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 date||Chairman, Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association of Nigeria|
|2013 -2015||Vice Chairman, Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association of Nigeria|
|2010 -2013||Secretary, Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association of Nigeria|
|2007 -2010||Treasurer, Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association of Nigeria|
|2012 -2015||Member, Capital Market Rules and Regulatory Committee (CMC)|
|2007 to date||Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|2002 – 2007||Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo- Osagie|
|2011 to date||Member, Committee on Demutualisation|
|1996-2002||Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie|
|1994-1996||Legal Executive, Cameron Markby Hewitt (later Cameron McKenna)|
|1996||BL, Nigerian Law School|
|1994||Bar Finals, The Inns of Court School of Law|
|1993||CPE, The College of Law (Store Street)|
|1992||B.A, Law and Society, University of Exeter|
|1994||England & Wales|
|Nigerian Bar Association|
|Bar of England and Wales|
|Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry (BACFI)|
|Capital Markets Association|
Lenders Taking Security over Mining Rights for Financing: Nature, Scope and Requirements under Nigerian Law
This article examines the nature of security interests over mining rights in Nigeria and the requirement for the perfection of these security interests, including the need for consent from the relevant government authorities. It also discusses the implications of non-compliance with these requirements and provides practical guidance for foreign and local lenders seeking to create […]Read More
UUBO’s Fintech team members Yinka Edu (Partner), Joseph Eimunjeze (Partner), Pamela Onah (Senior Associate) and Oluwatobi Akintayo (Associate) have contributed to the latest Nigerian chapter of the 7th Edition of the Global Legal Group, UK’s Fintech Laws and Regulations 2023 in which they discuss the various regulatory changes and topical issues impacting the Nigerian Fintech […]Read More
The recent crackdown on mobile applications (“Apps”) that are geared towards the provision of financial services, including lending, by local regulators has necessitated an update of policy by Google for its Play Store. These policies now require App developers, especially those who develop finance services Apps, to ensure that their Apps are in tandem with […]Read More
Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chapters of the Bowmans Africa Competition Law Guide
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is pleased to have contributed to the Nigeria and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chapters of the Bowmans Africa Competition Law Guide, an annual publication providing answers to frequently asked questions relating to competition law regimes in various African jurisdictions. To read the Nigeria and ECOWAS chapters of the […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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. […]Read More
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.Read More
What the market says…
Mrs. Yinka Edu is a seasoned lawyer with several years of legal practice. Her capital market knowledge is really commendable and this enabled her to lead the transaction seamlessly.
- Legal 500
Yinka Edu is an excellent lawyer. She’s clever, practical and a great person to work with.
- Legal 500
“Yinka Edu garners plaudits as "a well-respected and experienced lawyer" thanks to her adept handling of complex M&A transactions.”
“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.”
Her professionalism, patience and tenacity.
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.
Yinka listens, she is responsive open to new ideas and a good problem solver.
Yinka is very thoughtful, a clear communicator and great to have on transactions.
She is very accessible, committed to meeting deadlines and also has a sound knowledge of Nigerian law and its practical application.
She demonstrated positive thinking and has a depth of knowledge.
She had a positive attitude and was knowledgeable.
Yinka Edu is great
"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