Dapo Otunla

Dapo Otunla

Dapo Otunla

Dapo is currently the General Counsel of Notore Chemical Industries Limited in which capacity he heads the Legal Department.

He holds a BSc. (Honours) Degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan and an LL.B. (Honours) Degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Dapo also attended a joint law and management programme at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA and graduated with an LL.M. Degree (with Honors; Dean's List) and a Certificate in Management from Northwestern University's School of Law and Kellogg Graduate School of Management, respectively.

Dapo began his legal career at Olumide Sofowora's Chambers, in Lagos, Nigeria and has practiced at several top-tier law firms in the world including McKee Nelson (then #1 issuer and underwriter counsel for securitization transactions) in Washington, DC and culminating with Mayer Brown LLP (then #8 largest firm globally) in Chicago, Illinois.

At McKee Nelson and Mayer Brown, Dapo represented most of the major global investment banks in a variety of transactions including several emerging market transactions.

With respect to Nigeria, among other significant transactions, Dapo played an active role representing an international investment bank in a US$200 million loan facility to a Nigerian integrated energy group as well as a US$125 million loan facility to a Nigerian real estate development company.

Dapo is admitted to practice at the Bars of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the State of New York, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and the State of Illinois (Inactive Status) in the U.S.

Dapo is the former Co-Chair of the Foreign Lawyers' Committee and a former member of the Steering Committee of the International Law Section of the Boston Bar Association in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. He is an inaugural member of the Nigerian Bar Association's -SBL's Committee on Products Liability and Consumer Protection.

Dapo has a keen fascination with international affairs, developmental politics and travel.