Adewale Atake SAN

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Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group with over 27 years’ experience as a trial and appellate lawyer in all levels of Nigerian courts as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the Nigerian equivalent of an English Queen's Counsel. His clientele includes IOCs, multinational corporations, banks, and other big businesses in high-value disputes on a wide variety of subjects including energy, tax, foreign direct investment, corporate governance, environmental damage, maritime and shipping, and construction.

He is regularly retained in connection with high-stakes disputes including: a successful $2 billion plus crude entitlement arbitration on behalf of ExxonMobil and Shell against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; a successful challenge of the Nigerian Government’s policy on the mandatory relinquishment of unconverted portions of Oil Prospecting Licenses on behalf of South Atlantic Petroleum at the Supreme Court, resulting in a remission of the suit to the Court of Appeal for a re-hearing; a $4 billion UNCITRAL arbitration and related litigation among shareholders of a leading emerging markets telco; ground‐breaking arbitration between Nigerian Breweries plc and its gas suppliers; two landmark judgments for Total E&P Nigeria Limited against the Federal Inland Revenue Service regarding petroleum profits tax calculation and tax deductibility of gas flare fees paid to the Nigerian Government respectively; and an ongoing $1.5 billion production sharing contract-related cost recovery arbitration.

Professional Memberships

London Court of International Arbitration; Nigerian Maritime Arbitrators Association.


‘Wale started his legal career at Eyimofe Atake & Co. where he served as Head of Chambers for a while before joining Templars as a Partner in 2000.


‘Beating the System’– 2012 Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution, ‘Domestic Arbitration in Nigeria: Can Foreign Counsel Still Run the Race?’– Arbitration News, Vol. 18 No. 1, February 2013.


Born 18 January 1962. Attended the University of Jos. Wale plays golf, is a huge fan of football and ardent supporter of Manchester United. He is married with 3 children.