YINKA EDU

PARTNER

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 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 regularly advises on the establishment of mutual funds, derivatives transactions and public Merger & Acquisition transactions. She also 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. She 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 in 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 is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law Competition Committee.

Yinka is the only Nigerian lawyer to be ranked Tier 1 in Chambers and Partners for fintech work. She is also ranked by Chambers Global for her expertise in banking & finance and corporate/commercial practice, and is commended for her banking and finance and capital markets work in Who’s Who Legal. She sits on the board of several companies.

2015 to dateChairman, Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria
2013 -2015Vice Chairman, Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria
2010 -2013Secretary, Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria
2007 -2010Treasurer, Capital Markets' Solicitors Association of Nigeria
2012 -2015Member, Capital Market Rules and Regulatory Committee (CMC)
2007 to datePartner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2002 - 2007Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo- Osagie
2011 to dateMember, Committee on Demutualisation
1996-2002Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
1994-1996Legal Executive, Cameron Markby Hewitt (later Cameron McKenna)

1996 BL, Nigerian Law School
1994 Bar Finals, The Inns of Court School of Law
1993CPE, The College of Law (Store Street)
1992B.A, Law and Society, University of Exeter

1996Nigeria
1994England & Wales

Nigerian Bar Association
Bar of England and Wales
Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry (BACFI)
Capital Markets Association

IFLR Africa Market Makers Report

August 16, 2022

UUBO is pleased to have contributed the Nigerian chapter of the 2022 edition of the IFLR Africa Market Makers report, authored by partners Jumoke Lambo, Folake Elias-Adebowale, Yinka Edu, Ozofu Olatunde Ogiemudia, Nicholas Okafor, Adeola Sunmola, Joseph Odianosen Eimunjeze and Onyinye Okafor. The report highlights and offer perspectives on trends, developments and key regulatory and […]

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Fintech update: series 5 – sec new rules on the issuance, offering platforms and custody of digital assets – what you need to know

July 4, 2022

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Highlights of Regulatory Changes in the Fintech Space in 2021

June 24, 2022

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Fintech update: series 4 – sec new rules on the issuance, offering platforms and custody of digital assets – what you need to know

June 22, 2022

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Fintech update: series 3 – sec new rules on the issuance, offering platforms and custody of digital assets – what you need to know

June 15, 2022

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Debt Factoring in Nigeria: Structuring, Legal and Regulatory Framework, and Key Considerations

June 15, 2022

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Fintech update: series 1 – sec new rules on the issuance, offering platforms and custody of digital assets – what you need to know

May 27, 2022

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Chambers Fintech Global Practice Guide

April 19, 2022

Key trends and developments in the Fintech Sector have been identified and analysed by the UUBO Fintech team in an article published in the latest edition of the Chambers Fintech Global Practice Guide. The publication is a great resource for practitioners and investors in the ecosystem and highlights recent regulatory developments – including regulatory sandboxes, as […]

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Bowmans Report: M&A in Africa. Current Trends, 2022

March 23, 2022

We are pleased to have contributed on Nigerian developments to the Bowmans (Law Firm)’s Report on Current Trends in M&A in Key African Jurisdictions, which has been published in the Dealmakers Africa M&A Pulse publication. Please click on the following link to download the full report and to read the input provided by Folake Elias-Adebowale, Yinka Edu, Ozofu Olatunde […]

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2021 IN REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS OF REGULATORY CHANGES IN THE FINTECH SPACE IN 2021

March 18, 2022

In a year when two of Nigeria’s Fintechs (Flutterwave and Opay) acquired unicorn status, it became clear that the Fintech industry in the country had come of age. In line with this, there was a raft of new regulations affecting the industry. The local regulators sought to facilitate innovation and monitor the industry more closely. […]

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2021 in Review Highlight of Regulatory Changes in the Fintech Space in 2021

February 3, 2022

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ICLG International Comparative Legal Guide

August 30, 2021

 

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Review of The Regulatory Framework for Open Banking in Nigeria

March 3, 2021

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Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2021 – Yinka Edu

February 21, 2021

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is pleased to announce that our Fintech, Banking & Finance and Capital Markets teams’ partner, Yinka Edu has been ranked in Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2021 for her Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial and Capital Markets practice.  

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International Comparative Legal Guide to: Fintech 2019

July 8, 2019

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What the market says…

 

“Yinka Edu garners plaudits as "a well-respected and experienced lawyer" thanks to her adept handling of complex M&A transactions.”

- IFLR100

 

“Yinka Edu is "well known in the capital markets space" where she regularly advises on the establishment of mutual funds, derivatives transactions and public M&A.”

- IFLR100

 

 

Her professionalism, patience and tenacity.

- IFLR100

Yinka is very knowledgeable and responsive. She also shows empathy towards clients. Very knowledgeable abd has good business acumen with respect to understanding what issues matter from a legal perspective.

- IFLR100

 

 

Yinka listens, she is responsive open to new ideas and a good problem solver.

- IFLR100

 

 

Yinka is very thoughtful, a clear communicator and great to have on transactions.

- IFLR100

 

She is very accessible, committed to meeting deadlines and also has a sound knowledge of Nigerian law and its practical application.

- IFLR100

 

 

She demonstrated positive thinking and has a depth of knowledge.

- IFLR100

 

 

She had a positive attitude and was knowledgeable.

- IFLR100

 

 

Yinka Edu is great

- IFLR100

"Capital markets group head Yinka Edu is considered "a standout, fantastic lawyer" who is "very creative and very precise." Interviewees appreciate that she is "able to push the envelope" when handling banking and finance mandates. "

- Chambers Global

"Yinka Edu is involved with a great deal of capital market and financial transactions, including global depositary receipts, mergers and the establishment of mutual funds. Commentators note that she is "exceptional" and "quite innovative.”

- Chambers Global

 

 

"She is heralded as "a fantastic capital markets lawyer" who is "brilliant at what she does."

- Chambers Global