Sumbo Akintola


Sumbo is “a highly-regarded TMT (Technology, Media, Telecommunications) lawyer with a first-rate regulatory practice encompassing corporate restructuring, refinancing and divestment transactions”, according to Who’s Who Legal. It is her inquisitive nature that fuels her research and understanding of her clients’ businesses, allowing her to provide first-class service.


Sumbo heads the firm’s Telecommunications, Media, Entertainment and Technology (TMET) practice, advising multinational and Nigerian companies. For more than a decade, she has provided legal advisory support to MTN Nigeria Communications Limited. Sumbo has also represented global financial institutions regarding multimillion dollar funding to the telecommunications sector. In addition, Sumbo advises multinationals in the United States and Asia concerning search engine and social networking technology in connection with service offerings, products, and regulatory compliance and data protection.

  • Nigerian Law School, BL, 1990
  • University of Wales, BSc Econ (Law and Politics), 1989
Awards & Recognitions
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, Telecommunication Team of the Year, 2016
  • ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, Trade Finance Deal of the Year, 2013
Memberships & Professional Associations
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • International Federation of Women Lawyers
  • Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)
  • Franco-Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Community Service/Pro Bono
  • Criminal defence
  • Supporting the visually impaired community
Speeches & Publications
  • Speeches/Panel Discussions:
  • Moderator on the “Taking African Music to the World: Prospects, Challenges and Legal Issues Involved” panel at the 2018 Entertainment Law Connect Conference, April 2018
  • Panel discussant on “Lawful Interception Issues: Related Legal Issues” at ATCON Telecoms Executives and Regulator Forum, November 2015
  • Panel discussant on “Lawful Interception of Communications – Legal and Constitutional Issues” at Nigerian Communications Commission/National Judicial Institute Workshop for Judges on Legal Issues in Telecommunications, June 2013