm, a bank officer and a legal affairs intern at the Basel Convention and UNFCCC in Geneva and Bonn, respectively.
    She is a dual-qualified attorney (New York and Nigeria) and a member of the New York City and Nigerian Bar Associations. Uloma holds LL.M. degrees from New York University School of Law and the University of Cape Town and additional law degrees. Random Fact: I make a mean pumpkin soup.

  • Jackie Nankunda - Rwanda

    2016 seconded to White & Case LLP
    Jackie is the Head of Legal and Compliance at East Africa Exchange (EAX). Jackie has over 7 years of experience across a number of sectors including banking and finance, professional services, and environment. She has first-hand experience at all the different stages of EAX’s transactions, varying from advising senior management on strategic initiatives, corporate compliance and risk/litigation issues, legal due diligence, regulatory watch, dispute Resolution, drafting of legal documents to negotiation and legal advice. Prior to joining EAX, she was a legal and compliance officer at Capital Market Authority, Prior to joining East Africa Exchange (EAX), she was a legal and compliance officer at Capital Market Authority, a regulatory body charged with the prime responsibility of regulating and supervising the capital markets industry. She has also worked as an associate with Kamanzi &Ntanganira associates, a leading law firm in Rwanda. Jackie holds LLM in commercial law from University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and LLB (with a distinction) from the National University of Rwanda.

  • Paul Kayoboke - Rwanda

    2016 seconded to Ashurst LLP
    Mr Paul Kayoboke is a Managing Partner at Africa Nascent Capital Partners, a legal, financial & investment advisory firm. He advises both domestic and international clients on a range of corporate transactions and manages an investment portfolio. Paul has extensive experience in both the public and private sector having served in a number of senior government roles as well as embarking on a number of entrepreneurial ventures. Paul is a member of the Rwanda Bar Association and the East African Law Society. He holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an LLB from the University of Reading.
    Random Fact: Paul has a keen interest in farming and grows organic produce on a small farm which supplies a fast food restaurant he cofounded that takes pride in using only fresh, locally produced organic ingredients.

  • Stefan Thomas - Sierra Leone

    2016 seconded to General Electric Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) (Shannon)
    Stefan Thomas is currently the Legal Officer at HFC Mortgage & Savings Co (SL) PLC where he provides legal advice to the Management and Board, protects the company’s interests in all contractual relations and ensures compliance with regulations, as well as drafts, prepares and registers loan agreements, mortgage deeds, and contracts, provides legal opinions on mortgage and banking issues and company secretarial work including the preparation of board papers and minutes of board meetings. Before joining the company, he previously worked as an associate barrister & solicitor at Wright & Co (Solicitors), one of the largest Commercial Law firms in Freetown, Sierra Leone for five (5) years. He is a member of the Sierra Leone Bar Association and holds an LLM (Master of Laws) degree in International Business & Commercial Law from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the University of Sierra Leone.

  • Mohand Elshaik - Sudan

    2016 seconded to General Electric Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) (Dubai)
    COMBAR
    Mohand is a lecturer of commercial law in the Faculty of Law, University of Khartoum. He has worked as advocate for the law firm of Ali Mohammed Osman Yasin in Khartoum. Mohand was admitted to the Sudanese Bar in 2012 and since then he has been practicing at a number of law firms in Khartoum. He is also a member of the Sudan Comparative Law Society. He holds an LL.B & LL.M from University of Khartoum, (Sudan).

  • Isata Jawara - The Gambia

    2016 seconded to Herbert Smith LLP
    Isata is a senior State Lawyer at the Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice in The Gambia. She is also the Chief Legal Adviser for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is attached to the Civil Litigation and International law department and also oversees the Registrar General’s Department at the Ministry of Justice. In addition to handling civil cases before the High Court and Court of Appeal, she is heavily involved in intellectual property law, drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal agreements between the Government and donor/development partners at national, bilateral and multilateral levels. Before joining the Government, Isata previously worked as an asylum and immigration caseworker at a private firm. She is a member of the Middle Temple Inn UK, The Gambia Bar Association and the Gambia Female Lawyers Association. Isata holds an Msc in International Development from the London School of Economics and an LLB and BA in Law and Political Science from the University of Essex in the UK. She completed her Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She loves to travel, explore and meet new people.

  • Amina El Bargui - Tunisia

    2016 seconded to Norton Rose Fullbright LLP
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Amina is a partner at EL BARGUI law firm in Tunis, a family law firm established in the 1970s. The firm’s main clients are foreign companies, especially German, Austrian and Belgian companies. Amina’s practice includes drafting and structuring commercial agreements, incorporating subsidiaries of foreign companies, representing and advising clients in corporate, commercial and civil sectors.
    From April 2015 till May 2016, she was assigned as a legal consultant at the African development Bank in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) where she focused on project finance, restructuring and banking law.
    Amina is a member of Tunisian Bar and I hold an LL.M in private comparative law from the University of Saarlandes in Germany, and an LL.B from the Faculty of legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis.

  • Ian Mutibwa - Uganda

    2016 seconded to Latham Watkins LLP
    Ian Mutibwa is a Senior Tax and Legal Consultant at KPMG Uganda, a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated to KPMG International, a Swiss Entity. Ian specializes in International Tax advisory. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Honours degree, from Makerere University Kampala. He obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center where he graduated among the top 10 of his class. He is currently among the few Ugandans pursuing the prestigious Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (“ADIT”), an internationally accredited international tax course and was awarded level One (1) certificate for Principles of International Taxation.
    He has previously worked with Shonubi Musoke & Co. Advocates, top tier law firm in Uganda and did an internship with the Uganda Law Reform Commission, a Law review, reforming and policy formation body. He has worked in the fields of domestic and International tax advisory, tax restructurings, Transfer Pricing, commercial law and commercial Random Fact: I am currently undertaking lessons in Golf.

  • Isaac Kabuye - Uganda

    2016 seconded to Holman Fenwick Willan
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Isaac is Legal Counsel at Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Petroleum Exploration and Production Department (Uganda). In this role, he has been part of the core nuclear group which drafted the two Ugandan petroleum laws of 2013, negotiated with the refinery lead investor, negotiated the new commercialisation plan for developing resources in Uganda with the current operators in Uganda, provided legal support to Government in the arbitration of Heritage Oil and Gas vs the Government of Uganda, negotiated with the Governments of Kenya and Tanzania about the possible routing of the impending cross border crude oil pipeline, acted as counsel for the Uganda’s first licensing round among other aspects. Prior to joining the Ministry of Energy, Isaac served as an Advocate for the law firm of Makada and Partners and as Associate Partner for the law firm of Owen Murangira and Company Advocates.
    Isaac holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (with Honours) from Makerere University, a Master of Laws (International Commercial Law) from the University of Birmingham, UK.

  • Kate Munuka - Zambia

    2016 seconded to Baker & McKenzie
    COMBAR Work Placement
    Kate is an Associate in the Corporate Advisory Practice at Corpus Legal Practitioners, a full service leading commercial firm in Zambia. Her areas of practice and interest include Corporate Commercial, Tax, Projects, Mergers and Acquisitions and Project, Trade and Asset Finance. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Laws in International Investment and Trade Law from the University of Pretoria and University of Amsterdam.
    Kate was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2012 and to the Golden Key International Society following the completion of her postgraduate studies in the area of international investment and trade law. She is a member of the Law Association of Zambia and Young ICCA, a world-wide arbitration knowledge network for young practitioners. Kate also has interest in non-profit initiatives focused on improving child literacy levels and women empowerment in Zambia and currently serves as a volunteer for reading clinic sessions with Impact One, a non-profit entity undertaking various initiatives to improve child literacy and teacher competencies in a network of community schools in Lusaka.

  • Tibane Mpahlwa - South Africa

    2014 seconded to Fasken Martineau
    Tibane is Legal Counsel for the Linked Investment Services and Unit Trust Platforms of the Barclays Wealth and Investment Management division where his responsibilities include the management of Legal and Regulatory Risks and drafting and vetting various investment related agreements.
    He has previously held positions as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, legal advisory positions within the South African financial services industry, specifically within the areas of wealth, investment and asset management.
    Tibane holds the LLB and LLM degrees from the Universities of Port Elizabeth and South Africa. He holds a Post-Graduate qualification in International Management from the University of London.