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Anthony Idigbe SAN

Anthony Idigbe SAN
Office:
Plot 45 Oyibo Adjarho Street
Off Ayinde Akinmade Street
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City:
Lagos
Country:
Nigeria
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Who's Who Legal Nigeria - Arbitration

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”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Nigeria which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Nigeria - Restructuring & Insolvency

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 extensive experience in insolvency and restructuring including; receiver/manager of the core investor in a major print media in Nigeria; receiver/manager of an oil servicing company; involved both in litigation and advisory capacity in the receivership of the power plant of an energy company in Nigeria by a leading bank and advised on implementation of a rescue alternative to the business; involved in the pursuit of several creditors' claims against the Nigerian Telecommunications company and the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications company in liquidation; involved in the cross border liquidation of a wholly foreign owned company registered in Nigeria; involved in one of the largest private company cross border liquidation in Nigeria relating to the tracing of funds worth about 2.3 billion naira to over five different jurisdictions; Nigerian law expert on liquidation of business enterprises in a London litigation involving the property of a former Nigerian Bank in liquidation; acted on behalf of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation and provided expert opinions on various issues in dispute between the parties regarding sale of property of a Nigerian company in liquidation which opinions were filed in the London Chancery Court. Advised on the pending litigation negotiations/attempts at amicable settlement, which was successfully achieved in March 2012; advised and represented an engineering company in debt recovery matter worth about 270 million naira initiated as a collective proceeding by a financial institution; headed the legal team of LAP/CPCS/Transcom that provided legal advisory services to the Bureau of Public Enterprises under the DFID funded project for the development of appropriate privatisation strategies for PHCN successor companies during the privatisation programme of the federal government from 2007 to 2009 including due diligence on the successor companies; advised and acted for a renowned Nigerian oil service company in an insolvency dispute against a leading bank in Nigeria; represented one of the banks and secured creditors in the winding up of Alan Dick West Africa Limited, which began as a voluntary winding up but later converted to creditors compulsory winding up and recovery of over 100 million naira for the bank.

He has also acted as counsel to several ex-bank executives in a continuous flow of civil and criminal cases arising from the 2009 Central Bank intervention and restructuring in the banking sector. This includes suits involving subsidiaries of such banks as well as acting as counsel to one of the intervened banks whose banking licence had been revoked prematurely in the numerous cases filed by regulatory agencies to manage claim filed for unlawful and unconstitutional expropriation/nationalisation of the assets of the bank. Total value of claims and litigation over 150 billion naira; advised an oil servicing company in its acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in another company under the federal government privatisation programme; advised the major investors in acquisition of a company, with regards to the investment agreement and investment implementation deed. Advised on the investment implementation aimed at restructuring parties' obligations under the investment agreement as well as sourcing funds for the debt capital funding for the business. Also acted as counsel to the major investors when dispute arose over the investment and the obligations/rights of the parties thereunder, and advised and reviewed amicable resolution and renegotiation of the terms of the transaction worth US$240 million; and is currently involved in a multi-creditor restructuring work-out of over 20 billion naira in debts, acting as adviser to the debtor, a member company of a conglomerate that specialises in the manufacturing of aluminium related wares.

Anthony Idigbe was appointed in 2013 as the national coordinator for Nigeria, World Bank Global Forum of Law, Justice and Development Project on Treatment of Shareholders’ Rights in Insolvency of Companies (2013 to 2014). He is a notary public, the author of numerous articles and a renowned resource person.

WWL says: Anthony Idigbe SAN is praised by respondents, with one calling him a “font of knowledge”, and another noting his “incredible work ethic”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Nigeria which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Nigeria - TMT

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 counsel to the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) on both contentious and non contentious matters. He currently represents foremost telecommunication companies including Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat, Huawei, Tecno Telecom, amongst others in matters bordering on litigation, site acquisition, product registration, trademark registration, legal opinion, community relations and other consultancy work. He acted as legal and transaction adviser to principal parties to a renowned Nigerian telecommunication company in its proposed acquisition and restoration of NITEL's SAT3/WASC cable system in 2008 - 2009.

 

He is a fellow of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), the agency that regulates the practice of advertising in Nigeria and currently acts as counsel to the agency on all legal matters. He was lecturer at the council from 2000 to 2002. He was also the receiver/manager of the core investor in a major print media company in Nigeria which publishes Daily Times and other publications. He has also advised Leaders & Company Limited, the group owners of ThisDay Newspaper on several issues, as well as the Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN) in their dispute with the Lagos State regulator and challenges concerning outdoor signage. Anthony Idigbe, in addition, has interest in Digits Legal Support Services Limited, the local agent and sole distributor of AbacusLaw (a law office management software) in Nigeria.

Anthony Idigbe is a notary public, the author of numerous articles and a renowned resource person on telecommunications, advertising, media and technology law.

WWL says: The "exceptionally talented" Anthony Idigbe SAN is recognised for his "expert handling" of contentious, regulatory and transactional matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Nigeria which can be purchased from our Shop.

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