Amala Umeike

PARTNER

Amala Umeike

Amala is a founding Partner of the Firm and heads the Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Insolvency practice group of the Firm. 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 and civil matters, including contractual and labour issues. As the head of the dispute resolution practice in the Firm, he has appeared for both local and international Clients on contentious commercial cases at both the High Courts and Appellate Courts, he is also an alternative dispute resolution practitioner and is skilled in applying ADR in resolving Client’s disputes.

With his background in representing Clients, particularly foreign brands on IP matters, Amala regularly advises on contentious IP matters with a particular interest in counterfeiting and trade mark infringement issues, where he regularly obtains favourable results for Clients in anticounterfeiting and infringement matters. Amala also supervises the management of IP portfolios for Clients (especially foreign brands) in Nigeria and regularly advises on IP laws, procedure and practices in Nigeria. He is also a member of the International Trade Marks 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.

Amala also has experience in insolvency matters including recovery of debt owed to Clients in Nigeria, Liquidation, Receivership etc. He is a member of the Business Rescue and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and INSOL International and has demonstrated corporate experience having served as company secretary for a number of companies in Nigeria.

On the policy side, 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 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