Akinbobola Olukayode “Kay” Olugbemi is a Masters of Law student in International Commercial Law (with Professional Arbitration Skills) at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Nigerian qualified legal practitioner with considerable experience working in a top tier law firm in Africa to provide legal advisory services and support to institutional investors in the trade and finance sector. Kay has been instrumental in advising on the licensing of major Fintech entities in Nigeria and the multi-jurisdictional financing of a Fintech group in Africa. Kay has also advised on major trade transactions in Africa and was part of the team that advised in the sub-concession of the Lekki Deep Sea-Port in Lagos, Nigeria.
As a budding scholar, Kay is passionate about trade simplification and liberalization. He is also concerned about repositioning trade in Africa through economically tested trade principles and ideas. His current research interest centres around distributed ledger technology in trade, trade policy and governance and international arbitration.
The AfCFTA is an agreement seeking to establish a free trade area in Africa. AfCFTA’s trade liberalization objective, along with other industries goals, Africa may just be set for a new horizon in its trade, post-COVID19.