Simeon Oyakhilome Okoduwa is an astute and versatile private legal practitioner and arbitrator. He is a Partner in Alliance Law Firm with over 25 years post-call experience. His core practice areas include Corporate & Commercial Legal Advisory, Corporate Governance Audit and Remediation, Doing Business Advisory and Dispute Resolution.
He started his professional career by undertaking active private legal practice, appearing before every hierarchy of the Nigerian Judiciary between his call to bar in 1992 and 2004, during which period he also developed a strong grounding in transactional legal practice. Thereafter, he forayed into banking where, by dint of hard work and professional competency, he secured several milestone achievements. Over the course of his banking journey, which spanned stints in UBA Plc, Citibank Nigeria Limited and Keystone Bank Limited, he rose through the ranks to assume several senior management positions/roles while providing strategic direction, leadership and uncommon value to all relevant stakeholders.
Specifically, he acted variously as Head – Legal Support & Advisory Unit in the Legal Services Division (UBA Plc); Manager, heading the Litigation Unit in the Legal & Company Secretariat Division (Citibank Nigeria Limited); Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Investment Banking and Subsidiaries Group; Company Secretary, KBL Healthcare Limited; Deputy Head, Legal and Company Secretariat Division and Group Head, Asset Remedial Management in the Risk Management Directorate (all at Keystone Bank Limited).
Over the years, he has garnered wide-ranging expertise and experience in Corporate and Commercial Law Practice, Insolvency Practice, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Arbitration, Company Secretarial Practice and Litigation.
He rose to the level of Assistant General Manager heading the Asset Remedial Management Division of Keystone Bank Limited before joining Alliance Law Firm as Partner. Mr. Okoduwa is an avid reader and has a passion for charitable and developmental causes.
Simeon Okoduwa read law at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he graduated with an LL.B in 1991.
He then attended the Nigeria Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos and came out with a BL in 1992. He thereafter, in 2012, earned an LL.M from the University of Lagos.
Married with children, Okoduwa is an active member of the Nigeria Bar Association, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, Member of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a member of the Society for Corporate Governance in Nigeria.
It is in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of Law and Corporate Legal Services that Mr. Simeon Oyakhilome Okoduwa is deemed worthy to be conferred with the Development in Nigeria Merit Award which is part of the PSR National Awards 2018.