Nigeria’s Adaku Ufere Wins ‘Attorney of The Year’ in the African Legal Awards 2017

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Adaku Ufere

A Nigerian and Centurion Law Firms’ Energy Practice Lead Adaku Ufere has been named Attorney of the Year by The African Legal Awards 2017. Ufere received her award at a ceremony  on Friday, September 8 at The Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

Hosted by Legal Week, the awards were created to recognize exceptional achievement in Africa’s legal community in various categories, including International Law Firm of the Year, African Law Firm of the Year, General Counsel of the Year and Legal Department of the Year. Ufere, who was also a winner in 2016 at the Nigerian Rising Stars – 40 Leading Nigerian Lawyers Under 40 awards, was competing for the top spot in the Attorney of the Year Associate category against lawyers from top global law firms, including Kelly Kapianga of Corpus Legal Practitioners; Aalia Manie of Webber Wentzel; and Megan Nicholas of Hogan Lovells.

Adaku was described in the words below by her Firm Centurion Law Group:

“Adaku works tirelessly here at Centurion Law Group to ensure that clients’ needs are met and exceeded, and that development in Africa’s energy sector keeps moving forward, even during the tough market conditions we are experiencing,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group. “She was up against very tough competition so this award was well-deserved and we are very proud of her.”

Acknowledging the award, Adaku said: “I know that African attorneys throughout the continent are working for the betterment of the legal industry and the betterment of Africa every day, so it is truly an honor to be recognized in this way for the work we do at Centurion’s energy practice.”

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The awards were being judged by an independent panel of some of the most senior professionals in Africa’s law sector.

Adaku obtained her LLB from the University of Nigeria, a BL from the Nigerian Law School and an LLM in Oil and Gas from the University of Aberdeen. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar and the International Bar Association and is also a certified Chartered Arbitrator and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom). She provides legal advisory services to oil companies and the governments in Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana, including drafting and negotiating oil and gas license contracts.

Other winners at the Award Ceremony are 

International Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice
Anjarwalla & Khanna
African Law Firm of the Year – Small Practice

Whipping the Cat

Specialist Law Firm of the Year

Spoor & Fisher
African Network/Alliance of the Year

Miranda Alliance

General Counsel of the Year

Amir Shaikh, African Legal Support Facility
Legal Department of the Year – Large

Law For All

Legal Department of the Year – Small

AFGRI Group
Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year

Tammi McMahon-Panther, Procter & Gamble
Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year

Morwesi Mashego, Barclays Africa
Attorney of the Year (partner)

Ian Levitt, Ian Levitt Attorneys
Attorney of the Year (associate/assistant solicitor)

Adaku Ufere, Centurion Law Group

Innovation Award (law firm

Anjarwalla & Khanna
Innovation Award (in house project)

Exigent
CSR, Diversity, Transformation and Economic Empowerment Award

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Baker McKenzie
M&A Team of the Year

Norton Rose Fulbright
Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year

Allen & Overy
Competition and Regulatory Team of the Yea

Webber Wentzel
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Ian Levitt Attorneys
Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year

Baker McKenzie
TMT Team of the Year
Bowmans
Employment Law Team of the Year
Hogan Lovells
IP Team of the Year
Webber Wentzel
Transportation and Infrastructure Team of the Year
Dentons
Property and Construction Team of the Year

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