'Bade Ayoade

Lagos, Nigeria

'Bade's Skills
Legal
Background

Age Group

36-55

About 'Bade

I am a dynamic and versatile Lawyer with a wide and open-minded approach to the narrow corridors of the Law; I have the ability to produce huge results with limited resources.

My most recent activities have allowed me to gain relevant legal experience in several aspects of business where I currently work and advice over 15 ventures across Africa, involved in the business of E-commerce, Intellectual Property, Oil and Gas, Real Estate, consumer products, transport, retail and marketplace activities. In this job role, I have great knowledge of Government Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Labour Laws, Litigation, Commercial Law activities, Equity and Start-up Investments, Contractual Negotiations and the day to day affairs of management.

I have also garnered relevant experience in vast aspects of law including Government Regulatory Compliance, E-Commerce Law, Oil & Gas Law, Contractual Negotiations, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, and Intellectual Property Law has worked for several top law firms in Nigeria, within the past years.

I have enjoyed extensive success negotiating with and on behalf of individuals, Corporate Clients, Multinational Enterprises and various agencies of all the tiers of government, in as many as 28 states in Nigeria.

Working in a team, I was part of a nationwide fraud and legal audit that uncovered fraudulent financial activities spanning into hundreds of millions of Naira in the outdoor advertising sphere.

I am also involved in many non-legal activities including IT and software programming, Computer Forensics, Ecommerce and Creative Writing. All these activities and experiences also come to play in my legal expertise.

Work Experience

In House Counsel

Africa Internet Group (a Rocket Internet Company)

August 2014 - Today

Negotiate, write, and execute agreements and contracts with clients across Africa. Offer counsel on a variety of legal issues across all AIG ventures across Africa. Advise Executives within the Ventures and work alongside employees in Strategic Business Units, Marketing, Brand Communication, Sales, Human Resources, Operations, Corporate Alliances and other International Divisions. Advise Executives on contract status, legal risks and business terms of various deals. Explain legal language. Provide assistance with global joint ventures, strategic partnership deals, and mergers and acquisitions. Draft terms and conditions in agreements. Ensure legal objectives are met. Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes. Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect the company and its affiliates. Perform pre-litigation work to minimize risks and maximize legal rights. Review advertising and marketing materials to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Develop solutions to complex legal questions. Provide training to company and its affiliates/ventures on substantive legal topics.

Partner

Olympus Law Partnership

August 2014 - Today

Provide Legal Consultancy and Advisory Services on various areas of Law including but not limited to Intellectual Property, Information Technology Law, Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Restructuring amongst other things. Nurturing Client Base. Fulfilling the on-going requirement to deliver excellent service to Clients in the context of their particular needs. Working to produce new solutions which create value to the Clients Consistently providing streamlined cost-effective services Effectively building, developing and maintaining strong Client relationships. Establishing Direction, Developing the vision and strategies to achieve the general goals of the Firm. Setting and communicating the long term direction of the Firm, to ensure that the short term goals, objectives and tasks of the Firm are aligned and adjusted in anticipation and in response to Client's needs as well as the internal human resource that impact achievement of the firm’s vision and strategies. Ensuring Execution and is accountable for effecting change and execution of the firm’s strategies. A track record of competence and credibility, in legal practice, and in the following areas. Analysis & Problem Solving Business Acumen Client Service Communication Decision Making and Judgment Listening Managing Time Managing Work Team work Working within the Firm Working hard and demonstrating long term engagement and commitment.

Senior Associate

Obaika & Company

November 2010 - August 2014

Successfully assisted an international Advertising Agency in recovering its Retainer Fees running into Hundreds of Millions of Naira, via various Legal Methodologies Provided Continuous Legal Advisory and Opinions to a multinational Building Solutions Company on the restructuring of its Board of Directors as well as its Share Capital Engaged in successful negotiations and mediation meetings with various Government Agencies including LASAA, FIRS, LIRS, NCC, Applied innovative problem-solving skills and practical business judgment to maximize revenues, minimize risk for Clients. Successfully represented various individuals and companies in the recovery of debts and loans via strategic debt recovery systems. Initiated and ensured the preparation and processing of Incorporation Documents. Provided legal consultancy and Advisory Services on wide areas of Law including but not limited to Intellectual Property, Employment, Labour, Telecommunications, Construction and Information Technology Law. Reviewed, negotiated and closed commercial contracts, including Service Level Agreements, Retainer Arrangements, Services agreements, Licenses, RFP responses and supporting documents across varied business lines (IT services/consulting and advertising/marketing services), Commercial Agreements, Software Development and License agreements etc. Advised clients concerning business transactions and claim liabilities, as well as on prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations. Researched, analyzed and interpreted existing laws and ordinances, court decisions, pending legislation and other legal authorities. Gathered evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case. Represented varied individuals and businesses in their claims and cases at various levels of court in Nigeria. Successful negotiations with federal, state and local government regulatory authorities in more than 16 states in Nigeria, including but not limited to Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Abuja, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, and Oyo states. Smoothly resolved several broken conflict situations in the above mentioned states. Ensured financially beneficial outcomes to negotiations in the above mentioned states compared to previously existing terms between the parties. Conducted a nationwide legal audit for a very prestigious international outdoor Advertising company involving visiting various sites in more than 20 states in Nigeria including but not limited to Rivers, Cross River, Imo, Abia, Benue, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, and Oyo states. Discovered and quashed several fraudulent and corrupt practices agencies and individuals in the various sites visited. Supervised immigration procedures on behalf several Multinational Enterprises firms including but not limited to obtaining permits from the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, etc. Advised Various Clients on protection of Intellectual Property in Nigeria. Assisted in the protection of company designs and patents with the Nigeria Ministry of Commerce. Advised an international Multimedia company on various intellectual property rights issues in Nigeria, including franchising and allied matters. Appeared in several Courts in Nigeria on behalf of various clients.

Education

University of Ibadan

Bachelor of Laws

2007 - 2007

Law School

Law Degree/Bar Certificate

2008 - 2008