About John Fakado
Mr. Fakado is a 1988 graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Ile-Ife. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Under the auspices of the National Youth Service Corps Scheme, he started his career as a Legal Officer with the Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited, now defnet (a defunct subsidiary of NNPC), Port Harcourt in 1989/90, He was, at the end of his National Youth Service in September, 1990, engaged by the Company on contract appointment basis until November, 1991, when he left and joined Path Securities and Investments Limited (a finance and stock broking company) as Head, Legal/Corporate Services.
Having worked at management level in a finance and stock broking firm, he has a working knowledge of the Nigeria capital markets, particularly the role of Solicitors in Public Issues and to the various parties thereto.
Mr. Fakado has, to-date, been involved in an appreciable number of litigations/transactional and advisory issues ranging from loan syndication, equipment leasing, mortgage, joint ventures, real estate acquisitions/perfection of title, management agreements, project appraisals, legal due diligence etc.
He has rendered, and still renders, Legal opinion on various aspects of Law or legal issues to several Clients.
Mr. John Fakado has been a member/chairman of three Arbitration Panels which arbitrated disputes between:
- A bank and a Dredging Company
- A Cement Company and a Shipping, Freight Clearing and Forwarding Company
- A Federal Government’s Free Zone Authority and a Private Security Company
SOME OF THE COURSES AND SEMINARS ATTENDED
He has attended a number of courses, seminars and workshops on sundry aspects of law and commerce, including but not limited to:
- A 1-week course on “Venture Capital in Nigeria” at the Financial Institutions Training Centre, Lagos;
- A 2-day Seminar at Nicon Hilton (now Transcorp Hilton) Abuja, tagged “National Seminar on Leasing and Leasing Regulation in Nigeria” sponsored by International Finance Corporation (IFC) in partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria;
- A 3-day Workshop on International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa, which held July 2007, Nairobi, Kenya.
- A 3-day Workshop on International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa, which held July 2008, Cairo, Egypt.
- A 3-day Workshop on International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Africa, which held June 2014, Durban, South Africa.
- Legal Writing Course: “Brief Writing Masterclass” organized by The Write House, a Legal Writing Consultants & Trainers, 27-29 April, 2016.
- RCCG National Legal Officers Conference, which held October 4-5, 2017 at Redemption Camp, Ogun state, Nigeria.
- Energy and Power Purchase Agreement Course at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos, 16-17 October, 2017.
- International Bar Association (IBA) Dispute Resolution Conference, Accra – Ghana, 15 – 16 November, 2018.
He is married with children and he is the Principal Counsel in the Firm.
At JF Law Practice, we believe that not all commercial disputes need to be strictly settled by litigation. To this end the team encourages the use of all Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques including negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration when and where appropriate.