Donald Ibebuike

Donald Ibebuike joined Foundation Chambers in 2005 and has been involved in maritime, shipping, Oil and Gas, commercial and corporate practice of the firm – proffering legal advice to Clients, litigating and arbitrating on issues relating to registration, charter & sale of vessels, arrest & release of vessels, interests in oil blocs, local content, offshore contracts, ports operations and management, general leases & mortgages and other shipping and oil and gas matters. He also advises Clients on regulatory laws and compliance, joint ventures, exploration and production contracts, Oil and Gas technical service/management agreements, carriage of goods, oil, gas & Ports assets biddings, acquisitions and divestments, corporate takeovers, mergers and reconstructions.

Upon completion of his LL.M studies at the University of Aberdeen, he gained work experience at the Marine & International Trade Department of Clyde & Co. LLP in its London office.

Donald has participated in many local and international conferences and seminars in Oil and Gas including Dispute Resolution in the Int’l Oil & Gas Business, London. He has also acted as a resource person in many conferences and seminars including a one-day Seminar on “Offshore Safety Workshop” where he presented a paper on “Achieving Effective Offshore Safety Regulation in Nigeria”. Donald has written articles published in the local and international journals including in the International Energy Law Review published by Thompson Reuters, Sweet & Maxwell, London, UK.

He has undertaken several research work relating to Oil and Gas and Shipping in the following areas: Legal Framework for Investment in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry; Emission Trading Scheme and its Impact in the Upstream Industry; Dispute Resolution Procedures in the Oil and Gas Industry; Risk Allocation in Commercial Contracts and Upstream Projects; Investment Protection under the Energy Charter Treaty; Carriage of Containerised Cargo by Sea; Oil and Gas Asset Trading and Decommissioning Liabilities in Nigeria etc.

Donald was elevated to Partner position at Foundation Chambers in 2016.

Memberships:

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association; International Bar Association; Energy Institute, London, UK; the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Houston, USA; London Court of International Arbitration; Nigerian Maritime Law Association and Centre for Petroleum Information, Lagos, Nigeria;

Education:

Donald Ibebuike graduated with LL.B (Hons) from Abia State University, Uturu, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2004 and holds a Masters Degree (LLM) in Oil & Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen, UK (2010).

Firm Overview:

The firm was established in 1999 by Mr. Luke Chukwudi Ilogu, SAN who was formerly a Partner in the law firm of Abuka, Ajegbo, Ilogu & Nwaogu (AAIN), one of the foremost corporate law firms in Nigeria at the time. The Partnership was dissolved in 1999 after about twenty (20) years in existence.

The Firm commenced operations on Wednesday 1st September, 1999 and specializes in International Transportation Law with competencies in maritime, shipping, international trade, aviation, oil and gas and related areas.

Khalifa Hamed Al Yaqout

Khalifah H. Al-Yaqout, is an Attorney licensed to appear before all levels of courts. He is appearing in many high-profile cases both in Kuwait and UAE.

Khalifa Al-Yaqout is a qualified Graduate of Laws from Ajman University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates. He is registered attorney with the Kuwait Bar Association.

He is a Constitutional Member of Committee of National Union in Kuwait which a working in different countries like US, UK, Australia, Ireland, Canada and Egypt;

Khalifah is a member in International Bar Association (IBA) which is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners.

He is a member of Arab Lawyers Union (ALU);

Khalifah currently is Member of various Committees of Kuwait Lawyers Society like: (i) Legal Claims and Grievances; (ii) Intellectual Property Rights; & (iii) Social Affairs Committee.

Khalifah very actively engages with Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of United States Department of which organizes various legal events around the globe for improving the legal environment for business.

Khalifah was the Ex-President of National Students Union of UAE.

He was the President of the Social Committee of the Kuwait Lawyers’ Association as well.

Firm Overview:

AYGL was established in 2003 by its founder, the late advocate/ Hamed Mohamed Al-Yaqout. Being a pioneer in the legal sector of the State of Kuwait, AYLG is well-reputed for its excellence and prudence. We ensure quality legal services focused to the clients’ needs.

AYLG has cross-border footprints in countries like Qatar, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, London and Italy but AYLG is just not about the size. Being a progressive specialized law firm we deliver impeccable services knowing the needs and requirements of clients. At AYLG, we understand the language, culture and the requirements of our multi-domiciled clients.

Dr. Dowran ORAZGYLYJOW

Dr. Dowran ORAZGYLYJOW is the writer of a book named “Joint Venture under the international direct investment” which was published in Turkey. Dr. Orazgylyjow has gained his PhD degree in the subject of international petrol investment. He had had a short time research in American John Hopkins university while he was studying on his PhD degree in Turkey and Turkmenistan. He worked as a legal advisor for foreign energy companies located in Turkmenistan. He has written tens of articles and hundreds of analyses. Dr. Orazgylyjow whose analyses on law, energy and economy where published in foreign media also has given international presentations in various countries, Turkey being in the first place. He has been an academic lecturer for a short time. Dr. Orazgylyjow is the chef editor of “Atavatan Turkmenistan” magazine.

Gregory Nott

Gregory Nott is the head of our Africa team based in Johannesburg.

He is a leading lawyer in South Africa with 28 years’ experience acting for significant South African and international companies. His particular focus is on the energy sector.

Prior to joining our practice he was the head of the Africa Group at a leading South Africa law firm and served on the management committee of Lex Africa, an African legal network. Greg has represented a number of significant international clients in the South African renewable procurement program (REIPP) and has focused particularly on solar PV and wind projects.

He also has extensive experience in the upstream oil and gas sector in South Africa where his deep understanding and insights in both the legal and political make up of the country has assisted international oil majors in their strategic investment decisions. In a recent international legal directory Greg is said to feature on many of the energy deals and sources singled him out for his excellent strategic advice. He is highly connected in the power and infrastructure space.

Greg is listed as a recommended lawyer for banking and finance and projects and energy in Legal500, 2018.

Greg has been listed as a leading lawyer in the financial and corporate space by IFLR1000, 2016.

About Us:

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg.

Fátima Freitas

Fátima Freitas is the Managing Partner of the Firm.

After obtaining her law degree she has been providing legal and tax advice to various national and international companies doing business in Angola in the areas of mining, oil and gas, banking, construction, insurance, etc. She has acted as a consultant to The World Bank and other international organisations.

She is a member of the Angolan tax experts association.

Fatima is a regular contributor to several newspapers, reviews and other publications.

Education:

– Graduate of the Agostinho Neto University Law School

Areas of Practice:

– Oil & Gas
– Corporate
– Mining

Languages:

– English
– Portuguese

About Us:

We are a full-service Angolan law office. We have offices in the major business and commercial centres of Angola: Luanda (2 offices), Cabinda and Lobito.

Over the past two decades we have built a reputation not only as the pre-eminent law office in the market but also as the most internationally-oriented. Each of our lawyers is fluent in English and collectively we are regarded as leaders in all the major legal and industry sectors.

Our clients include many of the country’s largest international investors and we have played a lead role in each of the most significant projects undertaken in Angola. We have particular expertise in the energy, oil and gas sectors and in which regard we advise the major operators and subcontractors.

Regardless of your industry, our primary goal is however to provide an exceptional legal service, on a cost-effective and responsible basis, and in accordance with the highest ethical standards of the legal profession.

Our business is to make a success of your business.