Founding Partner of Aina Blankson, LP, Kehinde Aina is noted for his professionalism and visionary leadership. With a first degree in political science, his outstanding law degree from the Nigerian Law School earned him nomination for the Sir Alexander Darnley Award. His core competence in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, international commercial arbitration and mediation has resulted in a number of cross border representation for multinationals and governments.
The catalogue of transactional experience of Kehinde Aina include the Nigerian revolutionary banking sector consolidation of 2005 which resulted in his representation of over fifty of the eighty nine Nigerian banks at the time; leading the merger of nine commercial banks; the numerous capital raise transactions by blue chip corporations including the Nova Capital $2Billion capital raise, the R500Million golf estate acquisition in South Africa, the $350Million Atlantic LNG project, the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development Pipeline mediation, the 20billion pounds Shell Petroleum oil spillage negotiations and numerous arbitration matters under the ICC, LCIA and the Singapore Arbitration Rules.
Founder of the Negotiation & Conflict Management Group International (NCMG International), Kehinde Aina in 2002 founded the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, (the first court connected ADR Centre in Africa) and thereafter in 2015, he initiated the establishment of the Supreme Court Mediation Centre in Nigeria. Following his exposure at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, he ensured the establishment of the University of Lagos-NCMG College of Negotiation in 2012. In 2010, the World Bank appointed him as a regional consultant covering ten countries and in 2015 he became a consultant to the United Nations. He sits on the Board of many corporations including the International Mediation Institute and the International Center for Energy.
A prolific writer and well sought after speaker, he is the author of two books on mediation and commercial arbitration. In describing Kehinde Aina, a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammadu Uwais, GCON, had this to say: “While he is often commended for being the brains behind the Multi-Door Courthouse concept in most judiciaries in Nigeria, it is hardly remembered that Mr Kehinde Aina financed the establishment of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, spent time away from his lucrative law practice to build, grow and entrench the new project and at the appropriate time handed over the project to the judiciary. He never earned a kobo. This in my view is commendable. I believe his example is worthy of emulation.”
In all, no statement aptly summarizes Kenny better than the one from his mentor, the late Justice Kayode Eso, CFR, a former Supreme Court Justice who called him “… an asset to the country”.