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Solape is a Partner and co-heads the Finance and Project practice of the firm. Her previous area of specialization has been within the telecommunications field where she has over a decade of practical experience working with Celtel Nigeria, (now Airtel Nigeria) and Etisalat Nigeria (now 9mobile) in various specialist and management roles.

She has extensive experience in the negotiation, drafting and review of varied complex commercial agreements including: lease of bandwidth, infrastructure sharing and site swap services, as well as other agreements within the specialized telecoms field. She is a results-oriented professional with strong oral and written communications skills, and exceptional organization skills.

Since joining Olajide Oyewole LLP, she has led varied transactions within the transportation and infrastructure practice area, which includes aviation and PPP projects. She also provides legal advisory services in construction-related matters.

Experience has included advising:

  • Lagos State government and negotiating a concession agreement for the electronic tolling system (ETS) operations and maintenance of the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge (a 1.36 km, two-lane divided cable-stay bridge)
  • Various government ministries including finance, budget and planning, transportation, power, works and housing, infrastructure concession and regulatory commission, (ICRC), and the bureau of public procurement for the federal ministry of finance by providing training and capacity-building material on the legal and regulatory framework for PPPs
  • Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) / Lagos State government in the project for establishment and operation of a mass rail system of transportation (Red Line) valued at USD700 million
  • Lagos State government on a PPP transaction for a mass rail system of transportation in Lagos State (Blue Line) involving the negotiation of a rail concession agreement, design and build agreement, interface agreement, deferred payment agreement and other related agreements for the Blue Line rail concession valued at more than USD1 billion
  • A well-known Nigerian construction firm on a construction dispute over variation orders and delayed payment from a JCT Construction contract valued at more than USD10 million
  • Ship manufacturers on a construction dispute over change orders for the completion of engineering works on an FPSO-project valued at more than USD40 million
  • Seller of a Hawker 4000 aircraft valued at USD5.56 million
  • Churchill Finance 24 Limited’s sale of a Hawker 4000 aircraft
  • Buyer of a Challenger 300 aircraft, valued at USD25 million

Professional Qualifications

  • Legal practitioner admitted to the Nigerian Bar (2001)

Education

  • Barrister-at-law (BL), Nigerian Law School, Abuja, Nigeria (2001)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Lagos, Nigeria (1999)

Prior Experience

  • 2012 to date, Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Nigeria
  • 2010 to 2011, Adviser, African advisory services Limited
  • 2008 to 2010, Manager, telecoms company
  • 2007 to 2008, Adviser, Nigerian advice service
  • 2007 to 2007, Supervisor, telecoms company
  • 2006 to 2007, Specialist, Drafting, telecoms company
  • 2004 to 2006, Contracts Administrator, telecoms company
  • 2002 to 2003, Personal Assistant, telecoms company
  • 2001 to 2002, Counsel-in-chambers, Lagos-based legal firm

Memberships

  • Nigerian Bar Association