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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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"Kolawole is extremely cerebral and fully deserves to be listed in the top tier of arbitration practitioners I have found him to be a smart and generally excellent lawyer"

Biography

Kolawole Mayomi is the joint head of the dispute resolution team at SPA Ajibade & Co, Lagos. He studied at the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and graduated at the top 3% of his class. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003.  

He has significant expertise in handling complex claims arising from shareholders derivative rights, sales of goods, franchise, insurance and other contractual claims. He was involved as counsel in the Econet arbitration disputes that were fought in Nigeria over the past decade, and is presently engaged as counsel in a potential ICSID claim arising from expropriation measures by an African state; an on-going claim for breach of developer’s deed relating to a prime real estate in Lagos, and an action to enforce LCIA arbitral award before a Nigerian court. Further, he has sat as sole arbitrator and as a party nominated arbitrator in arbitration disputes.

Kola has written extensively on arbitration and other related topics, amongst which are ‘Arbitrating in Nigeria?’ [2010] 5(5) Global Arbitration Review; contributor (2013-2016) to NIGERIA Chapter in GAR Investment Treaty Arbitration, and co-author of present NIGERIA chapter in GAR Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards.

Kola served in 2010-2013 as a pioneer Coordinating Committee member for Africa, Middle East and Turkey Chapter of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum. In 2016, he was selected as one of 40 Nigerian lawyers under 40 years, who are likely to shape the future of Nigerian legal practice. He is a Trustee of the Society for Construction Law, Nigeria; and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK.

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