Fidelis Oditah QC

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Fidelis Oditah is a QC, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Professor of Law at the University of Oxford. Fidelis practises at 3/4 South Square, London and at Oditah, Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators, in Lagos, Nigeria.

His extensive practice area has included Company Law, capital markets, corporate finance, asset-based financing, projects, financial services, banking and commercial arbitration. However, in the last few years the focus of his practice is largely high-profile Public Law cases, oil and gas, commercial and investment arbitration and litigation in Nigeria and commercial arbitration with some banking and insolvency advisory work in the UK. Chambers and Partners once wrote of him: 'What he doesn't know is probably not worth knowing.'

Fidelis was called to the Nigerian Bar with the highest first class honours awarded by the Nigerian Law School in 1985. In 1987 he graduated in Civil Law from Magdalen College, Oxford and obtained a doctorate of Philosophy of Law in 1989, completing his thesis in just two years. He was called to the Bar (Lincoln's Inn) in 1992 and took silk in April 2003, at the age of 39 and after a mere 10 years at the Bar. He is also a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn.

In 2004 he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Fidelis was a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Merton College, Oxford and Travers Smith Braithwaite Lecturer in Corporate Finance Law at Oxford from 1989 until 1997. He resigned in order to practise full-time at the Bar but remains a visiting professor at the University of Oxford's Faculty of Law. He also served as a consultant to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law from 1995 until 1999 and was an arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration (ICC). His books include Legal Aspects of Receivables Financing, published in 1991, a leading text in its field. Fidelis is a non-executive director of Seven Energy, the Nigerian oil and Gas company, having previously been a Board Adviser to the company.

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