Date: 13 April 2021
Time: 11:00 AM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Nigeria: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Energy Industry and the Resolution of the Attendant Disputes

The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt sent a shock throughout the global energy sector. Government imposed measures to curtail the spread of the virus such as travel restrictions, lockdowns and social distancing have all led to a slash in global oil and gas demands and dramatically affected other forms of energy.

Given the current challenges caused by COVID-19 in the energy industry, complex contractual disputes are inevitably bound to arise between parties as they are faced with sharing costs and losses occasioned by the pandemic and termination of contracts on the basis of force majeure or frustration.

The goal of the webinar therefore is to discuss the various areas where energy disputes may arise such as contractual disputes, insolvency and liquidity issues, investor-state disputes, energy storage and address the resolution of the attendant disputes which is mainly by arbitration. The webinar will also address the evolvement of the arbitration process in the light of the pandemic and how parties can adapt to emerging trends.

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Dorothy Ufot

Dorothy Udeme Ufot, SAN is the founding and Managing Partner of Dorothy Ufot & Co, where she heads the International Arbitration and Litigation departments of the firm. 

Dorothy is a fellow of the CIArb (UK) and a Chartered Arbitrator.

Dorothy sits on the Arbitration panels of ICSID, KCAB, SIAC, HKIAC, EDAC, AIAC, BAC/BIAC, DIAC, CIArb (UK), AAA/ICDR, LRCICA and the International Energy Arbitrators’ List.

Dorothy has practical experience in both Institutional and Ad-hoc Arbitration having received several appointments as an Arbitrator from reputable arbitral institutions, 
Federal Government Parastatals, State Governments, Major Multinational Oil Corporations, Private and Public Limited Liability Companies in Domestic and International 
Construction Projects, Oil & Gas, Energy, LNG, Infrastructure Development Projects, Dredging Contracts, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Capital Market disputes, with the value of the disputes ranging from Four Billion Naira to USD 3.2 Billion.

Dorothy recently won the prestigious award of African Arbitrator of the Year 2020 organised the East Africa International Arbitration Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 28th August, 2020.

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