Our Partners

Azeez Alatoye
Managing Partner


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Azeez is the Chief Executive Officer and Global Managing Partner of Ascension Consulting Services. He has overall responsibility for the operational excellence of the firm in delivering services and solutions with passion to our clients. In addition to his global responsibility, Azeez has primary responsibility for developing the Global and Nigerian market.

Azeez has acquired proven practical experience over the years in providing sustainable business solutions to numerous clients in the oil and gas industry. Azeez doubled as a Partner and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Saffron Professional Services prior to leading Ascension. Previously, he was a Partner in Ernst & Young for 2 years having worked at Deloitte for same period before then. He was in PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 11 years before joining Deloitte. He was involved in carrying out a range of assignments including Structuring of contract agreements for maximisation of business opportunities, tax incentives, mergers & acquisition, diversifications and discontinuations, compliance and consulting services to companies.

Azeez is a Chartered Tax Practitioner, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM). He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) (Unique Distinction) in Accountancy from Kwara State Polytechnic and Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He was a member of the Research & Technical Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee, Chairman of the Computer Sub-Committee of the Institute and presently the Dean, Faculty of Oil, Gas and Solid Minerals Taxation of the Institute. Azeez is a paper presenter both at home and abroad, the recent of which are on professional ethics, and improving tax compliance.

Ademola Olanrewaju

Partner


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Ademola is a Partner in our Firm. He supports the Managing Partner for business development, practice development and operational excellence,in order to ensure the delivering of services by applying professionalism, integrity and respect as platforms for excellent performance. Ademola possesses diverse experience in all forms of taxation with record of various successes in driving tax compliance for various clients and resolving complicated tax audit/investigation issues with relevant tax authorities. He focuses on providing sustainable business tax solutions and a unique approach to tax consulting with specific emphasis on Business Tax Compliance (Corporate Tax and Petroleum Profit Tax), Tax Audit and Investigation, Tax Planning, Tax Advisory and Tax Due Diligence.

Prior to joining Ascension, he was at Business Connexion ICT Services Ltd (BCX) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with responsibilities for the Company’s financial planning, forecasting, budgeting and reporting, amongst others. He was also at Saffron Professional Service for about 3 years as a Manager with overall responsibility for the Firm’s Business Tax Compliance Services (BTC) involving Corporate and Petroleum Profit Tax. He was also at Ernst & Young for 7 years where he started his career as an External Auditor before moving to the tax practice as a Senior Tax Consultant.

Ademola is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (FCA) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI). He has a CertIFR(ACCA-UK), is an Associate Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE) and an Associate Chartered Economist (ACE). Ademola holds a B.Sc. in Economics, an MBA and an HND in Business Administration.

Ademola brings to bear his industry experience having previously worked with major multinationals on several projects managing and providing advisory services on strategic tax issues. Ademola has attended various workshops, conferences and seminars at both local and International level on International Tax, Business Tax Management amongst others.


Matthew Johnson
Partner


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Matthew is a Partner in our Firm. He supports the Managing Partner for business development and quality assurance in delivering of services to our Clients.

Prior to joining Ascension, he was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Nigeria, specializing in advising numerous local and international clients in the Energy Industry. He has earlier worked in London as the International Tax Manager for Afren Plc, (an Africa-focused Oil and Gas company), where he was responsible for managing the tax affairs of the Head Office in London, and its subsidiaries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. He also built a valuable network of relationships from membership of industry groups, both local and international. Matthew started his professional tax career with KPMG Nigeria.

Matthew’s experience covers Tax strategy, Tax Risk Management, Tax-efficient contract structuring, Tax dispute resolution, Cross-border tax planning, Transfer pricing, as well as, Tax due diligence and the review of other specific Tax-sensitive financial processes like Cost allocation, Cost recovery, Contract Pricing etc.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in the UK, and an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife.

His Industry and Practice experience has been of immense value to Clients, who are constantly facing complex and often novel tax issues that require professional advice that are customized, and that recognizes the commercial realities, as well as the risk that businesses have to deal with in implementing their strategies.