Ngozi Okonkwo joined Oando PLC in 2009 as the Senior Legal Advisor. She was appointed the Chief Legal Officer in 2011. She currently manages the general affairs of the Legal Services unit comprising downstream, finance and upstream and key transactions. She serves as a member of the Group Leadership Council, the Disciplinary Committee, the Related Party Transaction Panel and is leading the women rising initiatives. She has strong experience in Corporate and commercial law, direct and indirect taxation, Private equity, Corporate finance, Corporate Secretarial Services, Compensation restructuring, Share scheme design, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring.
She is also Legal lead on the acquisition of 3 ConocoPhillips’ business entities in Nigeria in July 2014 for US$1.5 billion as well as:
-the divestment of East Horizon Gas Company Limited for US$250 million (2014).
-the partial divestment of Oando’s downstream division to Helios and Vitol (June 2016), and Oando’s Gas & Power division to Helios (December 2016).
-The divestment of Alausa Power Limited in 2017
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, an Associate member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria as well as a fellow of the Centre for International Legal Studies in Austria.
She is the Co-recipient of the IJ Global award for ‘African oil and gas deal of the year 2014’ on 19th February 2015, in London and has been featured in the Lawyer, ESQ magazines.
Listed in top 100 Corporate Counsel by Legal 500 in April 2015 and with her team has received three awards for outstanding in-house /oil and gas legal team.
In October 2016, she was included in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist: Africa Teams.
In November 2017, Ngozi was again recognized by Legal 500 and certified as one of the most influential GCs in Africa in the Legal 500 GC Powerlist – Africa 2017.
We are proud of her achievement and we name her Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Business and Entrepreneurship category.