TEMPLARS is pleased to announce that, effective 1st May 2024, Emmanuel Gbahabo will be re-joining the firm as a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice and Head of the firm’s Investigations, White Collar, and Compliance Practice.

Emmanuel will be re-joining the firm after serving as Senior Legal Counsel in the Global Litigation team of multinational oil and gas company, Shell where he was responsible for strategy development and management of high-risk litigation, arbitration and contentious matters for all Shell companies in Nigeria and Southern Africa.

Emmanuel has over 30 years of diverse experience as a seasoned litigator and a trusted compliance and corporate counsel.

A Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, he is highly regarded for his work in conducting or advising on some of the most sensitive corporate internal investigations that have occurred in the Nigerian market in the past twenty-five years. His practice in this area includes representing corporations, directors and officers as well as regulatory and public authorities in connection with white collar crime, asset tracing, governance and compliance matters.

He has a Master of Laws in Digital Law and Technology and very extensive experience of representing and counselling global technology and media companies in high stakes litigation relating to search engine liability, data protection and advertisement regulation, online defamation and intellectual property disputes.

According to Managing Partner, Oghogho Akpata: “I am very pleased to welcome Emmanuel back to TEMPLARS. His return will further deepen our already deep bench strength in Litigation and Arbitration, Technology and, of course, in the Investigations, White Collar and Compliance space, where TEMPLARS has always been a leader. His unique blend of external and in-house experience undoubtedly enhances our offering in his diverse areas of expertise.”

Emmanuel added that: “I am excited to re-join TEMPLARS after serving in-house in various roles. My aim is to leverage the particular insights that I have gained from my recent role from the inside of a global business in the service of our clients at a time when governance, compliance, risk and disputes management have been in particular focus for Nigerian and global corporates.”


TEMPLARS is a leading full-service African law firm with offices in Nigeria and Ghana, advising clients across various sectors and geographies and delivering solutions to pressing business challenges.

The firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice, which has the distinction of being led by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (the equivalent of the English King’s Counsel) is particularly prominent for their expertise in the areas of high-risk litigation, domestic and international arbitration, natural resources, technology, tax, investigations, white collar crime and regulatory compliance.