Profile of Elder (Barr) Aniekan Ukpanah

Elder (Barr.) Aniekan Ukpanah

Elder (Barr.) Aniekan Ukpanah

Aniekan Ukpanah is a seasoned legal practitioner who has invested over 30 years in the practice of corporate and commercial law. He is currently the Managing Partner of UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE, one of the most reputable multi-specialisation full service corporate and commercial law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Nigeria’s key commercial centres and an associate office in Ghana. He heads firm’sbanking and finance team as well as its project and infrastructure, and real estate teams.He advises Nigerian and international financial institutions; multilateral development institutions and sponsors on structuring and financing transactions across various sectors including telecommunications, energy, gas processing and distribution infrastructure, electric power projects, transportation (rail and roads) and construction; and advises corporate and state governments on capital markets and bond issuance.  He has acted on several high-profile banking and project finance deals in Nigeria and has advised on a number of major infrastructure and construction projects.

Aniekan has been ranked as a leading lawyer across various global directories.  He has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal as “a tenacious lawyer who achieves excellent results”, and a “reliable adviser” who is “tremendously experienced” receiving praise for being “very experienced and great to have on the other side of a deal”.He has been acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s leading project finance lawyer by a number of journals, including International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000), Chambers Global Legal Directory, Legal 500 and Who’s Who LegalChambers acknowledges his ranking as a “leading lawyer” who “is able to negotiate constructively and has the respect across the table”.  He has been recognised by the Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2021 as an “Eminent Practitioner”.

Aniekan is a member of the Governing Council of Obong University, the firstlicensed private university in Akwa Ibom State and also serves on the boards of various private limited liability companies including FSDH Holding Company Limited, the financial non-operative holding company of FSDH Merchant Bank Limited.   He is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and serves as a member of the Technical Committee set up by the Akwa Ibom State Government for the realisation the Ibom Deep Sea Port and the Ibom Industrial City.  He served as a Member of the Central Bank of Nigeria Technical Committee on Bank Consolidation and a Member of the Study Group set up by the Federal Government on the Review of the Nigerian Tax System.

Aniekan Ukpanah is married to the highly acclaimed Corporate Law practitioner, Mrs. Uto Ukpanah and they are both blessed with two children.