Co-Founders

Ademola J. Bamgbose, PhD

Ademola J. Bamgbose, PhD

Dr. Bamgbose is a member of the International Arbitration Group and the Africa Practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP. As a lawyer in the market-leading arbitration team in London, he is involved in high-value commercial arbitrations spanning multiple sectors and jurisdictions, including Africa. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he had a stint in the Commonwealth department at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration in Paris. Upon his qualification to practice law in Nigeria, Ademola also worked at top dispute resolution law firm, Babalakin & Co, where he routinely advised on a range of commercial disputes and represented clients in complex litigations at superior courts in Nigeria.

Ademola has a keen interest in emerging markets and regularly contributes to the ongoing discourse on the arbitration practice in Africa. He completed a PhD (with distinction) at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. His thesis touched on the arbitration frameworks and their suitability for evolving markets in Nigeria, Ghana and the OHADA region. He also served as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development. Ademola obtained his LLM degree from the University College London (UCL) and LL.B from Nigeria’s premier university, University of Ibadan.

Ademola is committed to harnessing the opportunities for growth in Africa. He is the co-founder of Africa Arbitration and the Africa Arbitration Blog. He is also the International Liaison Officer at Association of Young Arbitrators, Nigeria where he serves as a bridge between the organisation and the arbitration community in Europe.  He is a member of the International Bar Association and has served as National Representative, where he represented the interests of young lawyers and law students in the UK. He is also a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Young International Arbitration Group (of the London Court of International Arbitration) and Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre.

In addition to obtaining a certificate in Human Rights Law from Florida State University in the United States, he is involved in several social welfare initiatives and sits on the Board of Trustees of a number of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria.

Abayomi Okubote, MCIArb (UK)

Abayomi Okubote, MCIArb (UK)

Abayomi is a scholar of the International Bar Association and graduate scholar at Queen’s University, Canada. He has garnered almost 10 years’ experience in dispute resolution and has advised government agencies and multi-national corporations on several cutting-edge projects in Africa. Abayomi had his LLM in International Commercial Law from the University College London, United Kingdom and is currently a Doctoral Researcher at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. His research focuses on third party funding (TPF) in International Arbitration and is proposing a new framework for the regulation of TPF.

Abayomi is a counsel in the Government Business and Dispute Resolution Practices of Olaniwun Ajayi LP (a top tier commercial law firm in Nigeria) and has completed secondment programs at Baker & McKenzie LLP (London office) and 4-5 Gray’s Inn, London, United Kingdom. He has attended summer courses at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, United States and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Driven by the passion for change in Africa, Abayomi co-founded Africa Arbitration and Africa Arbitration Blog. He is also the founder of the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria and United Kingdom), Young International Arbitration Group of the LCIA and a neutral on the panel of neutrals in the Abuja Multi-Door Court House, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Abayomi has been appointed by Nigerian courts and has sat as an arbitrator in a number of arbitrations in Nigeria.

His publications include recent paper on enforcement of arbitral awards in Africa, presented at the international conference organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Universidad Loyola Andalucia and Universidad Zaragoza, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, on 5-6 April 2018, in Seville, Spain.