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.
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.
Zion is Managing Director 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, Congo, Ghana, Gabon and Senegal.
Before joining Centurion, Zion was Lead Transaction Counsel/Group Legal Counsel to the Transnational Energy Group, presiding over critical Oil & Gas and Power projects in Nigeria. He also had pivotal 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. Also, at the Abuja based firm of Terra Cotta Legal, he advised key institutions of government and a host of multinationals on Energy and Taxation matters.
He was a strategic adviser during the various efforts at amending the Nigerian Petroleum Act and related legislations, including acting at one time as secretary to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) Fiscal and Financial Management Syndicate Session commissioned by the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives and advised the Board of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on the fiscal aspects of the PIB.
Zion continues to advise on some of the most strategic deals across Africa, especially in the frontier Energy markets, and was recently awarded an ‘40 under 40 Rising Stars’ award at the Nigerian ESQ Legal Awards, for shaping the future of the legal profession in Nigeria and on the continent.
Zion graduated from the University of Ibadan, where he obtained his LLB and completed his B.L at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He is currently undertaking an Executive LLM in Global Business Law at Columbia Law School, New York, and completing his MBA in International Oil and Gas Management at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Association of Independent Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
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 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.
Oneyka 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. Oneyka 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.
Oneyka has an LL.M. from the Columbia Law School, a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School and an LL.B. From the University of Ibadan.
With qualifications in tax and legal related matters, Albert Désiré ZANG works as Tax & Legal Specialist at Centurion Law Group.
His responsibilities include coordinating business development representative for Cameroon in all aspects and leading the Tax Department. He is responsible for Energy, Natural Resources & Corporate Law advisory on questions relating to regulation, taxation and business practice in Cameroon and other African countries including Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Guinea, Gabon, the Central African Republic, Guinea Republic, Nigeria, Senegal and other countries where our firm conducts operations.
He is currently playing a pivotal role at the Centurion Law Group. His experience enables him to keep not only advising many companies long before their projects are implemented to mitigate the related risks; but also addressing their existing issues bringing down their tax and legal exposure significantly. He is one of our seasoned tax litigators.
He is holder of two postgraduate certificates, one in business law another in taxation (applied tax systems) both of which obtained at the University of Douala, Cameroon.
Lawyer at the Kinshasa / Matete Bar (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Chartered Tax Expert in the six countries of the CEMAC zone (Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon Equatorial Guinea and Chad), Julio Makouba is the partner in charge of Centurion Law Group in the Republic of Congo. In addition to this position, he also holds the responsibilities of Regional Tax Leader for Central Africa.
Specialist in legal, tax and customs matters in the fields of Oil & Gas, mining, infrastructure and banking, Julio also has wide experience in OHADA business Law and CEMAC legislation. For more than ten years, he has supported many investors in Central Africa. Prior to joining Centurion Law Group, Julio worked for leading firms across Africa, including PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cameroon and Etude du Bâtonnier Coco KAYUDI in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Julio holds a Masters in Litigation and Business Arbitration from the Catholic University of Central Africa, a Masters in Applied Taxation and a Masters in Business Law from the University of Douala.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.