Apr 7, 2017

Personality Profile - Prof. Olukonyinsola Ajayi (SAN)

Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN attended the Igbobi College between 1971 and 1975. Though a quiet student, he nevertheless enjoyed a very robust social life. His mien deceived many of his classmates who did not realize that all he had to do was glance at his books once and he would head the whole class in the examinations.

Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN carried this natural brilliance on to his studies at the University level and obtained his first degree (with honours) from the University of Ife (now called Obafemi Awolowo University); not only did he obtain several Distinctions in his studies but was also named a Federal Government Scholar for the entire period of his programme. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980.  He obtained an LL.M. from Harvard University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in International Markets from Cambridge University in 1991.

Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN, who was admitted to the Middle Temple of the English Bar in 1989, was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2000. He is a member of various domestic and international associations such as the International Bar Association, the English and the Nigerian Bar Association.
He was once the Vice President of the Worldwide Alumni Association of the Harvard Law School. He is an Associate fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, England and also a Director of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. He has authored and co-authored over 130 legal writings under the heads of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Banking Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Project Finance and International Capital Markets.

Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN is the Managing Partner of one of leading law firms in Africa, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, situated in the prestigious Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, a position he has held for over a decade. His legal expertise spans the disparate yet connected fields of litigation and transactional work and has over 35 years’ experience in has over thirty-five (35) years legal expertise in the areas of Banking and Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Project Finance, International Business Transactions, Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulation, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Telecommunications, Construction and Engineering, Oil & Gas Law, Privatisation, as well as Litigation and Arbitration.  He played a key role in the Nigerian banking sector reforms and the recent power sector privatisation. He represents a wide range of clients in domestic and cross-border commercial disputes. He recently led the team that advised on the largest single financial transaction in Nigerian financial history.

As a prolific speaker and expert in his field, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN is frequently sought after by law firms, multi-national organizations and various associations to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise at seminars and conferences. He has published numerous articles and books, including Financial and Legal Implications of the Nigerian capital market and Legal Aspects of Finance in Emerging Markets (Volumes I and II). He is also a Professor of Law at the Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN has been described by Chambers Global as “a legend in the industry.” He is recognized as one of the leading Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Project Finance and Capital Market lawyers as well as Energy & Natural Resources in the world by Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and International Financial Law Review respectively. He has equally been described by Chambers and Partners as “…unarguably one of the best in Nigeria.”