Jim Odell is a corporate lawyer with over 30 years of international experience in the financial services and banking industries in both general counsel roles and private practice. Jim and his entire family have been deeply connected with Afya since its inception. Jim previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and regularly provides legal advice, services and support to Afya on a wide range of matters.

Jim served in general counsel roles at UBS and the Corporate and Investment Bank at Citigroup, where he advised on many of the industry’s most significant transactions and regulatory matters, most notably during the Financial Crisis and its aftermath. He was a partner and the head of the financial services and capital markets teams at several prominent NY-based law firms. In private practice, Jim concentrated on M&A, finance, and financial services, banking and securities regulation. He is currently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of one of the world’s largest non-bank consumer finance organizations and the largest investment of the LoneStar Funds (a Dallas-based private equity firm).

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