Olisa Agbakoba Legal (OAL) has elevated Victor Akazue Nwakasi and Adebola Sobowale as Associate Partners with effect from April 4, 2017.They joined the firm in 2005 and 2008 respectively and have both contributed immensely to the growth of the Firm.
Prior to their appointment, Victor was the head of Corporate & Commercial Practice Unit, while Debola was a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation Group with keen interest in commercial litigation.
Victor studied law at the University of Ibadan and obtained B.L from the Nigeria Law School in 2003. He obtained an LL.M from University of Lagos (2008). Victor is a multi-skilled legal practitioner and has worked successfully in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Training, Debt Recovery, Insolvency, Business Recovery, Legal Development Projects, and Commercial Advisory since joining the firm as a Trainee Associate. He has led, coordinated and executed legal tasks and projects for national and international corporations. He has garnered multifaceted experience from serving in all the units of OAL’s practice and readily applies that in advancing the value and objective of the firm. He has served in projects including the Legal Implementation Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Financial Sector Strategy (FSS 2020), saddled with the task of developing critical legislation for financial services sector, and participated in the designing of the Nigerian International Financial Center (NIFC) Model. He is writer and has published practice and development law tools on Debt Recovery and Investment Laws.
As an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), he served as the pioneer Secretary of the NBA-Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL) and was at a time the Assistant Project Secretary for the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)/Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Project which promoted the application of law to development planning in the Niger Delta.
Victor has keen interest in Arbitration and was one of the first Nigerians, appointed as Africa Region Representatives by the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Young Arbitrators Group (YIAG). Victor is a legal entrepreneur who understands the business aspect of legal practice which he actively promotes in the core strategy by the firm in providing solutions for diverse clients.
Debola attended the Olabisi Onabanjo University and the Nigerian Law School where he obtained his L.L.B and B.L respectively and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005. Debola has brought his experience to bear in the firm’s Litigation, insolvency and Maritime practice and has been involved in major Litigation cases and international arbitration. Debola is hardworking, a team player and is noted for prompt delivery on assigned tasks. He demonstrates a high degree of responsibility and commitment towards achieving the firm’s overall objectives.
Debola is an Associate member of the Business Risk and Insolvency practitioners Association of Nigeria, member, Negotiation and Conflict Management Group, and the NBA Section on Business Law.