Our Team
Chief Ladi Taiwo

LL.B[Lagos], MCI. Arb[London], MNIM, FCILS; [Salzburg]; Notary Public
Joint Managing Partner/Senior Counsel
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LADI TAIWO is a founding and name partner of A.T. & CO. Admitted Nigeria Bar, 1973.

Education: Educated at Government College Ibadan;  Ibadan Grammar School; University of Ibadan; University of Lagos (LL.B. Honours, 1972); Nigerian Law School (Certificate of the Council of Legal Education, 1973); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (MCI, ArB., 1999)


Solicitor & Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; Member,Nigerian Bar Association; Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; Member, Body of the Congress of Fellows; Center for International Legal Studies, Austria; Member, The International Arbitration Court of Rio de Janeiro; Member, Nigerian Institute of Management; Member, International Bar Association; International Project Finance Association (IPFA); Notary Public.




On-the-job training and experience is complimented with external and internal training programmes e.g.

*   Expert delegate to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – “UNCITRAL Working Group VI (Security Interests Law)”; 2002;

*   Center for International Legal Studies; *   Securities and Exchange Commssion + Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria (AIHN) – “Mergers and Acquisitions; 2004;

*   Lagos Business School:  “Financing the Real Estate Industry in Nigeria”; 2005;

*   PSTG Personal Skills Training Group “Motivation and Teamwork”;   2006;

*   World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO): “Workshop on a National Intellectual Property Strategy”; 2006;

*   International Bar Association: “Developing Energy & Mining Projects in Emerging Markets”; 2006;

*   Securities and Exchange Commission: “Developing the Bond Market for Real Estate Finance”; 2005;

*   Nigeria Capital Market Institute: “Mastering Capital Market Transactions”; 2008


*   “ASSET SECURITIZATION – current techniques and emerging market application”; 2006

*   “Securitisation – Legal and Regulatory Considerations”; 2006

*   “Project Finance: Practical Case Studies – Power & Water”; 2005

*   “Project Finance: Practical Case Studies – Resources and Infrastructure”; 2005

*   “PROJECT FINANCE – The guide to financing build-operate-transfer projects”; 2006


LANGUAGES:    ENGLISH (excellent in speaking, reading and writing).


1976 – date     -    Co-founder and Managing Partner of ABDULAI, TAIWO & CO.; SOLICITORS;

1975 – ’76       -     Partner in the firm of L. O. TAIWO & CO.;

1974 – ’75      -      State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State of Nigeria;

1973 – ’74    -       Associate Member of the law firm of DAVID GARRICK & CO.



Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Securities, Legal Due Diligence and

Regulatory Compliance Audit, Business Structures and Corporate Scheme

Arrangements, including Employee Benefit schemes, Intellectual

Property, Business and Technology Licensing Arrangements, 

Privatisation and Public Private Partnerships, Securitisation and

Structured Finance, Capital Market, Trust Deeds, Bond Issues.


* Chairman, “National Working Group on the review of Investment Laws of Nigeria”, body established by the Attorney-General and Federal Minister of Justice, 2007 - 2009.

 * Ladi Taiwo served as member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) “National Committee on Private PensionFund Management in Nigeria”, 2002.

 * Editorial Consultant of "MODUS International Law and Business Quarterly;" 1997 – 2004.

 * Council Member and Vice-Chairman, Section on Business Law of Nigerian Bar Association; 2004 – 2009

*  According to Euromoney’s IFLR: 1000 – “Ladi Taiwo’s approach to providing legal services is extremely innovative – He is talented and guided by his experience and by having the knowledge of law at his finger tips”.

Chambers Global also describes Ladi Taiwo a “quiet but strong and reliable all-round lawyer.” 

 *  Ladi Taiwo is rated by LAW BUSINESS RESEARCH LTD., of U.K. in Who’s Who Legal Nigeria as a leader in Capital Market and Corporate Finance; IP; and Corporate/Commercial.


* At the invitation of the IFC-World Bank Private Sector Vice Presidency, Ladi Taiwo is contributing author of the NIGERIA country report in the publication titled "Doing Business in 2010" ISBN 978-0-8213-7961-5. Published by IFC-World Bank.

* Ladi Taiwo is contributing author of the NIGERIA country report of the publication titled “Doing Business in 2007”ISBN 0-8213-5748-4 published by IFC-World Bank.

*   Co-Author of the book titled “Registration and Regulation of Foreign Investments and Enterprises”ISBN 978 30065 76 published by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.

*    Co-Author of the book titled “Registration of Trademarks, Patents and Technology Transfer Licences”ISBN 978 30065 33 published by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.

*   Co-Author to the book titled “Establishing a Business in Nigeria”ISBN 978 30065 17 published by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.

 *      Contributing Author of the NIGERIA country report in the international compendium titled: A Survey of International Trademarks Laws and Practices - WILA World’s Trademark Guide”, ISBN 387910 171X published by Wila GmbH of Germany. 

*     Contributing Author of the NIGERIA country report in the international compendium titled: “Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers”, ISBN 1-85 333-832-X; published by Kluwer Law International.

*     Contributing Author of the NIGERIA  country report in the international compendium titled: “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Africa”, ISBN 90 6544 9329; published by Yorkhill Law Publishers

*     Contributing Author to the book titled "Contemporary Issues in Nigerian Law - Essays In Honour of Judge Bola Ajibola (SAN, KBE)", ‑ Judge of the World Court.  Ladi Taiwo authored the essay on private and property law, 1992;  ISBN 978-3173219

*   Contributing Author of the NIGERIA country report in the book titled: “Inside the Minds: IP Client Strategies in the Middle East and AfricaISBN 978-0-314-90728-8 published by Aspatore Books

*  Co-Author of the book titled “Privatisation of Government Enterprises by Tender and Public Offer”ISBN 978 30065 84 published by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.

*  “Some Notes on Mortgage-Backed Securities”, being a paper presented at the interactive workshop "Understanding Securitization" organized by the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, Lagos, June, 2007.

*   Lead Discussion paper for “The Review of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act”, being a commissioned paper by the NIGERIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION; 2008.


*     Conferred with the traditional chieftaincy, title of: “OLOTU (ILAMUREN)”  (i.e. Prime-Minister of the Council of Chiefs”) in his native town of IJEBU-ORU; 1989.

*    LIONS INTERNATIONAL award for “Meritorious Service to Mankind”; 1984.

*     JUNIOR CHAMBERS INTERNATIONAL (“JCI”) Presidential medallion award as “Outstanding National President of the Year”: - Taiwan R.O.C., 1983.

*     Honorary Member, Nigeria Association of Professional Educators; 2006.


* Member, Ikoyi Club 1938;

*  Member, Metropolitan Club;

*  Trustee "Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation"

* Life Patron, and former Vice-President, Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce.

*  Initiator of Self-Regulatory Body known as the “Association of Business Law Firms of            Nigeria"