Mr Uche Val Obi, SAN

Managing Partner, Alliance Law Firm

Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, is the founding Principal and Managing Partner of Alliance Law Firm with over 30 years’ cognate practice experience. He is deeply versatile and remarkably combines commercial advisory with formal training in law and business management. His wide-ranging experience is constantly brought to bear in the resolution of clients’ issues. His listening skills, professional calmness, forensic and risk-based management approach largely account for his admirable reputation of simplifying and proffering solutions to complex issues thereby adding value professionally.

Indeed, he is ranked as a Top Lawyer by Chambers 500; and as Leading Lawyer in the IFLR 1000. He has been listed amongst the integrity-driven professionals in Nigeria by the major newspapers – including The Guardian and Thisday. In addition, he has won several local and international awards testifying to his versatility and professionalism.

He has been a notable contributor to the IMF/World Bank Doing Business Guide publications, and the author of Class Actions in Nigeria – a pioneer local book on the subject in Nigeria. He is a prolific writer in different areas of the law with over 20 peer reviewed publications in articles and contributions to books in various areas of the law in addition to papers and commentaries at local and international conferences and seminars. He is the author of ‘Class Actions In Nigeria’ published by MIJ Publishers (2015) which is the pioneering textbook in that area of the law in Nigeria. He has served on a number of ministerial and regulatory committees and as a resource person to the CBN’s Financial System Strategy (FSS) 2020 Directorate. He was the co-lead at the legal sub-group comprising the Nigerian Capital Market Lawyers and representatives of the Law Society of England and Wales, that worked under the Emerging Capital Market Task Force Initiative (ECMTI) which is a collaboration of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Nigerian Capital Market stakeholders to facilitate cross-border capital market transactions between the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Uche is a commercial transaction solicitor, litigator and arbitrator in the areas of: Banking & Finance, Capital Market, Energy, Oil & Gas, Mergers Acquisition, Insolvency and Receivership, Telecom, Intellectual Property, Fintech, Shipping, Maritime & Aviation, Real Estate & Infrastructure, Projects, International Trade, Corporate Commercial, Legal Audit & Due Diligence, Corporate Governance & Doing Business Advisory, and has advised on and litigated a number of notable domestic and international Transactions.

Over the last three decades, he has regularly appeared extensively at the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal High Court, National Industrial Court, States High Court Tribunals and International Financial Centers, a number of which are reported in the major law reports. He is also a notable domestic and international mediator and arbitrator with vast experience in proceedings conducted under the institutional and ad-hoc Rules of ICC Paris London Court of International Arbitrators, London Maritime Arbitrators, American Arbitrators Association (AAA), UNCITRAL, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Regional Center For International Commercial Arbitration, Lagos Multi-Door House, Lagos Court of Arbitration, et al. He has also routinely represented clients at various Administrative Hearings including the SEC, CBN, Bankers’ Committee, NSE, National Assembly, Trademarks Tribunal, NAFDAC, IAP, DPR, FIRS, EFCC, ICPC, Ministries, Departments and Governmental Agencies and Authorities.

He is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International.