Nigeria: Arbitration 2017

We list 22 of the leading arbitration practitioners who handle both domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and/or arbitrator under the auspices of various arbitral institutions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. 'Funke Adekoya SAN AÉLEX, Ikeja
2. Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN Dorothy Ufot & Co, Lagos
3. Babatunde J Fagbohunlu SAN Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos
4. Fidelis Oditah QC SAN Fidelis Oditah & Co, Lagos

'Funke Adekoya SAN of AÉLEX is a world-renowned arbitration practitioner who draws nominations from Indonesia, France, Belgium and the USA, among others. She has acted as arbitrator in disputes under ICC rules and frequently assists clients with offshore arbitrations.

Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN of DOROTHY UFOT & CO has over 25 years’ experience in complex commercial disputes and is a longstanding leader in the field of arbitration as both counsel and arbitrator. Her sector expertise includes financial services, construction, and oil and gas, among others.

Sources “warmly endorse” Babatunde J Fagbohunlu SAN of ALUKO & OYEBODE for his skilful representation of clients in complex international arbitrations across areas such as tax, maritime and oil and gas.

Fidelis Oditah QC SAN of FIDELIS ODITAH & CO is a renowned practitioner who has broad expertise in UK and Nigerian commercial law. He frequently acts as counsel and arbitrator in prominent disputes.

Adedoyin  Rhodes-Vivour of DOYIN RHODES-VIVOUR & CO is the firm managing partner and a longstanding figure in the Nigerian arbitration community. She has deep experience in disputes under various international rules including UNCITRAL and ICC.

Babajide O Ogundipe at SOFUNDE OSAKWE OGUNDIPE & BELGORE is “among the most visible” arbitration lawyers in Nigeria, according to sources, and has acted as arbitrator on more than 30 disputes across an array of sectors and industries.

Anthony Idigbe SAN of PUNUKA ATTORNEYS & SOLICITORS brings wide-ranging and extensive experience in dispute resolution to the table for clients. He advises on issues in sectors including telecoms, transport and financial services.

SPA AJIBADE & CO’s Babatunde Ajibade SAN has over 25 years’ experience in dispute resolution and is known as one of the leading practitioners in the field in Nigeria. He frequently acts as counsel on both domestic and international arbitrations.

Olufunmi Oluyede at TRLPLAW has “extensive knowledge and understanding of arbitration law and a real knack for details” according to clients, while others describe her as “upbeat and fiercely loyal to her clients”.

Osaro Eghobamien SAN of PERCHSTONE & GRAEYS is a high-profile and well-regarded name for dispute resolution in Nigeria, with over 25 years of experience in litigation and arbitration.

STRACHAN PARTNERS Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson SAN is the firm’s senior partner and a prominent name in Nigerian arbitration, with deep experience acting as both counsel and arbitrator.

Olatunde Busari SAN of AKINWUNMI & BUSARI is a top-class commercial lawyer whose experience in alternative dispute resolution sets him out among his peers.

Etigwe Uwa SAN at STREAMSOWERS & KÖHN is a noted name in arbitration who has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations. He has particular expertise in the oil and gas and telecoms industries.

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