In his 39-year career, Sola is renowned in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry as an expert in oil and gas law and has considerable experience across a wide range of energy focused matters. He represents clients locally and internationally on multi-party transactional matters ranging from corporate structuring and re-structuring, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance with a focus on oil and gas.
Sola is the recipient of a number of accolades, recognizing his excellent leadership quality and thought leadership. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Africa for his sustained commitment to building the “Cape to Cairo” oil and gas industry. In 2019, he also received the award for Business Lawyer of the Year from the Nigerian Legal Awards. He has been listed in “Band 1” as one of the leading Nigerian Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers in the last 15 (fifteen) editions of the Chambers Global Guide, the World’s Leading Lawyers. He was listed as a ‘ Global Elite Thought Leader’ in the Who’s Who Legal: Global Elite 2019 and 2021 editions. He has been listed in the last 10 (ten) consecutive editions of ‘Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers’ as an expert and leading legal practitioner. Sola has also been described as a “leading lawyer” in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of the ‘IFLR 1000’ directory under the Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development, Project Finance and Tax industry sectors. The ‘Chambers Global Guide’ labels Sola as “the foremost practitioner in upstream processes” in Nigeria, “one of the leaders of the field” and “a standout lawyer for energy work” and records that his clients regard him as "a top-notch lawyer".
He currently serves in several leadership positions, including as the Chairman of the board of directors of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria.