Our team

Mr. Mike Igbokwe, SAN, FCIArb, FBR.

Mr. Mike Igbokwe, SAN, FCIArb, FBR.

Principal Counsel

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.

Education
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

Bar Admissions
Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria 1984.
Notary Public for Nigeria, 1992
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 2004

Professional Associations
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)

Udorah Igbokwe (Mrs.)

Udorah Igbokwe (Mrs.)

General Manager

Mrs. Igbokwe’s wealth of banking experience draws from over two decades of qualitative service in the top ranks of the Nigerian banking industry and financial institutions. She has managed businesses and transactions for many high profile individuals and companies both locally and internationally.

Her successful track record in previous corporate banking and finance roles precedes her. She delivers excellent customer relationship management, training development and delivery, marketing, and business development, in addition to running the daily operations of our law firm.

Her wealth of qualitative managerial experience is now evidenced in the excellent organisation and overall smooth operation of our law Firm.

Education
OND (Banking & Finance), Lagos State Polytechnic, Nigeria 1985
B.Sc (Hons.) University of Benin, Nigeria 1989
MBA (Business Administration), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria 2000

Professional Careers
Head of Administration & Accounts, Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co.

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, MND Energy Services Limited

Regional Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Yaba 2008 – 2011

Acting Regional Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Marina 2007

Branch Manager, United Bank for Africa Plc, Marina 2005 – 2008

Branch Manager, Head Office Branch, Standard Trust Bank Plc. 2003 – 2005

Head Financial Institutions, Standard Trust Bank Plc 2003

Profit Center Manager, Corporate Banking Group, Standard Trust Bank Plc., Ikeja 2001 – 2002

Profit Center Manager, Public Sector Group1, Standard Trust Bank Plc., Ikeja March to July 2001

Profit Center Manager, Financial Institution and Treasury Marketing Department, Standard Trust Bank Limited, Ikeja January to March 2000

Head, Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1997-1999

Head, Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1997-1999

Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1995-1997

Credit and Marketing Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1994-1995

Operations Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1992-1994

Intercontinental Control and Accounting Department, Kapital Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1990-1991

Operations and Computer Department, Kapital Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1990

Head, Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1997-1999

Head, Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1997-1999

Treasury and Foreign Exchange Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1995-1997

Credit and Marketing Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1994-1995

Operations Department, Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1992-1994

Intercontinental Control and Accounting Department, Kapital Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1990-1991

Operations and Computer Department, Kapital Merchant Bank Ltd, Ikeja 1990

Winifred Tayo-Oyetibo

Winifred Tayo-Oyetibo

Head, Corporate Governance, Secretariat Services & Intellectual Property

Mrs. Tayo-Oyetibo’s main areas of practice include Dispute Resolution, Shipping, Aviation, Restructuring, Insolvency, Intellectual Property and Corporate Governance and Secretariat Services. In the course of her practice, she has gained invaluable civil and commercial litigation experience across the hierarchy of courts in Nigeria on matters relating to her key areas of practice.

She advises clients on these areas of law, as well as in corporate governance, employment, tax and intellectual property.

She was also involved in a landmark Judgment on the charge of stamp duties on deposits with banks and a landmark Judgment of the Supreme Court on the limitation period whilst litigation is pending in Court.
Mrs. Tayo-Oyetibo is articulate, intelligent, thorough, always wanting to ensure that clients’ instructions and goals are carried out and attained within set deadlines and clients’ interests protected. She has a flair for organising clients’ and officer affairs and matters.

Adolphus Nwachukwu

Sir Adolphus Nwachukwu

Head, Maritime, Aviation & Litigation

Over the years, Sir Nwachukwu had developed a flare for and carved a niche for himself in Dispute Resolution, Maritime, Banking, Debt Recovery & Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Matrimonial Causes and Criminal matters.

In the past several years, he has acted for individuals and companies in the shipping, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, financial institutions and federal government agencies.

In his course of legal practice, Adolphus has written articles on:
“The Maritime Perspective of the African Continental Free Trade Act”
“Covid-19 Pandemic, Virtual Practice and their impact on the Catholic Lawyer”
“Revisiting the Security for Costs in Admiralty Matters”
Sir Nwachukwu is hardworking, diligent, intelligent, meticulous and attentive to the minutest detail. He is a good team player.

Education
Diploma in Latin, Saint Mary’s Seminary, Nigeria 1993
OND (Accounting and Auditing) Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria 1998
LLB (Hons.), 2nd Class Upper Degree, University of Ilorin, Nigeria 2003
LLM. University of Lagos, Nigeria 2009.

Bar Admissions
Barrister and Solicitor, Nigeria 2005

Professional Associations
Member, Nigerian Bar Association
Member, Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN)

Allen

Allen Ikumawoyi

Allen Ikumawoyi has a natural flair for Arbitration, Litigation, Debt Recovery & Insolvency, Labour & Employment and Aviation. Matters in which he has acted vary greatly and include claims for financial institutions to recover million and billion-Naira debts, acting for and restructuring debts owed by Oil & Gas Servicing companies and acting for and on behalf of federal government agencies.

In his years of legal practice, he has written articles on:
“The Liability of Air Carrier in Carriage by Air”
“Administration of Justice During Covid-19 Pandemic and Beyond”
“Vagueness of or Mistake in Arbitration Clause will not affect its Validity”
He is diligent, a voracious reader and passionate about legal practice and the protection of his clients’ interests. He is also a man of pleasant and approachable disposition and committed to personal as well as collective development.
Clients’ commend Allen Ikumawoyi for being an intelligent lawyer.
Victor

Victor Okotie

Victor Okotie has extensive experience in Corporate Insolvency and Business Recovery, Commercial Law and Litigation. His current matters include acting for major government agencies in the shipping industry, financial institutions, debt recovery agencies and companies and individuals in the shipping and oil & gas sectors.

He has applied his acquired knowledge and skill towards proper management, restructuring and rescuing of insolvent companies under receivership appointed by major financial institutions and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, as well as recovering the debts owed to the secured creditors. He has also managed and concessioned rig assets of a major indigenous oil drilling and rig company under receivership.
In this regard, Victor Okotie has written and delivered papers and articles on the following:
“Restructuring & Insolvency in Nigeria”
“Debt Factoring, Debt Protection, Debt Swapping and Debt Recovery in Business Recovery”
“Section 48(6) of the AMCON Amendment Act 2015 – For whose Benefit?”
“The unfortunate fate of unsecured creditors”
“For secured creditors, is the new regime of administration of companies introduced under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020, a better option than Receivership?”
“The Nigerian Economy after the Coronavirus Pandemic”
Emmanuel Bassey

Emmanuel Bassey

Emmanuel Bassey is a seasoned legal practitioner whose knowledge and experience cut across various areas of commercial and corporate law such as Banking, Maritime, Arbitration, Corporate Governance and Receivership. He also has research interest in international law and climate change.

He has advised individual and corporate clients in various high value transactions and litigation, including, but not limited to a multi-million dollar dispute with a multi-national oil company over an aircraft purchase agreement, an arbitration against an aircraft servicing company over a multi-million naira dispute over an aircraft service and maintenance agreement, multi-billion naira debt recovery and receivership cases on behalf of AMCON and commercial banks in Nigeria.
He has appeared in and drafted pleadings and briefs in various trial and appellate courts in Nigeria and has also prepared legal opinions for use by individuals, corporate clients, as well as courts in England.
Articles he has written include:
“The Nigerian Economy after the Coronavirus Pandemic”
“Will Blockchain Technology put lawyers out of work?”
“Nigeria: Effect of an Administration Order on Receivership under CAMA 2020”
“Liquidation and Reorganisation Processes in Nigeria”
Emmanuel Bassey is a consummate professional whose minimum standard is the cutting-edge in his areas of interest. He is a very hard-working and thoroughbred lawyer.
Aanuoluwapo Ogidan

Aanuoluwapo Ogidan

Aanuoluwapo Ogidan is an astute Associate. Since joining the Firm, she has been involved in a wide range of matters in Insolvency, Debt Recovery & Dispute Resolution. She has exhibited a keen interest in the Insolvency practice by assisting with the management of major companies under Receivership.

In her years of legal practice, she has written the following articles:
“Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Lawyers?”
“Law Firms in Nigeria: Thriving in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
“Ess-Ay Holdings Limited v. Federal Inland Revenue Service: Should Value Added Tax(Tax) be charged on Rent?”
Aanuoluwapo is a charismatic young lady, amiable and teachable with an impeccable character. She is a team player and is always willing to carry out her duties and tasks meticulously.