By Innocent Anaba
CLP Legal, formerly known as Ukpong & Omotoso has announced the appointment of Mr. Okey Egbuchu as the firm’s new Managing Partner.
Mr. Okey Egbuchu succeeds Mr. Edo Ukpong, who stepped down as Managing Partner after serving with distinction in that capacity since the establishment of the firm in 1990.
Egbuchu until his appointment, was a partner in the firm. He is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience in corporate law and restructuring, corporate and project finance, construction and infrastructure, and energy law.
His experience in these fields covers banking, and other financial institutions, automobile manufacturing, conglomerates, hospitality, insurance and property. Earlier on in his career, he practised mainly as a civil and commercial litigator, and still handles a portfolio of such cases.
Egbuchu, a pioneer in gas pollution litigation in Nigeria, joined the law firm of Ukpong & Omotoso (now CLP Legal) in 1994 as an Associate and rose to become a Partner in 2001. Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1992; Okey Egbuchu worked briefly as a Federal Prosecutor at the Federal Ministry of Justice between 1992 and 1993. He, thereafter joined the Law Firm of Ukpong and Omotoso in 1994 as an Associate and rose to become a Partner in 2001.
He is a Member of Council of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, past Chairman of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association; and a regular resource person at the annual conference of the Section on Business Law.
Briefing newsmen on the appointment of Egbuchu as the firm’s new Managing Partner at the Ikoyi, Lagos office, Mr. Ukpong, who jointly founded the firm with Mr. Ayodeji Omotoso in 1990, described his successor as “astute, creative, and versatile; someone who has been of immense value to the firm in providing practical, cost-effective solutions to clients’ issues.
For Mr. Omotoso, there could have not been a better successor to Ukpong as the Managing Partner than Egbuchu because he is the bridge between the old and the new, the analog and the digital, and all that is needed to move the firm to the next level.
Present at the briefing were other partners of the firm – Bankole Ogunrinde, the firm’s Administrative Partner, Oluseye Banjoko and Solomon Afahokor.