Mr. Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson, SAN FCIArb - President
Mr. Candide-Johnson, SAN is the President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Senior Partner at Strachan Partners – a leading commercial law firm based in Lagos with substantial practice across the Country. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1984 and was conferred to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2003.
He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England. He is also an approved tutor and examiner for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
Mr. Candide-Johnson is an author of several scholarly papers in the public sphere, which includes, ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’- a text he co-authored with Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN.
He is a member of several associations which include: the Panel of Neutrals for the Lagos State Multi-Door Court House, Lagos, and the Nigerian Communications Commission Panel of Neutrals, among others. He is also the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law.
Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN FCIArb – Immediate Past President
Mr. Olasupo Shasore, SAN is the immediate past President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and a Senior Partner at the law firm of Ajumogobia & Okeke – a leading commercial law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
His areas of specialization include Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, Civil and Commercial litigation, Maritime and Shipping law, Commercial law, Public and Administrative law, and Business crime. In recognition of his contribution to the practice and development of law in Nigeria, Mr. Shasore was conferred to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2006.
He is also a member of the Nigerian Body of Benchers and a Notary Public for Nigeria. He was appointed as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State in 2007, a position he held until May 2011.
He is currently the Editor in Chief of Commercial Law Reports, Nigeria and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch).
Mr. Shasore is also an accomplished author of books and articles in various journals and publications, which include ‘Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law’, ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’ which he co-authored with Mr. Adeyemi Candide-Johnson, as well as ‘Possessed’.
Mr. Babajide Ogundipe FCIArb – Pioneer President
Mr. Ogundipe enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in July 1979, after obtaining his LLB degree from the University of London in 1978. He was a counsel at Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers, from September 1980 to September 1988, where he became a Founding Partner of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore – based in Lagos.
Mr. Ogundipe was appointed a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in 1991. He became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England in 1994, and has, at various times between 1995 and 2009, held the posts of Secretary, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria branch).
He acted as the Vice-Chair of the African Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Bar Association from January 2010 to December 2011, and a member of the Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN FCIArb - Vice President
Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN is a Senior Partner at the law firm of Kenna Partners. He holds a doctorate degree in law from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, an MBA from the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona and law degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of Lagos, respectively. He is also an alumnus of the Oxford University Business School and the Lagos Business School.
He is the founder and a fellow of the Society of Corporate Governance Nigeria, a fellow, and a member of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch), and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration. He is also a member of the Council of Legal Education, and serves on the Governing Council of the Pan-African University (Lagos Business School).
He has served as Honorary Counsel to the State of Israel in Nigeria, the Republic of South Africa in Nigeria, and has assisted the Securities and Exchange Commission in drafting Nigeria’s pioneer Code of Corporate Governance. He has also chaired the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Committee on Corporate Governance, a committee that produced the 2014 NCC Code of Corporate Governance for the Telecommunications Sector.
He is the author of the books, ‘Commercial Arbitration in Nigeria: Law & Practice’, ‘Fair Hearing’, ‘Corporate Governance in Nigeria: Law & Practice’, ‘Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Commerce’, and ‘Mergers & Acquisition in Nigeria, Law & Practice’.
Mrs. Olufunke Adekoya, SAN FCIArb
Mrs Funke Adekoya SAN is a partner at ǼLEX, a commercial law firm operating in Lagos, Nigeria. She heads the Dispute Resolution practice group which manages litigation and arbitration matters for the firm’s clients.
She obtained her LL.B (2nd Upper ) from the University of Ife in 1974 and her LL.M from Harvard Law School, Boston, Mass, USA in 1977. She was appointed as Notary Public in 1986, elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001 (at that time the 5th woman to be so elevated) and thereafter qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2004. She is both a Fellow and a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
She has 40 years experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution; regularly sits as an arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings both in international and domestic disputes. She also advises clients on commercial and corporate legal issues regarding business insolvency, receivership, corporate liquidations and business turnaround issues; and regularly lectures on arbitration law and procedure.
Funke is listed on the Energy Arbitrators List by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and is a Board member of the African Users Council of the London Court of International Arbitration.
In addition to being recently elected a member of the Governing Council of ICCA [International Council for Commercial Arbitration], she was appointed a Vice President of the ICC Court of Arbitration as well as a member of the World Bank Group Sanctions Board.
She has been a Life Member of the International Federation Of Women Lawyers – FIDA since 1982.
Mr. Ucheora Onwuamaegbu
Mr. Onwuamaegbu provides advisory services to foreign investors and Governments, while also acting as an arbitrator in International disputes. For over a decade, he was a Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) where he administered numerous arbitrations under treaties, national laws and contracts.
Prior to ICSID, Mr. Onwuamaegbu was a lawyer at the United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva and was responsible for claims for business losses by airlines and shipping companies, as well as claims for lost bank remittances, among others. He serves as Legal Advisor to the State of Kuwait’s National Focal Point, and has served on a committee responsible for privatising solid mineral assets of Nigeria.
He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a former Senior Visiting Fellow at Columbia University’s Vale Centre on Sustainable International Investment, and has written and spoken extensively on international investment dispute resolution.
Honourable Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Rtd.) MCIArb
Justice Phillips was the former Chief Judge of Lagos State until 2014. She started her career at Kehinde Sofola & Co. in 1976. She also worked at the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, where she rose from the position of Legal Officer to the Chief Legal Officer. In addition, she was the Director of Commercial Law and Civil Litigation at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
Justice Phillips was appointed to the Bench in 1994, where she rose to become an Administrative Judge, Head Judge and subsequently, Chief Judge of the Lagos State Judiciary in 2012. She is also a board member of the Association of Multi Door Houses of Nigeria, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch), an arbitration consultant at Phillips Associates, and the County Chair of NCMG International.
Mr. Abiodun Oluwa
Mr. Oluwa is the Managing Partner of the law firm of K.O. Tinubu & Co. He acts as the leading and supervising counsel in all litigation involving the firm’s clients while playing an advisory and consulting role in the firm’s non-litigious assignments. He also represents and leads the presentation of the clients’ cases before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, several Divisions of the Court of Appeal, and various State and Federal High Courts around the country.
He is widely experienced in most areas of Commercial and Company law. He acquired brief experience in Public administration as Chairman of the Board of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN FCIArb
Mr. Fagbohunlu, SAN is a Partner and Head of the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group at the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode, a commercial law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
Mr. Fagbohunlu has represented various clients including oil companies, telecommunication companies, and banks – both in litigation and arbitration proceedings. He renders legal advice on a wide range of commercial transactions and regularly represents Nigerians as well as foreign and multinational clients in ad hoc and institutionalized arbitrations.
He is the Chairman of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), and a member of the national committee on the reform and harmonisation of Arbitration/ADR Laws in Nigeria.
Mr. Sadiq Abubakar Adamu
Mr. Adamu is currently the Company Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of ExxonMobil Nigeria. He attended Bayero University, Kano, where he obtained an LLB, the Harvard University Law School where he obtained a Master’s degree in law, the University Of Oxford School Of Energy and Natural Resources for a postgraduate certificate in Advance Negotiation, and the Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies for a post graduate certification in Advanced Legal Drafting.
He started his legal career as a public prosecutor with the Plateau State Ministry of Justice, and has also worked at the law office of R.O Yusuf and Co. as well as Miskom Puepet & Co. after which, he exited to set up his law firm, Sadiq & Co.
Mr. Adamu has vast experience in the hydrocarbon development industry that spans for over 23 years. This includes legal support for upstream, midstream (natural gas monetization- domestic and International planning, developing and sales) and downstream business with emphasis on the negotiation and finalisation of development agreements, financing, human resource management, dispute resolution, project agreements, regulatory compliance and general joint venture relations management.
Mrs. Bimpe Elebute Nkontchou MCIArb
Mrs. Elebute Nkontchou is a Partner at the law firm of Addie & Co. Solicitors, London. She has over 20 years’ experience practising law in the Nigerian law firms of Bentley, Edu & Co. and Aluko & Oyebode, as well as in the law firm of SJ Berwin, London.
As Partner and Head of the Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation departments at Addie & Co., she advises foreign investors doing business in sub-Saharan Africa (both Anglophone and Francophone), as well as African entrepreneurs and companies in their various activities in Europe and on the African continent.
Mrs. Elebute Nkontchou is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a qualified Trust and Estate Adviser (accredited by the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners STEP). She is currently in training as a Commercial Mediator at the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Trustee of the Africa Centre in Covent Garden, London.
Mrs. Doyin Rhodes-Vivour FCIArb
Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is the Managing Partner of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co. Solicitors, Advocates and Arbitrators.
Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands, the International Maritime Conciliation and Mediation Panel, the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration and the Governing Council of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom, the Institute of Directors London (Nigerian Branch), an Accredited Mediator Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) (UK) and a Notary Public of Nigeria.
In addition, Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is the Immediate Past President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, the Pioneer Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Committee on Arbitration/ADR (2005 – 2010), and the former Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Directors (UK) Nigerian Branch Law Reform Committee.
She is also an approved tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom, the second Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, and is listed on various domestic and international arbitration panels including the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, the Abuja Multi-door Courthouse, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (England), and the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.
Mrs. Funmi Roberts FCIArb
Mrs. Roberts is the Principal Partner of Funmi Roberts & Co., as well as the head of the firm’s ADR unit. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch and an Accredited Mediator of the CEDR.
Mrs. Roberts is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the Women’s Forum Executive Council. In addition, she is the Vice Chairman of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Section on Business Law arm of the NBA.
Mrs. Roberts has made several presentations and published numerous articles on dispute resolution. These include, ‘Cultural Nuances to Mediating Commercial Disputes in Nigeria’ published in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, among others
Mrs. May Mbu MCIArb
Mrs. Mbu is the Principal Partner of Norfolk Partners and the Editor of ThisDay Lawyer. She specialises in Corporate and International Business law, arbitration and ADR. She graduated from the University of Ife in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.
She is also qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999, and has obtained a Master’s in Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London.
Mrs. Mbu is a member and Assistant Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration UK (Nigerian Branch) and several other professional associations such as the London Court of International Arbitration User’s Council, the Nigerian Bar Association, Law Asia, and the Law Society of England and Wales.
Mrs. Mbu has also served as a member of the Presidential Project Assessment Committee (2010-2011) to access all Federal Government projects. She was recently appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve on the Solid Minerals Sectors Roadmap Committee.
Mrs. Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya MCIArb
Mrs. Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya is a former General Counsel to the then Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN. Prior to this appointment, she was the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Justice Sector Reform, a position she held from August 2007 to July 2011. In this capacity, she worked in the Office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, to help conceptualise and implement the various justice administration and justice service delivery reform programmes of the Administration.
She has worked as a barrister in the Dispute Resolution practice of Olaniwun Ajayi, LP; one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms, and headed the firm’s Public Affairs and Regulatory Unit of the Enterprise Practice.
Mrs. Badejo-Okusanya was educated at the University of Lagos, where she obtained a B.A. (Hons.) degree and an LL.B (Hons.) degree respectively. She is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (Nigerian Branch). She was also the inaugural Secretary to the Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration from 2010 to 2012, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch).