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Anthony Idigbe SAN

Anthony Idigbe SAN

Punuka Attorneys & SolicitorsPlot 45 Oyibo Adjarho StreetOff Ayinde Akinmade StreetLagosNigeria

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Nigeria - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anthony Idigbe SAN enjoys a strong international reputation for his excellence in handling sophisticated commercial disputes. 

Biography

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 35 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; the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; the 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 the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA); the International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (ICCN); the Institute of Directors (IOD); and the International Insolvency Institute (III). Anthony has Masters of Law degrees from the University of Toronto (2015); the Robert Gordon University in 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) (1997). He obtained an LLB from the 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; and lead counsel to claimant in arbitration between two major players in the oil and gas sector involving a claim for damages under charter party dispute.

He is the author of several published works including Arbitration Practice in Nigeria (2010); Innovations in New Civil Procedure Rules in Nigeria and Legal Aspects of Capital Market Operations in Nigeria (all published by Distinct Universal Limited). He also authored the chapter "ADR Practice in Nigeria" in ADR Client Strategies in the Middle East and Africa (edited by Michaela Falls, published by Aspatore, 2009); the Nigerian chapter on arbitration in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration (Global Legal Group); and the Nigerian chapter in World Arbitration Reporter (Juris Publishing).

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.

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Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anthony Idigbe SAN is an esteemed arbitration lawyer recognised for his profound knowledge of the telecoms sector. 

Biography

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 35 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; the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; the 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 the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA); the International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (ICCN); the Institute of Directors (IOD); and the International Insolvency Institute (III). Anthony has Masters of Law degrees from the University of Toronto (2015); the Robert Gordon University in 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) (1997). He obtained an LLB from the 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; and lead counsel to claimant in arbitration between two major players in the oil and gas sector involving a claim for damages under charter party dispute.

He is the author of several published works including Arbitration Practice in Nigeria (2010); Innovations in New Civil Procedure Rules in Nigeria and Legal Aspects of Capital Market Operations in Nigeria (all published by Distinct Universal Limited). He also authored the chapter "ADR Practice in Nigeria" in ADR Client Strategies in the Middle East and Africa (edited by Michaela Falls, published by Aspatore, 2009); the Nigerian chapter on arbitration in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration (Global Legal Group); and the Nigerian chapter in World Arbitration Reporter (Juris Publishing).

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 Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anthony Idigbe SAN is at the "top of his practice area" and has a wealth of experience in oil and gas litigation proceedings.

Biography

Anthony Idigbe (SAN) is the senior partner of Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors; and president of Punuka Consulting in Canada.

His practice areas include, but are not limited to: arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR); aviation; energy; insolvency; consultancy and process advisory services; public-private partnerships; capital markets; mergers and acquisitions; construction; and telecoms, amongst others.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983; and was licensed to practise law in Ontario, Canada, in 2016. He was appointed a notary public in 1989. Anthony Idigbe was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in July 2000, and has since earned a reputation as a thoroughbred legal practitioner.

Anthony is a seasoned legal practitioner and boardroom guru with over 37 years’ experience in diverse areas of law. He holds a GPLLM degree from the University of Toronto, Canada; a master’s degree in law (LLM) in construction and arbitration law from Robert Gordon University in Scotland; and another LLM from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds an MBA from Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT); his first degree is from the University of Ife, Nigeria in 1982. He is currently a doctoral research candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. His area of research is the intersection between norms and law, and the role of non-state entities in global norm- and law-making in cross-border insolvency.

Anthony is widely acknowledged as an annual sponsor, contributor and facilitator of the annual Nigeria Mining Week. He has assisted a foreign entity in the acquisition of mining interests in Nigeria; advised on an US$11 million debt restructuring in Nigeria; and assisted several locally based entities in the acquisition and perfection of their mining interests in Nigeria.

Anthony has represented the Transmission Company of Nigeria and Mainstream Energy Solutions in matters against Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Benin Electricity Distribution Company. He has represented the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in various cases including 1004 Estates Limited v NERC and others, and Tolu-wani Adebiyi v NERC.

He also advised the NERC on various matters including developing consultation papers such as “Regulatory Framework for Embedded Generation” (2010); “Application for Licenses (Generation, Transmission, System Operations, Distribution and Trading) Regulations” (2009); “Methodology for a Multiyear Tariff Order (MYTO) for electricity pricing in Nigeria” (2007); and “Regulation on Standards of Service” (2007).

Anthony has published and presented multiple papers, and is a sought-after speaker for training programmes and webinars.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Anthony Idigbe SAN has a wealth of expertise in aviation disputes spanning both litigation and arbitration proceedings. 

Biography

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 35 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; the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; the 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 the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA); the International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (ICCN); the Institute of Directors (IOD); and the International Insolvency Institute (III). Anthony has Masters of Law degrees from the University of Toronto (2015); the Robert Gordon University in 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) (1997). He obtained an LLB from the 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; and lead counsel to claimant in arbitration between two major players in the oil and gas sector involving a claim for damages under charter party dispute.

He is the author of several published works including Arbitration Practice in Nigeria (2010); Innovations in New Civil Procedure Rules in Nigeria and Legal Aspects of Capital Market Operations in Nigeria (all published by Distinct Universal Limited). He also authored the chapter "ADR Practice in Nigeria" in ADR Client Strategies in the Middle East and Africa (edited by Michaela Falls, published by Aspatore, 2009); the Nigerian chapter on arbitration in the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration (Global Legal Group); and the Nigerian chapter in World Arbitration Reporter (Juris Publishing).

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.

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