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

Bar admissions

1996 Nigeria
1994 England & Wales

Professional membership

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