Elizabeth Uwaifo
Radix Legal and Consulting Ltd
Corporate Law
Managing Partner
33 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0PW
Contact
euwaifo@radixlc.com
+44 (0) 203 802 0032, +44(0)7786 005595
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Main Practice Area

Corporate Law

Education
  • LL.B. Law, 1985, University College London
  • B.C.L. Law, 1987, Oxford University
  • Year of Call/Admission - 1989 (Barrister, Middle Temple)/1992 (re-qualified as a solicitor, England and Wales)
 
Biography

Elizabeth Uwaifo has over 25 years’ experience at various major City of London law firms advising on a wide variety of bilateral and syndicated loan agreements, debt and equity capital markets transactions; derivatives and other hedging agreements, and other corporate and commercial transactions and finance arrangements.  She was previously a senior Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, where she set up the firm’s derivatives practice in London, Partner at Fasken Martineau LLP, Vice President and senior in-house counsel at Union Bank of Switzerland and a Director at UBS Limited. Elizabeth’s early career was with Clifford Chance and Cameron Mckenna (formerly Cameron Markby Hewitt).

Elizabeth supports her clients in executing finance, corporate and commercial transactions. Her clients include banks, corporate, government, quasi-government and non-government institution. Her role has included 

  • structuring and documenting funding and investment contacts
  • negotiating and reviewing contracts, 
  • conducting due diligence reviews, 
  • research and analysis of legal or regulatory issues and
  • Liaising with local counsel to navigate local law issues.

Examples of Elizabeth’s representative experience includes:

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating trading documents including ISDA, GMRA, securities lending documentation for a multilateral bank
  • Acting as out-sourced general counsel to an international Chinese investor in Nigeria, managing the legal risks involved in their multi-million dollars investment in Nigeria; supporting the CEO and COO in managing the dispute in respect thereof 
  • Conducted a six months study of the laws and regulations including the corporate governance practices in the Nigerian capital markets and co-authored a report on recommendations for deepening the market
  • Advised on the structure and documentation of a range of simple and complex capital markets and structured finance transactions
  • Delivered seminars on a wide range of derivatives, capital markets and financial market transactional topics to audiences including investor groups, lawyers and financial institutions
  • Reviewing netting opinions and advising on the impact thereof on bank regulations
  • Taking security over property and other assets
  • Advised an international oil and gas company on structuring, documenting and negotiating a joint venture agreement with a local African oil and gas company
  • Reviewing the laws, regulations and policies in Malawi which facilitate investment in its agricultural value chain and producing a report to facilitate the client’s investment decision

Elizabeth graduated with a first-class degree in law from University College London and a BCL from Merton College, Oxford University. She qualified as a barrister of the Middle Temple in 1989 and re-qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1992.

Elizabeth’s transaction history covers many African jurisdictions including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and Sudan. She has a unique understanding of local `markets and an appreciation of the legal, regulatory and business framework within which her clients work.

She has been a co-Chair of the Legal and Compliance Peer Advisory Group for 100 Women in Finance in London.

 
Practice Areas
  • Trade finance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Banking & Finance 
  • Restructuring/ Investment, Regulatory 
  • Derivatives & Structured Finance
  • Real Estate
Firm

Radix Legal & Consulting (RLC) is a firm of lawyers providing business focused legal advice to corporate and financial institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and industry associations. Our team of lawyers has extensive experience and expertise gained from working with Governments, public sector and private sector clients and multilateral institutions. 

 

We are active at every stage of the asset and corporate life cycle partnering with our clients to mitigate risk, minimize loss and enhance profits. Our team has an outstanding track record comprising both major domestic and international transactions. 

 

We are committed to supporting the development of aspiring young African professionals. Through our internship programme (the Graduate Development Scheme)  we have mentored and trained lawyers and other professionals who now hold positions in leading global institutions.

 

Our sector experience includes Financial Services, Real Estate, commodities, asset management Oil and Gas, Energy, Agriculture, Shipping, Technology, Mining and Infrastructure. This has been gained by our involvement in arrangements that include:

  • Joint venture and other co-investment;
  • Fund raising;
  • Pre-investment diligence;
  • Purchase of property and other assets; and
  • Investment market survey.

Our clients include corporate institutions, banks and alternative finance institutions, multilateral financial institutions and government parastatals. The firm is committed to supporting its clients in building sustainable businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

We have been commended by our client for our “sterling effort” in leading and managing an investment protection and dispute resolution strategy to protect a USD 60 million investment in Nigeria.

We provide transactional and advisory support to clients investing in America, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, whether located onshore or offshore, in building their business transactions and enhancing their corporate governance. We act as transaction lawyers, out-sourced general counsel or as a support service to in-house counsel.

We provide advisory and transactional support to UK financial institutions and corporates on a variety of corporate, commercial, property, banking and finance matters. Our recent engagements in this respect and for European based financial institutions and corporates on a variety of structured finance.

Our recent engagements include:

  • derivatives transactional and derivatives regulatory advisory matters including negotiating ISDA, CSA, GMRA, securities lending and other trading documentation;
  • information memoranda and other debt capital market transaction documentation;
  • investment contracts, joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements and directors’ services contracts;
  • Real estate transactions;
  • loan facility negotiation and documentation.
  • Reviewing, structuring, negotiating, documenting and generally advising on business contracts;
  • Conducting due diligence and conveyancing in property investment transactions; and 
  • Providing company secretarial and corporate governance services. 
 
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