In over a decade of active law practice, Izuchukwu has garnered extensive experience advising and representing a wide range of clients in complex commercial disputes across various sectors including oil & gas, construction, telecommunications, labour and employment.
As a consummate litigator, Izuchukwu has practiced in most superior courts in Nigeria, including the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and has considerable commercial arbitration experience having acted for clients in both domestic and international arbitrations. As a key member of the Templars Disputes Resolution Practice, Izuchukwu has been involved in a number of landmark matters in Nigeria.
A Selection Of Relevant Experience
- Currently representing and advising the Nigerian subsidiary of an IOC in respect of an ongoing arbitration bothering on enforcement of pre-emptive rights under the Joint Operating Agreement.
- currently representing Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited at the Supreme Court in relation its appeal against the N800 Billion damages awarded against it in respect of an oil spill in Ejalawa Community in Rivers State.
- Successfully represented Total’s Nigerian subsidiary in its appeal against the judgment of the National Industrial Court which awarded multi-billion Naira damages against the client in two class actions instituted by over 300 service contract employees claiming wrongful termination and payment of severance, redundancy and other terminal benefits.
- Represented the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers, Africa’s Largest Telecommunications Tower Company in an arbitration arising out of a US$200 million claim from its counterparty, SWAP Technologies, and its alter ego, Olatunde Titilayo, under a Managed Services and Collation Collocation Services Agreement (MCSA) and was able to reduce the potential liability of IHS from US$200 million to ~US$9 million (less than 5% of SWAP’s claim) at the arbitration. Further represented the same client in a post-arbitration proceeding in which the client successfully applied to set aside ~$6.7 million of the ~US$9 million award-debt (over 70%) of the awarded sum on ground of inconsistency in the Award.
- Represented an indigenous E&P Company, in a London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration instituted by an international financial advisor over the payment of fees allegedly earned in procuring investors and debt financing for the development of its Oil Block.
- Successfully represented Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (and its contractor parties) in a keenly contested proceeding commenced by Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited to secure injunctive reliefs in aid of arbitration which reliefs were capable of frustrating / suspending the multibillion-dollar Egina FPSO project.