Joe-Kyari Gadzama MFR SAN

Joe-Kyari Gadzama MFR SAN
Plot 1805, Damaturu Crescent
By Kabo Way, Off Ahmadu Bello Way
Adjacent to Garki International Market/Mall,
Garki 2
PO Box 20304
+234 8156565619 /+44 20 7440 4949
+234 8055692200


Who's Who Legal Nigeria - Arbitration

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria the same year, Chief J-K Gadzama, SAN was appointed Notary Public in June 1996 and elevated to the worthy rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1998. His professional experience spans a vast area of adjectival/procedural and substantive law. One of the country’s highly regarded lawyers, he has for two decades been external solicitor to several merchant, commercial, development and industrial banks; advisor to major multinational corporations and indigenous companies and organisations and a network of individuals in Nigeria. He was the lead counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a capital market consultant and was a partner in the legal consortium of Legal Advisory Partnership (LAP), comprising foreign and indigenous lawyers charged with the responsibility of providing legal services to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) in Abuja, from April 2004 to July 2007. As well as this very important assignment, he was a legal consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the secretariat of the National Council on Privatization (NCP).

Chief Gadzama has been recognised on the international scene, as his expert opinion, on the nature of damages recoverable under Nigerian law, was recently sought in Toulouse, France, before the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Toulouse. He has been recognised by InterContinental Finance Magazine (ICFM) as one of the 500 best lawyers in the world. He was recently appointed liquidator to wind up the Power Holding Company of Nigeria PLC and also provided legal advisory services for the winding-up proceedings.

Chief Gadzama studied at Nigerian Law School, Lagos (1986, BL); the University of Maiduguri (LLB Hons, 1985); Keble College, Oxford University (2006); and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was called to the English Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, in 2008 and became a member of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3) in Arlington, USA, in 2009.

His practice areas include: litigation; election petition; capital markets; arbitration; corporate and commercial law; and project finance.

Chief Gadzama’s professional association memberships/activities include: Body of Benchers (life bencher); the International Bar Association (IBA); the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); the NBA’s section on public interest and development law (pioneer chairman); the NBA’s section of legal practice (pioneer vice chairman); the NBA’s Abuja branch (former chairman); the American Bar Association (ABA); the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); the African Bar Association (AFBA); the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association (CLA); the Pan African Lawyers' Union (PALU); the West African Bar Association (WABA); the Vox Populi Foundation for Leadership (chairman); the board of trustees of the University of Maiduguri Alumni Association (chairman); the Janada International Center for Arbitration and Mediation (JICAM) (chairman); and Lawyers in the Media (LIM) Nigeria (patron).

WWL says: Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has more than 30 years' experience in the legal market and is a longstanding and highly respected arbitrator.

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

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