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19 December 2022



TEMPLARS announces the elevation of Cyriacus Orlu, Dupe Dabiri and Sesan Sulaiman to the Partnership, effective January 1, 2023.

According to TEMPLARS’ Managing Partner, Oghogho Akpata: “Cyriacus, Dupe and Sesan are welcome additions to the Partnership and I would like to congratulate them on behalf of the entire firm. They bring an impressive track record, in-depth industry knowledge and have been long-standing members of the firm who all joined as associates and have risen through the ranks to Partnership.

TEMPLARS believes in career growth and our new Partners demonstrate this fact. I am extremely proud to welcome them to the Firm’s Partnership.”

More details of the new Partners are set out below;

Cyriacus Orlu:

A member of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution practice, he advises a broad range of clients in diverse high-profile cases from multinational companies in the oil and gas industry to maritime, telecommunication, hospitality and entertainment companies. He has also distinguished himself in the fields of environmental law litigation, criminal law practice, private investigation, forensic accounting and fraud investigation.

Cyriacus is a Notary Public of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria, a Member of the International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigation Professionals (USA) as well as a Certified Forensic Examiner and he currently heads the Firm’s Port Harcourt office.

Dupe Dabiri:

A member of the Firm’s Finance practice group, she possesses an in-depth understanding of diverse transactions in Banking and Finance and Energy & Natural Resources. She also advises a broad range of clients, including public and private financial institutions, on a wide variety of subjects such as structured Finance and other infrastructure projects, corporate restructuring and insolvency, mergers & acquisitions, concessions and Islamic Finance.

Sesan Sulaiman:

A member of the Firm’s Tax and Dispute Resolution practice groups, Sesan remains a multisectoral, dynamic lawyer with broad expertise in tax, energy, international dispute resolution and regulatory compliance laws. She provides quality commercial legal services to high-value clients in relation to arbitration, international taxation, tax structuring and planning, oil and gas advisory, mergers and acquisitions, public policy and regulatory compliance.