Aluko & Oyebode is pleased to announce the appointment of Reginald Udom as the Managing Partner of the Firm, effective January 1st, 2021.
Also effective January 1st, Kofo Dosekun, the current Managing Partner, will become the Chair of the Firm’s Management Board, while current Chairman, Gbenga Oyebode, will stay actively involved as an “Of Counsel”.
As Kofo Dosekun commented: “We thank Gbenga Oyebode for his strong leadership and vision as co-Founder, Managing Partner and most recently Chairman of the Management Board. He has been a visionary to both Nigerian as well as African law firms, continually innovating and reinventing Aluko & Oyebode as we transition from a founder-led organisation to an institution.”
Aluko & Oyebode is recognised by the international legal directories as both the leading Nigerian and also West African law firm.
“Gbenga is still very much a part of the firm,” she continued, “and will continue to contribute to the growth of Aluko & Oyebode as we welcome a new crop of leaders”.
“At the same time, I am also pleased to congratulate Reginald Udom on assuming the new role as Managing Partner and taking the reins during the next stage of our history. Reginald’s commitment to the firm and our clients will serve us well as we continue to reinvent the firm of the future.”
Reginald has over 18 years’ experience in international debt finance transactions having joined Aluko & Oyebode as a law graduate. He focuses on finance, energy, and infrastructure, and has advised sponsors, lenders, issuers, underwriters, and borrowers in a number of projects involving LNG plants, power, oil and gas assets, real estate, cement plants, and steel mills. A partner for the past 10 years, Reginald is already a member of the firm’s Management Board.
He obtained his LL.B. in 2000 from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2002. He subsequently obtained an LL.M. degree from University College London. He is consistently ranked by IFLR 1000 (The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms) as a Highly Regarded Lawyer. He has also been described in Chambers Global as “efficient and thorough”. In 2020, Who’s Who Legal noted that: “Reginald Udom is singled out by market sources for his sweeping knowledge of complex banking transactions and financing…the revered Reginald Udom is well versed in advising domestic and international companies on complex financing matters…” According to a client testimonial published by The Legal500: “Reginald Udom remains probably the strongest partner I have worked within the legal market. Very knowledgeable, responsive, and with an amazingly calm temperament no matter what pressure he is under.’
Commenting on his new role, Reginald Udom said: “I am honoured and privileged to be entrusted by the partners with the leadership of this great firm. These are difficult times with regard to the wider environment especially due to COVID. However, these challenges also present opportunities in our new normal. The firm is at an inflection point and I am extremely fortunate to work alongside a team of very talented and enthusiastic individuals, to sustain our leading status and also make the firm a more exciting place to work.”