Amala Umeike

PARTNER

Amala Umeike

Amala is a founding Partner of the Firm and heads its Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Insolvency Practice Groups. He is a graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nigerian Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Amala specialises in proffering sound legal advice and representations to an array of international and local Clients on contentious and non-contentious commercial matters. As the head of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group, he has appeared at both the High Courts and Appellate Courts on various contentious commercial matters, he is also an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner and is skilled in applying ADR mechanisms in resolving Clients’ disputes.

Amala is an experienced IP Practitioner in Nigeria and regularly advises on contentious IP matters with a particular expertise in counterfeiting and trade mark infringement cases, he has successfully represented (and currently represents) several international brands and blue-chip companies regarding their IP cases in various Courts and Tribunals within Nigeria. As the Head of the Firm’s IP Practice Group, he also supervises the management of IP portfolios for Clients in Nigeria while advising and writing on IP laws, procedures and practices in Nigeria. Amala is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria (IPLAN), Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration of Nigeria (ACC) and the IP Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association-Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL).

Amala also has experience in debt recovery and insolvency matters, he is a member of the Business Rescue and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and INSOL International.

On the policy side, Amala is the Team Lead, Planning Sub-Committee of the IP Committee, NBA-SBL. He is also a member of the Law Reform Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch. Amala was a member of the technical committee that provided support to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) chaired by the Vice President of Nigeria, (through the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat) on issues relating to ease of doing business in Nigeria. He specifically served as a member of the technical committee that reviewed the IP Laws portion of the proposed Business Facilitation Bill (also known as the Omnibus Bill). Amala also served on the World Bank assisted Committee that provided support to the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat on crafting an insolvency framework for Nigeria. This birthed the insolvency regime as contained in the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020. Amala regularly contributes to the World Bank Doing Business booklet.

Educational Background

  • Queen Mary University of London, LLM
  • Nigerian Law School, BL
  • University of Nigeria, LLB

Professional Background

  • Partner, Bridgeforte Attorneys
  • Partner, Brickfield LP
  • Senior Associate, Brickfield LP
  • Counsel, Jackson, Etti & Edu