Dr Francis Chuka Agbu is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is an Alumnus of the Chief Executive Programme of the Lagos Business School (LBS) and holds the certificate for the Pan African AMP/CE Module of the IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain.
Dr Agbu holds a Doctoral degree from the SBS, Swiss Business School, Zurich, an LLB from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), an LLM in Maritime and Commercial Law and another Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy (M.I.L.D) from the University of Lagos. His third master’s degree is in Applied Business Research (M.A.B.R) from the SBS, Swiss Business School Zurich.
He served for many years as a Council Member, Section on Business Law (SBL) of the Nigerian Bar Association and as a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the same association and is presently a Member of the Body of Benchers of Nigeria and serves in the screening Committee of this body. Dr Agbu is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and served as a Regional Representative of a Section of the global Association.
He is registered as a Capital Market Operator by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Presently, he chairs the committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to advice and produce a draft of regulatory provisions relating to the emerging area of digital assets in the Nigerian Capital Markets, an area in which he has delivered many lectures and workshops to the various cadres of the Nigerian Judiciary and various regulatory bodies in Nigeria.
In nearly four decades of active practice and consultancy, the learned Senior Advocate has garnered experience at the top echelon of the legal profession in Nigeria particularly in the workings and procedures of both adversarial and non-adversarial dispute resolution mechanisms.
Dr Agbu is also frequently engaged by government establishments and private companies in the oil and gas industry for large and complex arbitration and mediation proceedings as Counsel, Mediator and Arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the United Kingdom (FCIArb).
He is accredited as a Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in the United Kingdom and is a founding member /Past President / Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) in Nigeria and served for many years as a Council member of the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC) of the Ministry of Justice, Lagos State of Nigeria.
Dr Agbu is also a very active advocate across all the superior courts in Nigeria and has handled many landmark cases. He is a consultant to industry, in particular, the banking and financial services industry on reforms in legal and transactional matters, and has presented papers at several conferences within and outside Nigeria