Babajide Ogundipe has been practising in Nigeria, since 1979. After a number of years working with Nigeria’s then leading lawyer, he co-founded Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore in 1989.
He practises primarily as a commercial litigator. As part of this practice, he has, since 1980, conducted investigations into various different types of fraud and other misconduct on behalf of clients in the banking, insurance, petroleum, pharmaceutical and shipping industries. He has also acted on behalf of numerous clients to assist in the recovery of assets lost as a result of fraud and other misfeasance. This background has enabled him to gain enormous experience, and to be recognised as one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers, in these fields.
He receives regular appointments as an arbitrator, having been the first secretary of the Nigerian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Branch Chairman from 2006 to 2009 and President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration from 2010 to 2014. He is ICC FraudNet’s Nigeria representative, and a former Africa Regional Officer of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee and Regulation of Lawyers’ Compliance Committees, and is presently a member of its Asset Recovery Subcommittee. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on arbitration, anti-corruption and asset recovery issues and on the regulation of the legal profession.