Fatai Ola Bakare Esq

Member, Governing Council

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Ola Bakare who started his legal career as litigation practitioner at the law firm of ‘akinlawon & ajomo’, is now a banking and finance law expert and an Islamic finance Professional; the 1st legal practitioner in Sub Saharan Africa to be awarded the qualification of Chartered Islamic Finance Professional by the prestigious International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (Global University of Islamic Finance), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As a distinguished law student at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State where he obtained an LL.B (Hons), he was appointed as Justice of the Student Union Government Judicial Council (2004/2005 Session) subsequent to which he was appointed as the Chief Justice in his final year.

Ola, characterised with academic distinction, was an awardee of the Justice Kayode Eso Award for the 3rd Best Candidate in qualifying examination of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2008 and also graduated with First Class grade at the Global University of Islamic Finance, INCEIF, Malaysia where he bagged the qualification of Master’s equivalent of Chartered Islamic Finance Professional.

Ola has an extensive practice experience in Corporate and Commercial Litigation ranging from enforcement of contracts, recovery, maritime claims, banking regulation, capital market, labour to trademarks cases and had advised on arbitration, re-organisation & restructuring, property, infrastructure, money laundering, finance and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

His passion for litigation also afforded him an outstanding exposure in election petition cases wherein he was a counsel in 2011 Governorship Election Petition in Plateau State and also represented INEC in the case of Durosinmi-Etti v. Senator Oluremi Tinubu in Lagos State. However, as an outstanding 21st century compliant business lawyer among his peers, Ola is an expert in Islamic/non-interest banking and finance, carving a niche for himself in the emerging Islamic finance industry in Nigeria.

He had attended series of conferences within and outside Nigeria and had presented papers on Islamic banking and finance, different areas of law including litigation practice, arbitration and election petition. Ola now works at the Legal Advisory Services Department of a non-interest bank. An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association; International Chambers of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum; ICDR Young and International; American Finance Association; Young Member of International Council for Commercial Arbitration and a Member of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance.