FESTUS ONYIA

Festus Onyia is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Disputes Resolutions team.

He trained as an International Commercial Arbitrator with several Nigerian and international arbitration institutions including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and the International Chamber of Commerce ( ICC) in Paris. He was a member of the International Task Force appointed by the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR on the revision of the ICC Rules as Appointing Authority in UNICTRAL and other Ad Hoc Proceedings. In the course of his practice, he has also advised on issues for determination in matters before courts and arbitration tribunals in the United States of America and the United Kingdom and has acted as counsel in a number of ad-hoc and institutional arbitral tribunals including under the Rules of Arbitration of the ICC.

Festus has made presentations offering his critical appraisals of the efficacy of arbitration and alternative disputes resolution mechanisms in settlement of commercial disputes and has contributed articles published in international journals such as The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, International Financial Law Review, and Nigerian Tax Law Review, among others.

Festus’ responsibilities include overseeing the teams that evaluate the litigation portfolios of target companies involved in financings, investments, mergers and acquisitions.

Festus represents and advises local and international companies in the petroleum, shipping, banking, energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors in disputes before various courts and tribunals in Nigeria.

He assisted an international energy firm with a multi-million dollar law suit before the Nigerian courts, and various multinationals on the legal aspect of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003, otherwise known as Cabotage Act, in which capacity he is representing a group of companies in an action challenging the interpretation and applicability of certain provisions of the Cabotage Act. In the course of his practice, he has also advised on issues for determination in matters before courts and arbitration panels in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Festus’s responsibilities include overseeing the teams that evaluate the litigation portfolios of target companies involved in financings, investments, mergers and acquisitions.

Festus has made presentations offering his critical appraisals of the efficacy of arbitration and alternative disputes resolution mechanisms in settlement of commercial disputes.

Career

2017 Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2014 Managing Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2008 Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2005 Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
2005 Associate, Ahaneku, Ekwekwuo & Partners
2003 Associate, G.E. Ezeuko (SAN) & Co
2002 Legal Officer, National Assembly

Qualifications

2002 Nigerian Law School, BL
1999 University of Benin, Benin City, LL.B.

Bar admissions

2002 Nigeria

Professional membership

Nigerian Bar Association
International Bar Association
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom