Joke Aliu is a Partner in Aluko & Oyebode and is in charge of the firm’s Abuja office.

Her experience cuts across both dispute resolution and corporate practice areas. She advises and represents several multinational and local companies, non-profit organisations and individuals across various sectors including oil and gas, mining, power, aviation and infrastructure.

She obtained her law degree from the University of Ibadan, a Masters in Law (LLM) from University of Pennsylvania Law School, U.S.A and a certificate in Law and Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice Law in Nigeria and New York.

She is a member of the Nigerian Bar, the New York Bar and a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Joke is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators Nigeria and a Fellow of Nigeria Leadership Initiative (FNLI). She represents clients in domestic and regional courts, and in arbitration proceedings.



Thomas Snider is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Co. and the firm’s Head of Arbitration based in the Dubai office. He is experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues. His experience covers a wide range of industries, sectors, and types of disputes, including oil-and-gas, construction, hospitality, telecommunications, automobile manufacturing, shareholder disputes, and joint-venture disputes. 

Tom is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He also sits as an arbitrator and is on the Roster of Arbitrators of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations; the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of Arbitration; the Panel of International Arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board; and the List of Arbitrators of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (Tbilisi). 

From 2001 to 2009, Tom was a member of the legal team representing the Ethiopian Government before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international arbitral tribunal that adjudicated claims for loss, damage and injury arising during an international armed conflict. In this context, he worked as a resident attorney in Addis Ababa for three years. 

Tom frequently writes on topics involving international law and dispute resolution. Prior to relocating to Dubai, he was a professorial lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Tom has been recognised multiple times in Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders – Arbitration, a listing of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45. 

Mr. Yemi 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.

Sophie Nappert is a dual-qualified lawyer in Canada and in the UK. She is an arbitrator in independent practice, based in Gray’s Inn, London, specialising in international disputes, notably in energy, infrastructure, natural resources and cross-border investment. Before becoming a full-time arbitrator, she was Head of International Arbitration at a global law firm.

Ms Nappert is trained and has practised in both civil law and common law jurisdictions. She is the peer-nominated Moderator of OGEMID, the online discussion forum on current issues of international investment law, economic law and arbitration. She is ranked in Global Arbitration Review’s Top 30 List of Female Arbitrators Worldwide and is commended as a “leading light” in the field by Who’s Who Legal.

Ms Nappert has great interest in the impact of legal tech in arbitration and successfully completed the University of Oxford Saïd Business School Programme on Blockchain Strategy in 2019.

Ms Nappert`s 2018 Proskauer Lecture on International Arbitration, entitled Disruption Is The New Black: Practical Thoughts For Keeping International Arbitration On Trend, is nominated for Best Speech at the Global Arbitration Review Awards 2019, a prize which Ms Nappert was the first female speaker to win in 2016 for her address at the inaugural Annual Lecture of EFILA, the European Federation of Investment Law and Arbitration, Escaping From Freedom? The Dilemma of an Improved ISDS Mechanism.

She is the author of a Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Practitioner’s Guide (Juris, 2012). She is a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School and McGill University Faculty of Law. She created the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration, open to young scholars and practitioners worldwide, and administered under the auspices of McGill University.

Hafez R Virjee is the President and a co-Founder of Delos Dispute Resolution, an award-winning international arbitration institution.  In his private practice, Mr Virjee serves mainly as arbitrator and counsel, with experience of the major rules of arbitration.  His matters have spanned the range of private equity firms, tech start-ups, industrial concerns, listed companies, State entities and treaty organisations, and he has acted in disputes across a wide range of sectors and relationships, including shareholder agreements, joint-ventures, agency, M&A, telecommunications, tech, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and military.  Mr Virjee practises as a solicitor of England & Wales on an independent basis, after having spent ten years at international law firms in Paris, London and Dubai.  He is the Co-Editor of the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP).  He holds law degrees from the University of Cambridge (M.A.), the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise) and the University of California – Berkeley (LL.M.), and is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal

Mr. Damilola Salawu

Damilola is the Partner in charge of Olaniwun Ajayi’s market leading Technology, Innovation and Fintech practice. In this role, he advises Nigerian, international and foreign technology companies as well as tech enabled businesses on all aspects of their operations. Not only is he a household name in the space, he is a key resource person; thought leader; and trusted advisor to leading stakeholders in the ecosystem including investors, incubators and founders.

A graduate of the University of Lagos (LL.B); Bentham House, University College, London (LL.M) and the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University (MAP), Damilola has learned to understand and solve local problems with an international perspective. He recently sharpened these skills as a Visiting Associate at the London offices of Slaughter & May LLP.

He is also a reputed finance law expert, his areas of focus and experience lie in debt financings generally and in financing the development of assets and infrastructure using corporate finance and project finance approaches; and advising clients on finance deals in the technology and Fintech sector.

He is a member of the Financial Services Lawyers Association(UK) and has been recognized by international directories including Who’s Who Legal 2018 and Chambers and Partners 2019 as being “very dynamic and able to respond with good advice”.

Mr. Olasupo Shasore SAN is a Senior Counsel (a member of the inner bar, appointed Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2006); often referred to as a ‘seasoned arbitrator and strategic litigator’, thirty years of experience acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities; shipping & maritime law, project and risk advice in mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure; seasoned and frequently appointed arbitrator or expert on Nigerian Law.

Shasore has significant experience in commercial arbitration; lead counsel in an on-going complex State- Investor dispute, an International Investment Arbitration before ICSID Tribunal; Represented the Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria; Frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings.

Counsel and legal adviser to the Eko Atlantic City development project, a ten million square meter city and infrastructure development project valued at $7.5 billion in Nigeria; Energy advisor to energy sector investors and transactions involving significant power company M&A transactions; significant public sector experience: Attorney-General for Lagos State Nigeria, (2007-2011);

Expertise: Commercial Law, Litigation & Arbitration/ADR, Maritime & Shipping Law, Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, Regulatory & Compliance.


Commercial Arbitration-Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria (2011) (Johnson & Shasore);

Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law (NIIA 2007)

Who’s Who Legal Nigeria list him as “an outstanding practitioner who commands great respect from market players”

Sandra Oyewole is a Partner in Olajide Oyewole LLP and has been in practice for over 26 years. She leads the Intellectual Property & Technology practice and co-leads the Employment & Global Mobility practice of the firm.

Sandra provides legal services on a multitude of issues in various sectors and industries. She has guided the growth of the Firm’s practices in advertising, brand protection, employment and global mobility, entertainment, estate planning, hospitality, information technology, intellectual property, media and broadcasting and sports.

With her intellectual property background Sandra has helped to establish the firm’s technology practice. She has in depth knowledge and experience in Nigeria’s creative and innovative industries, regularly structuring deals and providing legal, business and regulatory advice.

Sandra started her career in 1993 with the Chambers of the Late Chief Rotimi Williams SAN where she made regular appearances at all levels of the judicial system. She handled a myriad of disputes, made a number of court appearances and drafted a multitude of court processes and commercial contracts.

She is often invited to speak at seminars and workshops in and outside Nigeria on matters pertaining to chain of title, intellectual property, Nigeria’s creative industry and digital technology. Sandra is committed to the creation of structure within the creative and innovative industries and this includes the strengthening of Nigeria’s anti-piracy and intellectual property laws and policies.

Mrs. Funmi Iyayi 

Funmi Iyayi is the Managing Director of LACIAC. Funmi is a legal practitioner licensed to practise in Ghana and Nigeria. She worked in the law firm of Aluko & Oyebode as a litigator and arbitration practitioner for several years, where she represented clients in arbitration proceedings as well as functioned as the secretary to arbitral tribunals. Thereafter she served as in-house Counsel in one of Nigeria’s leading real estate development companies, a role she held for two years before joining the Lagos Court of Arbitration as the General Counsel. Funmi transitioned to the role of Chief Executive Officer of LACIAC in January 2018 and was appointed a member of the Board in December 2018.

As a member of various arbitration institutions both international and regional she is actively involved in the promotion of arbitration across Africa and is a regular speaker at conferences. She has written several articles on alternative dispute resolution.

LAURA ALAKIJA is the Deputy Managing Partner at Primera Africa Legal – an Alfa International Member firm and an award winning fully serviced law firm in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos and Abuja, where she leads the Corporate/Commercial Transactions Group.

With over 10 years’ cognate experience as a commercial transactions lawyer with superior negotiation, documentation and risk management skills, Laura Alakija leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate transactions, risk and dispute management, Arbitration and ADR. Laura has a special and instinctive aptitude for deal structuring in complex commercial transactions. Recently, her work has involved navigating pre-dispute negotiations and providing lucid dispute management advice.  Laura’s key practice areas include Energy and Natural Resources, ICT Law, Hospitality and Arbitration and ADR.

Laura Alakija received her legal education at University of Jos, Nigeria (LL.B) and University of Derby, United Kingdom (LL.M.). She is an avid researcher and a frequent speaker at conferences in the field of commercial transactions and Arbitration. She was recently appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC-YAF) as the Representative for Africa, Middle East and Turkey.

Laura Alakija is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the International Chamber of Commerce’ Young Arbitrators’ Forum (ICC-YAF), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Young Members Group (YMG), the International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s network for young practitioners (Young ICCA) and the Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM). She is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), NBA Section on Business Law (NBASBL), NBASBL Committee on Travel, Tourism and Hospitality and the NBASBL Committee on Energy, Natural Resources and Environment.

Dindam Killi is a Senior Associate with Aluko & Oyebode and a key member of the firm’s Abuja office team. His practice areas include dispute resolution, corporate/commercial law and intellectual property law.

He is an experienced arbitrator and litigator who regularly represents a broad range of clients before Nigerian courts, regional courts and tribunals.

He recently represented a giant Spanish oil company in arbitration proceedings under the Rules of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with respect to an alleged breach of contract with a Nigerian oil company.

Dindam is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Nigerian Bar Association, the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Intellectual Property Law Association. He is also a Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John, MPPM, ChMC, FCArb 

Mrs. Shola Oshodi-John is the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and Editor of the Journal of Arbitration. She worked with Rodot Group/HEWS Foundation as the Corporate Services Executive/Vice President, where she served as the Head, Human Resource, Company Secretary/Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer respectively.

She had served as Legal Adviser for Primlaks Group of Companies and Programme Officer at international and national not-for-profit organizations, like Global Rights, Civil Liberties Organization, and Ford Foundation, Graduate School of Public International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, as Administrative and Graduate Assistants respectively. She had her legal practice in the Law Firm of Adeyemi Oluwole & Co.

Mr. Adeyemi Akisanya  obtained the LL.B, with honours, from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1976 and an LL.M, in 1979, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July, 1977 and enrolled as a Notary Public in October 2011.

He has worked with the Oyo State (of Nigeria) Ministry of Justice, (1977-1978); the law firm of Odujinrin and Adefulu, in Lagos, Nigeria, (1979-1980); the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell, in New York, USA, (1980-1981) and the Law Department of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (“MPNU”), an ExxonMobil subsidiary, (1981-2002).  He retired voluntarily from MPNU in March 2002, after over twenty years of service in various capacities, including Senior Counsel, International Transactions Counsel, Company Secretary and Acting General Counsel.

‘Yemi Akisanya is presently engaged in private law practice as Principal of Adeyemi-Akisanya Associates, a highly skilled, service oriented “boutique” law firm with specialized expertise in: Energy, Natural Resources & Power (Transactions, Projects & Financing); Dispute Resolution Advisory & Practice (Mediation, Mediation Advocacy & Conflict Management); Corporate Governance; Joint Ventures and other Commercial Transactions; Ethical Laws (US FCPA, UK Bribery Act, etc.); Estates & Wills; and Properties (Documentation, Due Diligence, Title Rectification & Perfection), as its core areas of practice.

‘Yemi has a special focus on marginal field operations, legal support and advisory to indigenous E & P operators and oil service companies, local content development and the resolution of disputes through Mediation and Mediation Advocacy.  He is generally recognized for the depth of his experience in the Energy (Oil and Gas) Sector and has advised government, as well as public and private companies and individuals on a full range of international corporate and commercial matters within the sector, including taxation, statutory & regulatory compliance, project development, new business venture structuring and development, joint ventures and other kinds of business transactions and arrangements.

‘Yemi Akisanya is a CEDR Accredited Mediator; a member of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates, UK (“SCMA”); a SCMA Certified Mediation Advocacy Trainer; and, member and advisory board member of SCMA Nigeria.  Apart from his private practice in Mediation and Mediation Advocate, he is on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi Door Court House (“LMDC”).  He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Panel of the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (“NERC”).  He has had great success and recognition as a credible mediator, mediation advocate, negotiator, bridge builder and peacemaker.

‘Yemi is a regular speaker and facilitator at conferences, seminars and workshops in the foregoing areas, especially in the area of Alternate Dispute Resolution, with a special focus on Mediation and Mediation Advocacy.

His memberships include: member, Nigerian Bar Association [Section on Business Law]; member, International Bar Association [Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law]; member, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; member, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law; member, the Petroleum Club, Nigeria; member, LSE Lawyers’ Alumni Group; member, International Institute for Petroleum Energy Law and Policy, Nigeria; Life Fellow, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation; and a member, Trustee and the Honorary Secretary, of the Musical Society of Nigeria.  Yemi is also an ordained Pastor and Minister of the Word.

LUMALLAS EUNICE is a highly regarded litigator, with extensive experience of representing clients before a number of key courts and judicial Tribunals. Lumallas focuses on both private client work and as well as general litigations, arbitrations (domestic and international) and mediations. Lumallas is an accredited mediator certified by the mediation accreditation committee She is a founding Partner of Lumallas Achieng & Kavere Advocates..

LUMALLAS holds a Master’s degree from the University of Nairobi in Public International Law, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University and a post graduate Diploma in law obtained from the Kenya School of Law. She has vast knowledge in Law through services at various entities both private and public, she has worked with Mohammed Muigai Advocates, CFC Stanbic Bank as head of debt management and the Parliament of Kenya and in selected nations in Africa and beyond Africa. She served as the Head of the Secretariat and Legal Counsel for the Speaker of the 10th Parliament of Kenya, Hon. Kenneth Marende, and also served as Deputy Director in the Department of Litigation and Compliance.

She is a governance expert and has immense interest in gender and children matters, in this regard she is a Member of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), a member of the Law Society of Kenya’s Gender and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committees and a practicing Arbitrator and ADR practitioner at Fellow level with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (K). Lumallas is a registered patent agent with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.

Major practice areas include:- Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial arbitration (international & domestic) and General Litigation, Intellectual Property, Criminal law, Energy Law & Regulation/ Oil & Gas & extractive industries regime, Constitutional law & Governance, Legislative Drafting & law making process, Labour, sports and entertainment law, Family law, Probate & Administration. Other Positions Held: • Council Member at the Association of Professional Societies of East Africa (APSEA) • Branch Committee representative of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya Branch.

Fola Alade Esq., ASCMA (UK) is a Commercial and Dispute resolution lawyer based in Lagos. He is the Founder/ Principal Partner at FOTEFA PARTNERS LP, a full- service commercial law firm in Nigeria. The law firm offers a wide range of expert legal services to a highly diversified and global client base. Prior to running his law firm, he worked with Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co, a top tier law firm with the highest number of Senior Advocates in Nigeria.

Fola Alade is a Certified Mediation Advocate with the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (U.K), a trained Mediator  on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and Lagos Chamber of Commerce and International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a trained Negotiator from the Lagos Business School (LBS),  a Certified Emotional Intelligence Specialist with another certification in Hypnotherapy and Neurological Redesign Course, a Facilitator and a Certified Trainer(International Award in Delivering Training[IADT] UK) with the London Professional Training Centre.

A member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Section on Business Law (SBL), Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and a Partner member with the NCMG International (Negotiation and Conflict Management Group International), Fola Alade runs an active social media page (Facebook page: @dmediationlawyeristng, Instagram: @dmediationlawyerist and twitter: @mediationlawng) where he enlightens the populace on legal issues majorly surrounding mediation.

He is the Founder/Principal of Fotefa Mediation Academy, a bespoke Mediation Training Academy where he trains on the business and practice of Mediation. He is also the Executive Director of the Incorporated Trustees of Attorney-Mediators Association (ATMA), a Consultant to the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA Nigeria) and also the Senior Consultant to Betaworka Cosmopolitan Partners Limited,a fully registered career services and training Development Company where he trains on Workplace Conflict and Emotional Intelligence.

Fola Alade boasts of several local and international certifications and trainings among which include but are not limited to a Certificate in Emotional Intelligence, a Certificate in Mediation Advocacy from the Standard Conference of Mediation Advocates, United Kingdom, A Certificate in International Award in Delivering Training from the London Professional Training Centre and a Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Neurological Redesign.

He has published and presented several articles across different cities in Nigeria among which include:

  • Ways to Use Effective Communication in Dispute Resolution.
  • Victim-Offender Mediation
  • Mediation: An Effective Dispute Resolution Tool for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
  • The Future of Dispute Resolution Is Mediation
  • Top 5 Ways to Establish A Career in Mediation
  • The Concept of Co-Mediation: The Number of Mediators That Can Constitute a Mediation
  • The Synergy of Emotional Intelligence and Dispute Resolution in Handling Workplace Conflict.
  • Mediation Advocacy as A Stream of Income
  • Downsides of Mediation

A passionate Advocate of Mediation and a lover of parties and life, he is married with two kids.

Mrs. Morenike Obi-Farinde

Morenike is a multi-disciplinary practitioner excelling in contentious and non-contentious matters. She handles large, paper-heavy litigation as well as smaller trials and arbitrations. She particularly enjoys complicated and intellectually stimulating work, and solving knotty problems.

She has acted for a number of managers, private equity houses, banks and private institutions. She has gained exposure to a variety of complex structures and tax efficient vehicles.

Morenike is the Managing Solicitor of Adigun Ogunseitan & Company, a niche Law firm in Lagos, Nigeria. She qualified and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1991 and brings her experience of over 2 decades in civil litigation into her practice as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner.

She is a Fellow and Approved Faculty Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Morenike is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited Mediator. She is a Tutor and Neutral at the Lagos Multi Door Courthouse (LMDC) Lagos State, Nigeria, where she has successfully mediated several court and party referred commercial matters. Morenike and is also a faculty member of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) Nigeria, and Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Morenike holds an LLM from the University of Lagos and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Dispute Resolution from the University of Dundee.

She is a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Commission of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Nigeria, Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), and Trustee of the Association of Succession Trust and Estate Planning Practitioners (ASTEP).

Folashade Alli is a practicing Solicitor and Chartered Arbitrator based in Lagos, Nigeria.  She is the Principal Partner of the Lagos based law firm called Folashade Alli and Associates (formerly known as VATad Solicitors).

She obtained a degree in Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Lagos in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.  She holds a Master’s Degree (LLM) in Corporate and Commercial law from University College, London in 1987. She was called to the English bar in 1990 and is eligible to practice as a Barrister in England. She is member of the distinguished Lincolns Inn, London.

Mrs. Folashade Alli is currently the Chairperson of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association as well as a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.

She is the immediate past Executive Secretaryof the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK (Nigeria Branch)andan Approved Tutor of the Institute. She  is a representative of Nigeria on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADRin Paris, whose goal is to propose new policies and tools to innovate and promote efficient and cost-effective settlement of disputes.

Folashade Alli has extensive arbitration experience and has been appointed as an arbitrator in numerous disputes spanning diverse fields of law including but not limited to maritime disputes, contractual and corporate commercial disputes, car dealership disputes, oil and gas disputes, banking law disputes amongst others. She has acted in the capacity of sole arbitrator, member of a panel of Arbitrators and Chairman of the Arbitration Tribunal. Her awards are reputed to be clear, articulate, well-reasoned and rooted in an in-depth understanding of the arbitral process and the law.

Her work in arbitration also involves driving policy and promoting arbitration. She is also a member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge in Nigeria which seeks to increase the participation of women in arbitration. She is also a member of the Committee on the Review of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act of Nigeria.

Mrs. Folashade Alli is a registered Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She is also qualified to act as a Capital Markets Operator by the Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria. She is also an approved Mediator with the Lagos State Multidoor Court House

She worked with various Law firms including Robert Sykes Q.C, London, John Roberts Q.C, London, Aluko & Oyebode, was former group legal adviser to the Bollore groupnamely: SDV, Transcap and Alraine Shipping agencies before setting up her own law firm, VATad Solicitors (now Folashade Alli and Associates), in 2003.

Josephine Akinwunmi (Mrs) is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(UK), a CEDR(UK) Accredited Mediator, a certified SCMA Mediation Advocacy trainer, a legal practitioner who holds two degrees from the University of Lagos and a licenced Human Resources Practitioner.

Mrs Akinwunmi belongs to a number of professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (UK), the International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (National Commission on Arbitration and ADR), the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (where she serves on the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Committee) and the Nigerian Bar Association.

She is the Principal Partner of Josephine Akinwunmi & Co, a firm of Legal Practitioners in Lagos, specializing in Corporate Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Josephine Akinwunmi is on the Panel of Neutrals and a faculty member of the Lagos Multidoor Court House, and her passion for mediation has seen her involved in a number of cases, most of which have been successfully handled and resolved. She is also a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

She was a member of the two committees that successfully launched the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris 2012 Rules of Arbitration in Nigeria and the Mediation Rules in Nigeria in 2014.

Mrs Akinwunmi is known for her high sense of commitment, diligence and integrity, and is also a Notary Public for Nigeria

John Ohaga is the Managing Partner in the firm TripleOKlaw Advocates LLP. He has more than 28 years’ post-qualification experience during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation as well as high value domestic and international arbitrations. He has been recognized for his high-quality work and expertise in dispute resolution by Legal 500, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. John was declared the 2010, 2016 and 2017 winner for Kenya in the category of litigation by the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards ( He is an experienced litigator and has a particular passion for commercial litigation. He advises several bluechip companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange as well numerous private companies in addition to some of Kenya’s largest state corporations.

Moreover, he also has significant experience in other aspects of civil litigation including employment and labour disputes, competition, landlord and tenant, public procurement, retirement benefits, intellectual property among many others.

John has been the Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution from 2012 to 2017. He is a Chartered Arbitrator as well as a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch). He is an experienced arbitrator and is recognized by Chambers Global as one of the leading arbitrators in Kenya. He sits on the board of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration established under the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Act, No. 26 of 2013. He is also a mediator and is a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee established under the Section 59A of the Civil Procedure Act. He is also the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal which is established under the Sports Act, 2013 and also chairs the Appeals Committee of the Advertising Standards Board.

John is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East African Law Society, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the International Bar Association, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

Mrs. Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya  is a Regulatory and Compliance professional with over 10 years of working experience in the Banking and Capital Markets sectors in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She has previously acted as a registered compliance officer with the Nigerian Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Her broad experience in compliance covers Capital Markets, Brokerage, Fund Management, Sports & Leisure and Food & Beverage manufacturing and distribution. She is a well-regarded professional in her industry, and has played an active role in a number of regulatory and market development initiatives and committees in Nigeria. She has also written published articles on Compliance and AML in Nigeria. Beverley is an accredited mediator of the Lagos Multi Door Courthouse. She is called to the English and Nigerian Bar. She also has international certification in Investment Compliance and training in Capital Markets Development and Regulation.

Beverley is also a member of the Sport Law practice group of the firm. She is a sport enthusiast and manages a junior football league team.

Catriona Paterson, Of Counsel at Omnia Strategy

Professional Positions

• Of Counsel at Omnia Strategy focusing on international arbitration and public international law. • Qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. • Catriona has advised and worked on complex and high stakes commercial and investment arbitrations under ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA rules.

Recent Select Investor-State Arbitration

• Representing the Republic of Montenegro in an ICSID arbitration relating to financial instruments (Addiko Bank AG v. Montenegro, ICISD Case No. ARB/17/35) • Representing Claimants from a Gulf State in pending OIC arbitration proceedings against a Central Asian State (UNCITRAL) (Confidential matter) • Representing a Balkan State in a bilateral investment treaty dispute relating to an agricultural business (UNCITRAL) (Confidential matter) • Represented Strabag SE in an ICSID additional facility arbitration against Libya arising out of the State’s treatment of the Claimant’s road and infrastructure construction contracts before, during and after the 2011 Revolution (Strabag SE v. Libya, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/15/1) • Represented an Indorama Group company in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the State’s conduct during and after the Arab Spring (Indorama International Finance Limited v. Egypt, ICSID Case No. ARB/11/32) • Represented Macedonia in an ICSID arbitration concerning trust banking operations (Guardian Fiduciary Trust Ltd v. Macedonia, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/31) • Represented Macedonia in ICSID arbitration concerning a food manufacturing enterprise (Swisslion DOO Skopje v. Macedonia, ICSID Case No. ARB/09/16) • Represented the Ukraine in an Energy Charter Treaty arbitration at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce • Represented the Claimant in an ICSID arbitration brought against Turkey under a bilateral investment treaty and the Energy Charter Treaty relating to a contract for a gas-fired power plant (Alapli Elektrik B.V. v. Turkey, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/13) • Represented the Claimant in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of Georgia relating to a road construction contract (Karmer Marble Tourism Construction Industry & Commerce v. Georgia, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/19)

Other experience advising on bilateral and multilateral investment treaties

• Advised the Investment Committee of the OECD on the bilateral investment treaty programmes of Russia, China, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong • Advised numerous private sector investors on the structuring of their investments to gain the protections of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including investments into Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Iran, Venezuela, Indonesia, and others • Advised an international charity on key issues in investment treaty disputes, with a particular focus on the State’s right to regulate

Other Legal Experience

• Eleven years’ experience in international arbitration and public international law at Latham & Watkins. • Prior to private practice, was a Consultant to the Investment Division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and worked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. • Has published numerous articles on international investment law and investor-State dispute settlement • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


• University College London (LL.M) • University of Glasgow (LL.B with French) (Hons)

Olaleye Adebiyi

Olaleye is the Office Managing Partner of Andersen Tax in Nigeria. He is a renowned tax lawyer with about 30 years’ experience in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, advisory, and compliance transactions.

As a leading tax expert, Olaleye has handled various portfolios and advised numerous clients on tax issues, laws and regulations and has won landmark cases involving novel and complex tax issues. Olaleye has also acted as a Tax Expert Witness in various arbitration proceedings.

 Olaleye’s practice started from Arthur Andersen in 1991, where he rose to the position of Group Head in 2002. In the wake of the Arthur Andersen global collapse, he joined the firm of Aluko & Oyebode as the Partner and Head of the Tax and Business Regulatory Services Unit. He left Aluko & Oyebode in 2005 to set up WTS Adebiyi & Associates before joining Andersen Tax in 2017.

 Olaleye is the current Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. He has written many articles in law journals and regularly speaks at various tax seminars and conferences. He recently translated and published the Personal Income Tax Act of Nigeria into Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and Pidgin languages

Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), has joined CRCICA after assuming position of Partner and Head of Arbitration at TMS Law Firm (based in Cairo) and before that as a Senior Associate in the arbitration department at Zaki Hashem and Partners Law Firm (based in Cairo). With over a decade of arbitration focused experience, Dr. Hafez has served as Counsel in multiple number of arbitration cases, including ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, specializing in Corporate, Construction, Investment, Hotel Management, Oil & Gas, Maritime and Shipping and Telecommunications disputes. Dr. Hafez also handled several executions and annulment cases of arbitral awards in Egypt. Dr. Hafez has sat as arbitrator in several ad hoc and institutional arbitration cases.

Dr. Hafez achieved his LL.B from the English Section of Cairo University’s Faculty of Law and his LL.M. from Queenmary, University of London, with a specialization in Commercial Corporate Law and International Commercial Arbitration. Furthermore, he received his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law, University of Basel in Switzerland, for his doctoral thesis entitled “Modern Contract and Sales Law in the Middle Eastern and Arab Countries, a Comparative Study”.

Dr. Hafez is registered in the Lawyer’s Bar Association in Egypt and is enlisted as Arbitrator in CRCICA’s Arbitrator’s list. He is fluent in Arabic and English, along with a fair command of French and German.

Godwin Omoaka is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Tax Group. Godwin doubles as head of the Real Estate Practice Group. Godwin is highly skilled in commercial Dispute Resolution which encompasses commercial litigation including Oil and Gas Litigation, Arbitration and Conciliation and Shipping/Maritime law. He has also handled complex tax litigation issues for a variety of high profile clients from the Tax Appeal Tribunal, to the Appellate Courts.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediator, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators, a Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates member. He is also a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre.

Relevant experience includes:

Key member of the Templars team that obtained an award of over US $2billion in the Erha Crude Entitlement Dispute Arbitration with the NNPC.

Member of the team that obtained an arbitral award in favour of Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) – Nigeria’s largest beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) brewer – in a dispute with a national gas supplier/pipeline on the appropriate interpretation of the “take or pay” provisions in a Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) between the parties.

Led the team that successfully represented an E&P company at the London Court of International Arbitration in a multimillion-dollar arbitration arising from a dispute over the company’s debt financing for the development of its Oil Block.

Our Disputes team successfully represented TUPNI in a high-profile dispute against Samsung Heavy Industries (Samsung) regarding the sail-away of the Egina FPSO, the first FPSO unit to berth at an integration quay in Africa for the installation of modules that were fabricated in Nigeria.

Key member of the Templars’ team representing the Erha Contractor Parties in court proceedings to set aside the arbitral award by the NNPC and to impeach the arbitration proceedings by FIRS at both the Federal High Court and the Appellate Courts.

Key member of the Templars team on the Erha PSC Contractor’s PPT and EDT appeals, in respect of wrongful PPT and EDT assessments issued by the FIRS, at the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) and in related appeals and judicial review proceedings at the Federal High Court.

Bwalya Lumbwe holds a B.Eng. (Civil), M.Sc. (Construction), LLM-Construction Law and Arbitration with over 36 years of experience covering building, civil and mechanical construction in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo.

He is a Registered Engineer, Fellow of the Engineering Institution of Zambia, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-UK, the Chartered Institute of Building-UK, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Chartered Construction Manager, and a Corporate Panel Member of the Dispute Board Federation. He also sits on the FIDIC National List of Dispute Adjudicators, Zambia.

He is an Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Dispute Adjudication Board Member and acts as party consultant is dispute resolution.