The Role & Evolution of The In-house Lawyer

July 29, 2021



BGLU Power Event Presents: ‘The Role & Evolution of the In-house Lawyer’ Event Moderator:

The event was hosted by Meena Dawud, In-House Counsel at a Global Investment Bank (London) Derivatives. Panelist:

  • Suzanne Butah, Legal Director and Company Secretary, Guiness Ghana Breweries Plc (Ghana) Suzannè is currently the Legal Director and Company Secretary of Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC, a subsidiary of DIAGEO plc. After completing her LLB at the University of Essex and LLM from University College London, Suzannè undertook her training contract at the City office of Addleshaw Goddard LLP and returned to Ghana as an NQ to accept a job offer with Tullow Ghana Limited, operator of the Jubilee and TEN old and gas fields, the first major commercial fields in Ghana. Whilst at Tullow, Suzannè worked on a variety of exciting projects including negotiating gas sales agreements with the national oil company, advising on the plan of development for the TEN field, as well negotiating and drafting several major supply chain contracts.After 9 years with Tullow, Suzannè was pleased to accept an offer of with Guinness Ghana where she is responsible for managing the overall rlegal risk for the business and providing advice and guidance to the board of directors.

  • Sebolelo Gebhardt, General Counsel: Jacob AG Holdings (Switzerland) Sebolelo is an investment lawyer currently working as General Counsel at Jacobs Holding AG, a family-backed investment firm, based in Zurich, her role primarily entails executing M&A deals in Europe and the US. Sebolelo is an English qualified Solicitor, who completed her studies at University of London and BPP law school. Prior to joining Jacobs Holding AG, Sebolelo worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, in Paris, as a banking and finance associate working on syndicated cross border financings for the leading European banks. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Sebolelo worked in the cross border corporate (M&A) team and the finance team of Norton Rose Fulbright in London and Johannesburg. Sebolelo is also a trustee of Daedalus theatre company – in London – a charity that focuses on theatre projects which explore innovative and meaningful ways to bring together art professionals and community members. She is also an advisory board member at the Mamo Group, a family-owned real estate investment group based in Johannesburg.”

  • Juliet Manteaw-Kutin, Head of Legal & Company Secretary: AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited Juliet is the Head, Legal & Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary for AngloGold Ashanti’s Ghana Business unit which comprises of the Obuasi and Iduapriem Mines, as well six Sustainable Development Units which are subsidiaries of the Company. Juliet acts as a business facilitator with demonstrated commercial acumen and technical appreciation of the Company’s business. She has been part of the leadership team that led the Obuasi mine through a major restructuring process in 2014 which saw the laying off over 2000 employees, put the mine in Care and Maintenance and concluded the negotiation of a suite of agreements including a Development Agreement and a Tax Concessions Agreement with the government of Ghana that would bring the mine back into operations in 2018. Prior to joining AngloGold Ashanti in July 2009, Juliet worked with MTN Ghana, the largest telecommunications company in Ghana as a Legal Advisor and with Ghana’s leading law firm, Bentsi-Enchill Letsa & Ankomah, as an Associate. Juliet is a qualified barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana, having been called to the Ghana Bar in September 2005 after completing the Ghana School of Law. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) International Commercial Law from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Development from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Arts(BA) (Marketing & Psychology) from Ghana’s premier university, University of Ghana. Juliet is listed in the 2017 Legal 500 GC Powerlist Africa and a proud recipient of the following awards: Cecilia Koranteng-Addo Memorial Prize for Overall Best Female Student in Professional Part 1& 2 Ghana School of Law 2005· Jonathan Arthur Memorial Prize for Best Female in Civil Procedure Prize 2005· Law Students Union Prize for Outstanding Academic Performance, University of Ghana

  • Joan Michaels, In-house Counsel: Aker Energy (Ghana) Limited Joan is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary professional, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Finance Major), a Master of Philosophy in Finance, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ghana Business School and the University of Ghana Law School respectively. She proceeded to study for a Master of Laws with a focus on Corporate & Commercial Transactional Law at Harvard Law School. She has 8 progressive years of experience working in-house legal departments for multinational companies in the oil and gas industry where she has risen through the ranks. She is currently the Head of Legal at Aker Energy Ghana Limited.

  • Banke Adeyemo, General Counsel: Vantage Infrastructure, (London) Banke has 8 years of relevant legal experience. Based in London, Banke is General Counsel for the group responsible for the legal overview of Debt and Equity transactions, and managing external legal relationships. Prior to joining the firm, Banke worked as a capital markets lawyer at Linklaters LLP and Shearman and Sterling LLP before moving in-house to focus on multinational M&A, restructuring and divestments. She holds a JD from Georgetown Law School.

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