Wole Olanipekun law firm appoints new partner

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Mr Bode Olanipekun (SAN), the Managing Partner, Wole Olanipekun & Co. law firm, on Wednesday expressed delight over the appointment of Adekunbi Ogunde, as partner in the firm.

Olanipekun, in a statement made available to phenomenal said the addition of Ogunde, a transactional lawyer, to the firm would strengthen its rapidly expanding commercial and corporate practice.

“This appointment is part of the firm’s continuing growth strategy to consolidate its position as a leading full-service law firm, providing robust and well-rounded solutions to its diverse clientele.

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“Ogunde brings to the firm a wealth of experience as a transactional lawyer, having worked in leading law firms in Nigeria and the United Kingdom,” he said.

Olanipekun, stated that Ogunde, in her wealth of legal knowledge, had advised clients on several cross-border commercial transactions and also represented them at international arbitration proceedings.

He said clients who had gained from such knowledge included: financial institutions, state and Federal Government agencies, oil and gas companies, international and national non-governmental organisations.

According to Olanipekun, Ogunde, has an LL.B from the University of Hull and an LL.M from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Olanipekun, also said that Ogunde was named as a recipient of the ‘McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders in Nigeria’ award in 2018.

He said that Ogunde had delivered speeches at conferences such as the International Bar Association Conference 2019, at South Korea and the Commonwealth Law Conference 2019, at Livingstone, Zambia.

The managing partner said, “We are very glad that Ogunde, is joining Wole Olanipekun & Co as partner, to strengthen the firm’s corporate and commercial practice.

“As a firm, we have been very keen to broaden our service offerings to our expanding clientele.

“Ogunde’s exceptional market reputation fit the bill extremely well and we look forward to introducing her to our clients.

“Our clients can therefore continue to expect responsive, high-quality support in all areas of their operations”.

Ogunde, in her response, stated that she had long admired Wole Olanipekun’s law firm for its expertise, judgement and profile particularly as the leading litigation law firm in Nigeria.

According to her, she is very thrilled to be joining the partnership of the firm to build on its existing reputation and help drive the firm’s overall growth.