Tochukwu Anaenugwu is a skilled commercial lawyer, qualified to practice law in Nigeria and New York, United States. He specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration involving energy and natural resources, finance, banking, and debt recovery disputes.
Tochukwu has acted as counsel in international arbitration proceedings conducted under the ICC, UNCITRAL and SIAC Rules governed by a variety of substantive laws and seated in jurisdictions such as Nigeria and London. He has also advised and represented clients in enforcing and recognizing arbitral awards before Nigerian courts.
Tochukwu is active in several professional organizations and has been involved in several efforts towards the development of arbitration in Nigeria, Africa, and the Commonwealth jurisdictions. He has also been involved in various international arbitration reform projects under the auspices of the Asian Development Bank and in coordination with UNCITRAL for certain countries, including Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Palau.
2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA (LLM, Business and Transactional Law)
2017 The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA (Wharton Business and Law Certificate)
2014 Admitted to the Nigerian Bar
2013 University of Nigeria, Enugu (LL.B.)
2018 Admitted to the New York Bar
- Nigerian Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK
- Steering Committee Member, Business Law Network of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF)
- LCIA, Young International Arbitration Group
- The Arbitration and Mediation Act 2023 and Nigeria’s Quest to be an Attractive Seat of Arbitration (BusinessDay, 6 July 2023) or (https://businessday.ng/news/legal-business/article/the-arbitration-and-mediation-act-2023-and-nigerias-quest-to-be-an-attractive-seat-of-arbitration/).
- The Impact of Many Jurisdictions not Having a ‘Best Practices’ International Commercial Arbitration Framework (Symposium on TDM OGEMID: International Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth – 5 October 2020).
- How to Foster International Commercial Arbitration in the Caribbean (Panellist, Bahamas Arbitration Day, Nassau Bahamas – 31 January 2020).
- A study of International Commercial Arbitration in the Commonwealth (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2020) – An empirical study co-authored with Dr. Petra Butler, Dharshini Prasad, et al. (https://production-new-commonwealth-files.s3.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/migrated/key_reform_pdfs/A%2BStudy%2Bof%2BInternational%2BCommercial%2BArbitration_PDF_-compressed.pdf)
- A Fresh Look at Arbitration in the Commonwealth: The Opportunity to Shape the Future (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2019) or (https://arbitrationblog.kluwerarbitration.com/2019/04/26/a-fresh-look-at-arbitration-in-the-commonwealth-the-opportunity-to-shape-the-future/).
- The Role of Mentors and Sponsors in Arbitration (Presentation at ICC YAF seminar on Careers in International Arbitration, Enugu, Nigeria – 12 November 2019).
- Being a Young Arbitrator in Nigeria – Short or Long-Haul Journey (Panellist, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young Members Group Annual Conference, Lagos, Nigeria – 6 November 2019).
- Panellist, Africa Arbitration Academy Workshop held at WilmerHale LLP, London (commented on differences between cross examination of quantum experts before Nigeria courts and in international arbitration – 14 June 2019).