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Olufunke Adekoya and Company


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Olufunke Adekoya and Company
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  • International Arbitration
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Funke Adekoya SAN
Country of Birth
United Kingdom
Nigerian and British
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Sole Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of Cases as Co-Arbitrator in international arbitration
Number of Cases as International Tribunal Chair
Areas of Speciality
  • Agency
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Distribution / Franchising
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Joint Venture
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
LLB, University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria 1974
LLM, Harvard Law School, Cambridge Mass USA 1977
Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2006
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CIETAC, ICSID, Kigali International Arbitration Centre, LCIA, ICC
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
independent Arbitrator & Litigation Consultant ; March 2022
Partner and Head, Dispute Resolution practice group
AELEX; 2004 to 2022
Funke is currently an independent arbitrator, having retired from AELEX, a Nigeria and Ghana based law firm where she headed the Disputes Resolution practice until her retirement.
With 45 years’ experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution, she regularly sits as an arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings - both internationally and domestically. She presently focuses on disputes resulting from foreign investments into Africa, most usually in the construction, natural resources and energy sectors. She has also been appointed in investment treaty disputes and was until recently a member of the Chairman's Panel of arbitrators at ICSID, in which capacity she has projected Nigeria as a country where competent arbitrators are available by being appointed as arbitrator in 4 ICSID cases in the last 3 years.
She is. a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Arbitration, a member of the Court of Arbitration for MARC , the Alternative Dispute Resolution arm of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) as well as the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. She is a member of the International Arbitration Rules Advisory Board of the African Foundation of Southern Africa and has recently been appointed as an Expert member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme Peoples Court of China.
She holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001.
Legal Background
  • Common Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
Nigeria [1975] and the United Kingdom [2004]
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Built Environment
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
Other Agreement (Please specify)
Investment treaties
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
The Public Policy Defence to Enforcement of Arbitral Awards: Rising Star or Setting Sun?
(2015) 2 BCDR Int. Arb. Rev. 2 page 203

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