Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN Ph.D. (Osgoode)

  • Senior Partner at PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors

Dr. Anthony Ikemefuna Idigbe is the Senior Partner at PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors. He is also involved with consultancy, business, and human capital development through its Canadian affiliate, PUNUKA Consulting Inc. He has over 39 years of experience in corporate governance, insolvency, business restructuring, arbitration, dispute resolution, privatization, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, and oil and gas. He has advised clients on several complex transactions. He was licensed to practice law in Nigeria in 1983 and Ontario, Canada, in June2016, appointed Notary Public in 1989 and elevated to Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) inJuly2000. He graduated from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, in 1982 (LL.B), the University of Lagos, Akoka (LL.M) in 1988, and the Enugu State University of Science and Technology(ESUT) in 1997 (MBA). He holds another LL.M. in Construction and Arbitration Law from Robert Gordon University, Scotland (2012), and a GPLLM from the University of Torontoin2015. He also has a doctorate in cross-border insolvency from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2022). His dissertation was on Norm Life Cycle Theory and the role of INSOL International in shaping the 1997 UNCITRAL Model Lawon Cross-Border Insolvency. He is a member of the Board of Directors (Trustees) of the Canadian Association of Nigerian Lawyers (CANL) and chairs the Board of Trustees of Dominican University, Ibadan. He is also a visiting professor at Christopher University, Mowe. He is a fellow of the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IOD), INSOL International, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN) and the International Bar Association (IBA). In addition, he is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria (ICCN), American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and International Insolvency Institute (III). He is an experienced corporate director knowledgeable in global capital market operations and business restructuring. He chaired Capital Hotel Plc (2017 � 2022) and currently chairs Ikeja Hotel Plc and The Tourist Company of Nigeria Plc, all listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX). He is also a director of Royal Exchange Plc, listed on NGX and chairs the Statutory Audit Committee of Seplat Energy Plc, listed on NGX and the London Stock Exchange (LSE). He was elected the President of the Asaba Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ASACCIMA) in 2022 and elected President of the Delta Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (DACCIMA) on December 12, 2022. He holds a Corporate Director Certificate from Harvard Business School, a certificate in Blockchain Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Business from Emeritus Business School with MIT and Columbia Business School. Idigbe is the founder of the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA). He chairedthe2017 Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee, which reviewed the regulation of the legal profession in Nigeria. In 2013 he was appointed the National Coordinator for Nigeria, World Bank Global Forum of Law, Justice and Development Project on Treatment of Shareholders' Rights in Insolvency of Companies (2013 to2014);and in 2012 a Member of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force set up by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. In addition, he chaired the Technical Drafting Committee for the Bill that became the Investment and Securities Act 2007. He recently chaired the review committee for the same law resulting in the Investment and Securities Bill now before the National Assembly. As a consultant to the Bureau of Public Enterprises, he and now Hon Justice Nnamdi Dimgba drafted the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Bill now Act relating to anti-trust and competition law in Nigeria. Idigbe was the consultant that drafted the IOD charter bill and was a member of the IOD charter committee pursuing the promulgation of the law. Also, he is an active facilitator for the IOD on members' training. In addition, his book, the Legal Issues in Capital Market Operation in Nigeria, 2nd edition, Distinct Universal Limited, Lagos, 2015 ISBN 978-33791-8-3, is a reference material for training and practice of corporate governance and capital market operations in Nigeria. In December 2022, Anthony won the Institute of Directors (IOD) Anofi Guobadia Award for Leadership and Excellence in directorship. For a full view of his profile, check https://www.anthonyidigbe.com/