Azeez is a Senior 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), and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).
He is also a 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 formerly the Dean, Faculty of Oil, Gas and Solid Minerals Taxation of the Institute.
Azeez is a paper presenter both at home and abroad.
Ademola is the Managing Partner and Head of Finance and Business Tax Compliance in Ascension Consulting Services with responsibility for practice management and development.
Prior to joining Ascension, he was at Business Connexion as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with responsibilities for the Company’s financial planning, forecasting, budgeting and reporting among 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 among others and at Ernst & Young for 7 years where he started his professional career.
Ademola is a fellow of both Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), CertIFR(ACCA-UK). He holds B.Sc. in Economics, MBA (Finance) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is an alumnus of prestigious Lagos Business School and Strathmore Business School, Nairobi, Kenya. Ademola brings to bear his industry experience having previously worked with major multinationals on several projects managing and providing advisory on strategic tax issues. Ademola has attended various workshops, conferences and seminars at both local and International level on International Tax, providing sustainable business solution, Business Tax Management among others. Ademola is a paper presenter for relevant professional bodies including CITN, the recent of which is on ‘Managing tax risks in today’s business’.
Ademola is a proponent of tax compliance, recognition of taxpayers’ right and resolution of tax disputes on the point of law and facts.
Partner/ Chief Operating Officer
Matthew is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer in our Firm. He supports the Senior Partner for the 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 and has had a stint as the Head of Finance of a UK-based Organization.
Matthew’s experience covers Tax strategy, Tax Risk Management, Tax-efficient contract structuring, 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 requires 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.
Oluwasike is a Partner in our Firm. She holds a postgraduate degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London (LLM), a postgraduate diploma in Inter national Business Law and post graduate certificate in Tax Laws. She is a graduate of Law from University of llorin (LLB) and was called to The Nigerian Bar (BL). She is also a fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
She has had a remarkable professional tax career spanning over 15 years with Deloitte and Ernst and Young (EY), providing expert tax services in the Financial services and Consumer Industry sectors. She joins Ascension after leaving EY as an Associate Director.
While at EY, She worked in the Global Compliance and Reporting unit of Tax services, where she supported clients (both local and multinational) on corporate tax compliance, advisory, tax audit & investigation, tax due diligence, tax planning and reporting. She also led the Growth(emerging) Market sector.
Oluwasike is a highly valued resource in the industry and will be adding refreshing ideas to our clients' tax matters as she drives our Consumer Industry, Financial Services, and Telecommunications sector focus.
Oludolapo is a Partner in our Firm. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from Enugu State University of Science & Technology. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and Institute of Payroll Administrators.
She started her professional training with the erstwhile KPMG Peat Mar wick Ani Ogunde & Co. Prior to joining Ascension in 2018, she had worked in the Tax, Regulatory and People Services division of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) for eight years and KPMG Professional Services for seven years where she headed the Payroll Outsourcing Units.
She has over two decades of experience and expertise in providing dynamic solutions on personal income tax assignments with specific em phasis on tax compliance, tax audit and investigation, tax advisory, tax planning, payroll outsourcing, tax health check, social security compliance and due diligence for clients in various businesses and sectors of the economy.
Oludolapo brings to bear her passionate and varied experience in dealing with people and employee-related issues that will enable our clients meet their statutory obligations while advising on optimal tax strategies.
Adeniyi is a Director in Ascension. He is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating the operational activities with support from other Managers and Senior Consultants.
Adeniyi has over the years acquired practical experience in assurance, tax and other related services in key sectors of the Nigerian economy. He was a manager in Business Tax Compliance with Ernst & Young prior to joining Ascension in 2012. Previously, he was at Horwath Dafinone for three (3) years and left as a Supervisor coordinating various clients’ engagements. Adeniyi started his professional career with Baker Tilly Nigeria and worked for five (5) years before joining Horwath Dafinone. He is a highly competent and reliable hand and brings a refreshing approach to his assignments on both multinational and national companies.
Adeniyi is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He holds a B.Sc. in Applied Accounting from the Oxford Brookes University, U.K. and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science from The Polytechnic, Ibadan. He has attended numerous trainings and seminars.
Adeshina is a Senior Manager in Ascension. He had professional training with Akintola Williams Deloitte (AWD), Ernst & Young Nigeria and Saffron Professional Services, where he participated in the statutory audit of various clients including Guaranty Trust Bank and Access Bank, Pan Ocean Oil Corporation, America Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Edison Chouest Offshore Limited, Hygeia Nigeria PLC, Classic Beverage Nigeria Limited, etc., before joining Ascension Consulting. Adeshina handles tax consulting assignments with specific emphasis on corporate/business tax compliance, tax audit and investigation, tax planning, tax health check and due diligence for clients in various businesses and sectors of the economy especially the Oil & Gas sector. Adeshina is a graduate of Babcock University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Second Class Upper) in Accounting. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
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