Adebayo Ogunlesi, Nigerian lawyer and investment banker
|Other names||Bayo Ogunlesi|
|Education||Lincoln College, Oxford|
Harvard Law School
Harvard Business School
|Alma mater||King's College, Lagos|
|Employer||Global Infrastructure Partners|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi|
Adebayo "Bayo" O. Ogunlesi (born December 20, 1953) is a Nigerian lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman.
Early life and education
Ogunlesi went to King's College, Lagos, a secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria. He received a B.A. with first class honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in England. In 1979, he received a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, which he pursued at the same time. During his time at Harvard, he was on the Harvard Law Review.
From 1980 to 1981, Ogunlesi served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Ogunlesi was an attorney in the corporate practice group of the New York City law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he had been a summer associate while studying for his M.B.A.
In 1983, Ogunlesi joined the investment bank First Boston as an advisor on a Nigerian gas project. At First Boston, he worked in the Project Finance Group, advising clients on transactions and financings and has worked on transactions in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. From 1997 to 2002, he was the Head of the Global Energy Group of the by then renamed Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). In 2002, Ogunlesi was appointed Global Head of CSFB's Investment Banking Division. Also in 2002, he served as a member of Credit Suisse's Executive Board and Management Committee. From 2004 to 2006, Ogunlesi was Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of CSFB.
In July 2006, Ogunlesi started the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), a joint venture whose initial investors included Credit Suisse and General Electric. He currently serves as Chairman and Managing Partner.
In 2006, GIP bought London City Airport. In 2009, GIP acquired the majority in London Gatwick Airport in a deal worth £1.455 billion. The Nigerian press has given him the nickname, "The Man Who Bought Gatwick Airport." GIP also owns Edinburgh Airport, which they bought in 2012, and Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, which they bought in February 2018.
Ogunlesi is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. While working at Credit Suisse First Boston, he was a lecturer at Harvard Law School and the Yale School of Management, where he taught a course on transnational investment projects in emerging countries.
Ogunlesi has been married to British-born optometrist, Dr. Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi since 1985. They have two children. On the song Wonderful, Burna Boy pays tribute to Adebayo citing his hardwork.
Awards and honors
- Harvard Business School: Member, Board of Dean's Advisors
- Harvard Law School: Member, Leadership Council of New York
- Harvard University: Member, Global Advisory Council
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: Member, National Board of Directors
- NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital: Member, Board of Trustees
- Partnership for New York City Fund: Member, Board of Directors
- King's College Old Boys Association: Member
Works and publications
- Ogunlesi, Adebayo (1979). The Basic Human Needs Approach to Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law School. OCLC 81062298. Submitted to: Professor C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr. [for the] Seminar: Legal Problems of the New International Economics Order (Harvard third year paper)
- Sorkin, Andrew Ross (14 March 2002). "Accidental Investment Banker Shakes Up Credit Suisse Unit". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- Gregory, Sean (2 December 2002). "2002 Global Influentials. Adebayo Ogunlesi: CSFB's Global-Banking Chief. His Road from Nigerian Doctor's Son to Wall Street Boss Has Crossed Oil Fields, the Supreme Court and a Rifle or Two". Time. Archived from the original on 30 May 2007.
- McFadden, Jeanmarie; Pendleton, Pen (20 February 2002). "CSFB Names Tony James Chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity". Archived from the original on 7 June 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
- Reed, K. Terrell (1 November 2004). "CSFB Repositions Top Exec". Black Enterprise. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- Sean (13 July 2016). "Nigeria's first Professor of Medicine, Theophilus Ogunlesi celebrates 93rd Birthday". Daily Mail, Nigeria. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- "The Man Who Bought Gatwick Airport - Ventures Africa". Ventures Africa. 26 May 2012. Archived from the original on 8 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- Fungayi Tichawona Kapungu; Kaniaru Wacieni (2004-12-13). "Adebayo Ogunlesi (HBS '79) honored by Harvard African Alumni". The Harbus. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
Mr. Adebayo O. Ogunlesi (HLS/HBS '79), was honored by the Harvard African Students' Alumni Network ... for "consistent and superior performance in his professional career.
- "Board of Directors - Adebayo O. Ogunlesi, Lead Director". Goldman Sachs. Archived from the original on 2016-11-26. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
- "More Management Changes at First Boston". The New York Times. Bloomberg News. 19 August 2004. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "President-elect Trump Establishes the President's Strategic and Policy Forum" (PDF). Global Infrastructure Partners. New York, NY. 3 December 2016. Archived from the original (Press Release) on 15 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
- Nsehe, Mfonobong (16 October 2012). "Goldman Sachs Appoints Nigerian Banker To Its Board". Forbes. Archived from the original on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
- Wray, Richard; Wearden, Graeme (21 October 2009). "Gatwick to get upgrade after £1.5bn sale". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- Scott, Mark (23 April 2012). "Investment Fund to Pay $1.3 Billion for Edinburgh Airport". DealBook, The New York Times. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-01. Retrieved 2018-10-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2007-10-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Alden, William (25 July 2014). "Goldman Sachs Names Ogunlesi New Lead Director". DealBook, The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
- "Adebayo O Ogunlesi mentioned in the record of Quist and Adebayo O Ogunlesi". FamilySearch. September 1985. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
- "Board of Directors Biographies: Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi". Lighthouse International. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
- "As I dey hustle like Adebayo Ogunlesi". Genius. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
- "Adebayo O. Ogunlesi, JD – Page 2 – Nigerian British Awards". Retrieved 2021-02-02.
- Africa, Ventures (2019-10-09). "Top 10 Nigerians in Africa Report's 100 most influential Africans". Ventures Africa. Retrieved 2021-01-15.