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Funke Adekoya SAN

Funke Adekoya SAN
Firm:
Office:
7th Floor, Marble House
1 Kingsway Road
Falomo, Ikoyi
PO Box 52901
City:
Lagos
Country:
Nigeria
Tel:
+234 1 461 7321
Fax:
+234 1 269 2072

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Funke heads the dispute resolution practice group at AELEX. AELEX is a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Abuja and also in Accra, Ghana.

After graduating top of her class from the University of Ife in 1974, Funke proceeded to the Harvard Law School where she obtained her LLM in 1977.

With nearly 40 years' experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution, she leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate litigation as well as business insolvency and reorganisation. Funke also appears regularly before the High Courts, tax appeal tribunals and the appellate courts in which capacity she represents both Nigerian-based and offshore clients.

She also assists and advises offshore counsel on issues of Nigerian law and has appeared as an expert witness or provided expert legal opinions on Nigerian substantive and procedural law matters before courts in England, the United States and Turkey.

She leads the teams which support clients requiring local law advice in relation to offshore arbitrations, in addition to providing legal representation as counsel in arbitration related litigation before the Nigerian courts. In this capacity, Funke has most recently been involved in acting as co-counsel with London based firms to represent international oil companies in an arbitration dispute in the upstream energy sector. The arbitration resulted in a partial award in their favour of over US$1 billion, which is currently being contested in the Nigerian courts on the basis of arbitrability. The resulting litigation (in which she is appearing) will determine for the first time, the extent to which a dispute that impacts upon tax computations is considered arbitrable by the Nigerian courts.

In her personal capacity, Funke is frequently appointed to arbitration tribunals, either as sole or party appointed arbitrator. In addition to currently acting as the sole arbitrator in an ICC dispute arising in Kenya, a party appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a UK based pre-shipment inspection provider and the Nigerian government alleging wrongful termination of a port inspection contract and a party appointed arbitrator in a dispute over terms in a warehousing contract, Funke is currently advising offshore companies regarding litigation seeking to restrain offshore arbitration, as well as representing clients in domestic litigation seeking injunctions in aid of offshore arbitration.

Within the International Bar Association (IBA), Funke belongs to the legal practice division (arbitration committee and section on energy and natural resources law), the public and professional interest division (law firm management committee) and is also an advisory board member of the IBA's African regional forum as well as an officer of its bar issues commission. Funke is a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

WWL says: Funke Adekoya is "very well regarded" in the international marketplace thanks to her exceptional work in the space.

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

Who's Who Legal Nigeria - Arbitration

'Funke heads the dispute resolution practice group at AÉLEX. AÉLEX is a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, and Abuja in Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

With over 40 years' experience in commercial dispute resolution, 'Funke is frequently appointed to arbitral tribunals, either as sole or party-appointed arbitrator. She recently acted as the sole arbitrator in an ICC dispute arising in Kenya, was a party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute between a UK-based pre-shipment inspection provider and the Nigerian government with respect to an alleged wrongful termination of a port inspection contract, and a party-appointed arbitrator in a dispute over terms in a warehousing contract. She also acts as arbitration counsel and assists and advises offshore counsel in foreign arbitration proceedings on issues of Nigerian law. In this role, 'Funke has most recently represented an international oil company in an arbitration in respect of an equity re-determination process involving several international oil companies.

She leads the team that supports clients requiring local law advice in relation to offshore arbitrations, in addition to providing legal representation as counsel in arbitration-related litigation before the Nigerian courts. She has also been involved in acting as co-counsel with London-based firms to represent international oil companies in an arbitration dispute in the upstream energy sector. The arbitration resulted in a partial award in their favour of over US$1 billion, which is currently being contested in the Nigerian courts on the basis of arbitrability. The resulting litigation (in which she is appearing) will determine for the first time the extent to which a dispute that impacts on tax computations is considered arbitrable by the Nigerian courts.

'Funke is listed on various arbitration panels, including those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) energy arbitrators list, the London Court of International Arbitration African users council, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the panel of neutrals of both the Lagos Multi-Door Court House and the Nigerian Communications Commission.

'Funke is a fellow and has achieved chartered arbitrator status at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has served as the chair of its Nigerian branch. She is also a board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

She has been invited to conduct arbitration training courses in Accra, Ghana and Kigali, Rwanda and is a regular speaker on arbitration law and practice both within and outside Nigeria.

In addition to her appointments as a member of the World Bank group sanctions board, and as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration, she was elected a member of the governing council of International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

She is recognised as a "leading individual" with "experience, knowledge and a strong court presence" by Legal 500 EMEA (2015).

She holds an LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977) and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001.

WWL says: 'Funke Adekoya SAN of AÉLEX is a world-renowned arbitration practitioner who draws nominations from Indonesia, France, Belgium and the USA, among others.

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

Who's Who Legal Nigeria - TMT

'Funke heads the dispute resolution practice group at AÉLEX. AÉLEX is a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja in Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

With over 40 years' experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution, she leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate litigation as well as business insolvency and reorganisation. 'Funke also appears regularly before the High Courts, tax appeal tribunals and the appellate courts, in which capacity she represents both Nigerian-based and offshore clients.

She also assists and advises offshore counsel on issues of Nigerian law and has appeared as an expert witness or provided expert legal opinions on Nigerian substantive and procedural law matters before courts in England, the United States of America, and Turkey.

She is currently representing a Nigerian subsidiary of a foreign telecommunications company in its recovery of over US$62 million. Her team has also been engaged by one of Nigeria's major mobile telecommunications companies to represent it in over 100 matters involving various aspects of law including taxation, labour/employment, environmental and property claims.

'Funke is listed on various arbitration panels, including those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) energy arbitrators list, the London Court of International Arbitration African users council, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the panel of neutrals of both the Lagos Multi-Door Court House and the Nigerian Communications Commission. She is a fellow and has achieved chartered arbitrator status at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has served as the chair of its Nigerian branch. She is also a board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

In addition to her appointments as a member of the World Bank group sanctions board, and as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration, she was elected a member of the governing council of International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

'Funke is recognised as a "leading individual" with "experience, knowledge and a strong court presence" by Legal 500 EMEA (2015).

She holds an LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977) and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001.

WWL says: Dispute resolution specialist 'Funke Adekoya SAN comes highly recommended for her first-rate work in the TMT sector.

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

Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers

Funke heads the dispute resolution practice group at AÉLEX. AÉLEX is a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Port-Harcourt, and Abuja in Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

With nearly 40 years' experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution, she leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate litigation as well as business insolvency and reorganisation. Funke also appears regularly before the High Courts, tax appeal tribunals and the appellate courts in which capacity she represents both Nigerian-based and offshore clients. She is frequently appointed to arbitral tribunals, either as sole or party appointed arbitrator.

She also assists and advises offshore counsel on issues of Nigerian law and has appeared as an expert witness or provided expert legal opinions on Nigerian substantive and procedural law matters before courts in England, the United States of America, and Turkey.

She is representing a major estate development company in a multi-billion naira claim with respect to the company’s reclamation of a prime real estate situate in Lagos State. She is also representing a Russian conglomerate in an action for conspiracy and tortuous interference with the bid process of a Nigerian aluminium company, and defending a South African retail merchandiser and its local subsidiary in a claim for breach of contract, loss of economic opportunity, and economic interference with a contract.

Funke is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a life bencher of the Body of Benchers (Nigeria). She is also a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. She is listed on various panels, including those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) energy arbitrators list, the London Court of International Arbitration African users council, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the panel of neutrals of both the Lagos Multi-Door Court House and the Nigerian Communications Commission. She was recently elected a member of the governing council of International Council for Commercial Arbitration, in addition to being appointed as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration. She is a fellow and has achieved chartered arbitrator status at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has served as the chair of its Nigerian branch. She is also a board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

Funke is recognised as a “leading individual” with “experience, knowledge and a strong court presence” by Legal 500 EMEA (2015).

She holds an LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977) and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001.

WWL says: Funke Adekoya San is one of Nigeria's most accomplished advocates and a leading name in litigation.

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

Who's Who Legal Nigeria - Commercial Litigation

'Funke heads the dispute resolution practice group at AÉLEX. AÉLEX is a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Abuja in Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

With over 40 years' experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution, she leads a team that advises clients extensively in the area of commercial and corporate litigation as well as business insolvency and reorganisation. 'Funke also appears regularly before the High Courts, tax appeal tribunals and the appellate courts in which capacity she represents both Nigerian-based and offshore clients. She is frequently appointed to arbitral tribunals, either as sole or party-appointed arbitrator.

She also assists and advises offshore counsel on issues of Nigerian law and has appeared as an expert witness or provided expert legal opinions on Nigerian substantive and procedural law matters before courts in England, the United States of America and Turkey.

She is representing a major estate development company in a multibillion-naira claim with respect to the company's reclamation of a prime real estate situate in Lagos State. She also represented a Russian conglomerate in an action for conspiracy and tortious interference with the bid process of a Nigerian aluminium company, and is defending a South African retail merchandiser and its local subsidiary in a claim for breach of contract, loss of economic opportunity, and economic interference with a contract.

'Funke is listed on various arbitration panels, including those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) energy arbitrators list, the London Court of International Arbitration African users council, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the panel of neutrals of both the Lagos Multi-Door Court House and the Nigerian Communications Commission. She is a fellow and has achieved chartered arbitrator status at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has served as the chair of its Nigerian branch. She is also a board member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

In addition to her appointments as a member of the World Bank group sanctions board, and as a vice president of the ICC Court of Arbitration, she was elected a member of the governing council of International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

'Funke is recognised as a "leading individual" with "experience, knowledge and a strong court presence" by Legal 500 EMEA (2015).

She holds an LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977) and was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001.

WWL says: ‘Funke Adekoya SAN is a highly respected name in the market and stands out for her commercial expertise and prowess as a litigator.

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

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