Dr. Adewale Olawoyin, SAN FCIArb - President
Qualifications Ph.D. University of Bristol, UK (1995) LL.M. (London) London School of Economics and Political Science, (1990) Barrister at Law (BL) (1988) LL.B. (Honors) (1987)
Dr. Olawoyin is an astute and articulate legal practitioner. An Arbitrator and academic with extensive knowledge, experience and expertise in manifold aspects of international business and commercial law with particular emphasis on international investment law, domestic and international commercial arbitration, corporate and maritime law and arbitration.
He possesses excellent national and international exposure in structuring difficult international commercial transactions and excellent execution of complex legal issues. He enjoys intellectually challenging assignments, making a constructive difference by initiating and delivering strategic solutions to business problems through Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation.
Some of his professional affiliations includes but are not limited to; Member, International bar Association Member, Nigerian Maritime Law Association Member, Nigerian Bar Association Member, Lagos Court of Arbitration Member and former vice president, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria Former member of the Board of Directors, Lagos Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration (LACIAC) Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
He is an accomplished researcher with published works in international serials such as the Journal of African Law, the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Mediation and Dispute Management, the Journal of International Arbitration, International Arbitration Law Review and the American Review of International Arbitration on various aspects of Company law, Carriage of Goods by Sea and Arbitration. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2014.
Mr. Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson, SAN – Immediate Past President
Mr. Candide-Johnson, SAN is 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
Olasupo Shasore, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; partner at ALP (Africa Law Practice); a leading commercial law firm; Member of the Body of Benchers Nigeria from 2007; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State from 2007-2011; Initiated Arbitration Law reforms leading to the passing of the Arbitration Law of Lagos State 2009; Chairman, Law Reform Commission Lagos, Nigeria 2011-2015, past President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
Shasore has over thirty years of significant experience in acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities. He has represented Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria and lead counsel in leading investment arbitration case claimants in Interocean v Nigeria at (ICSID Tribunal).
He is a frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings. He was a member of ICCA’s Consultative Workshop Cooperation among African Arbitral Initiatives; London Court of International Arbitration Africa User Group; the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts (PRIME) and its Advisory Committee; the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA); board member of Nigeria Ports Authority and Interswitch.
Author: ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’ (2011) (Johnson & Shasore); ‘Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law (Practice and Textbook) (NIIA 2007); Publisher and Editor-in-Chief (since 2004), Commercial Law Reports of Nigeria(CLRN).
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.
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.
Mrs. Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya FCIArb
Mrs. Badejo – Okusanya, is a Partner at ALP (Africa Law Practice) and co-head of its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. A barrister and ADR practitioner with specialisation and considerable experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, she represents private, corporate and state clients on a broad range of commercial transactions before trial and appellate courts in Nigeria.
Oyinkan’s legal practice actively encourages alternative dispute resolution and she has acted as counsel in arbitral proceedings and successfully mediated several disputes. She is very active in the Nigerian arbitration community, having served on the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria Branch) and as member of the Reform of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act Committee and the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER) Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Working Group. She has also been on the board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration since 2015. Oyinkan served as General Counsel to the Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria from 2011-2015 and Senior Aide in Justice Sector Reform in the Attorney-General’s office from 2007-2011 where she worked on, amongst others, justice and public-sector policy and reform, public-private partnerships, arbitration legislation and leading product liability and consumer protection actions.
Prior to that, she cut her advocacy teeth at Olaniwun Ajayi LP, another leading commercial law firm in Nigeria. She is an Accredited CeDR Mediator; a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); Arbitral Women; Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Nigerian and International Bar Associations, respectively; and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). A much sought-after resource on Litigation and ADR, Oyinkan’s areas of interest include Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law; Public Sector Policy and Regulatory Compliance.
Mr. Juwon Adenuga
Mr, Adejuwon Bankole ADENUGA is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators FCIARB (UK) and a Mediator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (Bsc) in Estate Management from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1983. During his National Youth Service, he worked with the Federal Mortgage Bank. Upon completion of his service, he immediately moved to National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company (now ConOil) where he worked until resignation in 1992 to establish ADENUGA and COMPANY, a firm of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, working as the Principal Partner till date.
He is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers. He registered to practice Estate Management with the Nigerian Federal Government’s Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria on the 17th of February, 1992. He has served the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers as the Head of Faculty of Arbitration, Conciliation and Expert Witness. His experience of over 30 years in the professional practice spans over all aspects of Estate Management.
Among notable works he has done is the valuation of the International Center for Arbitration and ADR (ICAA) building at No.1A, Remi Olowude Street, Lekki Phase 1 during its construction and after completion.
He was admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) on the 10th of May, 2012 and was made a Fellow on the 9th of January, 2015. He is probably the first Nigerian Estate Surveyor and Valuer to be admitted by the Institute. He has served the Nigerian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as a Public Relations Officer, as a member of their Executive Committee and he is currently serving as the Chairman of their Arbitration Schemes Committee. He has made several publications in Nigerian News Papers to promote public awareness of Arbitration.
He has had the opportunity of conducting some arbitrations and recently as the Chairman of the Arbitration Schemes Committee, he designed an Arbitration Scheme to serve Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He is also a trained Mediator under the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, having been involved in a number of dispute resolutions by Mediation. He is listed as a neutral with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, the Lagos Court of Arbitration and The Lagos Multi-Door CourtHouse.
Mr. Godwin Omoaka, SAN FCIArb
He is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group of Templars Barristers and Solicitors. He also doubles as the Head of the Real Estate practice group in Templars Barristers and Solicitors. He has twenty years of active arbitration and courtroom experience relating to a wide variety of disputes in the oil and gas industry, construction industry, taxation, anti-bribery and corruption etc., spanning different areas of law namely, complex commercial and taxation law issues, general civil litigation, energy law, copyright law, securities transactions, commercial arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
He provides a broad range of legal advice and representation for a wide variety of clients ranging from multinational corporations and major financial institutions to governments and high-profile individuals. He has stellar track record including a very strong trial capability in litigation, international and domestic arbitration, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, conciliation and negotiation.
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 2 International Arbitration, the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre.
NATIONALITY Nigerian EDUCATION Nigerian Law School, Barrister at Law (B.L) with Honours, Nigerian Bar Qualification Examination, September 1999 Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) with Honours, July 1997 EXPERIENCE TEMPLARS, Lagos, Nigeria – GAR Top 100 Arbitration Firm; IFLR 1000 Top Tier Law Firm & Top Ranked Chambers Global Leading Firm (2017) Partner: – September 2009 – Date Senior Associate – 2005 – 2009 ◼ General Commercial Litigation ◼ Energy Litigation ◼ Tax Appeals and Litigation ◼ Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation ◼ Maritime/Admiralty Disputes
Mrs Miannaya Essien, SAN FCIArb
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 2007. • Called to the Nigerian Bar in August 1985. • LL.M. from the University of Lagos specialising in Corporate Law, Secured Credit Transactions, Criminal Law. • Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
• Immediate Past chairperson of the Section on Legal Practice of the Nigerian Bar Association. • Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom. • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom. • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Panel of Arbitrators. • Member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Nigerian Law School, Gwari, Abuja, Nigeria. • Approved Tutor and Member, Faculty of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators teaching various aspects of arbitration and arbitration advocacy.
• Member of the 2017-2019 Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association • Member and member of Panel of Neutrals Lagos Court of Arbitration. • Member LCIA African Users’ Council. • Member Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria. • Member International Law Association, Nigeria Branch. • Member ICCA. • Member African Arbitrators Association. • Former Chairperson of the Port Harcourt Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). • Former member of EXCO of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria branch.
• Has held several positions in the Nigerian Bar Association including vice chairman of the Section on Legal Practice. • Registered Capital Market Consultant with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Education Professional Memberships/attainments – 1980 -1984 University of Nigeria, Nsukka. LL. B. (Hons.). – 1984 – 1985 Nigerian Law School, Lagos. B.L. • 1990–1991 University of Lagos, Lagos State LL.M. • Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 2007. • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 2007. • Chartered Arbitrator 2015
Professional Experience – National Youth Service in Maiduguri, Borno State with the Chad Basin & Rural Development Authority as a Legal Officer 1985-1986. – Chike Chigbue (SAN) & Co., Lagos, Solicitor and Head of Chambers (1986-1990). – Worked with various financial institutions between 1991-1995 as Legal Officer and Company Secretary/Legal Adviser. – Managing Solicitor, Miannaya Aja Essien & Associates in 1995 -2003 Areas of Specialisation Other Activities • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). • Nigerian Bar Association • Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria • International Bar Association. – Managing Partner, Principles Law Partnership (www.principleslaw.com) 2003 till date. Experienced in the negotiation and management of commercial transactions and resolving disputes and criminal matters that arise from banking and Secured Credit Transactions; Corporate and Commercial Law; Environmental, Oil and Gas law, Receivership, maritime, liquidation, mergers, Takeovers, acquisitions and Arbitration. Specialises in the interpretation of complex and hydra-headed international and commercial transactions. Regularly acts as sole arbitrator and panel member of various Arbitral tribunals. Independent Non-Executive Director of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. Non-Executive director of Stanbic IBTC Trustees Limited Regular speaker at seminars, workshops and conferences. Regular contributor and writer of several scholarly articles in various legal publications and books. Independent researchers have listed her for several years in Whos Who Legal and Chambers and Partners (amongst others) as a top commercial and dispute resolution lawyer and arbitrator.
Mrs Awuneba Ajumogobia
Mrs. Awuneba Ajumogobia, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria has over 25 years quality experience in External Audit, Accounting & Finance and Marketing. She began her professional career working with two global audit firms, Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde & Co., and Deloitte where she acquired broad experience in audit, taxation and consultancy across several industries including Banking, Insurance, Construction, Manufacturing, Merchandising and Oil & Gas.
After several years in practice, she joined Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). During her 13 years as a member of Accenture’s Senior Management team, she broadened her horizon considerably leading the Finance function and was at various times responsible for oversight of Marketing, Legal and Human Resources. She was a Non-Executive Director of UAC of Nigeria Plc. For 10 years.
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Mrs. Ajumogobia graduated from the University of Ibadan with a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Economics in 1982. Awuneba Ajumogobia currently serves as Executive Director of Multistream Energy Limited, she is on the advisory board of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) and the board of trustees of Youth Business Initiative.
Mrs. Ajumogobia continues her professional development at leading global academic institutions.
Ms. Oluwatosin Lewis FCIArb, Accredited Mediator - Executive Secretary
Oluwatosin Lewis is the Executive Secretary of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, International Centre for Arbitration & ADR, Lagos Nigeria. She is a solicitor and dispute resolution specialist with a proven ability and extensive experience in the areas of arbitration, litigation, contracts and documentation.
Her experiences in legal practice span over two decades and diverse areas and clientele. She is experienced at advising teams and departments, ensuring their compliance with substantive and regulatory laws and terms and conditions of operating licenses.
Tosin was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 and is a Notary Public of Nigeria. She has postgraduate diplomas in international law and business and maritime law from the London Guildhall University and the College of Law UK.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, an Accredited Mediator, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the African Arbitration Association, the Mediation and Conciliation Network (MCN GLOBAL) and the Attorney – Mediators Association.
She is on the Neutrals Panel at the Mediation and Conciliation Network and the Federal High Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Center.
She has delivered papers at International conferences on dispute resolution options in the energy industry and on emergency arbitration and emergency relief procedures. She has contributed twice to the Virtual Round Table publication on Technology, Media and Technology published by Corporate Live Wire.