Tunde Ogunseitan FCIArb

Arbitrator, Mediator and Counsel

Tunde Ogunseitan is a dually qualified dispute resolution practitioner (UK and Nigeria) with practical multidisciplinary experience gained in both jurisdictions.

He has extensive dispute resolution experience in private international law, foreign investment, and commercial contract cases. The matters Tunde has worked on cover the full economic spectrum, from relatively straightforward sale of goods disputes to complex cases concerning state contracts for the development of significant infrastructure projects. He is an original thinker who brings valuable insight from his work in both private practice and at international organisations.

He formerly has led the Common Law jurisdictions as Counsel of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Caribbean, Anglophone Africa, and the Indian Subcontinent for over 7 years. Prior to his time at the ICC, he gained substantial experience from practice in several international law firms including Steptoe and Johnson, Cadwalader and in-house from Zurich Financial, specialising in dispute resolution, asset tracing, maritime law, insurance, structured finance and debt capital markets.

Tunde regularly consults internationally for a variety of arbitral institutions, businesses and firms. He has shared his expertise through presentations and publications on diverse issues in dispute resolution, including arbitral procedure, private international law and international contracts.

He is also a teaching fellow in alternative dispute resolution and international commercial arbitration at various institutions in England and France. He is currently a trustee of ODRAfrica. Tunde is admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of its Professional Development Advisory Group and teaching faculty. He was a founding member of the IBA 40 under 40. He is also a court member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) and currently chairs the LCA Sub Committee on reviewing the LCA Rules.

Arbitrator Experience

  • Chairman in a $4 million ad hoc arbitration concerning an oil and gas services contract dispute in Africa.
  • Co arbitrator in a $6 million ICC arbitration concerning an oil pipeline construction dispute.
  • Sole arbitrator in a CIArb arbitration between entities in the UK and Guatemala concerning a credit agreement.
  • President in a KIAC international arbitration concerning a transportation security contract.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC over $100 million-dollar state entity arbitration involving five steel concessions and share purchase contracts.
  • Sole arbitrator in a CIArb arbitration between entities in the UK and Ecuador concerning a financing agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in an arbitration between entities in Ireland and Algeria concerning a loan agreement.
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between UK entities involving alleged non-compliance with the code of practice of the commercial property sector.
  • Co arbitrator in a $5 million KIAC arbitration concerning an IT contract between a state entity and Luxembourg entity.
  • Sole arbitrator in a consolidated arbitration involving breach of multiple financial arrangements between entities in the Ireland and India.

Selected ADR And Litigation Experience

  • Effective management of over 650 arbitrations, including emergency arbitrator cases, and reviewing over 500 awards at the ICC Court.
  • Acting for parties in $15 million dispute arising out of letter of credit agreement and alleged Misrepresentation of completion dates of two fifth generation DP submersible rigs between Brazilian offshore contractor and drilling rig company.
  • £1.2 million Soya beans cargo arbitration arising out of mould damage during carriage at sea.
  • Mediation of cargo claims between US shippers and Nigerian owners.
  • Successfully represented two large international utilities companies in two multi-million Expert Determination concerning adjustments to pricing formulae in energy supply agreements.
  • Represented a UK-based commodities dealer and its Turkish subsidiary in a €30 million fraud and conspiracy action in the High Court in relation to credit facilities granted to a Turkish hazelnut processing company.
  • Represented Claimant (a German telephone operator) in the High Court regarding the enforcement of an ICC arbitration award against a Malaysian mobile telephone operator including the obtaining of a freezing order over the roaming revenues of the Respondent held by various UK mobile phone operators.
  • Successfully represented Claimant in £1.5 Million High Court claim involving the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, namely Gestone and Virormone.
  • Acting for Mr. Anton Kristensen, a leading European antiques dealer in Kristensen v Archeus Fine Art Ltd ([2005] EWHC 274QB).
    Part of team which successfully prosecuted widely publicised US$2 billion fraud claim relating to the enforcement of a US$2 billion judgment against various members of the Uzan family in support of RICO and fraud proceedings taking place in the United States of America.
  • $500 million negligence dispute involving bank and auditor over faulty audit procedures. The Barings collapse dispute.
  • Represented a construction company in navigating new money laundering legislation.
  • Advising a UK green energy company on the implementation of a £18 million waste management project in Osun State in Nigeria.

Other Experience

  • Represented gas manufacturing company with a US$1.2 million joint venture to supply oxygen plants to state hospitals.
  • Negotiated Nigerian-American pharmaceutical joint venture to set up operations in Nigeria various lifestyle medication.
  • £1 billion securitisation of a portfolio of loans.
  • €600 million Cornerstone 2007-1 securitisation of a portfolio of loans.
  • Sale of £170 million pool of loans under an A/B structure.
  • Sale of £300 million portfolio of distressed loans.

Professional History

  • Arbitrator and Counsel, Ogunseitan Arbitration, London, United Kingdom (2020 to date)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law of Lyon Catholic University, Lyon, France (2020 to date)
  • Teaching Faculty, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, UK (2020 to date)
  • Visiting Teaching Fellow, SOAS School of Law, SOAS University, London, UK (2020 to 2021)
  • Counsel, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France (2013 to 2020)
  • Solicitor and Barrister, Adigun Ogunseitan & Co., Lagos, Nigeria (2008 to 2013)
  • Solicitor, Cadawalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, London, UK (2007 to 2008)
  • Solicitor, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, London, UK (2003 to 2007)
  • Early Career Legal Experiences, CMGL (Now, Zurich Group Limited), Curtis David Garrard (now, Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP) and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London, UK (2000 – 2003)

Education, Bar And Law Society Admissions

  • CIArb Fellow (FCIArb)
  • Diploma in International Arbitration towards the Fellowship – The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom
  • Admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister at Law in Nigeria
  • Admitted as a Solicitor (n.p.) in England and Wales
  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law
  • LL.M. Maritime Law, University of Southampton
  • LLB (Upper Second-Class Honours), University of Hull

Professional Affiliations

  • Panel Member, Kigali International Arbitration Centre
  • Member CIArb Technology Committee
  • Member CIArb Professional Development Advisory Group (PDAG)
  • Supporting member the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (The LMAA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators FCIArb
  • Board Member ODR Africa Network
  • Court and Arbitration Committee Member Lagos Court of Arbitration
  • Founding Subcommittee IBA Arb40 under 40
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Nigerian Bar Association
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration