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Mrs. Dorothy Udeme Ufot, B.SC, LL.B, LL.M.BL, FCIArb. (U.K.), Chartered Arbitrator

Ms Ufot is the founding partner of the leading Nigerian firm Dorothy Ufot & Co (established in 1994) where she heads the international arbitration and litigation departments of the firm.

Dorothy specialises in international arbitration, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, investment consulting, corporate and commercial law.

In 2009 Dorothy was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) (equivalent to Queen’s Counsel), in recognition of her vast work in commercial litigation.

Dorothy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (CIArb) and a chartered arbitrator. She is a former member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris (2006-2018), and currently a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre Morocco (2016).

Dorothy was designated to serve a six-year term on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in February 2017. She is currently on her fourth ICSID case, pursuant to her appointment as a member of the panel of arbitrators by ICSID.

She is a former global vice president of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and currently a member of the council of the ICC Institute of World Business. She is vice chair of the arbitration and ADR commission of ICC Nigeria and the treasurer of ICC’s Nigeria committee. She is a member of the ICC Africa Arbitration Commission.

Dorothy is on the panels of arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, CIArb, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and the Energy Arbitrator’s List.

A former vice chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), Dorothy served as a council member of the IBA’s legal practice division (2006–2010) and a member of its nominations committee for two terms (2012–2016). She is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Arbitral Women, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and several other professional associations.

Dorothy has acted as an arbitrator in several complex, high-volume arbitrations in oil and gas, international construction projects, international supply contracts, infrastructure development, telecommunications and financial services. She has been appointed as an arbitrator by major multinational oil corporations, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the LCIA, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, DIAC, state governments, federal government agencies and large and medium-sized public and private companies in arbitrations taking place in Africa, Europe and the UAE.

Sitting as a member of a panel of three arbitrators, Dorothy recently co-published an award in a US $ 3.2 Billion oil dispute in respect of some strategic alliance agreements involving a subsidiary of the Nigerian state oil entity. She has also recently published awards in respect of disputes where she was appointed as sole arbitrator by the LCIA, the Regional Centre for Commercial Arbitration Lagos and the DIAC. Also ongoing is a LCIA arbitration in respect of an option contract, as well as other arbitrations between host communities and an investment company and a drilling services contract between an IOC and an international deep water drilling contractor which provides drilling services to the oil and gas industry.

Dorothy is experienced in court proceedings relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, having recently sought and obtained orders for the recognition and enforcement of two high-volume foreign arbitral awards at the Federal High Court Lagos, Nigeria. She is currently enforcing a multimillion-dollar foreign arbitral award in Nigeria, and represents one of the big banks in Nigeria in three high-volume and highly contentious litigations in respect of the bank’s shares among many other litigations she is currently handling.

She has served as a member of the governing council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and chair of its rules and adjudication committee; and asnon-executive director of several companies, including Chevron Oil Nigeria PLC and MRS Oil Nigeria PLC.

Dorothy serves as a non-executive director of SO&U Limited (one of Nigeria’s premier advertising and media relations companies), Dangote Cement Nigeria PLC (Africa’s largest cement producer) as its first female non-executive director as well as non-executive director of Dangote Cement Ethiopia. She is also a Council Member of the Nigerian Price for Leadership.

Dorothy has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations relating to oil and gas; energy; LNG; international construction projects; dredging contracts; infrastructure developments projects; joint venture agreements; telecommunications; international supply contracts; and financial services, having been appointed by major multinational oil corporations, the Nigerian state oil entity, state governments, federal government agencies and large and medium-sized public and private companies.

A member of the advisory board of the Journal of International Arbitration, Dorothy is a regular speaker on oil and gas, international arbitration, professional ethics, and dispute resolution generally, appearing at several international and local conferences – particularly those organised by the IBA and the Nigerian Bar Association..

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