Olukemi Adeniji

Head Legal

Kemi has a background in law with an LLB and Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (M.I.L.D) from the University of Lagos. She has over 19 years Legal and Human Resource experience in various roles mostly in Oil and Gas Upstream but also in Aviation, Information Technology, Marketing Communications and Consulting among others She has worked in the United Nations System in Nigeria under United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Development Programme UNDP.

She participated in different activities in the area of sustainable development monitoring, evaluation and aid coordination through dialogue, advocacy, networking with key stakeholders and partners in the development area such as the World Bank, IMF, IFC, ADB, EU and other UN agencies, while working with both UNIFEM and UNDP.

She worked in DDB Lagos and Virgin Atlantic/ALML in a dual capacity as Head of Human Resources and Legal where she oversaw the GSA and was responsible for developing the legal and tax framework that Virgin uses in Nigeria. She also developed the framework for the First and Business Class Lounge for Virgin Atlantic in Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Additionally, she also implemented several projects in HR Policy and Procedure Development, Reward Management, Organisation Development and Business Process Re-Engineering.

In her current role as Head, Legal, she was responsible for setting up the Legal Department in Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited; Obtaining the necessary operating licenses, developing the regulatory and compliance framework to establish a 5,000bopd topping plant for US$ 58miilion. She was the in-house transaction Counsel in Waltersmith’s acquisition of OML 34 for US $ 600 million and the eventual refinancing of the Bloc’s acquisition for US $760 Million; She engineered the successful defence of the Company against the host communities claiming in excess of NGN 4billion for the Ibigwe Well 2 blowout incident of April 2011; and was instrumental in the successful purchase of an additional 40 hectares of land in Ibigwe Field OML 16 for the development of 4 new wells and the refinery for NGN 400million.