Astute boardroom player and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro SAN has assumed duty as Chairman of one of Nigeria’s largest banks, Access Bank Plc.

CITY LAWYER recalls that Usoro also doubles as a Non-Executive Director of the bank, a position he has held since January 2014.

Reputed as a “consummate boardroom person whose deep analytical mind and illustrious leadership skills are well appreciated in all the Boards he sits,” Usoro has, at various times, served on the boards of several companies such as Premium Pensions Ltd, CR Services (Credit Bureau) Plc (representing Zenith Bank Plc), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, Airtel Nigeria Limited, Marina Securities Ltd (currently known as Marina Mars Principal Investments Limited).

Usoro was a pioneer director of Airtel Nigeria Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading mobile telephone company, having been appointed to the Company’s Board in 2001 when the company was then known as Econet Wireless Networks Limited. Usoro also headed the Board’s Audit Committee since the entry of Bharti Airtel till 2018.

Between 2008 and 2014, Usoro served as a Director on the Board of Premium Pensions Limited, a leading Nigerian pension funds administrator, and was throughout the entire period the Chairman of the Board’s Audit Committee.

As a Director of Access Bank Plc, Usoro chairs the Board’s Remuneration Committee and Governance & Nomination Committee. He also serves as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee, Risk Management Committee and Credit & Finance Committee. Usoro was appointed as a director of PZ Cussons in 2011; he chairs the People & Governance Committee of the Board.

He is the Senior Partner and founder of Paul Usoro & Co (PUC), a top commercial law firm. He heads the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Communications Section of the Firm. Reputed as perhaps the foremost communications lawyer in Nigeria with over 30 years’ experience in legal practice, Usoro is variously described as the go-to-counsel for complex litigation or commercial transactions.

A member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee, Usoro was the founding Chairman of the Communication Committee of NBA Section on Business Law. Paul is a consummate boardroom player and sits on the Boards of several top companies. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIARB), and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Federal Communications Bar Association of the United States of America.

Usoro was in 2011 appointed by former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as a pioneer director on the board of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Nigeria’s sole and government-owned power trading organization. The NBET Board was then chaired by former Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. He was also the pioneer Chairman of the NBET Board’s Audit Committee.

He is married to Mfon, reputed as an internationally acclaimed expert in transport laws and project finance, and former Chairman of NBA Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).

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