Yinka Edu is a partner in the banking, finance and capital markets teams of Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie. She has been involved in a diverse range of financial and capital markets transactions including the establishment of bond issuance programmes, mergers and acquisitions, local and cross-border security issuances, as well as the establishment of and registration of collective investment schemes.
She advised a syndicate of lenders in connection with a US$2 billion medium-term facility granted to MTN Nigeria by a group of local and international financial institutions and on the restructuring of MTN’s existing facilities. She also advised the lenders on the US$280 million facility and a later US$600 million facility which was provided to IHS as part of its recent US$2.6 billion capital raising of debt and equity.
She led the team that advised on the first exchange traded fund (ETF) to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which was listed on a cross-border basis, and UAC of Nigeria Plc on the establishment of a real estate investment trust.
In 2007, she advised on the Guaranty Trust Bank bond issuance, which was the first cross-border eurobond issuance by a Nigerian issuer, which resulted in the adoption of an issuing special purpose vehicle structure, which has been replicated by other banks thereafter.
She has written the Nigeria chapter for Getting the Deal Through – Securities Finance and has published articles in The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Mergers & Acquisitions. She presents papers and conducts seminars on security for bank lending, investing in Nigeria and on capital market issues.
She is currently vice chairman of the Capital Markets’ Solicitors Association, sits on the rules and compliance sub-committee of the capital market committee and is a member of the competition committee of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.
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