Law Digest Africa Awards

The Law Digest Africa Awards 2016 Shortlist has been Released with Top Nigerian law firms and lawyers dominating the shortlist. The awards which are organized by Africa’s premier law journal is in its second edition. Last years awards which where held in Lagos, Nigeria on the 6th Novemeber featured 16 categories.

The 2016 edition will feature 13 categories with Nigerian law firm Templars having seven nominations, South Africa’s Bowmans & Nigeria’s Banwo & Ighodalo Follow with 4 Nominations each while Ghana’s AB & David & Aluko & Oyebode follow closely with 3 Nominations each.The Emerging law firms category features two Nigerian firms Shortlist Advocaat & Brooke Chambers

Unlike last years nominees list where a number of categories had 8 different nominations, this years awards would have no more than 4 nominations in each category. The organizers say what distinguishes them from other awards is that they concentrate on growth, innovation, capacity building, community engagement and customer care. The combination of the award criteria, particularly the significance they place on client feedback ensures that both large and small firms have equal opportunity to win its awards.

Full Details Of The Law Digest Africa Awards 2016 – Shortlist Categories

* Managing Partner of the Year, – Shortlist (1) Fred Onuobia of G. Elias & Co (Nigeria), (2) Nigel Woodroffe of Shepstone & Wylie (South Africa),Priscilla Ogwemoh of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Nigeria) & (4) Oghogho Akpata of Templars (Nigeria)

* Female Managing Partner of the Year, – Shortlist (1) Eliane Bergenthuin of De Beer Attorneys (South Africa) & (2) Priscilla Ogwemoh of Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Nigeria)

* Young Managing Partner of the Year (under 40), – Shortlist (1) Kimathi Kuenyehia of Kimathi & Partners (Ghana) (2) Michael Orimobi ofTokunbo Orimobi LP (Nigeria) & (3) Marian Awela of Marreean & Ass (Nigeria)

* Law Firm of the Year – Shortlist (1) AB & David (Ghana), (2) Bowmans (South Africa), (3) Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria) and (4) Templars (Nigeria)

* Emerging Firm of the Year (1-3 partners) – Shortlist (1) Advocaat (Nigeria) & (2) Brooke Chambers (Nigeria)
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) Ajumogobia & Okeke (Nigeria), (2) Bowmans (South Africa), (3) Fidelis Oditah & Co (Nigeria) and (4) SPA Ajibade & Co (Nigeria)

* M&A Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) The New Practice (TNP) (Nigeria), (2) Bowmans (South Africa), (3) ENSafrica (South Africa) and (4)Templars (Nigeria)

* Banking & Finance Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) G. Elias & Co (Nigeria), (2) Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria), (3) Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria) and(4) Templars (Nigeria)

* Capital Market Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) The New Practice (TNP) (Nigeria), (2) Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria), (3) Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria) and (4) Templars (Nigeria)

* Property, infrastructure and Construction Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) Jackson Etti & Edu (Nigeria), (2) Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria), (3) AB & David (Ghana) and (4) Templars (Nigeria)

* Power, Energy & Natural Resources Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) Bowman (South Africa), (2) CGA (Mozambique), (3) AB & David (Ghana) and (4) Templars (Nigeria)

* IP and Technology Team of the Year – Shortlist (1) Jackson Etti & Edu (Nigeria), (2) Coulson Harney (Kenya), (3) G. Elias & Co (Nigeria) and (4)Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria)

* Africa’s Strategic Partner of the Year – Shortlist (1) Stephenson Harwood LLP (UK) & Essex Court Chambers, (UK) (2) Eversheds LLP (UK) &(3) King & Wood Mallesons (UK)

The names of the Judges for the 2016 awards have also released, unlike 2015 edition which featured 7 Judges this year’s awards would have 12 judges from different parts of africa

Here are the List of this years judges

NANKUNDA KATANGAZA – DIRECTOR – HOOK TANGAZA INTERNATIONAL

JULIET C. MAZERA – PARTNER – ORARO & CO ADVOCATES

STEPHEN DENYER – HEAD OF CITY AND INTERNATIONAL – LAW SOCIETY OF ENGLAND & WALES

JULIEN KAVARUGANDA – PRESIDENT – RWANDA BAR ASSOCIATION

PIETER STEYN – DIRECTOR – WERKSMANS & CHAIRMAN – LEX AFRICA

NOOR KAPDI – MANAGING PARTNER – DENTONS SOUTH AFRICA

MICHAEL AKAFIA – VP & HEAD, LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE – GOLD FIELDS WEST AFRICA

ANTONY DERJACQUES – PRESIDENT – BAR ASSOCIATION OF SEYCHELLES

ERIC MUTUA – PRESIDENT – LAW SOCIETY OF KENYA

PARTNER AND HEAD OF AFRICA GROUP – EVERSHEDS LLP

PARTNER AND HEAD OF AFRICA GROUP – BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER

PRINCIPAL PARTNER BAYO OJO & CO

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