Aniekan Ukpanah is the firm's Managing Partner and heads Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie's banking & finance, project finance, infrastructure and PPP, real estate, and intellectual property teams. He advises on the structuring and financing of large-scale construction, infrastructure and energy projects, the capital and money markets, and syndicated loans.

He co-led the team that advised an international financial institution on a US$50,000,000.00 facility to one of the top five Nigerian banks, and advises investors in the gas sector, including one of the largest extractors of natural gas in the world, in relation to various Nigerian oil & gas projects. In addition to legal services, he provides client training and presents papers on security for bank lending, secured credit transactions and legal issues associated with PPPs.

Aniekan is ranked as an Eminent Practitioner for his Banking & Finance work, and as a Leading Lawyer in the Corporate/M&A sections of Chambers Global Directory, the International Financial Law Review (Expert Guides) and the Legal 500, and is commended in Who’s Who Legal.

Slightly outside of his banking and finance focus, Mr. Ukpanah acted as team leader in a World Bank/USAID-funded project to devise a ‘road map’ to guide foreign investors who wish to invest in Nigeria. He is a member of the governing council of Obong University, the first licensed private university in Akwa Ibom State. He also chairs and serves on the boards of various private limited liability companies.


2019-till date Managing Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2015 Member, Akwa Ibom State Technical Committee on Ibom Deep Seaport
2005 Member, Central Bank of Nigeria Technical Committee on Bank Consolidation
2002-2006 Treasurer, Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria
2003 Member, Federal Government Study Group advising the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Review of the Nigerian Tax System
2000-2019 Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
1998-1999 Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
1989-1998 Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie


1988 BL, Nigerian Law School
1987 B.A., Law and Economics, Dorset Institute (University of Bournemouth) Bournemouth, 
United Kingdom

Bar admissions

1988 Nigeria

Professional membership

Nigerian Bar Association (member, sub-committee on banking, finance and insolvency section on Business Law)
International Bar Association
Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria