– Olisa Agbakoba Legal OAL

Yvonne Ezekiel

Managing Partner

Practice Areas:

International Trade & Investment
Corporate & Business Advisory Services

Brief Profile

Yvonne is the Managing Partner of OAL. She sets strategic goals and objectives of the firm, manages the operations and drives OAL’s business growth. She started her career at OAL in Litigation Practice before leaving to pursue her Human Resource Management educational endeavours.

She is leading the International Trade Practice group focusing on Trade control matters – sanctions, export controls, trade litigations, while helping our clients to understand how government enforces, regulates and addresses compliance matters, and also advising on the nexus between politics and commerce as well as the dynamism companies need to consider.

She obtained her Bachelors in Law from then Bendel State University and then graduated from the Nigeria Law School in 1988. She has an MBA from the University of Liverpool and postgraduate diploma in Organization Development & Design from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development UK.

Most of Yvonne’s post law-school career has been spent with blue chip multi-national corporations where she’s getting exposure to the corporate commercial world in business management, human resources, compliance and corporate governance.

She held various positions within the British American Tobacco, with her last role as the Head of Human Resource in the Marketing subsidiary, leaving to work in the newly acquired Union Bank where she led the Human Resource Transformation under the overall Bank’s transformation agenda. She also had a stint with Diageo, an international alcoholic beverage company. Her experience in Business Process Re-engineering has been key to the re-organization of OAL into a world-class law firm supported by strong business and people processes.

She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Professional Memberships:

  • Nigerian Bar Association

  • British American Tobacco (UK) - Head of Human Resource
  • Union Bank (international) - Head, Human Resource
  • Diageo (an international alcoholic beverage company)

  • Bachelors in Law (BL) - Bendel State University
  • LLB - Nigeria Law School
  • MBA - University of Liverpool
  • Postgraduate diploma in Organization Development and Design - Chartered Institute of Personnel Development UK.

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