Franca Egwuekwe is an experienced legal professional in corporate and commercial law practice. She is a member of the Executive Management team of NG Clearing Limited – Nigeria’s premier Central Counterparty, which provides clearing, settlement & risk management services for exchange-traded derivatives contracts. She is also the General Counsel & Company Secretary of NG Clearing and oversees the Legal & Company Secretariat, Regulation & Compliance, and the Human Resources Departments.
As one of the pioneer staff that set up NG Clearing, she co-championed all entrepreneurial aspects of the company’s business, from incorporation to strategy formulation, development of
corporate structure, and achievement of other milestones, including drafting the CCP Rules and Regulations; development of policies and procedures; obtaining CCP operational license from SEC; and facilitating market engagement and capacity-building programmes.
Prior to joining NG Clearing, she was a Senior Manager and the Head of Capital Market in the Legal Services Department of the Nigerian Exchange Group Plc, where she contributed immensely to a number of the Exchange’s key projects, including its Demutualization and establishment of the derivatives market. While at the Exchange, she served on the Senate’s Technical Advisory Committee that drafted the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020.
Franca was previously a Senior Associate at Aluko & Oyebode, where she successfully advised a number of local and international clients on several landmark transactions across the capital market, M & A, private equity, project finance, corporate restructuring, insolvency, winding up, infrastructure, energy and oil and gas. At A&O, she was recognized in the IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, 2013. She began her career as a Legal Officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission, during her NYSC.
Franca is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and has an LL.M from King’s College London and an MBA from Lagos Business School. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006 and has an LL.B from Obafemi Awolowo University, where she received seven awards upon graduation, including the Award for the Best Graduating Student. She is also a recipient of the 2018 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards – 40-Under-40 Awards Category. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, a Member of the International Bar Association, an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, an Associate Member of the Institute of Capital Market Registrars, and a Fellow of the Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals.