Mr Etigwe Uwa SAN is a seasoned litigator with over 20 years of experience representing clients in commercial disputes. Etigwe has appeared before all the superior courts of record in Nigeria and has been involved in domestic and international arbitrations (eg, distributorship agreements, oil and gas, maritime and regulatory disputes). He is a co-founder of Streamsowers & Köhn, a boutique law firm. He is on the panel of neutrals at the Lagos Court of Arbitration and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
His recent arbitration experiences include representing West African Ventures Limited in arbitration proceedings before the LCIA in a multimillion dollar claim in damages regarding the ownership of over 20 vessels and the enforcement of bareboat charter party agreements.
He also represented a Mauritian company (which invested in one of the gas distribution companies in Nigeria) in an arbitration conducted under the LCIA rules in a dispute over the enforcement of security granted under the funding agreements entered with its partners.
Etigwe represented a major distributor of Daimler AG of Mercedes Benz vehicles in Nigeria and other West African countries in the first ever arbitration to be conducted at the Lagos Court of Arbitration. Midway through hearing at the arbitration, Etigwe was able to negotiate a settlement of the dispute. Etigwe recently procured a landmark decision at the Nigerian Court of Appeal on the non-arbitrability of disputes involving computation of tax.
Etigwe Uwa SAN is a leading light in the Nigerian aviation market who draws high praise from sources who applaud his tremendous knowledge of aviation regulation.
Mr Etigwe Uwa SAN has over 20 years of extensive experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He practised at the law firms of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore and F O Akinrele & Co, where he was at various times head of the litigation and arbitration departments, before leaving to set up his own practice, Streamsowers & Co. His firm merged in 2006 with Köhn Associates to form Streamsowers & Köhn, where he heads the dispute resolution department.
Mr Uwa was a lead consultant to the Ministry of Aviation with regard to drafting the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act 2006 and the subsequent declarations made by the federal republic of Nigeria for the purposes of the Convention on International Interest in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol (Capetown Convention). Mr Uwa has advised on several aircraft mortgage transactions under the Capetown Convention and his area of specialisation spans regulatory compliance, contentious matters and finance. He has acted in various instances for the Ministry of Aviation, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Delta Air Lines Inc, Dana Airlines and numerous aviation companies.
He is the current chairman of the aviation section of the section on business law of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Mr Uwa is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in April 2010.