Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, SAN is the Managing Partner of S. P. A. Ajibade & Co.
Babatunde has been involved in all aspects of corporate and commercial dispute resolution in Nigeria and abroad, and has expertise in litigation involving the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, banking law, shareholder disputes, insolvency, insurance, joint-ventures, hospitality contracts, aviation, defamation, real estate and probate, and public international law claims. Several of the matters in which he has been involved have come before the highest appellate courts in Nigeria, and are reported in Nigerian Law Reports. Babatunde also has broad experience in domestic and international commercial arbitration, and in investment treaty arbitration. He has conducted arbitrations under the LCIA Rules, the UNCITRAL Rules as well as ad-hoc arbitrations. He also sits as an arbitrator. He is currently working on an investment treaty claim to be filed against a State pursuant to the ICSID Convention.
Babatunde is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Capital Market Solicitors Association, the International Bar Association, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (UK).
Babatunde is also a vice president of the ICC Arbitration Commission’s steering committee, a member of the ICC’s Africa Commission, a director of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC), a member of the LCIA’s African Users Council, a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria branch.
Babatunde was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. He obtained a LLM degree in corporate and commercial law in 1990 and a PhD in private international law in 1996, both from King’s College London. He was elevated to the rank of senior advocate of Nigeria in December 2007. He was awarded the International Practice Fellowship of the International Bar Association in Madrid in October 2009 and he became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK in January 2015.