Gbolahan Elias is a partner in G. Elias & Co., one of Nigeria’s leading business law firms. His oil-and-gas sector work includes advising on (a) an investment in and divestment from OML 25, (b) an NNPC-Chevron US$1.2bn “gas-for-power” project financing, (c) the merger that created AOS Orwell, a leading oilfield service company, (d) longstanding cause célèbre arbitration over an oil tanker charter party for Lutin Investment Ltd. against the NNPC and (e) two large re-financings of downstream petroleum receivables (US$3bn).
He read law at Magdalen and Merton Colleges, Oxford, and has a doctorate from Oxford University. He was called to the New York Bar in 1990. He was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a leading Wall Street law firm, and has been a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (QC– equivalent) since 2005. He has been teaching petroleum law at Babcock University as a Visiting Professor.