Oghogho Makinde


Oghogho has been described by Chambers Global as a lawyer who “not only works well under pressure but is spot-on when it comes to finding solutions”. Clients appreciate the support she provides and her knowledge of the Nigerian market, as well as her calm demeanour.   In Chambers Global 2021, Oghogho is recognised for her "hands-on involvement in transactions." She is singled out by sources for her "deep knowledge of the oil, gas, and power sector," as well as for being "committed, having a consistently high-quality service and speed of response and customer care." She features prominently on offshore joint ventures, compliance matters, and various energy-related partnerships and project structuring matters.


Oghogho is head of the Business Advisory Unit and a key member of the firm’s Banking and Project Finance, and Energy and Natural Resources practices. She advises on banking, commercial and secured credit transactions, oil and gas project finance, infrastructure finance/PPP arrangements, exploration and production (E&P) restructurings, company formations and restructuring, all Nigerian statutory and regulatory compliance matters, licensing, permits and corporate governance issues. Oghogho has, over the years, advised on high value transactions in diverse sectors, including advising on financing arrangements for projects in the oil and gas, healthcare, hotel and hospitality, and manufacturing sectors. As head of the Business Advisory Unit, Oghogho coordinates corporate advice, regulatory compliance and permitting, and establishment of local subsidiaries for various multinational entities.

  • University of Lagos, LLM, 1999
  • University of Benin, LLB, 1988
Bar Admissions Outside Nigeria & Special Certifications

Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria

Awards & Recognitions
  • Globe Business Media Group Client Choice Award – only lawyer from Nigeria to have won the award for three consecutive years (2016–2018) in the General Corporate category
  • Chambers Global 2021
  • IFLR1000
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • IFLR1000 Women Leader for 2018, 2019 & 2020.
Memberships & Professional Associations
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Bar Association
  • Nigerian Gas Association
Community Service/Pro Bono
  • Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ)
  • Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC)
  • Extensive pro bono work on behalf of various NGOs with focus on education, female entrepreneurship and healthcare
Speeches & Publications
  • Speeches:
  • Facilitator, LMA Lagos Documentation Training, April 2018
  • “Documentation and Security for Project Finance”, presented at the Heirs Holdings quarterly meeting of the Legal Community, Lagos, October 2017
  • Facilitator of the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) Business Clinic at the 2017 WIMBIZ Capacity Building programme, Lagos, September 2017
  • Publications:
  • Contributor to the World Bank Doing Business Project, 2017
  • Contributor to the World Bank Enabling the Business of Agriculture project legal framework for access to water, 2016 and 2017