About / Management Team / Tonbofa Ashimi

Tonbofa Ashimi   LLB, BL, LLM

Non- Executive Director




TONBOFA ASHIMI is the founder of Tonbofa Law Practice. She graduated from the University of Lagos with a Law Degree in 2001 and obtained Masters of Law in corporate law, International Finance, Securities Regulation and Public Policy from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, 2008. She also studied Economics Analysis of Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is licensed to Practice law in Nigeria, New York and USA.

She began her career at STRACHAN PARTNERS law firm as a Counsel from 2003 to 2004. She worked on many transactions including Trademark applications and also represented the Firm at the International Trademark Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2004. In 2004, she moved on to EDWARD EKIYOR &Co as an Associate where she Conducted research and fact finding for a Pro-Bono representation of the Communities affected by the Oil- Spills in the Niger-Delta as an Associate. Tonbofa joined OLANIWUN AJAYI LP where as Head of the Dispute Resolution, she handled a plethora of cases bothering on Securities Class Action, Shareholder Disputes, investment disputes and Mergers and Acquisitions until 2005.

From 2009 through 2012, TONBOFA ASHIMI served in the Bayelsa State Government as the State's trade representative, she also served as the State's coordinator of the Child Development Account project (a project in partnership with Columbia University, World Bank and New America foundation) aimed at encouraging students and their parents to save for their future education .During this period, she served as the State's Director-General for Due Process and E-Governance Bureau.

Tonbofa has represented and advised various African governments and development institutions in developing the policy and laws governing the energy sector, financial markets and revenue collection. She has been part of pioneer projects geared at: ensuring energy access; developing natural resources; and developing financial markets in African Nations. Tonbofa has represented clients in resolving disputes spanning numerous sectors including energy, taxation, debt recovery and environmental laws.

She has also participated in study groups and faculties that research and train government agencies, practitioners and judges on the law and practice in the African and International energy and finance sectors.

Clients value Tonbofa's international qualifications that make it easy for her to represent their various interests across