Yinka Edu is a Partner in the firm’s Banking & Finance team and heads the firm’s Capital Markets team. She has been involved in a diverse range of financial and capital markets transactions including advising on the first global depositary receipts programme, the first Eurobond issuance by a Nigerian Corporate and the establishment of the first ETF to be listed in Nigeria.
She advises on issues relating to the Nigerian bond market and on compliance issues in connection with banking and capital market assignments, many of which, being innovative or new to Nigeria, often require skilled liaison with our regulatory authorities, and was a core member of the team that advised several local banks with the 2008 banking consolidation mergers.
Yinka has published articles in Getting the Deal Through – Securities Finance – Nigeria and The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions. She presents papers and conducts seminars at the IBA Conferences on security for bank lending and on capital markets’ issues. She chairs the Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association of Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law Competition Committee.
Yinka is ranked in Chambers Global for expertise in banking & finance and corporate/commercial practice and is commended for her banking and finance and capital markets work in the current edition of Who’s Who Legal, and sits on the board of several companies.
Lolade Ososami is a Partner in the firm’s taxation, corporate advisory, compliance & investigations, business establishment & corporate immigration and oil & gas teams. She advises on the tax aspects of diverse commercial transactions in various sectors including telecommunications, banking and finance, securities transactions, downstream petroleum operations, solid minerals and foreign investment.
In addition to her corporate tax advisory work, Lolade advises on upstream oil and gas taxation. She has advised extensively on the tax aspects of several production sharing contracts between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and the major IOCs operating in Nigeria and was involved in an advisory role in the arbitrations that arose from the 1993 PSCs. In 2016 she was appointed as a member of the fiscal framework and revenue management syndicate of the Legislative Framework for Petroleum Industry Reform that was organised by the House of Representatives of the National Assembly and NNPC.
As part of her corporate advisory work Lolade was part of the team that acted as Solicitors to the Issuer on the Series 2 Bond Issue by the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc., under its N140 billion Medium Term Note Program. She was also part of the team that advised the Export-Import Bank of the United States on the financial structuring of a vessel acquisition by a Nigerian company providing marine services in the Nigerian oil majors. Lolade regularly advises various start-ups on regulatory compliance and employment issues. She has also advised on joint ventures, company acquisitions, private placements and investment funds.
Lolade has been featured by Who’s Who Legal in their Corporate Tax section, she has also been ranked by Corporate INTL Who’s Who Handbook as a leading lawyer in Taxation and Natural Resources. She contributes to the Chartered Institute of Taxation Practice Series and has published several papers on taxation in local and international publications including Tax Notes International and Tax Planning International Review. Lolade has facilitated several tax workshops and has been certified as a trainer in tax law by the Nigerian Bar Association Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, the Vice- Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association and a member of the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association.
Adeola Sunmola is a Partner in the firm’s corporate team. Her specialisations include syndicated lending transactions, financing for power, transportation and manufacturing projects and regulatory compliance in Nigeria, including its free trade zones.
She has been a key member of the firm’s teams that advise lenders in relation to various financings including the proposed financing of a gas-fired power plant, the conversion of a cold rolled steel expansion programme and a greenfield cement plant in Nigeria. She is also a member of the team that advises various lending syndicates in connection with a medium term syndicated notes issuance facility provided to a steel fabrication company and took primary responsibility of perfecting the security documentation which the parties entered into in relation to the transaction.
Adeola has also advised state oil companies of foreign states on establishment within the Nigerian free trade zones and independent power producers in relation to the construction and operation of plants for Nigerian manufacturers in the food and beverage sector. Adeola was a member of the team that provides legal advisory services to a preferred bidder in connection with a state sponsored transportation concession, and advised potential lenders in another transportation infrastructure project. She is also part of the firm’s team that advises private equity investors in various sectors across the firm’s practice areas.
Adeola contributes to the World Bank’s annual Doing Business in Nigeria surveys, and has prepared seminars and presentations on compliance with Nigerian free trade zone regulations as well as on achieving compliance with the United States FSA regulations and anti-money laundering controls.
A Chartered Secretary and Administrator with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Oyinda Ehiwere is an Executive Director and oversees Alsec Nominees Limited, the firm’s company secretarial department. She oversees the diverse portfolio of corporate clients to which Alsec provides company secretarial services on a retainer basis, and advises and assists the boards of such companies in the oil and gas, financial services, telecommunications, health management, engineering, printing and energy sectors.
She provides a full range of company secretarial services including incorporation and registration, attendance at meetings, maintaining statutory registers, regulatory compliance and assisting with the filing of statutory returns.
Oyinda also advises on issues relating to corporate governance and best practices relevant to companies and incorporated trustees across the firm’s core Practice Areas. In this capacity she has also had responsibility, as a member of the firm’s collaborative due diligence teams, for overseeing the audit and evaluation of company records and the corporate governance practices reflected in the portfolios of numerous companies targeted for investment or acquisition, or to whom lender clients wish to provide credit facilities.
Together with a team of lawyers in the firm, she participates in the firm’s contribution to the Doing Business in Nigeria survey, a World Bank project.
Olukayode Dada CCEP, is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. He is a Managing Associate in the firm’s Compliance and Investigations’ team. Olukayode has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and representing multinational clients in external investigations conducted by law enforcement agencies, regulators and the legislative arms of the Nigerian government. He assists clients in developing compliance and ethics codes of conduct as well as policies and procedures on whistleblowing and reporting systems, bribery, sexual harassment, internal investigations and discipline.
Olukayode has written several articles across his areas of specialisation including on anti-corruption and combating money laundering. He recently facilitated a session on anti-bribery and corruption at the American Conference Institute’s (ACI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Global Enforcement Seminar at the Gaylord Convention Center, MD, USA.