Emmanuel Ekpenyong FCIArb. (UK)
Exclusive member for:
- Commercial Law
Emmanuel graduated from the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2006 and the Nigerian Law School with a Second Class (Upper Division) respectively. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in November, 2007 and joined Strachan Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria in September 2009. In October 2011, he moved from Lagos to Abuja to establish and manage the Abuja practice of the firm. In 2014, he joined other partners to establish Fred-young & Evans LP, a full service commercial law firm and Fred-young Recoveries, an international debt collection firm.
Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is involved in several public interest litigations like the suit by some Federal lawmakers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account and the recent suit to compel the Attorney General of Federation of Nigeria to promulgate an order and rules for effective enforcement of foreign judgments in Nigeria.
Emmanuel has represented trade unions in labor related disputes and has negotiated Collective Agreements on behalf of Employers. He is exposed to Nigeria’s corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on foreign investments, due diligence, business formation and corporate governance. He has represented foreign hospitals, financial institutions, oil servicing, real estate, steel manufacturing and construction firms in Nigeria.
Emmanuel has authored several international publications on alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, debt collection and insolvency, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards, intellectual property, employment law and labor relations, telecommunications, real estate and construction. Mondaq awarded him Contributor with Most Popular Article in Nigeria in November 2015, May and June 2017 and Contributor with Most Reader Response in Nigeria in November 2015, January, February, April 2016, March and June 2017. He is profiled as a National Expert in Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring, Insolvency and Copyright. ACQ5 awarded him, Gamechanger of the year, 2017.
Emmanuel is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, United Kingdom, Nigerian Branch, Member of International Association of Managing Partners, Legal Adviser and a Board Member of Children and Young People Living for Peace in Nigeria, a non-profit youth movement for good governance and the welfare of young persons in Nigeria. He is currently a postgraduate student of International Business Law at the University of Liverpool. He is listed as a foreign associate with James Ling Attorney at Law, China.
Fred-young & Evans LP is a full service commercial law firm in Nigeria dedicated to providing both local and international clients with prompt and effective legal services within the ethical standards of the legal profession. We offer an array of legal services in support of our clients. We consistently proffer commercially focused, time and cost effective as well as result oriented legal advice to challenging commercial transactions and disputes. Our clients benefit from a firm small enough to allow easy access to all of its lawyers and large enough to guarantee excellence and speedy response to challenging legal problems. Our watchwords are integrity, distinction and professionalism.
Our firm is divided into 3 practice groups, namely; Dispute Resolution, Corporate/Commercial and Intellectual property Groups. Our Dispute Resolution Group represents the firm in negotiation and mediation towards resolving commercial disputes. They represent clients in commercial, civil, labor disputes before all courts and administrative tribunals in Nigeria. The Group also represents clients in intellectual property matters such as enforcement of intellectual property rights and defending claims of intellectual property infringements at the trademark/patent tribunal.
Our Corporate/Commercial Group provide consultation on corporate and commercial law matters, including formation of businesses and subsidiaries of foreign companies, joint ventures, share purchase agreement, transfer of technology, company formation in offshore jurisdiction, initial public offers, acquisitions, mergers and power projects. The Group offer advice on fiscal incentives and tax exemptions for new businesses and legal protection for foreign investors. The Group conducts due diligence searches and regularly advises companies on change in government policies in relation to their businesses. They advise clients on the legal and regulatory regime in the budding sectors of Nigerian economy and the procedure for obtaining relevant approvals and certificates for investments in the Nigerian market.
Our Intellectual Property Group provide legal services in intellectual property matters such as registration of trademarks, copyrights, patents, designs. They also engage in franchise distributorship, agency and license agreements. They identify infringements of various intellectual property rights and offer advice on protection of such rights both domestically and internationally.