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Daniel Odupe

Daniel obtained his Second Class Upper Division LLB from Lagos State University (LASU) in 2013 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2014, having undertaken his externship with SimmonsCooper Partners, Lagos in 2014.

During his undergraduate days, he was the lead counsel for LASU at several national and international moot court competitions. He represented LASU at the 20th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, at the University of Pretoria, in July 2011. He was also one of the Nigerian delegates to the African Conference on Human Rights organized by the Pretoria based Centre for Human Rights Enforcement in July 2011. Daniel also represented LASU (emerging 2nd Runner-Up) at the Nigerian rounds of the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition in September 2011. In March 2012, he was the lead counsel, representing LASU, at the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition, held at Oxford University. A Lagos State Scholar, he was the Faculty prize winner for Legal Methods at LASU in 2014.

Undertaking his NYSC in Abia State, he worked with Chief E.U Ndukwe & Associates, gaining valuable experience in litigation. He subsequently worked with Mike Igbokwe SAN & Co. further grounded his litigation skills, in addition to corporate and commercial law practice. Prior to joining LeLaw as an Associate in March 2018, he was the Legal Officer for House of Freedom, an NGO based in Lekki, Lagos.

Daniel’s LeLaw engagements have included: advising a Nigerian subsidiary of a multinational upstream company on its proposed farm-out of various marginal fields under its Oil Mining Leases (OMLs); facilitating the investment of over US$40 million private equity direct and indirect investment into a Nigerian upstream company; advising a ‘Big Four’ consulting firm on its audit risk exposure management issues and strategy; providing legal advisory and company secretarial services to the corporate proprietor a leading secondary school in South West Nigeria; advising on start-compliance strategy for proposed not for profit tertiary institution focused on providing world class education on technology and allied business management in Nigeria to African wide prospective students, amongst others.

Daniel has attended several professional development business and legal training programmes and conferences. His LASU LLB thesis was on the ‘International Committee of the Red Cross’. Since joining LeLaw, his publications have included the following:

  • Embedded Power Generation and Distribution in Nigeria: Legal & Commercial Realities (co-written, February 2019);
  • ‘Doing Business in Nigeria: An Aide Memoire to Regulatory Compliance and Optimal Entry Strategy for Foreign Investors’ (co-written, January 2019);
  • ‘Realities: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Receivership in Nigeria’ (December 2018);
  • ‘Lessons: Issues and Practical Considerations in Equity Financing in Nigeria’ (August 2018);
  • ‘Efficiencies: Optimizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Options for Contract Effectiveness’ (November 2018).
  • Power Points: Project Finance Issues in Developing Power Projects in Nigeria

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