Stanley is a Managing Counsel and is admitted to practise law in Nigeria, New York and England & Wales.
His practice primarily focuses on complex and high-value commercial litigation, international/domestic commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, commercial mediation, and public international law. He has experience with disputes across a broad range of industries, including construction, energy and natural resources, financial services, technology and telecommunications, professional services, and general commercial law issues. He is recognised as a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal Arbitration (2024) and as ‘one of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners’ by the Association of Young Arbitrators.
Stanley is also experienced in Transaction Advisory, particularly drafting, negotiating and reviewing transaction documents relating to energy and natural resources, finance, technology and telecommunications, and projects and infrastructure development.
He holds a Master of Law degree in International Law from Harvard Law School and a second Master of Law degree in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge. He also graduated with a first-class honours degree from Nnamdi Azikwe University, Nigeria and won several top academic prizes including for brief-writing and advocacy.
Stanley is currently a Young ICCA regional representative for Africa, and a member of the Africa Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He has also served as a co-chair of the Lagos Court of Arbitration – Young Arbitrators Network, and as an editor of several journals, including the Cambridge International Law Journal, Harvard International Law Journal, and Hong Kong Journal of Legal Studies.
A Selection of Relevant Expertise
- Represented an International Oil Company (IOC) consortium in a first-of-its-kind cost recovery Production Sharing Contract (PSC) arbitration against the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) , resulting in the recovery of US$1Billion in contested costs on behalf of the IOC consortium.
- Advised JP Morgan Chase in a claim of c. US$800 million for breach of contract in relation to the operation of a depository account for the Nigerian Government in the English High Court.
- Representing an IOC in Nigerian court proceedings in a US$900 million dispute arising out of a contract for the charter of flotel services for the Egina FPSO.
- Advised two international energy companies in an ICDR arbitration in relation to a US$500 million dispute concerning the construction of small-scale LNG liquefaction facilities in Nigeria.
- Advised an international oil company in relation to a potential BIT claim against an African country arising from its business in the country’s oil and gas sector.
- Advising a large international e-commerce company in relation to the proposed launch of its consumer operations in Nigeria.
- Advising IOCs regarding the impact of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry Act on their businesses in Nigeria.
- Advised Sinopec and its Addax subsidiaries in relation to a Transfer, Settlement and Exit Agreement with the national oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), by which Sinopec and its subsidiaries would achieve clean and amicable exit from four oil mining leases (OMLs) which were operated by Addax Petroleum under production sharing contracts with NNPC.