BENJAMIN C. OBIDIEGWU, a 1990 law graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka was admitted to practice law in Nigeria in December 1991 and joined Osinbajo, Kukoyi and Adokpaye in 1992. In 1998, he received a Master’s Degree award in law from the Lagos State University specialising in Banking and Investment Law. Ben, a fellow of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law/Centre for American and International Law, Dallas, Texas, USA is also an alumnus of the Management Development Programme for Legal Practitioners of the Pan Atlantic University (formerly Lagos Business School), Lagos.

Ben is an expert in corporate compliance, regulation matters, banking and investment practices, taxation, intellectual property and a Capital Market Consultant registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria. He has acted as legal adviser and solicitor in several complex and international legal transactions including the N4.5 Trillion Debt Issuance Programme of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria; the US$2.5 Million Acquisition of Travant Ltd (a Mauritania based Global License Company) and as the legal and transactional advisor to core investors in the N1.5 Billion Nigerian Gaming Industry Investment portfolio. He was the Company Secretary to one of Nigeria’s leading media organisations, the Independent Communication Network Limited (ICNL), publishers of The News magazine until its closure as a business venture.

Ben also has practice interests in Mining, Real Estate and Property matters. In 2006, he was an expertise Speaker at an international law conference in South Africa to espouse on Legal issues in Commercial Investment(s) in Nigeria.

Ben is a member of several professional bodies including the International Bar Association; International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals; Section on Business Law, Nigerian Bar Association; Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners of Nigeria, BRIPAN; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; General Secretary, Capital Market Solicitors Association; the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria and the Nigerian-Ukraine Business Council. He has attended several law and related seminars/workshops in Nigeria and abroad.

He is currently the Managing Partner.

ben@hermonlaw.com

OGHENEOCHUKO PEDRO is a graduate of the University of Jos, Nigeria and was admitted to practice law in Nigeria in 1989 He obtained a Master’s degree in law from University of Lagos in 1997 with emphasis on International Economic Law and Transactions and International Company Law.

He was Special Assistant to the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Delta State of Nigeria (2001-2007). While he was so engaged, he handled legal aspects of the Government’s commercial transaction documentation and regulatory compliance. He was equally engaged as Group Company Secretary, Ascot, an oil and gas services group with 7 subsidiaries spread across Africa, Latin America and the USA.

The pioneer Managing Partner at Hermon possesses extensive practice experience in Constitutional Law, Litigation, Corporate law and Compliance issues.

ochuko@hermonlaw.com