- Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. , Securities and Financial Regulation, 1994)
- University of Lagos
(LL.B. , 1988)
Bola Oloko is a partner in the Firm's Structured Finance Strategies Practice Group, Real Estate Practice Group and the Structured Real Estate Dispute Resolution Team. He is a seasoned New York attorney who has practiced for 17 years in a variety of practice areas, with specific emphasis on real estate capital markets, structured finance/securitization and general corporate practice.
In his career to date, Mr. Oloko has extensively advised financial and other institutions in the financing, acquisition and disposition, and securitization of financial assets, with particular emphasis on commercial mortgage loans and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS). He has represented issuers, underwriters and other capital markets participants in a wide range of transactions.
From 1996 to 2008, Mr. Oloko was an integral member of one of the nation's leading securitization practices while practicing at the law firms of Sidley Austin LLP and Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP.
During this period, Mr. Oloko worked on an extensive number of securitization transactions as issuer’s and underwriters’ counsel to some of Wall Street’s leading investment banks, including such firms as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. As a result of this experience, Mr. Oloko is intimately familiar with the intricacies of securitization and the accompanying documentation.
In 1999, Mr. Oloko played an active part in the development of one of the important innovations in the commercial real estate capital markets area—namely the A/B and pari-passu note structures. While working on this project, Mr. Oloko worked extensively with investment bankers, rating agencies and servicers to iron out the issues and develop the document forms that would become the templates for the numerous transactions that followed. As a result of this experience, Mr. Oloko’s familiarity with the intricacies of co-lender agreements, participation agreements and loan syndication agreements is second to none.
Bola Oloko began his career as an attorney in New York with Thacher Proffitt & Wood in 1995. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Oloko practiced at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP where he became a partner in 2003. In December 2006, Mr. Oloko rejoined Thacher Proffitt & Wood and was a partner in Thacher Proffitt’s structured finance department until December 2008.
At Duval & Stachenfeld, Mr. Oloko has put his experience to work for the firm’s clients in a variety of matters, including:
- New-issue CMBS transactions (“CMBS 2.0”), in which he has represented operating advisors;
- Securitization litigation and disputes, including—
- breach of representation and warranty claims,
- representation of subordinated noteholders in litigation arising out of a whole-business securitization,
- assisting CMBS bondholders in analyzing legacy CMBS transactions, and
- disputes arising in connection with legacy CDOs
- Real estate capital markets transactions (often involving distressed securitized loans);
- Secondary loan trading transactions (LSTA and non-LSTA);
- CDO management issues; and
- Real estate transactions