Benjamin Okezie Kalu
Benjamin is a Barrister and Solicitor of the supreme court of Nigeria who has been involved in series of complex international business structuring from start-up, negotiation, pre- and post-incorporation stages. He has been engaged in international trade, import and export financing. He has handled series of financing deals for marine vessels purchases and documentation which involved syndication with multilateral finance institutions and local banks.
With a post graduate diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the prestigious Jesus college of the University of Oxford and decades of experience in Commerce and the Public sector, he is skilled in debt recovery through none litigious approach unless when it is absolutely necessary.
Before settling down for the practice of law, Benjamin has built international businesses from start-up to international recognition. He currently holds the position of Director/ Legal Adviser in Solcarbon S.A Belgium, GSC France, Bende UK Ltd, Ozbok Pty.Ltd Australia, B.Kalicia Services Nigeria Ltd, Ecoaqua Oil & Gas Ltd, Pouvoir Energy Limited and Ozbok Gen.TRD. LLC UAE. His negotiation skills within the public and private sector acquired through years of experience in both sectors and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Oxford Brooks University UK adds advantage to our clients.
His experience in government and governmental affairs makes consulting and government liaison services for our local and foreign clients smoother. He was the Local Government Chairman – Bende LGA in 2003; Team Leader Australia for United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR)’ Sudan Darfur Crisis 2007 – 2009; Special Assistant to the Governor of Abia State, Local Government Affairs;2009-2010; Special Adviser, Millennium Development Goals MDGs (2010/12); Founder, Benjamin Kalu Foundation 2003 – date, a registered Non-Governmental Organization, helping the less privileged ones in the rural Nigeria.
As a Special Adviser to the government on MDGs, Benjamin’s task included advising the Executive Governor on Millennium Development Goals and international Relations, Development and Supervision of the State’s road map to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and enhancing the relationship between Abia State and the international community thereby strengthening cross border synergies and partnerships, Facilitating Capacity building among stake holders for the achievement of the entire eight (8) Goals of the MDGs. He also represented the Executive Governor at meetings and personally undertook MDGs project supervision and monitoring.
Areas of Specialization:
- Company law and commercial practice
- Energy Law
- International commercial contracts
- Real Estate
- Legal advisory on Mergers and acquisitions
- Telecommunication and Information Technology Law
- Project finance Upstream Oil and Gas Law
University of Calabar, LL.B 1998; Milpark Business School, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom, MBA (in General Management), 2006; Nigerian Law School, BL; Dip.Intl.Com. Arb.2014; University of Dundee, Scotland, LLM in Petroleum Finance and Taxation (in view).
- Fellow: Institute of Administrative Managers of Nigeria
- Fellow: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK
- Member: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria
- Member: Association International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
- Speaker: Petro skills USA & ABCONWORLD, in partnership with Tullow Oil Ltd Ghana, Oil and Gas Training Workshop on (The Investment Opportunities and the risk factors in the new Ghana oil and Gas Industry) Ho Volta Region Ghana16th to 18th June, 2011.
- Facilitator: Ho Polytechnics Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology in partnership with Petrosim Malaysia Annual Lecture (Security issues in the oil and Gas Industry: the Niger Delta Experience) Ghana, 22nd August 2011 to 15th August, 2011.
. Victims’ Rights in Oil Spillages; A Comparative Response and the Nigerian Legal Perspective.
. Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME): A Niger Delta Poverty Reduction Tool – An Analysis of the roles of the NDDC and the Niger Delta Ministry.