Babajide Ogundipe obtained his law degree from the University of London in July 1978 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1979.
A founding partner of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore in 1989, he has practised as a commercial litigator in Nigeria for more than 35 years. His asset recovery practice is part of his practice as a commercial litigator, and he has acted on behalf of numerous clients to assist in the recovery of assets lost as a result of fraud and other misfeasance. He has, as a result, gained enormous experience and has come to be recognised as one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers in the field.
He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1994, and served as the chairman of the Nigerian branch from 2006 to 2009. He was the first president of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, from February 2010 to February 2014.
He is a frequent speaker in Nigeria and abroad on arbitration, anti-corruption and asset recovery issues and on the regulation of the legal profession. He is ICC FraudNet’s Nigeria representative, and an officer on the International Bar Association’s anti-corruption and regulation of lawyers’ compliance committees.