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Law firm to focus on technology at its annual lecture series

Alliance Law Firm, a law firm with expertise in corporate commercial transactions and dispute resolution has announced that its 2019 annual lecture series and business luncheon will focus on ‘Leveraging Technology to Develop and Rebrand Nigeria’.

The theme is considered topical due to the disruptive and pivotal place of technology in Nigeria’s quest for economic advancement, nation building and positive image profiling.

The law firm has assured that it has gone to great lengths to assemble a stellar faculty and top executive audience in order to do justice to the theme.

The Alliance Law Firm lecture is an annual event which brings together key stakeholders from across the world to discuss critical and topical themes central to the socio- economic development and industrial growth of Nigeria. It is part of the Firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes aimed at giving back to society.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Leo Stan Ekeh, the Founder/Chairman of Zinox Technologies Limited and Konga.com. The event is being chaired by Ernest Ndukwe, the Chairman of MTN Nigeria Plc.

The panel of discussants includes: Patrick Akinwutan, MD/CEO of Ecobank; Chantelle Abdul, GMD Mojec International Holdings; Andrew Nevin, the Chief Economist and Partner Deal Advisory at PWC; Segun Aina, President Fintech NGR; Linda Ikeji, a leading Blogger in Africa; and Umar Bindir, the former Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NOTAP.

Speaking during a press conference to announce the event, Uche Val Obi, managing partner, Alliance Law Firm said the Firm will also use the occasion to unveil its Doing Business In Nigeria Guide manual which has been described as the most friendly handbook for start-ups, foreign and established businesses wishing to operate seamlessly in Nigeria.

He further explained that in doing this, the firm leveraged its advisory experiences and role as notable contributor to the IMF/World Bank Doing Business publications.

“I also wish to state that this event doubles as a Business Luncheon which allows participants meet friends and associates, and network as we approach the end of year.

“Expected invitees include top executives of Telecoms, Technology, Banks, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Hospitality, Exchanges, Issuing Houses, Conglomerates, business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers,” Obi said.

The maiden edition held in 2018, which discussed the emerging trends in corporate governance, featured Dotun Suleiman, Chairman of FRCN, as key speaker, and was chaired by Pat Utomi, supported by an eminent panel of experts drawn from multiple sectors of the economy and regulatory institutions to enrich deliberations.

The panel paraded Austin Avuru, the MD/CEO of Seplat Petroleum Development Plc; Mary Uduk, the Director General of the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC); Oscar Onyema, the CEO of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE); Ben Akabueze, the Director-General of the Debt Management Office of the Federation; Fabian Ajogwu, SAN and Toyin Sanni, then CEO of United Capital Plc.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of a pioneering book titled ‘Class Actions in Nigeria’ authored by Uche Val Obi, by Justice Ejembi Eko, on behalf of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) supported by other dignitaries present.

“The book is presently the only standard local text on class action in Nigeria. We are presently working with some heads of Court in Nigeria on developing practice directions that will facilitate the development of class suits in the country,” Obi said.