Ms. Tinuade Awe is the General Counsel and Head of Regulation at The Nigerian Stock Exchange. She is responsible for providing effective leadership to ensure that The Exchange’s policies, business operations, and its relationships with regulators, its members, issuers, and other stakeholders are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. In addition, she served as Secretary to the Council of The Exchange from January 2011 to October 2015. During this period, she was instrumental in building the governance structure of The Exchange.
Ms. Awe has a wealth of experience and a solid track record across organizations on three continents, including with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in The Hague, the Netherlands; the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland; and top tier law firms in Nigeria and New York. Ms. Awe has been involved in major regulatory initiatives, including as Project Director of the CBN-SEC Joint Task Force on the Intervened Banks from April to August 2010 and as a key player in The Exchange’s interface with the investigators that conducted the forensic investigation of The Exchange in 2010. She was a member of the Board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria from May 2013 until July 2015 and currently serves as a Trustee of the Investors’ Protection Fund of The Exchange.
For seven (7) years, she was an attorney with the New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a leading law firm with global presence. At Simpson Thacher, her clients included global financial institutions and capital markets players. She also represented regulated entities in their dealings with their regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller of Currency and the Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States.
During 2007 and 2008, Ms. Awe took time off from the law to indulge her passion for education as Anglophone West Africa Associate Director of Admissions for the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, a two-year educational institution established to develop young African leaders in all genres of human endeavor. At the Academy, she assisted with the design and development of the Academy’s student recruitment and public awareness strategy for Anglophone West Africa.
Ms. Awe has over twenty-three (23) years of professional experience. She is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University from where she graduated as the Best Female Student in the Faculty of Law with a merit grade. She finished at the Nigerian Law School with First Class Honors, graduating as Best Overall Student. She also holds LL.M Degrees from Harvard Law School, where she was a Landon H. Gammon Fellow, and The London School of Economics and Political Science, where she graduated with Merit. She is admitted to both the Nigerian and New York Bars.
Her interests include education, travelling, African art, and gender and development.