Tunde Oyewole is the Country Managing Partner of DLA Piper Africa (Nigeria). He holds degrees in computer engineering and law, a masters in Biblical Studies as well as training in accountancy and taxation.
Tunde joined the Firm in 1984 but later spent 5 years at Econet Wireless Nigeria (now Airtel Networks Limited) the second largest mobile phone company in Nigeria between 2001 and 2006 as the Chief Legal Officer. He was a key member of the team that established and grew the company from scratch to a subscriber base of six (6) million. During this period, his major role was in negotiating financing and equipment supply contracts and culminated in the sale of the company to Celtel International (part of the Zain group) in a deal valued at US$1.45 billion.
Tunde is a key member of the Firm’s Finance and Project practice, with particular focus on Finance, Energy, Technology, and Infrastructure sectors. He has a wealth of structured finance experience in putting together funding plans and multisource financing. For more than thirty (30) years, he has advised major sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financing and acquisitions in notable jurisdictions and is regarded as the leading expert on technology and transport projects.
Tunde also advises on a wide range of commercial disputes with extensive experience of litigation in the Nigerian Apex court as well as international arbitration and mediation.
The firm’s private wealth and large corporate clients consider Tunde to be their most trusted advisor and have relied on his extensive experience in individual transactions worth more than US$3 billion.
Tunde’s strategic vision led to the execution of the country’s first ever alliance between a Nigerian and an international law firm, when Olajide Oyewole LLP formed an alliance with DLA Piper.