Anthony Idigbe is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and senior partner at Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors, a fully integrated and multi-dimensional business law practice with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Asaba, Nigeria and member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a global association of over 95 independent law firms located in more than 50 countries around the world. Anthony Idigbe has over 30 years' experience in advocacy, dispute resolution, and other core areas of legal practice. He was recently admitted to practise law in Ontario, Canada.
He is a fellow of INSOL International; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also a member of several national and international bodies including, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA); International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (ICCN); Institute of Directors (IOD) and International Insolvency Institute (III). Anthony has three Masters of Law degrees from the University of Toronto (2015); the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, with specialisation in construction law and international arbitration (2012); and the University of Lagos, Akoka (1988). He also has an MBA from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu (1997). He did his first degree in law LLB at University of Ife (1982) before attending the Nigerian Law School for his Barrister at Law (BL) (1983). He founded the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA) and is currently one of the association’s trustees.
Anthony Idigbe has been involved in various commercial arbitrations (including ICC arbitrations), in the capacity of chairman, member, counsel or party representative. He is a member of ICC Nigeria national committee on arbitration and chairman of the ICC Nigeria mediation rules launch sub-committee. He was the chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal in a matter involving an international company and a leading bank, on an alleged breach of respondent's obligation under a vending agreement. He was co-arbitrator in an ICC arbitration of 2012; lead counsel to the claimant in arbitration between two leading infrastructure providers in a construction dispute; lead counsel to the respondent in a matter involving a leading bank and an investment company on underwriting claims worth over 15 billion naira; lead counsel to claimant in a corporate governance dispute; lead counsel to claimant in arbitration between two major players in the oil and gas sector involving claim for damages under charter party dispute; lead counsel to a federal government agency in a fallout of arbitration on lease agreement; mediated as chairman of panel of enquiry set up by the federal government in respect of a dispute arising out of a privatisation process and made recommendations to the federal government on the assessment of damages which led to the satisfactory settlement of the dispute between the parties. He is the arbitrator for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in their dispute with Total Exploration and Production Nigeria over project finance agreement for an oil mining license (OML), and is presently lead counsel to the claimant in arbitration between a catering and house-keeping company and a major player in the oil and gas sector involving claim for services rendered pursuant to a catering and house-keeping contract.
He is the author of several published works including: Arbitration Practice in Nigeria, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2010 ISBN 978-33791-4-3; Innovations in New Civil Procedure Rules in Nigeria, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2010 ISBN 978- 978-33791-6-9; Legal Aspects of Capital Market Operations in Nigeria, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2006 ISBN 978-33791-2-7; and "ADR Practice in Nigeria" in ADR Client Strategies in the Middle East and Africa, Michaela Falls Ed; Aspatore Books, 2009; pp 67 – 91. He is a contributor of the Nigerian chapter on Arbitration in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration published annually by Global Legal Group. He is also a contributor of the Nigerian chapter in World Arbitration Reporter, an annual publication by Juris Publishing, Inc.
Anthony Idigbe is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitral panel. He is a notary public and a renowned resource person in this area of law.
WWL says: Anthony Idigbe SAN is considered “a true professional”, who has earned “wide acclaim in the market” and a reputation for having “shrewd insights and strong analytical skills”.
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