Olufemi Lijadu is a Founding Partner and head of the Banking & Finance and Energy & Natural Resources Groups. He is a leading commercial lawyer with over forty years’ experience in private practice and in-house.
Femi returned to private practice in 2011 having worked in-house as Company Secretary and Legal Adviser, and subsequently, Executive Director (Management Services) of one of Nigeria’s top four banking institution, United Bank of Africa Plc. He was also a non – executive director of UBA Trustees and First Securities Discount House (the first Discount House in Nigeria).
He has written several articles on globalization of legal services and local content development in Nigeria’s Oil & Gas sector and regularly speaks on these issues on domestic and international platforms. He is a Fellow and former Director of the Aspen Leadership Global Network (West – Africa), a member of the advisory board of Art X (Art Fair) and was a member of the Presidential Committee on the Recovery of Stolen Assets and the Drafting Committee for the new Petroleum Industry Bill currently progressing through the final phases of review by the Nigerian National Assembly. He is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School. Femi was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Committee on the WTO. He is the current Chairman (Non-Executive) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria. He speaks French fluently.