LACIAC Court

Members

Biographies

Ms. Lise Bosman
Lise Bosman is Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and Executive Director of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), based at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

She has over twenty years of experience in the field of international dispute resolution, through her work in international law firms, international organisations and in-house. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and the Acting General Editor of the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration. She has published and spoken widely in the field of international arbitration, and is the General Editor and contributing author of Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner’s Guide (Kluwer Law International, 2013).

Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom
Chukwuka Ikwuazom is a dynamic member of the dispute resolution team in Aluko & Oyebode law firm and is also involved in the firm’s corporate and commercial practice. He advises on all aspects of Nigerian corporate law, taxation, securities regulation, compliance due diligence, and regulatory matters. He liaises with several governmental divisions and regulatory bodies on behalf of clients. He also advises on company formation, restructuring, and immigration regulation. His major practice areas include; Litigation, Arbitration, ADR, Taxation, and Energy and Natural Resources.

Mr. Ikwuazom obtained his LLB at the University of Nigeria in 2000, then acquired his BL after finishing Law school in Nigeria two years after and finally went on to take the New York Bar in 2012.
From December 2002 till December 2007, Mr. Chukwuka Ikwuazom joined as an Associate at Aluko & Oyebode until January 2008 when he became a Senior Associate for two years up until December 2010. In 2011, Mr. Ikwuazom was named partner at Aluko & Oyebode.

Chukwuka has been recognised for his outstanding law skills and academic excellence with awards such as; the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Academic Excellence, University of Columbia School of Law (New York) in 2009, Judith R. and Michael E. Thoyer Scholarship for LL.M Students with Outstanding Academic Credentials, University of Columbia School of Law (New York) in 2008.

Mr. Abdul-Lateef Jinadu
Abdul-Lateef Jinadu was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been a practicing barrister in Keating Chambers since 1996, specializing in construction, engineering and energy disputes, and domestic and international arbitration. His practice covers a wide spectrum of advisory work, drafting and advocacy, related to standard form and bespoke contracts; contractors’, sub-contractors’ and employers’ claims; professional negligence claims (architects, engineers, surveyors and valuers).

He has acted for the full spectrum of clients including construction and engineering companies, government organisations, corporations, public utilities, local authorities, consultancies, architects and engineers. For his year of call he has extensive experience in the Court of Appeal appearing in the Court of Appeal without the benefit of leading counsel.

He has extensive experience of a wide range of disputes and advisory work relating to infrastructure projects. Significant cases have involved oil and gas; facilities pharmaceutical plants, hospitals, mining, marine construction, major projects at Canary Wharf as well as local authority cases and other major construction projects.

He has acted for a number of international clients in international disputes including the National Petroleum Company of Trinidad, the governments of Ghana and Malawi, a Kuwaiti company in an engineering dispute in the oil sector and a large arbitration concerning the construction of a large oil and gas project in the UAE.

Abdul Jinadu has lectured on a wide range of subjects to a wide range of professional bodies.

Mr. John M. Miles
John M. Miles is the Director of JMiles & Co., which provides specialised services in the fields of international arbitration, investigation and legal consulting.

Miles has over thirty years’ experience working in Africa and has represented governments and the private sector in both advisory and dispute resolution matters. His experience includes running the Denton Wilde Sapte office in Beijing between 1989-1998 and Cairo between 1998-2001. He is English law qualified and his team at JMiles & Co. consists of foreign and Kenyan qualified lawyers.

John is the sole Kenyan member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Fraud Net organisation, the leading independent network of lawyers specializing in fraud, white collar crime and asset recovery. John is also the Chairman, International Section, and Kenyan Chapter of the Indian National Bar Association.

Mr. Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN
Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s and Nigeria’s leading barristers. He has a broad international practice with a particular interest in Africa. He provides high-level advice and representation for individuals, corporate clients and other organisations, (including NGOs), in matters ranging from business crime and corrupt practices, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Called to the Bar in 1985, when Oba took silk in 2002 aged only 39, he was described in a leading law commentary as “a rising star of the Bar of England and Wales”. He commands considerable respect from both clients and peers. Numerous entries in Chambers and Partners over the years have described him as “a first-class advocate” as well as “a true gentleman who deserves his fabulous reputation”, adding that he has a “fine forensic mind” and is admired for his “technical excellence”. Contributors to the directory have also remarked that he is “fabulously personable, easy-going, and adored by judges and juries”, “works extremely well in a team” and “impresses interviewees with his calm and genial manner”.

He is qualified in both the UK and Nigeria and is highly experienced in the courts of both countries. He specialises in arbitration and complex commercial disputes acting for companies and individuals working in Africa, in particular Nigeria. He is also experienced in fraud and Asset recovery work. Instructed in some of the most significant and high profile ongoing and past cases in Nigeria, (including acting for families affected by the Dana Air Crash in product liability and Montreal Convention claims, the constitutional challenge to Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, and the successful defence of individuals said to have aided and abetted former Governor James Ibori in the large scale money laundering trials conducted in the UK), Oba provides high level advocacy and advisory services to a wide range of local and international clients. He is frequently involved in multi-jurisdictional cases.

He has also appeared as an expert witness in several UK cases involving Nigerian law, including the reported case of Howard v. Shirlstar in which he testified about the Nigerian aviation laws and regulations contravened by Howard, a British pilot, who was contracted to recover a plane owned by Shirlstar Container Ltd, which he flew to Ivory Coast, evading MIG fighter jets in the process. In addition, he routinely works in other overseas jurisdictions such as Germany, the Cayman Islands, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Oba is able to provide expert regulatory guidance to businesses needing to comply with the legal framework in Nigeria. Furthermore, through a close network of established and highly specialist partner firms, he is able to cover other African jurisdictions as well.
He is regularly called upon to advise on the drafting of contracts and commercial agreements, as well handling contentious contractual issues and other litigation, for some of the world’s largest companies in the oil and gas, leisure, banking, financial and publishing sectors. In the Cayman Islands his cases typically involve offshore trusts or insolvency, often with criminal recovery aspects. In addition, he has considerable alternative dispute resolution experience as both an Arbitrator and Counsel instructed in international arbitrations.In addition, he has both prosecuted and defended a number of high profile criminal cases in the UK.

Mr. Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN has been a Recorder of the Crown Court since 1999, a Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council, a Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and a qualified Arbitrator and Mediator with considerable international experience.

Dr. Tunde Ogowewo
Tunde Ogowewo teaches Corporate Finance Law, Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law at postgraduate level. He is also a Joint Global Hauser Professor of Law at NYU Law School, New York and Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at the National University of Singapore. He is recognised as a leading expert on UK takeover law.

He was co-editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press) between 2000 and 2007 and is presently on the editorial board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Edinburgh University Press) and the Securities Market Journal. He has consulted for various bodies including the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Presidency of Nigeria, the Queen’s Proctor, the Treasury Solicitor, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. In 2003, he co-chaired an International Conference of legal experts under the auspices of the US State Department of Commerce, which led to the adaptation of a Model Law on Investment in Africa.

He is professionally qualified as a Barrister (Middle Temple) and Solicitor (England and Wales) and also as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He is a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is active in international commercial arbitration. He has been nominated to act as Arbitrator by the Governments of Sri Lanka and Tanzania at the international Court of Arbitration and has also acted as Counsel to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in investment disputes. His expertise is regularly sought by City firms and governmental agencies in litigation in the UK and ICC and ICSID arbitrators.

Tunde holds advanced degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M.) and King’s College London (Ph.D.).

Mr. Seyilayo Ojo
A legal practitioner based in Lagos. Since his call to bar, he has been engaged in active practice of law. His experience cuts across transaction documentation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution particularly in the areas of corporate, commercial and admiralty law. He has attended and distinguished himself in series of courses both locally and internationally.

Mr. Ojo attended Obafemi Awolowo University where he obtained an LL. B (Hons.), and subsequently attended University College London where he obtained his LL.M in International Business Law. He was the recipient of the 2004 Victor Folsom Fellowship/ Scholarship from the Centre for American and International Law, Texas, U.S.A., where he attended the Academy for American and International Law. He has also appeared before the various tribunals – private and governmental – as well as trial and appellate courts in Nigeria and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Pan African University.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom, an Accredited Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), a member of the Advisory Board, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Centre for American and International Law, U.S.A; a member of the Panel of Neutrals, Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse and Nigeria Communications Commission. Mr. Ojo is also an associate Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Centre for American and International Law, USA.

Dr. Adewale Adedamola Olawoyin, SAN
Dr. Adewale Adedamola Olawoyin, SAN is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the managing partner in Olawoyin & Olawoyin law firm, which specialises in both domestic and international commercial and corporate law. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Commercial & Industrial Law in the faculty of law, University of Lagos Adewale A.

Olawoyin obtained an LLB degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1987, an LL.M with Merit from the London School of Economics & Political Science in 1990 and a Ph.D from the University of Bristol in 1995. His particular area of specialised academic interest is Company and Admiralty Law.

He has published articles in a number of international journals such as the Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce, Journal of African Law, The Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, Journal of International Arbitration, Journal of African Law, International Arbitration Law Review, Journal of Private International Law and the American Review of International Arbitration.

Dr. Olawoyin is actively involved in legal practice in various capacities and has served as a Director at RT Briscoe (Nigeria) plc since July 2009 and is on the boards of several private companies and non-governmental organisations. Dr. Olawoyin is a member of professional bodies and societies such as the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Nigerian Maritime Law Association and Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria. He was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2014.

Dr. Emilia Onyema
Emilia Onyema is a senior lecturer in the Law Department of SOAS, University of London, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr. Onyema teaches international trade law and international commercial arbitration on the SOAS LLM program. She was formerly a research fellow at the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London.

In 1989, Dr. Onyema was qualified to practice law in Nigeria, a solicitor in England & Wales (since 2002), and is the alternate tribunal secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal in London. She holds a PhD in international commercial arbitration with research interests in sales law, and is widely published in these areas.

She is the author of the Chartered Institute’s workbook on Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration and her book, International Commercial Arbitration and the Arbitrator’s Contract was published in February 2010 by Routledge & Cavendish.

Mr. Kamal Shah
Kamal Shah is the head of Stephenson Harwood’s Africa and India Groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset tracing.

Shah acts for Governments, Government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking products, shareholder disputes, energy disputes, and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations.

His experience includes the following countries: Bahamas, Bermuda, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Jersey, Kenya, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Somalia, Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Kamal is highly ranked in the Legal directories including Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and IFLR1000, and was listed in the Lawyer’s Hot 100 list of leading lawyers in the UK for 2009 and 2014. Kamal is currently the Vice President of the LACIAC African Users Council and a Director of the Business Council for Africa.

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