Banwo & Ighodalo

Femi Olubanwo

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Practice Areas

Intellectual Property & Technology

Banking & Loan Syndication

Corporate & Commercial Law

Project Finance


After a short stint with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Femi joined the Lagos commercial law firm of Chris O. Okunowo & Co in September 1983. In February 1991, he co-founded the law firm, Banwo & Ighodalo, as a Partnership. The firm has since grown from two Partners and one Associate to today’s 92 lawyers including 12 Partners. Femi practices largely in Investments, Banking and Corporate Finance, Project Finance, Mining and Intellectual Property. He is especially versed in Project and Corporate Finance and has been engaged in a very wide variety of in-country and international Financing transactions over the last 30 years. He has led or participated in many of the Firm’s important financing transactions. He has advised several multinational and blue-chip companies in various sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and Manufacturing.

Professional Memberships

President, Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria

Member, Nigerian Bar Association

Member, Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Member, International Trademark Association

Member, Nigerian Maritime Law Association

Member, World Trade Course of Nigeria

Member, Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce


International Comparative Legal Guide: TRADE MARKS 2013 ( (Co-author of the Nigerian Chapter)

International Comparative Legal Guide: TRADE MARKS 2012 ( (Co-author of the Nigerian Chapter)


Femi is a director of many companies operating in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy as well as several not-for-profit organizations, particularly in the area of education.

Femi’s parents were both teachers and the passion for education runs through his veins as well. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of two highly reputable educational institutions, (one of which is Igbobi College, Yaba) as well as a Foundation for the education of brilliant but indigent scholars. He is himself, a consummate teacher and adviser and is passionate about seeing young Nigerians grow and become agents of change in our nation.

His hobbies are reading, driving, travel, snooker and, recently, golf. He and his late wife are blessed with three adult children.