ADEOLA SUNMOLA

Practice area/s
Power, Infrastructure and Projects

Adeola Sunmola is a partner in Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie's Banking & Finance, Power, Projects & Infrastructure, and Compliance & Investigations teams. Her specialisations include syndicated lending transactions; debt restructuring; financing for power; manufacturing and infrastructure projects; Islamic finance, as well as anti-corruption compliance and corporate investigations in Nigeria.

She routinely advises local and international clients and banks in connection with financing transactions involving various sectors of the Nigerian economy, including transactions which have “cross-border" elements. She also advises lenders and borrowers on transaction structure, documentation negotiation and perfection of security.

As part of the work she does in the power sector, she advises clients on projects relating to the acquisition and refurbishment of brownfield power plants, and the construction and establishment of greenfield projects. She also assists investors with navigating regulatory hurdles, including obtaining permits and licenses, as well as on achieving compliance with anti-bribery and corruption rules and anti-money laundering controls.

Adeola’s strength lies in finding solutions to complex legal issues, and in providing legal support to her clients in a manner that enables them to successfully complete deals.

Adeola contributes to the World Bank's annual ‘Doing Business in Nigeria’ surveys, and has delivered presentations on Nigerian contract law, cross-border lending, secured credit transactions, project finance and compliance with Nigerian laws and regulations on anti-corruption. She, together with a team of experts, collaborated with the Commercial Law Development Program of the United States Department of Commerce in workshops leading to the publication of the book titled "The Annotation of Power Purchase Agreements" for Power Africa, as part of President Obama's Power Africa Initiative.

Adeola has been recognised as a “Next Generation Lawyer" and noted as a “key figure" in her team by The Legal 500 in its Energy and Natural Resources ranking (2018).

Sector Specialty 
Banks and Other Financial Institutions
Manufacturing
Energy

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 membership

Nigerian Bar Association