The Management

Chairman

Members

Biographies

Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN

Babatunde Fagbohunlu, SAN is a partner and head of the Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group in Aluko & Oyebode. In December 2008, Tunde was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Nigerian Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (a Nigerian equivalent of Queen’s Counsel).

He regularly represents Nigerian as well as foreign and multinational clients in Ad Hoc arbitrations and arbitrations administered by arbitral institutions.  Tunde has also served on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration/ADR Laws.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International  Bar Association, The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, the London Court of International Arbitration (African Users Council), a Fellow of the  Chartered  Institute  of  Arbitrators  UK and  a  member  of  the International  Arbitration  Institute  (IAI) in Paris. He is a member of the LCIA Court, and he chairs the Management Board of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA).

His writings on arbitration include:

  1. Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions (Sweet & Maxwell), 2016 – Co-Author with John Miles and Kamal Shah);
  2. “A Case for a Different Analytical Approach to the Enforcement of International Arbitration Agreements: The M.V. Lupex in Perspective” (2009) Vol. 1 Appellate Review page 81 and
  3. “The Principle of Limited Court Intervention Survives in Nigeria … But How Far Will the Courts Go?” – Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2 August 2013 http://kluwerarbitrationblog.com/blog/author/tundefagbohunlu/

 

Mr. Olatunde Busari, SAN, FCIS, FCIArb

Mr. Olatunde Busari, SAN is a graduate of the University of Ife, Nigeria where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (B. Sc). He also obtained the Bachelors degree (LL.B) in Law from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Masters Degree (LL.M) in Law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989.

He practiced law in the firm of Babalakin & Co (a reputable law firm in Nigeria) from 1990 to 1993 as Senior Associate during which he was engaged in solicitors’ practice generally and advocacy with particular attention to Disputes Resolution, Commercial Law Practice, Maritime, Admiralty, Oil & Gas, protection of Intellectual Property, documentation and perfection of transactions etc. In 1993 he established the law firm of Akinwunmi & Busari LP as a founding partner.

Mr Busari is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), International Bar Association (IBA), Pan African Law Union (PALU), Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN), Insol International: International Federation of Insolvency Practitioners, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Professional Practice Group), Intellectual  Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN), Executive Committee of the Nigerian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K, London Court of International Arbitration (Pan African Council), Executive Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), Lagos, Steering Committee of the Lagos Multi-Door Court House (ADR) Project, National Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration and ADR Laws in Nigeria, National Committee on the Harmonization of Road Traffic Laws, National Committee on the Reform of Investment Laws in Nigeria.

Mr. Busari is also a Fellow (FCIArb) and 1st Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, U.K (Nigeria Branch), Fellow (FCIS) and Past President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Distinguished Fellow of the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (DFPEFON), Member Education and Membership Committee (EMC) Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Member, Management Committee of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) 2014 till date, Designated representative of Nigeria on the Arbitration Panel of the ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) 2016 – 2022.

Mr Busari served as a Director in the Trans Nigeria Insurance Plc (1999-2003), the Nigerian Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (2006-2007) and Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (2010-2011).

He is a practising domestic and international solicitor, advocate and arbitrator and has acted as counsel in various proceedings. He is a listed arbitrator with the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, Nigerian Communication Commission Arbitration Scheme, Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, Lagos and the Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda.  He is a Notary Public and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

He served as the Special Assistant to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice between 2006 and 2007 and also between 2010 and 2011.

He is a member of the Ikoyi Club 1938, Ikeja Golf Club, Ibadan Polo Club and the Metropolitan Club, Lagos.

Ms. Laurie Coleman

Laurie Coleman attended the University of Warwick where she obtained a BA (hons) in Italian and International Studies, after which she completed her legal studies at the College of Law in London. Laurie is an English qualified solicitor and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. She trained and qualified at the international law firm Fasken Martineau LLP in London, where she gained experience in commercial oil and gas transactions before qualifying into the dispute resolution team where she spent two happy years before deciding to move to Nigeria, in October 2014.

While at Fasken Martineau LLP, Laurie gained experience representing and advising clients in a number of industries ranging from pharmaceutical to oil and gas, mining, and aviation. Laurie has experience in international arbitration as well as commercial litigation, and mediation. Laurie was an active member of the Fasken Martineau LLP Pro Bono Committee, Social Committee and Diversity Committee, taking leadership of the initiative to become signatories to the Law Society Diversity Charter.

Since moving to Nigeria, Laurie has been heavily involved in the establishment and marketing of LACIAC. She has taken an active role in the promotion of ADR, including petitioning the Senate Committee in relation to proposed ADR legislation on behalf of LACIAC.

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olutope Idowu

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olutope Idowu is an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) as well as the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC). She is presently the Senior Manager, International Relations at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mrs. Idowu attended University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba from 1989-1994 and the National Open University of Nigeria from 2011-2015. Mrs. Oluwatoyin Idowu holds a Masters’ degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution, a Bachelor’s honour in Business Administration, and a diploma in Secretarial Administration.

With over 25 years of management experience with good exposure in leadership, motivation and team building activities, Mrs. Idowu comprises of excellent management skills as well as mediation skills. She has a wealth of experience in International Relations, Membership and Human Resources Management, and solid experience in Event Management and Coordination. Additionally, Mrs. Idowu has a deep and wide reach among Business Associations such as; Bilateral Chamber of Commerce, the Organized Private Sector and Non-Governmental Agencies (NGO’S). She also coordinates visits to Foreign Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olutope Idowu has operated on the Malaysia External Trade Development Cooperation (MATRADE), Lagos Business School, Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, Negotiation & Conflict Management Group, Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, State, City Bilateral Chambers, Embassies and High Commissions, Airlines and Hotels in Nigeria, Federal and States’ Ministries and Parastatals, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Vision International Leadership Consultancy Ltd, and other organized Private Sector (OPS) bodies and Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs).

Mr. Olumide Olusoji Odukoya MBA, CFE, M.IoD, FCS, FNIM, FCA

Mr. Odukoya Olusoji Olumide attended the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos and Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University O.O.U) Ago Iwoye where he obtained his HND in Accounting in 1983 and MBA (Accounting and Finance) in 1997 respectively. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM Chartered) and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS). He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Mr. Odukoya is currently the Managing Partner of Olusoji Odukoya & Co (Chartered Tax Practitioners). He was Deputy Registrar/CEO (Corporate Services) at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) where he retired on March 31, 2016.. He had served in various capacities within the Institute which he joined as Director, Examinations on June 1, 2004. Before joining ICAN, Odukoya had worked in both the private and public sectors for over 21 years. He started his working career at Clerical level at the Federal Audit department (now Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation) in 1977 and left in 1987 as a Chartered Accountant/Senior Auditor. He also worked as Company Secretary/Chief Accountant and later as Management Accountant at Fisheries Services, Ijora and WemaBoard Estates limited within the Odu’a Group of Companies from August 1987 to December 1991; he was Senior Accountant at Electrolux Mandilas Limited (Mandilas Group) from 1992 to 1993. Mr. Odukoya was Group Head of Finance/Dealer at City Securities Limited (FCMB/CSL Group)from 1993 to 1997 and also Deputy Registrar at City Securities (Registrars) Limited. Mr. Odukoya was General Manager, Finance and Investment at Elmac Assurance Nigeria Limited from January 2000 to January 2002.

He also had a brief spell in the Capital Market as General Manager (Operations) at Multinational Investment and Securities Limited before joining the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS) in April 2002. At CIS, he was Head of Membership Services and Examination departments. Mr. Odukoya has attended various management and professional courses both locally and internationally.

He was born on Monday October 12, 1959 and married to Mrs. Oluwatoyin A. Odukoya, the Director, Nursing Services at the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission and the marriage is blessed with children. He is a member of the Ikeja Golf Club, the Lagos Country Club, Yoruba Tennis Club and the Island Club.

Dr. Adewale Adedamola Olawoyin, SAN

Adewale A. Olawoyin obtained an LL.B 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 Law and Admiralty Law. He is presently the managing partner in the law firm of Olawoyin & Olawoyin, Lagos, 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. He has published articles on topics in carriage of goods by sea, arbitration, admiralty jurisdiction and company law 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.

He is a Director of public and private companies as well as charitable organisations in Nigeria. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Maritime Law association, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria , Lagos Court of Arbitration and the International Bar Association. He has also served the university in various capacities including serving on disciplinary panels. He was elevated with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2014.

Mr. Ahmed Raji, SAN , FCIArb (UK)

Mr Ahmed Raji, (SAN) attended Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, where he studied law and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988. He holds a Masters Degree from University of London. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom. He was elevated with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2012.

Mr. Akinwunmi Salawu

A reputable legal practitioner with over 20 years experience in core corporate commercial litigation with vast knowledge in civil litigation, arbitration, insurance, labour related matters and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Akinwunmi has practice efficiently in almost all the geo political zones of Nigeria and his practice experience cut across different courts and tribunals from magistrate courts to Supreme Court. He also has keen interest in arbitration and conciliation matters having been involved in some arbitral matters as practitioner, a member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria Branch.

Akinwunmi is also a member of Board of Directors of Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Center (LACIAC). Since he joined the firm of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. he has been involved in all civil commercial litigation and rendering advice when necessary to clients. An astute civil commercial litigator and negotiator who is committed to ensuring that clients’ needs, interest and expectation are met at all times. His quest to always ensure that the business interest of the client is well protected is a quality that has earned him a lot of respect. Akinwunmi’s vast knowledge and experience in corporate commercial practice will be priceless. Akinwunmi is also a Notary Public of about seven (7) years having taken oaths of office in 2009. Akinwunmi is also an active sports man and presently act as football captain of some group of corporate business men and professionals on Lagos Island.

Mrs. Adedoyin Oyinkan Rhodes-Vivour (nee Akande)

Mrs. Adedoyin Oyinkan Rhodes-Vivour (nee Akande) is the Managing Partner of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co. Legal Practitioners and Arbitrators. She is a member of the International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association (ILA) and the pioneer Chair, Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the Nigerian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) Nigerian Branch.
Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour was nominated by Nigeria as a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; PCA at The Hague, The Netherlands (founded under the Hague conventions of 1899 and 1907, the PCA is the oldest standing institution in the field of international dispute settlement). She is a member of the ICC Paris Commission on Arbitration & ADR. She is the Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigerian Branch.

Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour FCIArb is recognized as one of the world’s leading arbitrators in editions of Who’s Who Legal. She is listed in editions of Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts [Expert Guide] as one of the preeminent professionals in the world. She is listed on various Arbitration/ADR panels including the database of London Court of International Arbitration (LACIAC),the database of the LACIAC-MIAC Arbitration Centre, Panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Dubai International arbitration Centre (DIAC), Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Kuala Lumpur and Lagos Regional Centres for International Commercial Centre, Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos Multi-door Courthouse and Abuja Multi-door Courthouse. She is a supporting member of the LMAA who is generally prepared to take up appointment as arbitrator.

Adedoyin has practiced Law for over 30 years and specializes in commercial transactions, international and domestic arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. She has significant arbitral experience [as presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator] in international and domestic arbitration proceedings. She has acted as counsel in various arbitration proceedings. Her legal practice actively encourages alternative dispute resolution and she has successfully mediated several disputes. She has also acted as consultant to some regulatory bodies for drawing up industry specific arbitration/ADR schemes.

She is a founding member and was pioneer president of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria. She is a member of the Council of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She is a member of the Governing council of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. She was an Officer of the Mediation Committee of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA) and was the Committee’s Regional Representative for West Africa. She was the pioneer Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association, Committee on Arbitration/ADR, she was voted chairperson of the year, – Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law (2006 and 2009). She is a Notary Public of Nigeria. She was appointed a member of the National Committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration Laws in Nigeria constituted by the Attorney General of the Federation to review Nigeria’s Arbitration and ADR laws.

She has written several articles on Arbitration/Alternative Dispute Resolution and delivered papers at International and domestic conferences and training events.

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