Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe - Editor

Education and Qualifications
LL.B (Hons) University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University)
LL.M (with Distinction) in Petroleum Law & Petroleum Policy, CEPMLP University of Dundee
Ph.D in International Investment Law, the CEPMLP, University of Dundee
BL, Nigerian Law School

Practice Areas
Energy and Extractive Industry
Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Bayo is a Partner and Head of the firms’ Energy and Extractive Group. He is listed in the ‘’Who’s Who Legal’’ directory as one of the top Oil and Gas law specialists in Nigeria and by the ‘’Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa’’ directory as highly regarded for his scholarship and counsel. In addition to his legal background, Bayo also has some business training, having taken Corporate Finance Management, Financial Accounting, and Strategic Business Planning courses (to mention just a few), to qualify as a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators, United Kingdom (FCIS). Earlier in his career, Bayo was Legal Adviser and Company Secretary in a bank. He is a Notary Public for Nigeria.

Bayo speaks regularly at International and local conferences and has published articles in leading globally acclaimed journals , including “Journal of World Energy Law and Business” (JWELB,) a joint publication of Oxford University Press and AIPN), “Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law” (publication of the IBA), “International Energy Law Review Journal” (publication of Sweet & Maxwell), “Arbitration International Journal” and “Journal of International Arbitration” (publications of Kluwer Law International), the Arbitrator (publication of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK) and Journal of World Investment & Trade. His works have been cited with approval in leading International academic books.

Bayo also has editorial responsibilities. He is a pioneer member of the editorial team of JWELB, and part of the editorial teams of Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL), Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) and the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports (NMLR). He is also Energy Law columnist of ThisdayNewspaper, one of Nigeria’s widest circulating daily newspapers.

Bayo’s diverse professional background and training in law, business and policy allows him to advise the public and private sectors in Nigeria’s Upstream and Downstream Petroleum Industry, regularly. He recently led a team of lawyers that advised the House of Representatives on legal as well as policy aspects of the Petroleum Industry Bill. He also provides advisory legal services to the House of Representatives (Sub-Committee on Local Content) on the newly enacted Local Content Act.

Bayo regularly advises Oil majors, independents, indigenous and foreign investors on various aspects of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas laws. He is also involved in the dispute settlement of Oil and Gas and foreign investments. He has been involved in a number of arbitral proceedings relating to Oil and Gas and infrastructure. Bayo has also served as an expert witness in an Aliens Torts Claims Act initiated litigation in a Federal District Court in the United States.

Selected relevant publications/Conference presentations:

“Mergers in the International Petroleum Industry: Legal Aspects on the Operations of Petroleum Development Companies in Nigeria” Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 2003

“Navigating Dispute Settlement Claims in Nigeria’s Oil Sector” Oil, Gas, Energy Law Intelligence, 2007

“Nigeria’s Foreign Oil Companies: Are They Really Nigerian or Foreign?” Oil, Gas, Energy Law Intelligence, 2007

“Litigating Oil Pollution Claims: Are US Courts Really Viable”? Alexander’s Gas & Oil Connections, 2006

“Methods of Dispute Settlement for State Contracts in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry”. Arbitration Journal of the Chartered InstituteofArbitrators, UK, 2003

“Challenges in Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in the Jurisdiction of Capital Importing Sates: Nigeria’s Experience” Journal of International Arbitration, 2006

“Limitation Period for the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Nigeria” Arbitration International, 2006

“Special Project Vehicles in International Project Finance: Are they Road Worthy?” Chapter contribution Infrastructure Projects: Current Financing Trends (ICFAI University Press, 2006).

“Stabilizing Fiscal Regimes in Long Term Contracts: Recent Developments from Nigeria” Journal of World Energy Law & Business, 2008

“Foreign Private Participation in the Electricity Sector of Developing Countries: What Works? An Examination of Nigeria’s Reformed Electricity Sector” Journal of World Investment & Trade, 2009

“The Nigerian Content Act: Does it have Protectionist Tendencies?’’ -Presentation at workshop organized for the House of Representatives Nigerian Content Committee, December 2013.

‘’Regulating West Africa FPSO Market: an Ocean of Opportunities or a Troubled Deep Water?’’- Presentation at FPSO Hot Spots West Africa Conference, 2013.

‘’Appraising the Effectiveness of the NOGCD Act in Nigeria Content Development’’- Presentation at Nigerian Content Board Senior Management Retreat, January 2015.

Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow, Energy Institute, United Kingdom (FEI, the first Nigerian Legal Practitioner to be so honoured)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom (FCIArb)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom (FCIS)
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Member, International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law.

Dr. Hakeem Seriki - Vice Editor

I am an Associate Professor in Commercial Law and a qualified solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. After obtaining my PhD in international commercial arbitration, I moved into private practice, working with two prominent international commercial law firms in the City of London. I have acted on numerous commercial disputes (mostly with an international dimension) arising predominantly from the oil and gas, energy and telecoms sectors.

I have acted in a number of reported high profile cases and published widely in leading commercial and international arbitration journals. I am currently the Arbitration Editor for the Journal of Business Law.

My research focuses on international dispute resolution with particular emphasis on international arbitration and international commercial litigation. I have particular research interest in Sub-Sharan Africa and the United Arab Emirates and I have supervised a number of PhD students to completion. I am currently supervising 3 PhD students on various topics relating to international arbitration.

In 2015, I published my book “Injunctive Relief and International Arbitration which has been described by a leading English commercial Court judge as “an important addition to the existing literature and will equally be welcomed by academics and practitioners in the arbitration community”. In 2018, I was accredited by the Dubai Legal Affairs Department to deliver CLPD training courses in international arbitration.

I am on the arbitration panel of various arbitral institutions, including ICC Paris, ICC Nigeria, Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), Mauritius Arbitration and Mediation Centre (MARC) and Delos Dispute Resolution (Delos). I have experience of sitting as an arbitrator and I have been appointed by ICC in Paris.

Prof. Offornze D. Amucheazi SAN

Prof Amucheazi is a founding partner of the firm is a lawyer and a distinguished scholar with twenty-eight years of experience in law practice and law teaching. His area of expertise spans constitutional law, employment and labour law and alternative dispute resolution. He regularly provides consulting and legal advisory services to investors, international development organisations and government agencies such as the World Bank, United Nations Development Fund, Department for International Development (DFID UK) and the National Assembly.

Offornze served as a Consultant/Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria on the establishment of the Africa Finance Corporation and as a Legal Adviser to the National Institute for Legislative Studies. He was appointed Lead Consultant to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review to coordinate the review of the 1999 Constitution, a position he holds to date. He has also conducted many arbitral proceedings and regularly sits as an arbitrator.

Professor Amucheazi holds a Bachelor and Master of Law degrees from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and a PhD from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators of Nigeria (FCIArb) and the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, (FICMC) as well as a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He was recently conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

Chinwe Odigboegwu, FCIArb, AMed, ASCMA

Chinwe Odigboegwu is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Notary Public for Nigeria, Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (CIArb), Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK (CEDR) and Certified Trainer in Mediation and Negotiation of the Bond University, Australia. Chinwe is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), the Panel of Neutrals and Training Faculty of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), Training Faculty of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, UK (SCMA).

She joined Guinness Nigeria in February 2019 as Senior Commercial Legal Manager after leaving Nigerian Bottling Company – NBC (Coca-Cola Hellenic) where she was Head, Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She also worked at a top-tier Commercial Law firm of Banwo & Ighodalo (B&I) where she rose through the ranks to become a Senior Associate and Team Leader of the Firm’s Litigation, Arbitration Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practice Group, and supported its Intellectual Property, Energy (Oil & Gas), Maritime & International Trade, and Corporate, Securities & Finance Practice Groups.

Chinwe is a natural teacher, renowned for her ability to communicate with people of various ages, cultures, and educational backgrounds. Her adult teaching days date back to 2004 when she lectured adult federal government workers on two courses – “Business Law” and “The Law and Practice of Meetings” – at the Federal Training Centre (FCT), Maiduguri during her one-year compulsory national service (NYSC) many years ago. Now, she creates time to train Mediators and Mediation Advocates as often as possible.

An Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) as well as a Mentor and an Associate of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Chinwe is very active in leadership, mentoring and societal development.

Chinwe recently authored a book on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards. She is a recipient of prestigious awards including “ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, Top 40 Lawyers under 40”. She was appointed Legal Director for Guinness Nigeria Plc on 1st March 2021.

Nduka Ikeyi

Nduka represents indigenous and multinational clients on an extensive range of regulatory, transactional and tax-related matters. He has over 20 years’ combined experience in teaching, research, litigation, commercial and corporate legal advisory services, tax practice, public sector administration and public-sector consultancy. Nduka worked in the tax practice of KPMG Professional Services before founding Ikeyi Shittu & Co. in 2005. He was also the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Enugu State of Nigeria, from July 2007 to May 2011.

Nduka has published several articles in local and international journals on commercial and business law, especially in the areas of taxation, arbitration, corporate governance, foreign investment regulation and technology transfer. He has been engaged as speaker at various seminars and training workshops.

In addition to private practice, Nduka teaches Taxation Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria; and is described in Who’s Who Legal: Nigeria 2018 as “an exceptional expert in taxation and finance” with “excellent communication and deep analytical skills”.

Practice Areas
• Taxation
• Dispute Resolution & Litigation
• Project Development & Finance
• Corporate and Investment
• Energy & Utilities
• Government & Regulatory
• Financial Services
• Technology, Media & Telecom
• Agriculture
• Healthcare
• Labour & Employment

• Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria
• Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London
• Honorary Fellow, Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars, for Center for International Legal Studies, Austria

Oluwaseun T Oloruntimehin - Editor Newsletter

LL.B, B.L (Nigeria), Attorney and Counselor – at – Law (New York USA), LL.M (University College London UK), ICSA (UK) Chartered Secretary, CIArb (UK) Arbitrator.

A multiple award-winning member of the New York and Nigerian Bars, arbitrator and chartered secretary qualified in Nigeria, New York and the United Kingdom. This progressive thinking lawyer brings fresh, innovative and practical legal ideas and solutions in meeting the needs and interests of her clients.

Possession of varied experience garnered whilst working in the leading law firms, this attentive professional painstakingly ensures perfection and client satisfaction.
Her aim is not only to execute the transaction or win the case but to ensure that terms are properly implemented, parties involved are properly briefed/informed, willing to implement and the execution of agreed terms are guaranteed so as to create lasting relationships among parties.

Known for her diligent and painstaking attention to detail, this lawyer ensures that the needs of her clients are pursued, executed and come to fruition whilst ensuring that all this is done within the necessary time frame without unnecessary delays.