Oluwadamilola Odetola

Consultant Counsel

Professional Biography

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Email:  damilola@cogens-law.com
Direct Tel (1): +234 (0) 80 519 04677
Direct Tel (2): +44 (0) 75 525 54994

Education

  • LL.B. (Hons) (2011) University of Ibadan (First Class Honours)
  • B.L (2012) Nigerian Law School, Lagos (First Class Honours)
  • BCL (2014) Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria: 2012

Professional memberships

  • Nigerian Bar Association;
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association;
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals;
  • Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria

Awards and Publications

Awards

  • The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship tenable at Oxford University
  • Best Graduating student (2012), Nigerian Law School (Winner of the Property Law, Corporate Law, Criminal and Civil Litigation subject prizes)
  • Winner of the Nigerian Council of Legal Education Star Prize
  • Best Graduating student (2011), Faculty of law, University of Ibadan and Best Student in the Department of Private and Business law

Publications

  • O. Odetola; Penalties and Liquidated Damages in a Changing World: Rethinking the Common Law Position; (2015) 6 Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy 247
  • O. Odetola et al; Access to Medicines; Laura Nielsen (ed.); Copenhagen: DJOF Publishing, 2010 Print
  • Contributor to the World Bank Doing Business in Nigeria (secured transactions) 2014 Project
  • Oloba & Odetola.O; Revisiting bilateral trade agreements between African and non-African states (2015) IBA African Regional Forum. Available at www.ibanet.org/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleUid=e94bbe53-20a7-461f-9121-aba6736be022
  • Odetola. O & Obawunmi; Getting a clearer picture – what defines a foreign company? (2015) IBA African Regional Forum. Available at http://905biba.testintbar.org/Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleUid=ddbedd73-5a5e-404c-995a5ac535855326
  • O. Odetola, Sustainable Development: The Crucial Role of Women and Children (2015) Women’s Law Clinic, University of Ibadan

Interests

Pro bono work; Committee Member, Legal Aid Panel, OXLWOB, University of Oxford
Accounting and financial management: currently training with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
In her free time, she plays football, tennis and reads about cutting-edge medical research

Damilola brings to Cogens wide ranging experience in commercial law, corporate insolvency and debt restructuring, having worked in variety of legal positions in Nigeria and overseas. She is also an academic who has taught law at two universities, both in Nigeria and in England where she retains an appointment.
She was previously Counsel at a tier one Nigerian law firm where she obtained significant experience in project finance and infrastructure. She formed part of the team that acted as advisers to lenders and borrowers in the project and acquisition financings of the Nigerian power sector privatization.
Damilola regularly conducts international transactional work, and her experience spans from advising to the drafting of the appropriate documentation. She has participated in the financial restructuring of large companies. She also has considerable experience in providing advice and support on corporate matters.
Her international practice has involved a stint at the London office of a leading city law firm where she advised on legal issues involving Nigerian, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South African Law. She was an Associate Editor at the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal between 2013 and 2014. She is presently an Associate Research Fellow in Trade, Investments and Public Private Partnerships at the Institute of Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Nigeria.