Tope is an alumnus of the Prestigious Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education (Leaders in Development: Managing Change in a Dynamic World), He is an Attorney with vast experience in Dispute Resolution, Specialized Transaction and Corporate/Commercial practice. He started his legal career with the leading commercial law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP where he developed proficiency in litigation, receivership, arbitration as well as project and corporate finance. He later joined the respected law office of Afe Babalola SAN & Co where he deepened his experience in litigation and arbitration practices. Tope has participated in some of the most challenging cases in banking, finance, corporate law and commercial law and has also commendably handled many cases in the superior courts of records in Nigeria including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
At both Afe Babalola SAN & Co and Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Tope acted for and against multinational corporations including Shell BP, Chevron, Mobil and Pan Ocean Nigeria Ltd. He has also participated in disputes arising from company management and administration especially in telecommunications, oil and gas industries. At Afe Babalola, he was one of the lawyers who represented the respondent in the case of UBA v. BTL, a case which recorded the payments of the highest amount in damages against a bank for negligent handling of Client’s transactions in our recent history.
Tope graduated as the best student at Faculty of Law, University of Ado-Ekiti (where he was also President of the Students’ Union). In addition, Tope coveted another prize in his LLM programme at University of Lagos where he graduated as the best student. He, in fact, won the Hoponu Wusu prize for the best graduating student in LLM in year 2008 at the University of Lagos.
Tope is a full member of the International Bar Association. He is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a capital market consultant and also registered with the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN). He is the Senior Partner of the firm and Partner in charge of Dispute Resolution and Specialized Transaction.
Tope is a fellow of the Nigerian Institutue of Chartered Arbitrators.