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Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross


Olayemi Anyanechi is the founder and managing partner at Sefton Fross, a leading law firm in Nigeria.

She is a mission-driven leader who partners with senior executives and government officials to deliver performance and stakeholder value. A detail-oriented professional with an impressive track record advising on top-notch local and international commercial transactions.

Olayemi founded Sefton Fross in 2013 and successfully developed growth strategies for the organisation.

The organisation has made significant contributions to the development of financial law and policy in Nigeria as the Thematic Lead for financial services for the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtables (NASSBER).

Sefton Fross is a leading full-service law firm in Nigeria. At Sefton Fross, their perennial goal is to exceed the expectations of their client, and they consistently achieve their team based approach in addressing those expectations.

They understand the importance of their client’s businesses, approaching every brief in a businesslike manner, putting the interest of the client first, thus providing honest, positive and practical advice. They collaborate with their clients to grow and achieve their set targets.

Anyanechi was recognised as a “Leading Individual” in financial and corporate law by The Legal 500 (2020) and as “Highly Regarded” by IFLR1000 (2020).

She was recognised as one of the top 8 leading lawyers in banking and finance in the league of lawyers from the 5 leading law firms in Nigeria.

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She developed Templars into a tier 1 finance practice in Nigeria within 3 years.

As Group Legal Counsel at Sahara Group, she was appointed as the first general counsel of the conglomerate and effectively developed the legal department which is now one of Nigeria’s leading conglomerates.

She also actively participated in the company’s diversification into upstream oil and gas, which led to the winning of 2 oil blocks and entering into several energy joint ventures.

Furthermore, at Sahara, Olayemi assisted in the development of several other business lines including aviation and real estate.

She has skills and expertise in legal counsel, mergers and acquisitions, energy and natural resources, financial and corporate law, structured finance and derivatives, transaction structuring, Islamic finance, strategic corporate governance and private equity.

She advised on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Series I, II & III multi billion naira domestic Sukuk issuance, Guinness Nigeria PLC’s N10bn commercial paper issuance and Nova Merchant Bank’s N50bn bond programme, amongst others.

Olayemi obtained her LLB from University of Ibadan and Master’s degree (LLM) in corporate and commercial law at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She went to Cambridge as a Chevening Scholar and whilst there, became a Pegasus Scholar of the Inner Temple.