• Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation)
• Corporate & Commercial Laws
• Business Restructuring, Insolvency and Debt Recovery
• Fundamental Rights Enforcement, Constitutional & Administrative Law
• Legal Consultancy, Training, Seminars and Legislative Advocacy
• Corporate Governance & Business Advisory
• Criminal Law
Mr. Mike Igbokwe is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (equivalent to the English Queen’s Counsel) and the Head of the Dispute Resolution Team. He is experienced and skilled in drafting and perfecting various legal documents and in conducting various civil, criminal and arbitration matters in trial, appellate courts and Tribunals respectively. In the landmark judgment delivered by the Supreme Court of Nigeria on 16 February 2018 in Appeal No. SC/417/15 Sifax Nigeria Ltd & Ors v. Migfo Nigeria Ltd & Anor, the Supreme Court upheld his novel submission that the limitation period for filing a suit did not run when a suit was pending in Court between the parties. Mr. Igbokwe is a committed, highly-motivated, versatile, widely-experienced and result-oriented lawyer, who is consistently a key player in and a contributor to the development of the maritime transportation, corporate, legal, dispute resolution and commercial sectors of the Nigerian and global economies.
An experienced Arbitration Practitioner, he also sits as Chairman and Member of Arbitral Panels to resolve local and international commercial disputes. He has delivered papers on arbitration topics including ‘Award Writing’, ‘Ethics in Arbitration’ and ‘The ECOWAS Energy Protocol: Genesis, Objectives and State of Play’, at local and international arbitration Conferences. He was for two years (2016-2018) the Chairman of the Energy and Power Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria. In December 2018, in recognition of his track record, wealth of experience and commitment to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, he was appointed a member of the Governing Council of the Institute. He is a Member of International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria and Executive Council Member of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.
He is also a notable Business Insolvency, Restructuring and Rescue Practitioner who has acted as Receiver-Manager for various shipping and other companies on behalf of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and other financial institutions. He has presented papers at international seminars organized by Insolvency International (INSOL) and locally by AMCON and Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN), a Member Association of INSOL. Some of the papers are, ‘Receivership under the AMCON Act: Scope and Application’, presented at the 2017 AMCON Interaction with the Federal High Court Judges and Justices of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and; ‘Receivership Under the AMCON Act: Application and Scope’ delivered at the 2016 AMCON’s Annual Seminar for External Solicitors on the AMCON Act. He was also a Panelist who discussed the topic ‘Business Rescue & Restructuring-Looking inward in a Global World’, at the 2018 International Conference of BRIPAN. He is a Fellow of BRIPAN (FBR). In December 2018, he was appointed a member of the Governing Council of BRIPAN.
Mr. Igbokwe continuously informs, educates and shares legal experiences with the public. He advises commercial and banking clients and informs policy makers and law makers in the transportation and commercial fields through his articles, consultancy services and works on topical issues.
He is one of the select few who assiduously worked and advocated for the enactment of the Cabotage Act, 2003 and wrote the most comprehensive book on maritime cabotage titled, “Nigerian Maritime Cabotage Law and Policy: The Case and Advocacy.” He also extensively researched on and drafted the Bill on “The Suppression of Piracy and Other Unlawful Acts at Sea (and Other related Offences)”, sponsored by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Federal Ministry of Transport. In addition to his expertise in the shipping industry, he was appointed as the Africa Regional Representative in the Maritime and Transport Committee of the International Bar Association for three years (2016-2018). He is the 2nd Vice President of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association, an affiliate of the Comite Maritime Internationale (CMI).
As a result of the foregoing positions and roles, he had developed the ability to define issues, strategize, propose solutions and implement changes that significantly add value and contribute to the positive development and progress of the Firm’s clients and the relevant sectors.
He is an excellent team player, a mobilizer, a leader of persons and an extensive global traveller.
LL.B (Hons) University of Lagos, Nigeria 1983
PGD (Maritime Law-Distinction) Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria 1999
LLM (Maritime & Commercial Law) Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria 2004
Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria 1984.
Notary Public for Nigeria, 1992
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 2004
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Member, International Bar Association
2nd Vice President, Nigerian Maritime Law Association, Nigerian Affiliate of CMI
Associate, Nigerian Shippers’ Council
Associate Member, Nigerian Shipowners’ Association
Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
Chairman of Energy & Power Committee, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.
Fellow and Governing Council Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.
Executive Council, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.
Member, International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria.
Governing Council Member & Fellow, Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN)
Member, Insolvency International (INSOL)