Oghogho Akpata is the Managing Partner at Templars, a firm he founded in 1995. Oghogho is an accomplished lawyer with over 25 years of experience, advising a broad portfolio of clients including foremost Nigerian, regional and multinational businesses.
Oghogho is listed and ranked as a leading Project Finance and Oil & Gas lawyer by the three main global guides to the legal profession, including Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
Oghogho is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria; the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); as well as the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Section of the International Bar Association.
A man with a large heart, Oghogho has been a longtime advocate of gender, cultural and religious diversity and social change who inspires people, mobilizes action and resources and as a result, has ensured that Templars’ commitment to pro bono legal service is deep and longstanding by encouraging his lawyers to participate in pro bono activities.
He initiated a partnership with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN) in its bid to tackle the sickle cell disorder (SCD) and The Edo State Secondary Schools Cricket Board in re-igniting the game of cricket in Edo State.
He was named “Africa’s Managing Partner of the Year 2016” by Law Digest, Africa’s Premier Law Journal. Married with three beautiful children, he joined the board of WARIF in 2017.