ABOUT THE EXPERTSBEHIND CENTURION

At Centurion, we strive for proactive—not merely reactive—solutions. We are a leader in progressive legal services in Africa, and this is why we continue to draw the best of the best in talent. It’s also what enables us to offer our clients a diverse, dynamic, multifaceted team.

NJ AYUK JD, MBA
CEO, Centurion

A leading energy lawyer and a strong advocate for African entrepreneurs, NJ Ayuk is recognized as one of the foremost figures in African business today. A Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, one of Forbes’ Top 10 Most Influential Men in Africa in 2015, and a well-known dealmaker in the petroleum and power sectors, NJ is dedicating his career to helping entrepreneurs find success and to building the careers of young African lawyers.

As founder and CEO of Centurion Law Group, NJ strives through his work to ensure that business, and especially oil and gas, impacts African societies in a positive way and drives local content development. He is the current chairman of the African Energy Chamber and author of ‘Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Prosperity’.

NJ graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and earned a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

SANTIAGO OLO LIMA
Director, Equatorial Guinea

With a specialization in international business, Santiago Olo Lima works as the Director of Government Relations and Special Projects at Centurion Law Group.

His responsibilities include working closely with the firm’s management to develop, refine and execute Centurion’s vision and development strategies. His knowledge of Equatorial Guinea’s business environment has earned him the reputation of being one of the best advisor and consultant for foreign investors entering the country.

His duties also include the implementation and maintenance of programs aimed at developing new streams of revenue growth at the firm.

He earned a Bachelors Degree in International Business at the American Intercontinental University in London, UK and holds an International Diploma in Project Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of California, Berkeley.

CARL MBENG
Director, Central Africa

Carl is a seasoned legal and tax advisory service professional who has over six years of experience advising governments, multinationals and indigenous African companies on business law and practice across several African Jurisdictions.

He has a proven track record of delivering effective legal advice to clients in the banking and finance industry and in securities and has, over the years, provided insight on key issues relating to investment, Infrastructure project finance, M&A, securities & debt recovery as well as tax compliance and transfer pricing across Central Africa.

Carl has an extensive professional network across African Jurisdictions and is fluent in English and French.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Taxation, a Master’s Degree in International Disputes and a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Douala, and a Bachelor in Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Law from the University of Yaounde II.

Zion Adeoye
South Sudan Country Relations

Zion Adeoye is a Senior Associate Attorney at Centurion Law Group and is responsible for Legal Affairs in Project Finance, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Taxation and Energy law. He continues to advise a cross-section of clients across Africa on big ticket energy deals especially in South Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal.

Before joining Centurion, Zion was the Lead Transaction Counsel and Group Legal Counsel to the to the Transnational Energy Group, developers of projects including a 450MW Power Plant in Nigeria, an Oil Prospecting License in the Nigerian Continental Shelf and a gas to power facility located at the Western Niger Delta region of Nigeria with respect to which he was principally responsible for providing legal advice and support in relation to the preparation, review, negotiation and delivery of all contracts and agreements of the Group.

He also enjoyed significant spells at the Tax Division of KPMG Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the Lagos based premium legal firms of Olaniwun Ajayi LP and Templars where he advised several multi-nationals on a host of Energy and Infrastructure projects, advising on the Azura 459 MW power plant in Nigeria, which was the pioneer IPP project in the country.

Zion graduated from the University of Ibadan, where he obtained his LL.B and obtained a B.L from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

Onyeka Ojogbo
Nigeria Country Relations

Onyeka Ojogbo is an Associate Attorney at Centurion’s Equatorial Guinea and South Africa offices with significant experience in banking, energy, infrastructure and projects financing.

She has advised clients on capital market and cross-border M&A transactions across Africa and Europe. Onyeka has valuable experience working extensively in research, negotiation, advisory and document preparation and review capacities on projects, corporate, finance and investment transactions of varying complexities and across multiple sectors of the economy.
Prior to joining Centurion, she worked as an Associate in Olaniwun Ajayi, a leading Nigerian firm and played a pivotal role in advising investors and sponsors on landmark power and infrastructure transactions.

She also worked with the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment based in New York where she advised on the peculiar provisions/terms in exploration and production contracts relating to the extractive industries in different countries around the world with the aim of helping governments, international investors and other stakeholders better understand the prevalent extractive industry investment framework.

Onyeka has a LL.M. from the Columbia Law School, a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School and a LL.B. From the University of Ibadan.

Glenda Irvine-Smith
Director of Business Development & International Relations

Glenda is a qualified lawyer and attained her BA and LLB from the University of Cape Town.

Prior to joining Centurion Law Group, Glenda worked for ALN, ENSafrica, Webber Wentzel (part-time on secondment to ALN) and before that, a large global law firm in London. Her role involved working on the international development, business and client development of the Africa desk during a period of dynamic geographic growth and change.

She previously served on the board of the World Services Group – a global membership network whose members are among the top providers of professional business services (there are more than 130 member firms representing worldwide clients).

Glenda also Chaired the WSG Africa and Middle East Regional Council whose objective is to develop an overall strategy for maximizing business opportunities through cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Mickael Vogel
Director of Strategy

Mickael is part of Centurion Law Group’s core business development team, where he acts as Head of Strategy. Based in Johannesburg, Mickael is Centurion’s country relations representative for francophone West Africa.

Prior to joining Centurion, Mickael worked as a researcher and analyst on key emerging markets for the Oxford Business Group and The Oil & Gas Year, completing assignments in Kuwait, India, Indonesia and Nigeria.

Mickael holds a B.A. in Political Sciences from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo) and an MSc. International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is fluent in French and English.

The global market for legal services and business advising is changing. Clients are changing. Lawyers and law firms must change accordingly, and Centurion Law Group is at the forefront of this change.One thing will never change: We offer exceptional client service from experts who bring a wealth of deep specialism. And we’re always looking for talented lawyers and business advisors to enhance our pool.

One thing will never change: We offer exceptional client service from experts who bring a wealth of deep specialism. And we’re always looking for talented lawyers and business advisors to enhance our pool.

NJ Ayuk, CEO, Centurion

We regularly seek attorneys and business advising specialists in with in-depth Africa and Energy Industry expertise. Kindly send your resume to info@centurionlg.com.