DR. OLUMIDE K. FAMUYIWA- Partner/Head of Chambers


University of Oxford – DPhil in Financial Regulation (P.hD)

Swiss Arbitration Academy, Zurich, Switzerland: – Post-Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.

International Academy for Arbitration Law, Paris, France – Certificate in International (Commercial and Investment) Arbitration.

Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands – Directed Study and Certificate in Private International Law.

University of Oxford – BCL.

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria – LL.B (First Class).


Phone: +234 1 628 4627
Email: o.famuyiwa@topeadebayollp.com


Partner/Head of Chambers

Dr. Famuyiwa is a rounded commercial, financial and international dispute resolution lawyer. He graduated with a First Class degree in Law (top 1%) from Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan. In the Bar Vocational Course at the Nigerian Law School, he was rated outstanding and won the overall best student prize in civil litigation. He worked as a barrister in one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial law firms in Lagos and later studied and gained work experience in United Kingdom and continental Europe. He has published papers on international commercial arbitration, financial regulation, corporate law, civil litigation and oil & gas law.

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • International Law Association, Nigerian Branch
  • Financial Lawyers Association, United Kingdom
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Young and International
  • LCIA, Young International Arbitration Group
  • German Institution of Arbitration DIS 40.
  • Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
  • Dispute Resolution Experience:Focused Team member, Legal team that prosecuted the appeal in United Bank For Africa Plc v BTL Industries Limited, a multi-currency foreign exchange transfer case decided in favour of the Respondent by the Supreme Court of Nigeria;
  • Focused Team member, Legal team that represented Lagos State Government in ICC arbitration over the termination of a power purchase agreement in Enron (now AES Power) v Federal Republic of Nigeria & Government of Lagos State of Nigeria, (“The Enron ICC Arbitration”);
  • Focused Team member, Legal Team that advised and represented the Appellant in Famfa Oil Limited v Attorney General of the Federation of Nigeria, a case which arose from the exercise of the “back-in-right” of the Government of Nigeria in the Oil Prospecting Licence issued to the Appellant that resulted in the largest offshore oil discovery in Nigeria;
  • Focused Team member, Legal Team that advised on Econet Wireless Limited v Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited & 2 Ors. This was a complex joint investment, share purchase and management consultancy agreement litigation;
  • Focused Team member, Legal Team that advised on Maxifund Investments Company Limited and 3 Ors. v Cadbury Nigeria Plc and 17 Ors: A shareholders’ action arising from falsification of the defendant’s annual account statement;
  • Key Commercial Advisory and Transaction Experience: Recapitalisation of Insolvent Nigerian Banks: Jointly advised the Central Bank of Nigeria on the take-over, restructuring and N620 billion naira recapitalisation of eight insolvent banks in Nigeria from 2009 – 2010;
  • Formulation of Guidelines on Non-Interest Banking Jointly advised the Central Bank of Nigeria in the formulation of the Guidelines on Sharia Governance for Non-Interest Financial Institutions in Nigeria;
  • Incorporation of a Non-interest Bank Advised on the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle Company that later became Nigeria’s first non-interest financial institution;
  • The Coal to Power Project by the African Finance Corporation: Jointly advised on the Nigerian regulatory landscape (which necessitated a review of local laws applicable in Kogi State and Federal Laws) relevant for the development of 3600MW coal-fired power plant, the Kogi State Coal Mine and the development of Commercial & residential property within the immediate community;
  • The divestment of a Gas Processing Plant: Jointly advised on the divestment of a gas processing plant; the sale of wet gas to the acquirer of the gas processing plant, and the sale and marketing of the lean gas and natural gas liquids;
  • USD70,000,000 Afrexim Financing to Lonestar Drilling Nigeria Limited: This was a loan to part fund the refurbishing of Drilling Rigs and refinancing of a Bridge loan. As the Lender’s lawyer, he reviewed the Loan documents, reviewed the regulatory framework to ensure the protection of the Bank and advised on repatriation of funds;
  • The Development of the 350 MW Independent Power Plant for Yellowstone Electric Power Limited: Jointly advised on the legal and regulatory landscape for the development and operation of independent power projects in Nigeria; advised on the structuring and documentation of the development of a Greenfield gas 350MW grid- IPP in Ajaokuta, Kogi State Nigeria, for onward sale of power to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader; reviewed the power purchase agreement, gas sale and purchase agreement, and the interconnection agreements;
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Financial Regulatory Compliance
  • Commercial Legal Advisory
  • Commercial Litigation
  • “White Collar” Crimes, Asset Tracing and Recovery

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