Femi Olubanwo joined Palton Morgan Holdings in 2015 as a non-executive director and was appointed as the Chairman in the same year. He currently serves as a partner at Banwo & Ighodalo, a firm he co-established after a short stint with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
He is often cited as one of the Leading Lawyers in the world, particularly in the areas of Banking, Finance and Mining by many international legal publications such as Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal and the IFLR 1000.
In February 1991, he co-established the law firm, Banwo & Ighodalo, as a Partnership. The firm has since grown from two Partners and one Associate to today’s nearly 60 lawyers including 7 Partners. A full service firm, Banwo & Ighodalo is well known for its many high profile transactions in its specialized areas of Capital Markets, Financing, Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Energy.
Femi served the Government of Nigeria in several economic sector reform committees. He was appointed a member of the Bureau of Public Enterprises’ Solid Minerals Sector Steering Committee (2000) by the National Council on Privatisation, the apex body charged with responsibility for the implementation of the Nigerian government’s privatisation and commercialisation programme.
He also served as Chairman of a Committee established by the Ministry of Finance to formulate and draft a Code of Governance/Ethics for Capital Market Regulators.
Femi has published and presented papers on different topics in his areas of practice and he is a director of many companies operating in diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) honours degree from the University of Lagos in 1981 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1982