Emmanuel Gbahabo


Litigation & Commercial Arbitration
Corporate Governance & Compliance
Dispute Resolution

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Emmanuel Ghahabo is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution, Corporate Governance and Compliance Practices of the firm.

He has nearly three decades of experience as a seasoned litigator and a trusted compliance and corporate counsel. He is highly regarded for his work in conducting and/or advising on some of the most sensitive corporate internal investigations that have occurred in the Nigerian market in the past fifteen years. His practice 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 rejoined Templars in 2019 from the position of Group Head of Legal Services for Sahara Group, a leading international energy and infrastructure conglomerate with operations in over 38 countries across Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Before Sahara, he played a pivotal role in the growth of the Disputes Resolution Practice of the firm and acted as lead counsel on numerous court and arbitral proceedings arising from diverse sectors including Oil, Gas and Power; Banking and Finance; Shipping and Maritime; Information Technology and Intellectual Property and Real Estate. He was particularly active in representing international oil companies in relation to the defence and settlement of oil spill litigation and similar environmental damage claims.

His experience includes:

  • Representing a multinational oil company in connection with the defence and/or settlement of several law suits from the 40, 000-barrel Idoho QIT oil spill in the Niger Delta region.
  • Representing Emerald Energy Resources Limited in an LCIA Arbitration.
  • Representing the Delta State Government, in a multi-billion multiparty arbitration initiated by Econet Wireless Limited in respect of an alleged breach of the pre-emptive rights provisions of a Shareholders Agreement.
  • Successfully representing Telegraph Media Group UK-Publishers of the Daily Telegraph of London in a =N=350 Million libel claim instituted against it at the High Court of Lagos state following an article published in the Sunday Telegraph in England and on the internet.
  • Representing Google Inc and YouTube Inc in a claim of =N=250 Million in a search engine liability claim brought against the companies on grounds of breach of privacy rights.

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