The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission has appointed a Cambridge University trained senior lawyer from the private sector as Commission Secretary/Legal Adviser.
For the agency, created six months ago by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), Anyanechi is considered a huge catch, given her pedigree and years of experience in legal practice. She was, until her appointment, Managing Partner at Sefton Fross, a law firm she founded in 2013. She had been Group Legal Counsel at Sahara Group, and a Senior Partner at Templars Law firm, before she founded Sefton Fross, which is very strong in corporate, finance and oil and gas practice sectors.
“Her appointment was made on the basis of the need to improve efficiency and professionalism of the Commission’s legal department”, says Gbenga Komolafe, the NUPRC’s Chief Executive. “The regulator is about the law, and we need to get it right”.
Mrs, Anyanechi was senior counsel and head of Corporate Commercial Department at Olaniwun Ajayi LP. Anyenechi received her first degree in law at the University of Ibadan before she proceeded, as a Chevening Scholar, for Master of Laws – LLM, Corporate and Commercial Law at Cambridge. At Cambridge, she also became a Pegasus Scholar of the Inner Temple. She has a Master of Philosophy – MPhil, Finance, in Financial Sector Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.