By John Austin Unachukwu
Pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law ( SBL) George Etomi has won the 2019 highest recognition of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) in the United Kingdom (UK).
Etomi received the award for his “distinguished service to the legal profession.”
The award was presented by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Justice George Oguntade (JSC) rtd.
Nominated finalists for recognition in other categories are: Adenike Balogun, Adetokunbo Hussain, Hilda Ephraim Adejumo, Ifeanyi Odogwu, Lorna Adekaiyaoja, Nwabueze Nwokolo, Tochukwu J. Anaenugwu and Zina Arinze.
The BNLF had announced in August 2019 that the highest recognition this year is an award for distinguished service to the legal profession which would be presented to Etomi, Founding Partner, GEP Law, Nigeria.
The British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) is an independent, bi-lateral group which has been internationally established for more than a decade.
All of the executive members of the BNLF are leading legal professionals in their field from the UK and Nigeria of which members are exceptionally proud.
Mr Etomi is a distinguished transaction lawyer regularly consulted by multinational companies and top government agencies. He was closely involved in acting for the first mobile telephone service in the country and advises major foreign airlines operating in Nigeria.
He has extensive experience in commercial transactions, spanning arbitration and other ADR methods, aviation, building and construction, banking and finance, energy and natural resources.
He has represented clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters including public and private offerings, privatisation and major project finance transactions.
Etomi, who holds a Master’s degree in Law from the London School of Economics also has a special interest in the energy and natural resources field and is a member of the Centre for Petroleum Law Research [CPLR].
He is a director on the board of one of the top performing utilities in Nigeria where he serves as the chairman, legal, Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Etomi is the first past chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law and recently, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies named a centre after him: ‘The George Etomi Centre for Strategic Investment and Corporate Governance.’ He has also been given a professorial chair at the institute.
In 2016, Etomi was appointed a member of the Body of Benchers, the highest regulatory body of the legal profession in Nigeria. He is a regular facilitator at global business conferences.
George is as humble in his personal as he is rigorous in his professional life.