Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe

LLB (Hons)University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Osun State.
Passed the qualifying professional examination from the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos and admitted to practice Law in Nigeria
LLM (with Distinction) in Petroleum Law and Policy, CEPMLP, University of Dundee, United Kingdom and Ph.D (with focus on International Investment Law), CEPMLP, University of Dundee, United Kingdom.
Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and Chartered Secretary and Fellow, Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom and Fellow, Energy Institute, United Kingdom.
Energy and Extractive
Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Bayo is a Partner and Head of the firms’ Energy and Extractive Group. He is listed in the ‘’Who’s Who Legal’’ directory as one of the top Oil and Gas law specialists in Nigeria and by the ‘’Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa’’ directory as highly regarded for his scholarship and counsel. In addition to his legal background, Bayo also has some business training, having taken Corporate Finance Management, Financial Accounting, and Strategic Business Planning courses (to mention just a few), to qualify as a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators, United Kingdom (FCIS). He is also Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK and Fellow, Energy Institute, UK (First Nigerian lawyer to be honoured). Earlier on in his career, Bayo was Legal Adviser and Company Secretary in a bank. He is a Notary Public for Nigeria and admitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out Capital Market Services. Bayo speaks regularly at International and local conferences and has published articles in leading globally acclaimed journals, including “Journal of World Energy Law and Business” (JWELB,)  a joint publication of Oxford University Press and 

AIPN), “Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law” (publication of the IBA), “International Energy Law Review Journal” (publication of Sweet & Maxwell), “Arbitration International Journal” and “Journal of International Arbitration” (publications of Kluwer Law International), the Arbitrator (publication of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK) and Journal of World Investment & Trade.His works have been cited with approval in leading International academic books.

Bayo also has editorial responsibilities. He is Editor-in-Chief of Legos Court of Arbitration Journal of Arbitration and Dispute Settlement. He is a pioneer member of the editorial team of JWELB, and part of the editorial teams of Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL), Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) and the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports (NMLR). He is also Energy Law columnist of Thisday Newspaper, one of Nigeria’s widest circulating daily newspapers.

  • Advised National Assembly on earlier version of Petroleum Industry Act.
  • Advised National Assembly on amendment to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
  • Advised Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board on the amendment to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
  • Drafted Regulations for Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board that are in use in the industry.
  • Advised on the framework for the Nigerian Content Funds.
  • Advised Sinopec Corp. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC). on transactions in respect of upstream acquisitions in an IOC.
  • Appointed as expert witness in Aliens Torts Claims Act initiated litigation in a Federal District Court in the United States.
  • Appeared as an Expert for Nigeria LNG Ltd before House of Representative Committee on gas on the implications of Bilateral Investment Treaties concluded by Nigeria.
  • Party appointed Co-Arbitrator; appointed Sole Arbitrator by Appointing Authorities in domestic and international Arbitration especially in Energy, IT, Telecommunications, Construction and Real Estate disputes.
  • Has acted as lead Counsel in a number of complex arbitral disputes with large claims.
  • Appointed Adjunct Professor, Centre for Petroleum, Energy, Economies & Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
  • Appointed Notary Public of Nigeria by the Chief Justice of Nigeria
  • Appointed as a representative of the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Governing Council of the University of Lagos
  • Elected Vice Chairman, Energy Institute, Nigerian Branch
  • Appointed Editor, Lagos Court of Arbitration Journal of Arbitration and Dispute Settlement
  • Pioneer editorial member of Journal of World Energy, Law & Business- JWELB(Publication of Oxford University Press)
  • First Nigerian Legal Practitioner to be awarded Fellowship status of the Energy Institute, United Kingdom
  • Approved by the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out legal services in the Nigerian Capital Market
  • Maintained a popular column in Thisday Newspaper called “Oily Briefs”
  • Has been recognized consistently in Who is Who Nigerian ranking for Energy & Natural Resources Section, published by two seperate international publishers, namely the Who is Who Legal (IBA); and Leading Expert Guides: The Worls’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by their Peers.
  • Appointed as Expert Witness on Nigerian Law before a Federal District Court, United States in an Aliens Torts Claims Act initiated litigation
  • Appointed Company Secretary/Legal Adviser in a Bank
  • Authored no fewer than 19(nineteen) scholarly articles primarily in oil and gas, electricity, international investment law and arbitration, published in high impact peer reviewed international journals
  • Presented papers at conferences and training workshops before local and international audiences, including judicial officers
  • Interned in Chevron Nigeria Ltd for a period of time as part of requirements for LLM program.
  • Member, Energy Institute, United Kingdom
  • Member, Institute of Energy Law, United States.
  • Member, Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN).
  • Member, Society for Petroleum Engineers, Nigeria.
  • Member, Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, Nigeria.
  • Member, Lawyers in Energy Network, Nigeria.
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom.
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, United Kingdom.
  • Member, International Bar Association.
  • Member, International Law Association.
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigeria.