Kate I Onianwa

Kate I. Onianwa

Senior Associate
Mail: konianwa@ajumogobiaokeke.com


Mrs. Onianwa is a member of the Corporate & Commercial and Aircraft & Aviation Departments. She specialises in employment & labour, real estate, company secretarial, regulatory, corporate governance & industrial compliance matters and aircraft/aviation transactions. She advises clients on FDIs into Nigeria and on equity participation transactions. She has been involved in due diligence exercises for local and foreign entities both on the purchase and sale sides. Mrs. Onianwa has represented private commercial interests in diverse commercial undertakings, including the sale and acquisition of real estate as well as leases of properties and termination thereof.

Mrs. Onianwa advised on the merger of five (5) rubber plantations which created the largest rubber plantation company in Nigeria and other transactions involving the equity participation of foreign and local shareholders in companies in Nigeria. She was also involved in the acquisition of three (3) Nigerian telecommunications companies by a foreign company, creating in the process, the largest Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) telecommunications company in Nigeria. Mrs. Onianwa acted for one of Nigeria’s largest financial institutions in respect of the acquisition of shares held by a majority shareholder in one of the banks in Nigeria. She was also a member of the team that advised a State Government on the issuance of a 50 Billion Naira bond for the development of several infrastructure in the State.

With Partners of the firm, she periodically reviews the Nigeria chapter on Aircraft Finance and Aircraft Liens published by Longman and Sweet & Maxwell respectively. She also routinely contributes to reports published by the World Bank Group on Doing Business (in Nigeria); the Aviation Working Group on the Cape Town Convention and its Protocol’s compliance and national implementation; Corporate Jet Investor on Aircraft Registration and Tax; and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP on Aircraft Repossession.


University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Enugu Campus) L.L.B, 2004.

Nigerian Law School, Lagos (B.L), 2005

Work Experience

Joined the firm as a Youth Corper in March 2006


Successfully completed and received a passing grade of 98% in HLS2X: Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract (12 May 2020) offered by HarvardX, an initiative of Harvard University – Harvard Law School.

Participated in an NGA Learning Solutions Course on the Natural Gas Industry “Understanding The Value Chain – End to End” (1 November 2019)

Participated in the Euro Money Legal Training on Aviation Finance (Structuring, Security and Risk Allocation) (9 – 12 December 2013) in London, United Kingdom.

Attended the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law (June 29 to July 29 2008) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. The Institute was co-sponsored by Duke University School of Law and the University of Geneva, Faculty of Law.



Nigerian Bar Association

International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria

Nigerian Gas Association

International Aviation Lawyers

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria