Ayoade has extensive experience as in-house corporate and large firm counsel in diverse business and legal firms across four continents. He obtained professional degrees in business and law in Nigeria, the United States, and Switzerland. He is licensed to practice law in the USA and also as a Solicitor in England and Wales, with a right to practice in the European Union and other nations where English solicitors have a right to practice law.
He has worked at The Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, as an Associate with the law firm of Ice Miller LLP, Senior Global Operations Counsel for The Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG), and as Assistant General Counsel, Americas for Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR) and more recently as Group Head, Corporate Governance, Central Bank of Nigeria.
As a Global Trade counsel, he has served as special advisor and counsel to global corporations and government entities on diverse transactions and portfolios including strategic legal and business planning, corporate financial transactions, litigation and risk management, commodity hedging, mergers, acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPOs), global trade ethics, corporate governance and compliance policies and regulatory affairs, anti-money laundering (AML), general corporate and securities law.