Zainab Babalola


Zainab heads NASD Plc’s Legal & Compliance Team, and is an experienced, well-rounded and resourceful lawyer with a strong work ethic and a mentality focused on excellence. She is highly skilled in the Capital Markets, Corporate Finance and Private Equity, Insolvency, Company Secretarial and Compliance spaces. Zainab is responsible for ensuring that all activities carried out by NASD Plc as well as its stakeholders, are carried out in line with the relevant laws and regulations. She also ensures that all product offerings of the organization are supported by robust rules, guidelines and circulars.

Before joining NASD Plc, Zainab was an Associate at The New Practice (TNP) where she was responsible for advising governments, individuals, NSE 30 and private companies on commercial matters, particularly corporate restructurings, corporate finance, capital-raising through debt and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions; spanning various sectors. Zainab led the team that advised on Nigeria’s first Guaranteed Infrastructure Bond Issuance, Viathan Funding Plc’s N50 Billion senior guaranteed Bond Issuance Programme.

Zainab is a member of a number of bodies and organizations including the Capital Market Solicitors Association, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (“ICSAN”), and Business Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria (“BRIPAN”)