Bayo Adaralegbe is distinguished among peers thanks to his considerable experience handling high-value energy disputes.
Dr Bayo Adaralegbe is partner and head of the energy group at Babalakin & Co. He has an LLB from the University of Ife; an LLM (with distinction) in petroleum law and policy, and a PhD in international investment law, both from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University, based on a full scholarship he received from a US-based multinational corporation.
He is a fellow of the UK Energy Institute, the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the UK Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (as well as a chartered secretary); and a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the IBA section on energy, environment, natural resources, the Nigerian Bar Association and the US Institute of Energy Law.
Before becoming a partner at Babalakin & Co, Bayo was a company secretary/legal adviser in a bank. He was appointed notary public by the Chief Justice of Nigeria and is listed as solicitor by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to carry on legal services in the capital market.
Bayo's diverse academic qualifications, professional training and background allow him to be uniquely engaged in regulation and policy, corporate transactions and dispute settlement in relation to the Nigerian oil and gas sector. He has advised the House of Representatives on the legal and policy aspects of the Petroleum Industry Bill and is currently advising the Nigerian Content Development Board and the House of Representatives on the amendment of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Development Act. He has also advised on various aspects of investments, acquisitions, divestments and operations in the Nigerian upstream sector and has been involved in complex litigation and arbitration either as sole or co-arbitrator; lead or co-counsel.
Bayo serves on the board of several oil and gas bodies. He is vice chairman of the Energy Institute (Nigerian branch) and on the advisory council of Lagos Oil Club, among several others. He is also on the governing council of the University of Lagos as a representative of the federal government.
Bayo is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops and his workshop delegates have included Nigerian judicial officers, lawyers and industry professionals. He has published articles in various leading international journals such as World Energy Law and Business (a joint publication of Oxford University Press and AIPN); the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (IBA); the International Energy Law Review Journal (Sweet & Maxwell); The Arbitrator (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK) and the Journal of World Investment & Trade. He has also contributed a chapter to Infrastructure Projects: Current Financing Trends (ICFAI University Press, 2006). Some of his articles have been cited with approval in major foreign law books.