Olufunmi Oluyede, whose formative years and early education took place in London, England, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. She is one of the co-founding/ pioneer partners of TRLPLAW (a consortium of international commercial lawyers and arbitrators) operating out of two offices in Nigeria and affiliate offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.
As senior managing partner, she currently coordinates all facets of the firm’s operation, including its dispute resolution and international commercial transactions units.
She is involved in foreign joint venture/partnership arrangements, business formation, negotiations and high-profile arbitral and mediation proceedings locally and transnationally on behalf of the firm’s most prominent clientele and major corporate organisations.
A recipient of the 2003 much-coveted Judge Bola Ajibola Prize for International Commercial Arbitration and the overall best candidate in the qualifying exams, Olufunmi is a member of both the Nigerian and United Kingdom Chartered Institutes of Arbitrators and has served meritoriously as tutor in the former.
A respected ADR activist, Olufunmi has played a germane role in the establishment of ADR as a component unit of justice administration in all jurisdictions in Nigeria as an invaluable member of various working committees of the negotiation and conflict management group – the initiators of the Lagos and Abuja Multi-Door Courthouses (the very first court-annexed ADR centres in Africa).
Olufunmi, immediate past chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) African regional forum, has held various offices in widely acclaimed, meritorious service of the forum over the years. She currently serves as a member of council of the IBA legal practice division, and as the council representative to the African regional forum. Recently, she was also appointed chair of the newly inaugurated IBA crimes against women subcommittee.
In her capacity as a distinguished and prominent member of both the American Bar Association (ABA) SIL and the Nigerian Bar Association, Olufunmi initiated and fervently facilitated the emergence of the existing memorandum of cooperation between these associations in 2008.
She has since held various offices in both organisations and at present serves as chair, public international law (treaty) division 11; immediate past chair, UN and international organisations committee; liaison to the commission on domestic and sexual violence; senior advisor, NGO and not-for-profit organisations committee; and senior advisor, women's interest network.
Mrs Oluyede is a member of the national executive council, and a life member, of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) (Nigeria).
WWL says: Olufunmi Oluyede acts for major banking institutions and corporate organisations who recommend her for her “quick grasp of the details and intuitive thinking”.
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