Tobi Adebowale is a resourceful and driven lawyer working with the Energy & Natural Resources practice group of Banwo&Ighodalo where he advises on diverse oil and gas transactions including acquisition and divestment of assets, development and construction of petroleum refineries, investment in the various segments of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and Nigeria’s budding mining industry.
Prior to joining Banwo & Ighodalo, Tobi worked as an Associate with foremost commercial law firm, George Etomi & Partners where he advised on different aspects of Nigeria’s electricity value chain, investment in gaming, financing infrastructure, acquisition of content distribution licences and the launch of digital payments platforms.
As a lawyer, Tobi delights in using a combination of his knowledge of the law, industry insight and negotiation skills to bring about the best obtainable results for clients.
In 2015, Tobi started a law blog, Lawyard, which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s most popular legal information websites. He has also contributed research papers on Aviation, Health Litigation, and Water Resources to national and global journals including the International Law Office, Getting the Deal Through, and the World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) journals respectively.
He provides transaction advisory services in relation to the regulatory and commercial framework for investment in Nigeria and Africa, especially in the Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure and Technology sectors.
He has advised on and negotiated relevant agreements for the establishment, development and construction of thermal power plants, hydro power plants, a modular refinery, embedded and captive power projects, distribution infrastructure for the supply of electricity under the Eligible Customer framework, rural electrification and renewable energy projects.
He has similarly advised on private equity investment and restructuring of a Power-As-A-Service multinational company with operational bases across Africa; the restructuring of a Gas-To-Liquid joint venture; offtake and supply of gas; the divestment of oil and gas assets by an international oil company and the acquisition of oil and gas assets by indigenous petroleum producers; restructuring of an aviation company and expansion of a multinational lottery company’s services to Nigeria, among others.
He has deployed his dispute resolution skills at various levels of court as well as mediation and arbitration panels for matters bordering on labour issues, medical negligence, debt recovery, copyright and disputes over exploration licences.
Tobi has worked with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on amendment of laws governing Nigeria’s business climate. He provided support to the Technical Committee on Conference Planning for the 2018 Annual General Conference of the NBA where he coordinated two sessions on Indigenous Operatorship of Oil and Gas Assets, and Disruptive Technology in Legal Education and Practice.
He is presently the Chairman of the Governing Council of the NBA Young Lawyers Forum in which capacity he has the charge of conceptualizing and implementing ideas for the advancement of young lawyers across Nigeria. Tobi is also a member of the Continuing Professional Development committee of the NBA Lagos Branch.
In his spare time, Tobi writes essays and poetry on law, politics, social relations and love.