- LL.B (University of Lagos);
- B.L (Nigerian Law School) Graduated with First Class Honours
- LL.M (New York University)
- Member of the Nigerian Bar.
- Group: Finance; Corporate
- A Partner.
Michelle Chikezie is a partner in G. Elias. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degrees from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and New York University School of Law respectively.
Michelle leads much of the firm’s capital market, structured finance, venture capital, and private equity transactions. She is admitted to practice law in both Nigeria and New York state, USA.
Some of Michelle’s work include:
- advice to a leading pan-African financial services institution with a global footprint on the establishment of a US$1.5 billion medium term note programme and first issuance thereunder.
- advice to the joint lead managers on a US$350million Eurobond outing by the Nigerian subsidiary of a pan African commercia bank.
- advice to a Nigerian multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Lagos on its US$300million Eurobond outing.
- advice to Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company of a N2 billion equity issuance shelf programme (2,814,830,718 ordinary shares), and first series issuance of up to 575,000,000 ordinary shares under the programme.
- advice to a US Private Equity Fund on a series of structured financings in amounts over US$100million (securitization) of businesses operating in various industries across Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius and potentially other African countries.
- advice to the lead investor, a New York-based venture capital fund, in the Series A US$55 million financing of Kuda Technologies Limited, a company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales and the parent company of Kuda Microfinance Bank.
- advice to a global impact investment fund on a proposed US%151 million equity and debt investments in an insurance holding company in Nigeria.
- advice to a financial services company on the establishment and issuance of seven (7) commodities linked fixed income securities and exchange traded funds with sizes of N250 billion (approx. US$667 million).
- advice to a leading telecommunications infrastructure and wireless service provider in Nigeria in connection with the acquisition by a private equity fund of a super majority equity stake in the company worth US$100 million.
- advice on the first long-term (20 years) non-sovereign bonds offering (N5 billion) by a free zone company in Lagos.
- advice to a publicly listed cement company on the establishment of a N250 billion bond programme and the N115 billion first series issuance under the programme.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michellechikezie