DealHQ Partners Announces the Panel of Judges for the Undergraduate Essay Competition 2021


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 / 02:00PM / DealHQ Partners / Header Image Credit: DealHQ Partners

DealHQ Partners, an Africa Focused deal advisory/boutique commercial law firm operating out of Lagos, Nigeria had earlier announced the launch of its annual Law Undergraduate Essay Competition. Yesterday brought a close to the essay submissions from all participants across the country.


The firm is ready to announce its Panel of Judges who have been carefully selected from various fields in the business world having shown enterprise and acumen in their fields. The Panel of Judges will be shortlisting the Top 10 Submissions and the Top 3 Finalists.  The Finalists stand to win cash money prizes as well as internship and mentorship opportunities with DealHQ Partners and our Partner Institutions. The judges are: 


1.     Femi Gbede - Investment Funds Attorney, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Femi is an Investment Funds Attorney at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP, an international law firm. He started his legal career at Olaniwun Ajayi LP, one of the highly regarded law firms in Nigeria, where he garnered experience in sophisticated corporate practice, project finance and energy. He is a Director at the Africa Arbitration Academy and has held several leadership positions, including being the Treasurer of the Nigerian Lawyers Association in New York. Femi is also a trained Journalist, and he is an alumnus of the New York University School of Law and the University of Cambridge. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Nigeria. Femi has mentored and continues to mentor young lawyers in Nigeria and has financially sponsored many candidates to the Nigerian Law School. 



2.         Moji Fashola - Director, Kuramo Capital Management, LLC

Previously, Moji worked at Schwartz LLC, a New York based private equity law firm, and was formerly a Senior Associate at Templars, a leading Nigerian law firm She also had a stint in the London offices of Watson, Farley Williams LLP and has extensive experience advising investment managers, sponsors, banks, institutional investors including sovereign wealth funds, and international development finance, institutions on a broad spectrum of complex transactions from cross border equity and debt financing to asset acquisitions and disposals, mergers, joint ventures, restructurings and refinancing. Moji holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, is a dual licensed Solicitor and Attorney in Nigeria and New York State respectively and a Chartered member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom. She routinely serves on the Selection Committee of the Community Solutions Program sponsored by the U. S. Department of State.



3.         Hauwa Agboola - Head, Legal & Compliance, Tangerine Africa

Hauwa Agboola is the Head of Legal Chief Compliance Officer of Tangerine Money Microfinance Bank Limited, she has previously worked at Tangerine Life Insurance Limited as the Head Legal and Compliance from 2018 to 2020 and Letshego Microfinance Bank, Nigeria as Company Secretary and Regulatory Compliance Manager from 2014 to 2018.


She has extensive experience in Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Legal Operations, AML/CFT Compliance. She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.



4.         Orinari Horsfall - Associate, DealHQ Partners.

Orinari Horsfall is an associate at DealHQ Partners. He graduated from the University of Surrey in 2016 and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 2017. His practice area focuses on corporate and commercial law, and he is routinely involved in the firm's M&A transactions. His experience spans various areas of law including regulatory compliance, company secretarial, corporate financing, business advisory and start-up focused legal services. Participants are advised to follow the Firm's social media platforms for more information.

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