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Ugochukwu
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Regional legal officer 5 500 000
Job Type: Full-Time

Education

From 0 to 2009
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
From 0 to 2004
Nigeria Law School, Lagos Campus
From 0 to 2003
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
From 0 to 1995
Christ the King College, Onitsha, Anambra State
No added languages

Experience

Regional Legal Officer South West
Sterling Bank Plc
November 2011 - Present Day (5 years 8 months)
  • To proffer legal opinions on legal issues affecting the branches in the region
  • To ensure that security for Bank lending are properly documented and duly perfected
  • To prepare and perfect all legal transactions pertaining to the Bank in the region such as leases, maintenance contracts etc.
  • To ensure diligent prosecution of all litigations and arbitration matters instituted by the Bank in the region and also ensure proper defence of all litigations instituted against the Bank.
  • To keep proper records and custody of all documentations relating to securities, leases, perfection of legal mortgages and other transactions involving the Bank in the region
  • To run effectively the Bank’s legal secretariat in the region
  • To keep safe custody of litigation documents
  • To draft and review contract agreements, writes demand letters to the Bank’s debtors, assist the Regional Recovery Officers in funds recovery by offering legal advise
  • Ensure compliance with the statutory regulations, applicable legislations, agreements and legal issues affecting the operations of the Bank in the region
  • To liaise properly with the Bank’s external Solicitors and ensures that briefs assigned to them are duly handled and prosecuted
Legal Officer
Equitorial Trust Bank Limited
June 2009 - October 2011 (2 years 5 months)
  • Deputized for the Company Secretary/Head Legal at Board Meetings and Executive Management Meetings
  • Assess the suitability and adequacy of the property pledged as collateral for a loan facility
  • Carry out property search report on the property offered as security for a loan facility
  • Ensure that property pledged as security for a loan facility is duly perfected and the Bank’s interest is registered thereon
  • Loan Documentation – Ensures that conditions precedent (in respect of documentations) to draw down of loan facility has been met by the borrowing customer; and all securities are in place before disbursement of credits
  • Draft and vet court litigation processes and documents before farming out the brief to external Solicitors to represent the interest of the Bank
  • Closely monitor the progress of court litigations and perfections/up stamping handled by the Bank’s external Solicitors
  • Process bills of payments in respect of jobs done by the Bank’s external Solicitors
  • Provide legal support and advice to the Bank’s Branches nationwide
  • Engage in contract and legal drafting; vet and review complex transactions like oil and gas transactions; prepares and handles contingent liabilities like Bank Guarantee, Advance Payment Guarantee, Performance and Bid Bonds
  • Respond to legal/regulatory complaints brought against the Bank by customers/third parties and regulatory authorities
  • Writes/reviews basic letters and legal documents
  • Liaise effectively and maintain close contact with the Bank’s external Solicitors
  • Ensure compliance with the statutory regulations, applicable legislations, agreements and legal issues affecting the operations of the Bank
  • Acts as the custodian of the Bank’s security document
Associate
Anaka, Ezeoke & Co. (Legal Practitioners)
October 2005 - December 2007 (2 years 3 months)
  • Writing of Briefs for Appellate and Trial Court matters.
  • Drafting of pleadings and other processes for civil and commercial litigation
  • Court appearances in appellate and trial court matters
  • Conducting trials before High Courts/Federal High Court
  • Preparation of witnesses for trial
  • Clients’ Conferencing
  • Drafting of Commercial Agreements
  • Drafting Conveyancing Instruments
  • Participating in Negotiations/Settlement Meetings
  • Legal Advisory on Regulatory and Compliance Issues
  • Legal Opinion Writing
  • Prepared and registered conveyance or assignment of property for clients
  • Offered company secretarial services to companies and small financial institutions
  • Assisted clients in company and business incorporation at CAC
Junior Counsel (N.Y.S.C.)
Agbaje, Agbaje & Co.
September 2004 - September 2005 (1 year 1 month)
  • Assisted lawyers in the Chamber to prepare and draft court processes in prosecution or defence of client’s case in courts
  • Accompanied senior Counsel to court to observe and record the proceedings of case being handled by the Chamber
  • Prepared and moved Motions in court
  • Filed court processes in court
  • Conducted property and company searches for clients
  • Interviewed clients when preparing pleadings
Legal Intern
Akaraiwe & Co. (Legal Practitioners)
February 2004 - April 2004 (3 months)
  • Observed and studied case files
  • Observed legal proceedings in court
  • Drafted notices in respect of recovery of premises under supervision of lawyers in the chambers
  • Generally understudied lawyers in the law office