Olumide Akpata has emerged as the new President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The announcement was made on Thursday by Chairman of the NBA Electoral Committee, Taiwo Taiwo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Akpata won the election with over 50 percent of the total votes cast.
His rivals in the election were; Dele Adesina (SAN) and Babatunde Ajibade, who is also a (SAN).
Here are things readers need to know about Akpata.
- Olumide Akpata is not a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). His emergence disrupts the age-long belief that the leadership of the association is the preserve of SANs.
- He was born on October 7, 1972, in Edo State.
- He attended King’s College in Lagos before studying Law at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
- He was called to the Nigerian Bar at the age of 21.
- He started his law practice in Delta State before relocating to Lagos to team up with his cousin, Oghogho Akpata, who had set up law firm, Templars, in 1995.
- Templars, where he is the Senior Partner and Head of Corporate& Commercial Practice Group, grew from a four-man law firm in 1995-1996, to over 150 work force with two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), in 25 years.
- He played a critical role in some of the major groundbreaking transactions that shaped commercial law practice in Nigeria. This include:
- advising the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), on the restructuring and unbundling of the defunct state-owned power monopoly, National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), which ultimately resulted in the several successor companies to NEPA;
- advising on the acquisition of National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria by a group of Nigerian investors in a $152 million asset purchase transaction, under the privatization programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria;
- advising American Tower Corporation on its $1.05 billion acquisition of telecommunication towers and passive infrastructure business from Airtel Networks Limited;
- advising Azura Power West Africa Limited and its sponsors on the pioneering development and financial of a circa $1 billion greenfield 459mw independent power plant in Edo State;
- advising Diamond Bank on its merger with Access Bank PLC.
- He is a founding member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA/SBL), which was inaugurated in 2004. He became the NBA/SBL chairman in 2016 for a two-year term.
- He represented the NBA on the council of the International Bar Association (IBA), from 2014 to 2016, during which he served as vice chairman of the IBA Africa Regional Forum.
- He sits in non-executive capacity of Boards of private companies in Nigeria, some of which he also chairs.
- He is a member of several think-tanks, including the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), and a pioneer member of the United Nations Nigerian Humanitarian Fund (UN-NHF).
- He is a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).