Dr. Simeon Obidairo

Simeon leads the Governance Compliance, Investigation and White Collar Practice at Aluko & Oyebode.  Prior to joining Aluko & Oyebode, Simeon worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, the World Bank in Washington, and the African Development Bank in Tunis, developing anti-corruption policies and investigating allegations of fraud in Bank funded projects. He also served as a Senior Counsel with the Independent Inquiry Committee investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in the United Nations Oil for Food Programme.

In Africa, prior to working with Deloitte in South Africa as a Manager in the Financial Advisory Practice, he served as Special Assistant (Counsel) to the Honourable Minister of Finance Nigeria, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and participated in ground breaking work with respect to anti-corruption in Nigeria. More recently, he has worked on investigating and prosecuting 260 cases of capital market fraud in Nigeria occasioned by the recent banking crisis. His practice is focused in the following areas:

  • White Collar Defence
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Governance & Risk Management
  • Global Investigations


  • University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK [PhD.]
  • New York University School of Law, New York, USA [LL.M]
  • University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK [LL.B Hons]
  • Bar Admission - Nigerian / New York

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Aluko & Oyebode: 2012 – to date
  • Principal Coordinator, Office of the Vice President, African Development Bank, Tunis, Tunisia: 2008 - 2012
  • Special Advisor to the Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria: 2010 - 2011
  • Manager, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte, Johannesburg, South Africa: 2007 - 2008
  • Special Assistant & Counsel to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Abuja, Nigeria: 2005 - 2006
  • Senior Counsel, Independent Inquiry into the UN Oil for Food Program (Volcker Committee), New York, USA: 2004 - 2005
  • Investigative Counsel, World Bank Group, Washington DC, USA: 2003 – 2004
  • Technical Officer and Counsel, Private Sector Collaboration, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland: 1999 - 2002