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Nyu Law School Vanderbilt Scholarship Essay

Two other people received scholarships - that I know of. The thing is... One of them is a professor at a Doctorate Program in my country (yes, in the legal field) and the other holds a PhD in another country.

As I said to these two people privately... This is a little disheartening, isn't it? I mean, I haven't received my mailed letter of admission yet, but my qualifications do not contain a PhD (before applying for NYU, I didn't even think people with a PhD would be applying for an LLM). Since NYU has merit-based scholarships, would that mean that people like us won't get them?

I sincerely hope I get a full-tuition waiver. If not, my chances at actually taking the offer will be sadly limited.

Two other people received scholarships - that I know of. The thing is... One of them is a professor at a Doctorate Program in my country (yes, in the legal field) and the other holds a PhD in another country.

As I said to these two people privately... This is a little disheartening, isn't it? I mean, I haven't received my mailed letter of admission yet, but my qualifications do not contain a PhD (before applying for NYU, I didn't even think people with a PhD would be applying for an LLM). Since NYU has merit-based scholarships, would that mean that people like us won't get them?

I sincerely hope I get a full-tuition waiver. If not, my chances at actually taking the offer will be sadly limited.


Posted Mar 14, 2012 02:34

Current Scholars

Sebastian Heudebert (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Tamar Kofman (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Ignacio Oltra (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Valentin Pfisterer (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Carla Ruggero (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Roxana Sandoval (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)
Riccardo G. F. Torre (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '18)


Sebastian Heudebert

Sebastian Heudebert graduated from Universidad de Lima, Peru, in 2012, where he ranked 2nd out of 134 students. He also obtained his law degree with summa cum laude honors, with a perfect score of 20/20. As a law student, Sebastian joined Advocatus law review, where he was appointed Finance Director, and later was elected General Director, leading a group of +40 law students.

In 2010, Sebastian represented his School in the First Moot Court Competition held in Lima, where he was member of the winning team and received an individual award as Best Speaker. In 2011, he was sponsored by the University and participated in the International Arbitration Competition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his team was qualified to the finals among +40 competitors from all over the world.

Upon graduation, Sebastian was admitted to the Lima Bar. Since then, he works as an Associate in the tax department of Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano Abogados, Peru’s largest and most prestigious firm. He is specialized in both tax consultancy and tax litigation, and has carried out processes for attainment of concession contracts and subscription of tax stability agreements with the Peruvian government. He has collaborated in diverse financing transactions as well as multiple due diligence processes as part of M&A operations.

As part of his academic career, Sebastian has been appointed as Lecturer at the IBA International Conference “The New Era of Taxation”, in Mexico City, 2015; and as Academic Secretary to the XIII National Convention of Tax Law, Lima, 2017.

Sebastian is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English. As Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar at NYU, he is pursuing the LL.M. in International Taxation.


Tamar Kofman

Tamar Kofman holds an LLB, cum laude, from Tel-Aviv University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in economics. Tamar was included in the Dean’s Honor List for each year of study and received several awards for excellent academic achievements. While attending law school, Tamar held several research assistant and teaching assistant positions in Tel-Aviv University and other academic institutions in the fields of international law, comparative constitutional law and affordable housing. During her study, Tamar took part in the law faculty’s Housing, Community & Law clinic. She also participated, and later instructed, the law faculty’s teams to the International Committee of the Red Cross’ competition on International Humanitarian Law. Upon graduation Tamar clerked for Honorable Justice Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez of the Supreme Court of Israel. After being admitted to the Israeli Bar in 2016, Tamar joined the litigation department of one of Israel’s leading law firms.


Ignacio Oltra

Ignacio Oltra was born in Temuco, Chile. He graduated summa cum laude from Universidad de Chile School of Law in Santiago, Chile in 2014, ranking 2nd in his class among 299 students, receiving academic honors. Both his thesis and his final degree exam received the highest score. During Law School, he received a merit-based scholarship awarded by Universidad de Chile to study one semester at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where he took classes on competition, regulation and innovation. Upon graduation, he was admitted as a member of the Chilean Bar Association. Ignacio Oltra also obtained two Diplomas in Antitrust and Economic Public Law in 2014 and 2016 from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, respectively.

Between 2013 and 2015, Ignacio worked as a case-handler attorney at the Chilean Antitrust Authority (FNE). As part of that body, he participated in relevant high-profile investigations regarding anticompetitive practices both in regulated and non-regulated markets, as well as provided legal support on antitrust issues. From 2015 to 2017, Ignacio worked as an associate attorney in the Antitrust, Regulated Markets and Public Law Department at Carey & Cía., the Chile’s largest law firm and one of the best qualified in competition matters (ranked in Band 1 since many years by Chambers & Partners). Most of his work in that position was dedicated to represent foreign and Chilean clients in relation to Antitrust Law, regulation and public policy, but also to design and implement anti-cartel and regulatory compliance programs.

In the academic field, Ignacio has been assistant professor at Universidad de Chile School of Law in Private and Procedural Law since March 2012. He has also published an academic article related to the exclusionary rule in Antitrust Law in a peer-review law journal included in Chile’s main index (SciELO).

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar at NYU, Ignacio is pursuing the LLM in Competition, Innovation and Information Law with a focus on antitrust and competition policy.


Valentin Pfisterer

Valentin Pfisterer studied law in Tubingen (Germany) and Seville (Spain) and graduated, with honors, from Leipzig University, Leipzig (Germany), specializing on European and public international law. After graduating, he earned a Ph.D., summa cum laude, for an award-winning thesis titled Unternehmensprivatsphäre (Corporate Privacy), supported by various merit-based grants and scholarships including, inter alia, from the Foundation of German Business and the Association for the Promotion of German Science and Humanities. Valentin has published widely on issues of privacy and data protection in the legal regulation of U.S.-EU relations and of EU banking and financial regulation.

Valentin has worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Public International Law, European Law and Comparative Public Law of Leipzig University and at an international law firm in Leipzig. He later was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany), focusing on legal regulation of U.S.-EU relations and on EU business regulation. Valentin has been admitted to the German bar, following clerkships at, inter alia, the Berlin District Court, the German Federal Ministry of Finance and international law firms in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). Currently, he is an associate at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Frankfurt am Main advising mainly German and international financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters in the areas of capital markets law and EU banking and financial regulation.

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholar, Valentin will pursue an LL.M. in International Legal Studies focusing on international banking and financial regulation.


Carla Ruggero was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated from the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires in 2010 with honors, ranking 2nd in her class among more than 2,500 students. Carla received several distinctions for her academic achievement including the award for academic excellence from the Bar Association of Buenos Aires (Colegio de Abogados de Buenos Aires), the award for academic achievement from the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the acknowledgement for best GPAs from the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

In August 2009, Carla joined Bruchou, Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, one of the leading full-service firms in Argentina, as a paralegal. Upon graduation, she joined the Corporate and M&A practice at the firm, where she developed her professional career becoming a Senior Associate years later. Carla specialized in the areas of corporate law, M&A, and antitrust, providing advice to domestic and foreign clients in matters ranging from general corporate advice to the structuring and execution of large M&As and other complex investment and commercial transactions. Carla was also recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America as a recommended lawyer in the Corporate and M&A practices in Argentina for two consecutive years.

Between September 2016 and August 2017, Carla joined the Capital Markets practice at the New York offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as a Temporary Foreign Associate, participating in multiple capital market transactions involving, mainly, Latin American issuers.

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar at NYU, Carla will pursue an LLM in Corporations Law.


Roxana Sandoval

Roxana graduated magna cum laude from Universidad Rafael Landivar Law School in Guatemala in 2015, ranking 1st in her class. Afterwards, she was awarded the Landivar Excellence Award as the best student of Universidad Rafael Landivar Law School of 2015.

Roxana has been involved in academic activities that have allowed her to develop in public speaking, legal analysis of cases, analysis of jurisprudence and management and integration of various sources of law. Roxana participated in several moot court competitions, she and her teammate, won the national moot court competitions of International Human Rights and Arbitration. In 2013, she participated in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court, where she and her teammate classified to the semifinals obtaining the first place among more than one hundred teams from all around the world.

Roxana has focused her practice in the litigation area, especially in Civil and Commercial Procedure Law. She has experience in civil, mercantile and labor trials, as well as administrative proceedings in several State institutions. Throughout her professional career, she has participated in the field of civil procedure litigations as well as labor trials and actions for infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms.

Additionally, she has experience in the fields of constitutional law, public international law, human rights and international arbitration. She also has experience in national and international jurisprudence analysis as well as legal research.

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholar, Roxana will pursue an LLM in International Legal Studies focusing on public international law and international human rights.


Riccardo G. F. Torre

Riccardo Torre graduated from University of São Paulo Law School in São Paulo, Brazil in 2010, where he ranked 1st in his class, having obtained the Best Undergraduate Student award for his GPA (9.0 on 10 scale).

During his undergraduate studies, he has been awarded three scholarships, the first of which was a one-year research grant from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), which eventually resulted in a 300-page book on Civil Class Actions. In 2009, the German government's Deutscher Akadamischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) also granted him a scholarship to enhance his German knowledge, as well as the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München (LMU) offered him to join their 2010's summer course on German and European Law.

In 2015, Riccardo received his Master of Laws degree also from the University of São Paulo Law School. His thesis about the constitutional roles of Brazil's highest courts, vis-à-vis the common law's principles that have been adopted in Brazil since 2004, received the highest grade from the dissertation committee.

Since his internship in 2009, Riccardo has been working at one of Brazil’s most prestigious firms specializing in litigation and arbitration, Wald & Associados Advogados, and has published more than 10 scientific articles and/or notes in Brazilian law magazines and books.

Riccardo speaks Portuguese, English, German and Spanish.

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar at NYU, Riccardo will pursue an LLM in the International Business Regulation, Litigation, and Arbitration Program.



Previous Scholars

Vicente F. Benítez Rojas (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '17)
Johan Holmquist (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '17)
Justin Tan (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '17)

Keumsun Ahn (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Giuseppe Bianco (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Bodahandi Ayodhya Malsirini de Silva (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Olufemi Idris Gbede (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Cecilia Marcela Hopp (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Michele Brittany Krech (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
José Luis Lucena Rebollo (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Maria Cristina Martinez (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Philipp André Nürnberger (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Olena Polyakova (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Justin Richard Rassi (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Sudhanshu Roy (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Milena Sljivich Gomez (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Juan Ignacio Stampalija (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)
Jhe-yu Su (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '16)

Nimrod Arie Abramov (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Etienne Chenier-Lafleche (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Egbiri Ifegwu Egbiri (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Zoe Fuhr (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Asta Hill (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Vaneesha Jain (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Ling Lin (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Flavia Cavalcanti Pepe (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Marcela Prieto Rudolphy (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Ali Tahami (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)
Marcin Walag (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '15)

Agustín Arancet (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Duangrutai Boonyasatian (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Fernando Filartiga (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Jesse Kennedy (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
David Larish (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Alexandre Monteiro (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Danièle Müller (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Viviana Prada (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Andrea Riba Anglada (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Jakob Schemmel (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Javier Simon Marco (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Yu Lim Song (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Thitinant Tengaumnuay (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)
Hernán Vidal-Baute (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '14)

Marzieh Darian (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '13)
Maximilian Hain (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '13)
Christian Marxsen (Hans Kelsen Scholar LLM '13)
Maria Antonieta Merino (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '13)
Francisco Javier Muñoz (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '13)
Hadrien Servais (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '13)
Elran Shapira Bar-Or (Hans Kelsen Scholar LLM '13)

Diego Aguilar Pena (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Leonardo Augusto dos Santos Lusvarghi (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Alexander Gelski (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Pablo Gonzalez Casanova (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Xi Liao (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Yael Liftshitz-Goldberg (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Patricia Cristina Ngochua (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Chiamaka Nwokolo (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Paula Querol Abenia (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Nao Takada (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Nestor Venegas (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Natalia Villalba (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
 Zhuoer Ye (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Tania Zacarias (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '12)
Ricardo Alarcon (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '12)
Yeonjae Bae (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '12)
Peter Klanduch (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '12)
Omri Sender (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '12)
David Vitale (Hans Kelsen Scholar LLM '12)

Atul Ahlawat (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Kameliya Angelova (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Mukerrem Onur Basar (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Darius Chan (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Francis Donalbain Chukwu (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Gabriel Cifuentes (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Dinushika Dissanayake (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Ivo Entchev (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Lisa Fong (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Gunnar Groh (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Aris Limjoco Gulapa (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Hong Jin (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Chea Yun Jung (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Maria Papatsoris Karaiskos (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Julie Kourie (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Michele Maltese (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Lisseth A. Rincon Manzano (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Peter Marshall (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Matthew Moorhead (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Juan Pablo Navarrete Poblete (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Diego Quiñones (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Jason J. Rosen (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Simone Stebler (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Timo Steinbiss (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Christian Stretz (Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar LLM '11)
Emma Dunlop (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '11)
María Alejandra Etchegorry (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '11)
Florencia Delia Lebensohn (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '11)
Olga Majitova (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '11)
Kirk G. Shannon (Hugo Grotius Scholar LLM '11)
Eran Fish (Hans Kelsen Scholar LLM '11)
Matthias Goldmann (Hans Kelsen Scholar LLM '11)


Vicente F. Benítez Rojas

Vicente Benítez graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia in 2008, where he ranked 4th in his class. He got the ninth best score of the country on the ECAES test on Law (State’s undergraduate test of Knowledge of Law). He also holds a specialization in Constitutional Law from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana where he obtained the “Orden al Mérito Académico Javeriano” award for his GPA (4.75 on 5.00 scale). In 2013, he obtained a Master’s in Constitutional Law from Universidad de La Sabana (Chía, Colombia). His thesis, “Constitución Popular, no Judicial” (Popular, not Judicial Constitution) received the highest grade from the dissertation committee, and was later published in 2014 by one of the most prestigious legal publishers in Colombia.

After graduation, Vicente worked as paralegal in Laguado-Giraldo Abogados and began his career as Constitutional Law Professor at Universidad Javeriana (2008-2012). Since 2010 he is full-time Constitutional Law Professor at Universidad de La Sabana Law School where he has developed a research project related to the Colombian Constitutional Court’s democratic legitimacy in the judicial review of constitutional amendments. In this research project framework, Vicente has published eight scientific articles and three book chapters in Colombia, Chile and Argentina as well as two books in Colombia. He has presented his research findings in several academic congress and symposia in Colombia and abroad and was invited to argue before the Colombian Constitutional Court in public hearing in 2015.

Vicente has been Visiting Constitutional Law Professor at several Colombian universities and has been hired as Constitutional Law Advisor at Procuraduría General de la Nación and the Colombian Judiciary. He also was Head of the Law Program at Universidad de La Sabana (February-July 2016).

At NYU, Vicente will pursue an LLM in Legal Theory.


Johan Holmquist

Johan received his Master of Laws degree from Stockholm University in 2011. He has also studied European Union Law at the Free University of Berlin and King’s College London. During his studies, he undertook an internship at the EU litigation section of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, that represents the Government of Sweden in cases before the EU courts.

Prior coming to NYU, Johan worked for five years within the Swedish judge trainee program. After graduating he served as a law clerk for two years with the Stockholm District Court, which handles the majority of competition, intellectual property and marketing cases in Sweden. He then worked as a reporting clerk for one year at the Svea Court of Appeals in Stockholm. For the past two years, he has worked as an assistant judge at the Nykoping District Court, where he independently handled both civil and criminal cases.

Johan speaks Swedish, English and German.

As an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar, Johan will pursue an LLM in the Competition, Innovation and Intellectual Law Program with a focus on antitrust and competition policy.


Bodahandi Ayodhya Malsirini de Silva

Malsirini de Silva, who is also a Fulbright Scholar, earned her Bachelor of Laws with Second Upper Division Honors from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2012. In recognition of her academic achievements, she was awarded the Gate Mudliyar Edmond Pieris Prize for academic excellence in 2009, Ajitha Parthalingam Memorial Prize in 2009, Cankerathne Gold Medal in 2012 and the Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding Student of the Faculty of Law in 2012. She was also a recipient of the University Scholarship from 2008-2012 for outstanding performance in academics at the Bachelor of Laws Examinations.

Furthermore, whilst she was still an undergraduate, Malsirini interned and conducted research for organizations such as the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Attorney General’s Department and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo.

After graduating, Malsirini was admitted to the Bar in 2013 as an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka. Thereafter, she practiced as a Junior Counsel in the chambers of President’s Counsel Mr. M.E. Wickremesinghe, specializing in corporate and civil litigation. In 2014, she joined the Ministry of Justice, Sri Lanka under the ‘Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration Program’ focusing on criminal justice, human rights and access to justice. She has also served as a lecturer at Sri Lanka Law College since 2014 for the subjects of Law of Persons, Muslim Law, Kandyan Law and Thesawalamai Law in Sri Lanka.

Malsirini’s interests are focused on transitional justice, post conflict reconciliation and international human rights law.

At NYU, Malsirini will be pursuing an LL.M in International Legal Studies focusing on International Human Rights and Transitional Justice.


Olufemi Idris Gbede

Femi received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria in 2010, graduating as the best student, with several prizes. Prior to earning his law degree, Femi studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic where he also finished at the top of his class, with Distinction. At both institutions, he took on leadership roles, serving as Secretary of the Mass Communication Students’ Association and the Editor-in-Chief of the Campus Mirror Magazine at Lagos State Polytechnic. At the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Femi served as Class Governor from 100 Level to 500 Level, Public Relations Officer of the Law Students’ Society, Senator representing Faculty of Law at the Students’ Union Government (“SUG”), and Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee of the SUG. He was part of the Faculty football team, and won several soccer laurels both for his class, and the faculty. He later proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, where he obtained his Bar Qualifying Certificate in 2011, graduating in the top 1% in a national class of 4,891 students. Femi represented his peers at the Students’ Representative Council where he was elected Council Treasurer. For his outstanding leadership at the Law School, he received an award from the Director General, and a Certificate of Leadership.

In 2011, Femi joined the prestigious law firm of Olaniwun Ajayi LP (“OALP”) (a tier-one law firm in Nigeria adjudged in 2014 to be the 19th law firm in the world in Project Finance, by deal size, and 1st in Africa). At OALP, he gained significant experience in corporate, project, and infrastructure finance, oil and gas, litigation (both civil and criminal), and arbitration, among other areas. He participated in several cutting edge deals including the financing of Nigerian banks by the International Finance Corporation. He was a member of the team that advised on about 70% of the deals for the privatization of the unbundled power assets in Nigeria in 2013, the financing of the landmark 500MW Azura-Edo IPP, the USD$3.5 billion financing by a syndicate of local and international lenders, of the construction of a fertilizer plant and a refinery in Nigeria. He advised on the largest single financial transaction in Nigerian history – the NGN4.7 trillion AMCON bond issuance program.

He advised on other projects including the USD$1.2 billion financing for the development of a urea fertilizer plant in Eleme, Rivers State, Nigeria, and on the USD$1.5 billion financing by a consortium of lenders of a deep sea port in the Lekki Free Trade Zone in Nigeria. He was also part of the litigation team that represented eleven (11) distribution companies in suits filed against them by certain electricity consumers.

Femi has participated in local and international conferences, workshops, and seminars including: Adapting LMA Documentation For Emerging Markets Financing (with Slaughter and May), Recent Trends in Investor-State Arbitration (with Herbert Smith LLP), Oil and Gas Reserve Based Lending (with Herbert Smith LLP), ESQ Law Seminar, Loan and Security Documentation, and Limits to Party Autonomy in International Commercial Arbitration, in New York. As a Vanderbilt scholar, Femi will undertake the Traditional LLM with a special focus on finance.