Top tier Nigerian law firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie on Friday 21st July 2017 announced the addition of two new partners. The new partners Festus Onyia (Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution) and Adeola Sunmola (Power, Infrastructure and Projects; Banking and Finance; Compliance and Investigations) positions would take effect from 1st July 2017.

Below are their profiles

ADEOLA SUNMOLA

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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.

CAREER

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
QUALIFICATIONS

2005 Nigerian Law School B.L
2004 Olabisi Onabanjo University (formerly Ogun State University) LLB

BAR ADMISSIONS

2005          Nigeria

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Nigerian Bar Association
e: uubo@uubo.org

FESTUS ONYIA

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Festus Onyia is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Disputes Resolutions team.

Festus represents and advises local and international companies in the petroleum, shipping, banking, energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors in disputes before various courts and tribunals in Nigeria.

He assisted an international energy firm with a multi-million dollar law suit before the Nigerian courts, and various multinationals on the legal aspect of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003, otherwise known as Cabotage Act, in which capacity he is representing a group of companies in an action challenging the interpretation and applicability of certain provisions of the Cabotage Act. In the course of his practice, he has also advised on issues for determination in matters before courts and arbitration panels in the United States of America and the United Kingdom,

Festus’s responsibilities include overseeing the teams that evaluate the litigation portfolios of target companies involved in financings, investments, mergers and acquisitions.

Festus has made presentations offering his critical appraisals of the efficacy of arbitration and alternative disputes resolution mechanisms in settlement of commercial disputes.

CAREER

2017 Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2014 Managing Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2008 Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2005 Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2005 Associate, Ahaneku, Ekwekwuo & Partners
2003 Associate, G.E. Ezeuko (SAN) & Co
2002 Legal Officer, National Assembly

QUALIFICATIONS

2002 Nigerian Law School, BL
1999 University of Benin, Benin City, LL.B.

BAR ADMISSIONS

2002 Nigeria

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Nigerian Bar Association
International Bar Association
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom

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