Professor Gbolahan Elias is the presiding partner of G Elias & Co, one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. He is also a visiting professor of law at Babcock University, Ilishan where he teaches shipping, petroleum and arbitration law. He has published widely on a range of both historical and topical legal matters and served on numerous law reform committees, university administration boards and law journal editorial boards.
He read law at Magdalen and Merton Colleges, Oxford. He has DPhil, BCL (first-class honours), MA and BA (first-class honours) degrees from the University of Oxford. He was called to the New York Bar in 1990. Professor Elias was an associate at the Cravath firm in New York and has been a senior advocate of Nigeria since 2005. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He has advised on numerous transactions in the Nigerian energy sector, including the largest acquisitions to date of electricity generation and distribution companies. He also advised on the development and negotiation of the precedent-setting power-purchase contracts and vesting contracts for the federal government-backed single buyer of grid electric power. He recently advised on a US$1.2 billion ‘gas-to-power’ project financing and a US$1.5 billion refinancing of NNPC petroleum product import receivables.