Lagos Branch Law Week: The Nigerian Economy – 2019 Outlook and Opportunities for Lawyers

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Lagos Branch Law Week: The Nigerian Economy  –  2019 Outlook and Opportunities for Lawyers

The 2.1 per cent growth forecast for Nigeria in 2019, is 0.1 percentage point lower than last October’s forecast by the World Bank. This modest expansion, according to the bank, reflects stagnant oil production due to regulatory uncertainty, which has limited investment in the oil sector. As for the non-oil sector, the bank said economic activity is held back by high inflation, policy distortions, and infrastructure constraints. In addition, the World Bank said Nigeria’s agricultural output continues to suffer the effects of conflicts and climate change, adding to the modest growth momentum in 2019.

Asue Ighodalo, in one of his analysis said, “Africa is said to be the world’s last economic frontier and massive potential for economic growth abounds on the continent. Sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to have the fastest economic growth of any region at a rate of 4.5% in 2015, surpassing Asia. But there seems generally to be a caveat: The rapid growth must create jobs and benefit everyone in society, rather than exacerbate inequality, and must be sustained.

What is the economic outlook for 2019? What is the economy like in Nigeria? What are the sectors of Nigeria economy lawyers should explore? How wealthy is Nigeria and Nigerian Lawyers? These and so many questions would be answered at this session during the 2019 Lagos Branch Law Week

The Nigerian Economy: 2019 Outlook and Opportunities for Lawyers

Lead Speaker:

Bismarck Rewane – CEO, Financial Derivatives Co. Ltd

Mr. Bismarck Rewane graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Bachelors and Honours degree in Economics in 1972. He worked at several blue-chip financial institutions within Nigeria and abroad holding various senior management positions.

He has more than thirty years experience as an Economist, Banker & Financial Analyst. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Bankers of England and Wales and a Fellow of The Nigerian Institute of Bankers.

Bismarck is an outstanding scholar who has addressed many professional and business gatherings.


Supo Shasore (SAN) – Former AG/Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State

Shasore has significant experience in commercial arbitration; lead counsel in an on-going complex State- Investor dispute, an International Investment Arbitration before ICSID Tribunal; Represented the Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria; Frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings.

Shasore, a Learned Senior Advocate, who is often referred to as a ‘seasoned arbitrator and strategic litigator’, has over thirty years of experience acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities; shipping & maritime law, project and risk advice in mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure. He is a seasoned arbitrator or expert on Nigerian Law.


Chidi Izuwah – Director General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Abuja Nigeria

Chidi is one of the most professionally competent young people we have in Nigeria. He has added great value to not only Engineering profession but a true Nationalist with great vision for the future of Africa.

A rare individual with great heart for excellence and philanthropy. Professionally above the sky and humility of a great Lion. Ever glad to have known this rare breed.


Chinua Azubike – MD/CEO, InfraCredit

Chinua is the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of InfraCredit. He has garnered over fifteen (15) years of experience in corporate/structured finance and debt capital market roles. Chinua has a strong and practical know-how of local capital markets with a firm interest in market development, and has acted as a key adviser in the establishment of development finance institutions including the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company.

He was the project lead for the establishment of a Nigeria Credit Enhancement Facility and prior to this role, the Managing Director of Dunn Loren Merrifield Advisory Partners, a corporate finance advisory firm. He holds an M.Sc. in Finance & Financial Law from University of London and studied law at the University of Lagos. He is currently the chairperson of the Regulation Consolidation Sub-Committee of FMDQ Debt Capital Market Development Project.

Registration for the Law Week is still ongoing and multiple registration channels have been provided by the Law Week Committee towards a seamless and hassle-free registration experience for participants.

This includes payment at the banks or through POS at the Lagos NBA branch office. Participants can also download the registration form and pay through the payment gateway indicated on the branch website.

The registration rates are below:

  • 1 – 7 years: N3,500
  • 8 – 15 years: N5,000
  • 16 – 19 years is 10,000
  • 20 years and above is N15,000
  • SANs and Benchers N25,000

Interested participants are to make their payments to the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch at Access Bank. The Account Number is 0728253326. Please return the registration form to the branch office with proof of payment.

For enquiries, please contact:
Nkem Agboti

Uche Nwadialo

Oluyemisi Iwajomo

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