“cuts to the chase” to deliver responsive and results-driven commercial solutions to clients in the oil & gas industry

Tope leads our Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group and also is a member of the Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. His far-ranging practice expertise includes: admiralty; commercial litigation and arbitration; oil and gas law;projects and infrastructure; and tax.

Tope applies his in-depth legal experience and commercial insight to complex legal, regulatory, and commercial issues in transactions and litigation in the oil and gas sector, especially with clients in exploration and production activities. Because he thoroughly understands the business objectives of each client in each matter, he has helped them to achieve successful results in some of the most significant cases and transactions in Nigeria, including:

  • Moni Pulo Limited’s drilling and oil field service contracts relating to OML 114

  • Southfield Petroleum in the construction of a gas processing plan in the western delta of Nigeria

  • Total E&P Nigeria Limited in its diverse operations

  • A client in the management buy-out of shareholders in a leading indigeneous petroleum exploration and production company, with a transaction value of US$ 500 million

  • West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited in the review and amendment of the International Project Agreement with and among the Republic of Benin, the Republic of Ghana, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Republic of Togo, including the review and amendment of the Tariff Methodology and Gas Transportation Agreements

  • An indigeneous petroleum exploration and production company in the successful acquisition of an oil and gas asset from an international oil company that was divesting its 40% participating interest in the oil mining lease

  • A petroleum exploration and production company through out its campaign to drill four development wells in an oil field offshore Nigeria, including negotiation of the rig contract and contracts for ancillary drilling services

  • Amni International Petroleum Development Company Limited in various oil and gas and funding transactions

professional affiliations

  • Nigerian Bar Association

  • Law Society of England & Wales

  • International Bar Association

  • Energy Institute

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K.

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales


  • University of Dundee (LL.M., Petroleum Law & Policy)

  • Nigerian Law School (L.B.)

  • University of Lagos (LL.B)

Tope is an avid fan of cricket and golf.

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