Stella Duru is a Partner in Banwo & Ighodalo’ and in this capacity, co-chairs its Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. She obtained a law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in January 2001.
Her core areas of practice are Energy & Natural Resources, Project Finance and Corporate Finance. She is renowned for her extensive experience in the power sector and authors articles in leading law publications.
Stella has deep experience in oil, gas and power projects in Nigeria and has indeed been involved in World Bank sponsored work streams advising on the power sector reforms in Nigeria. She was involved in the privatization and sale of government assets in the hitherto vertically integrated government owned power utility as well as in the new business units that were spurn off this utility. She is currently leading the initiative on renewable energy transactions in her Firm and in this regard, is advising several investors who are developing renewable projects in Nigeria.
Stella continues to advise on transactions along the entire value chain of generation, transmission and distribution; as well as on deals pertaining to IPPs, off-grid and on-grid solutions to the power deficit in Nigeria. She is very passionate about monetizing and utilizing Nigeria’s natural gas resources in order to get Nigeria powered up.
Stella authors articles in leading law publications as well as a key resource person for continuing legal education for young and aspiring lawyers. She is continually invited as a Speaker at different conferences and seminars in Nigeria and internationally, including conferences held at the prestigious Harvard Business School in Boston and Power Africa in South Africa.
Stella is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association (Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law) and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
She is also an Associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (a leadership development not-for-profit, affiliated with the Aspen Institute) as well as an Associate “WimBiz” (An association of Women in Management, Business & Public Service).
Stella loves to watch intriguing movies, read interesting non-fiction/ fiction books, travel as well as participate in intellectual discourse.