Koye Edu, Esq

Managing Partner, Jackson, Etti and Edu, Nigeria


Koye Edu is the Managing Partner of Jackson, Etti & Edu, a leading full-service commercial law firm with a sector focus based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has been in legal practice for over 30 years with specialist experience in Business Set-up, Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisition, Intellectual Property and Project Finance.

Koye has advised on business set up of local and foreign-owned companies including  Hewlett-Packard (Nigeria) Limited, a fully-owned subsidiary of the  Hewlett-Packard Company and Baker Hughes Company Limited, a fully-owned subsidiary of Baker Hughes Incorporated,  an international oil service company. He also supports local and multinational companies in relation to registration and protection of intellectual property rights in Nigeria and Africa, notable amongst is the designs registration for a British multinational non-alcoholic beverage company particularly in relation to their bottle and glassware design across Africa.

He has been involved in several big-ticket commercial transactions in the Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Banking & Finance space. He has advised Pan-African and emerging markets private equity funds such as Africa Capital Alliance, Africinvest Capital Partners, Actis and Standard Chartered Private Equity. M&A experience includes acquisition of equity stake by the Publics Groupe, a global leader in the marketing and communications value chain, in Troyka Group in Nigeria. Other experience includes the financing of a US$240 Million telecommunications project involving the laying of a submarine fibre-optic cable across the Atlantic, with landing points in several countries across Africa and Portugal.

Koye is a Director of all the companies in the Moorhouse Group, a real estate and hospitality company. He is a Director of APM Terminals Nigeria, also an adviser to the A. P Moller – Maersk Group and was a former Director of African Alliance Insurance Company and Pension Alliance Limited. He is a member of the Governing Council Nigerian Conservation Foundation.

He is ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR and described by Chamber Global Review as “a good businessman who provides invaluable advice”.   He has been consistently nominated as a leading practitioner in Who’s Who Legal publication.

He attended the University of Bristol, England, and holds a Master of Law in Shipping and International Finance from King’s College, London. Recently, he completed the Senior Executive Program – Africa at Harvard Business School.