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Partner, Templars Law
Desmond Ogba is a Partner in the Finance & Projects practice Groups at Templars. He has extensive experience advising project companies and sponsors, corporates, commercial lenders, funds, multilateral and export credit agencies and other financial institutions on diverse transactions including project finance, power projects and other infrastructure development, strategic investments, international capital markets issuances, structured finance and corporate finance.
Desmond has particularly carved a niche for himself in the energy space where he has earned a reputation as a trusted and outstanding advisor, having advised several sponsors and financiers on the development and financing of both gas-fired and renewable power plants, and on a number of other infrastructure projects and alternative funding structures in the energy sector.
He graduated with First Class Honours from the Nigerian Law School and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Ebonyi State University. Before joining Templars, he was a finance & projects associate at a leading Lagos-based firm and a visiting associate at the London offices of Latham & Watkins, LLP. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Banking, Finance and Insolvency committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law. In 2017, he was appointed by the Nigerian Senate to serve as a member of a technical committee of experts to support the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions on financial law reform.
John Edozie is a leading international attorney, advisor, and subject matter expert. He is a member of the law firm of Madu, Edozie & Madu, PC, a New York Law firm with over thirty years of experience in International Law, Commercial Litigation,Arbitration, Intellectual Property, and Corporate Law. His expertise spans US multi-nationals, Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, IT, oil and gas as well as advisory services to local, state and federal governments both in the US and countries in Africa.
Mr. Edozie has served as legal counsel for various clients in Nigeria regarding their business interests in the United States as well as US multinationals with commercial interests in Nigeria, Kenya, and other African countries. Currently, Mr. Edozie also serves as the International Advisor to the Attorney General Alliance – Africa (AGA Africa), which provides training for Prosecutors, Judges, and Investigators in the areas of transnational crime in various African countries. These crimes include but are not limited to: Wildlife Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Money Laundering, Counterfeit Drugs, Terrorism, and Corruption. As the International Advisor, he works closely with ministries of justice, law enforcement personnel, government and non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders to combat transnational crimes.
He also fosters relationships and increases interest in the organization’s work through targeted stakeholder engagements and presentations and attracts potential donors to promote effective international legal frameworks that strengthen criminal justice responses to transnational crimes.
Previously, Mr. Edozie served as a product liability defense associate at Herzfeld & Rubin in New York City where he worked primarily with the New York City Housing Authority and car manufacturers including General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, and Volkswagen in product liability defense work. He graduated with an LLB from the University of Nigeria and an LLM from Boston University. He is a licensed Member of the New York Bar, a licensed Attorney (Barrister & Solicitor) in Nigeria,and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
Kike Ojewale is a senior counsel in the law firm of Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law) in the Corporate and Commercial Law Department. Kike specializes in Intellectual Property, Fashion, Sports, Media & Entertainment law. She has gathered over 8 years’ experience in these areas, dealing daily with creatives and other stakeholders in the creative industry and corporate world.
Kike is responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolios (trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyright) of large multinationals in the telecommunications, technology, entertainment and fashion industries. She also advises her clients on licensing, assignments, merchandising agreements and other related agreements. She prides herself in going above and beyond for her clients, ensuring that their interests are protected at all times. She is passionate about breaking barriers and changing the norm in her field of expertise.
Mojisola is Director, Legal & Compliance at Kuramo Capital Management where she has legal oversight of Kuramo’s investments in sub-Saharan Africa including structuring and negotiation of private equity and public market investments and ensuring compliance with US SEC and FCPA standards.
Previously, Moji worked at Schwartz LLC, a New York-based private equity law firm, and was formerly a Senior Associate at Templars, a leading Nigerian law firm. She also had a stint in the London offices of Watson, Farley & Williams LLP . and has extensive experience advising investment managers, sponsors, banks, institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, and international development finance institutions on a broad spectrum of complex transactions from cross-border equity and debt financing to asset acquisitions and disposals, mergers, joint ventures, restructurings and refinancing.
Moji holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and is a dual licensed Barrister and Solicitor and an Attorney in Nigeria and New York State respectively. She is also a Chartered member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. She routinely serves on the Selection Committee of the Community Solutions Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
Toni Adeeyo is an executive director in the Compliance division of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She has over 5+years experience with demonstrated strengths in various aspects of compliance including regulatory implementation, training, monitoring, advisory, manager due diligence, regulatory interactions and corporate governance.
Toni is an award-winning graduate of the University of Exeter and Duke University Law School, where she earned her LLB and LLM degrees respectively. She also holds the CISI Investment Compliance Diploma (Level 6) and the CISI Risks in Financial Services Certificate.