Adeola, a distinguished and accomplished professional, is a partner in Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie’s esteemed teams specialising in banking and finance, power, projects, and infrastructure. Her expertise encompasses a diverse range of legal subjects, notably cross-border lending, syndicated lending, non-interest finance, debt restructuring, and financing for intricate power, manufacturing, and infrastructure projects in Nigeria. She leads legal teams that advise on project development, and project finance in the power sector.
With a wealth of experience, Adeola offers counsel to local and international banks, corporate entities, regional and global energy corporations, development finance institutions, and private equity funds. Her advisory expertise extends to multifaceted initiatives involving oil and gas assets, port developments, road infrastructure, power generation plants, steel mills, cement production facilities, and real estate development.
Recognised as a trailblazer, Adeola secured a place of honour in the IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022, a prestigious distinction reserved for the world’s most outstanding women in the legal profession. She maintains a consistent status as a ‘Highly Regarded’ Lawyer according to IFLR1000, renowned for her exceptional contributions to Banking and Finance, as well as Project Development and Project Finance. The esteemed Legal500 has also bestowed recognition upon her for her mastery in Energy and Natural Resources, while her Banking and Finance competence is recognised by Who’s Who Legal.
In 2019, Adeola proudly received the ‘Nigerian Rising Star: 40 under 40’ award from the Nigerian Legal Awards, a testament to her role as a luminary among young legal talents under the age of 40 who are poised to shape the legal landscape of the future.
Beyond her legal prowess, Adeola holds seats on the boards of notable entities such as FGN Sukuk Roads PLC – a vital issuer of non-interest finance bonds under the aegis of the Federal Government of Nigeria. She’s also involved with Syarpa, a cutting-edge Fintech firm facilitating cross-border payments through innovative digital asset solutions in Africa and beyond.
A fervent advocate for women’s empowerment, Adeola is an engaged member of the Steering Committee and Board of Trustees for Women in the Profession (Nigerian Chapter), a distinguished initiative associated with the Cyrus R. Vance Centre for International Justice. She is also the African Regional Forum Liaison Officer of the International Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Committee.
While she wields remarkable legal prowess, Adeola also nurtures diverse interests beyond the legal practice. She’s an enthusiast of women’s empowerment, fashion, and travel, and she actively participates in initiatives to enhance capacity within her domains of expertise.
|2017||Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|2014||Managing Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|2012||Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|2007||Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|2006||Counsel, Paul Usoro & Co|
|2005||Intern, Adeyinka Ajayi & Co|
|2005||Nigerian Law School, B.L|
|2004||Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University), LLB|
Nigerian Bar Association
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What the market says…
“Adeola Sunmola is praised as “a very analytical practitioner” who “always goes above and beyond” in her financial advice to clients in the real estate and construction industries.”
"She had the requisite experience needed to advise us of the best structure to adopt for the transaction."
"She is very attentive, coordinated and quite knowledgeable."