Chike Obianwu is Deputy Managing Partner of leading African law firm, Templars. He is also Head of the firm’s Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. Areas of expertise include corporate and project finance, multilevel mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets & securities law.
He previously served as Joint Deputy Head of Corporate Finance & Advisory – and legal counsel – at investment bank, Zenith Capital Limited. During his career, Obianwu has advised numerous corporate, governmental, multilateral, public sector, investment, banking and financial organisations and individuals, on some of the largest, most complex, and most innovative projects and financial investments to have occurred in Nigeria and Ghana.
He holds a Master’s degree from University College London (UCL) and is admitted to the bar in England, Wales, and Nigeria, whilst also being recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR.
In his role as Deputy Managing Partner at Templars, Obianwu has been instrumental in driving the firm’s gender inclusion and diversity strategy and initiatives, which have seen the practice retain more female lawyers than the national average in both Nigeria and Ghana. Today, Templars boasts an average female to male ratio of 53:47 across all offices, with a significant number of women in senior leadership roles across the firm.