Uche Val Obi SAN

Uche Val Obi, SAN

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PROFILE

Uche is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (an equivalent of Queens Counsel in the UK) and the Managing Partner of Alliance Law Firm. He heads the firm’s transaction, commercial and dispute resolution practice. His skill and insight to simplify and proffer solutions to complex issues have been highly commended by the clients of the firm and peers. He is ranked as a top and leading lawyer in Chambers 500 and International Financial Law Ranking (IFLR) and has received a number of local and international awards. He is a notable contributor to the IMF/World Bank Doing Business Guide publications and the author of “Class Actions in Nigeria” – a pioneer book on the subject in Nigeria.

He has advised on a wide range of matters in Oil & Gas, Environmental, Capital Markets, Power, Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, Infrastructure, Projects, Real Estate, Fintech & Intellectual Property, and Corporate Commercial.

He is a notable Litigator, proficient in domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIArb, LMAA, Uncitral, LCA etc).

Uche is the fourth Chairman of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (“CMSA”), a member of the ministerial committee that recommended the recently implemented 26 billion (US$170 million USD) forbearance of debts granted to stockbrokers by the Federal Government of Nigeria as announced by the Minister of Finance/CME. He is also a member of the Capital Market Master Plan Committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission and has served as a council member of the Nigeria Bar Association – Section on Business Law, and a member of the National Technical Committee for the Implementation of E-Dividend in Nigeria. He is currently the CMSA coordinator of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Emerging Capital Market Project comprising Lawyers of the UK Law Society of England and Wales and Nigerian Lawyers.

He has been listed amongst the topmost integrity-driven professionals in Nigeria by the major newspapers including The Guardian and Thisday. He has contributed over 40 published articles on the capital market, business and investment laws in the Business Day Law Specialist Section. Uche has also co-facilitated several seminars. He is ranked as a Leading Lawyer by the IFLR 1000 in Corporate, Financial and Energy Practice Areas.

 

EDUCATION

  • Harvard Executive Business School
  • University of Lagos (LL.M)
  • Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (MBA)
  • Nigerian Law School (BL)
  • Imo State University (LL.B Hons)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA)
  • Nigerian Gas Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association Nigeria
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom
  • American Arbitrators Association
  • Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria (Fellow)
  • Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • International Law Association (ILA)
  • FinTech Association of Nigeria
  • Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (Chartered)
  • Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN)
  • NCC – Accredited Panelist for Resolution of Disputes
  • CAC - Accredited Insolvency Practitioner

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD


  • Former Chairman, International Trade Law Committee, NBA Section on Business Law

  • Former Chairman, Capital Market Solicitors Association

  • Board Member SEC Investors Protection Fund (2013 – 2015)

  • Member, Editorial Board of Capital Market Solicitors Association Quarterly News Review

  • Member, National Technical Committee on the Implementation of E-Dividend in Nigeria

  • Member, Committee for the Revision of SEC Rules of the Administrative Proceedings Committee

  • Member, Capital Market Master Plan Committee

  • Nigerian Coordinator of the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office Emerging Capital Market Project comprising UK Lawyers of the Law Society of England and Wales and Nigerian Lawyers

  • Member, Committee on Arbitration, International Law Association

  • Member, DPR Mediation Panel for Resolution of Oil & Gas Disputes

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Energy and Mineral Resources (Oil, Gas, Power & Environmental)
  • Banking and Finance / Fintec
  • Capital Market, Investments, Mergers & Acquisition, Anti-Trust
  • Corporate Debt Recovery & Insolvency and Restructuring
  • Shipping, Maritime , Aviation
  • Intellectual Property, Media, Entertainment & Technology (IMET)
  • Infrastructure, Project & Real Estate
  • Corporate Commercial
  • Tax and Transfer Pricing
  • International Trade
  • Litigation, Arbitration (Domestic and International)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  highly regarded

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