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Chuks Okoriekwe

Joining the firm as an Associate in January 2016, Chuks’ areas of interest include corporate/commercial law, ICT law, data protection and cyber security, e-Tax, e-Governance and commercial litigation. He obtained his LL.B with Second Class Upper Honours from University of Lagos (Unilag) in 2013 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2014. During his undergraduate days, Chuks worked as an Office Assistant at the Ghandi Research Library, Unilag between 2009 and 2010; and also interned with Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors, garnering experience in legal research. At Unilag, his 2013 LLB thesis was on ‘Clean Development Mechanism: The Search for Sustainable Development in Environmental Protection.

Chuks undertook his mandatory one year NYSC programme with the Bayelsa State Judiciary, working with their Probate Registry. In 2012, Chuks was one of the fifteen young Nigerians selected by the US Consulate for the prestigious Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI).

Upon joining the firm, Chuks has advised amongst others: top tier insurance companies on regulatory compliance requirements and strategy; over US$95 million private equity direct and indirect investment into a Nigerian upstream company; Nigerian subsidiary of a multinational oil and gas company on revising/implementing its local content strategy; an upstream company on strategies for recasting the narrative of its crude entitlement dispute for arbitrability purposes as contractual, rather than a tax dispute; various legal tax regulatory issues including dispute resolution strategy to upstream companies; an online dating company on its start-up and entry strategy; and provision of legal services strategy consulting to law firms, etc.

In his quest for continued development, Chuks has attended various professional and leadership training programmes within and outside Nigeria, including in California, USA; Buea, Cameroun; Rabat, Morocco; and Nairobi, Kenya. He was a Panelist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)’s 52nd Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2019

Chuks’ published articles at LeLaw includes:

  • ‘Options Plugging Nigeria Perennial Revenue Gap through Diaspora Taxation (August 2019)’
  • ‘PSC Contractors Get Ready! Fiscal Implications of the Supreme Court Decision in A-G Rivers State & Ors v. A-G Federation SC964/2016’ (co-written, March 2019)
  • ‘Taxation of the Digital Economy – Rethinking the Fixed Base Rule in Nigeria’ (co-written, awaiting publication in an academic journal)
  • ‘Bird’s Eye-View: Antitrust and Legal Issues of Free Internet Service in Nigeria’ (February 2019)
  • ‘Immersions: Legal Realities in Nigeria’s Virtual & Augmented Reality Entertainment Sector’ (January 2019)
  • ‘Getting Tech Start Ups Investment-Ready: Commercial & Legal Considerations for Founders’ (co-written, November 2018);
  • ‘Data Commoditization in Nigeria: Legal Considerations for Creating a Viable Market for Big Data Transactions’ (October 2018);
  • ‘Increasing Investment Attractiveness of Nigeria’s Hospitality Industry: Legal and Other Considerations’ (BD Law, BusinessDay, 17.5.2018, p.29)
  • ‘Digital Disruption of the Workplace – Legal Issues in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automated Systems in Nigeria’ (BD Law, BusinessDay, 26.4. 2018, p.25);
  • ‘Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Privacy Rights: Drawing the Dividing Line in Nigeria’ (BD Law, BusinessDay, 15.2.2018, p.21);
  • ‘Rethinking Data Protection Model for Investor/User Confidence in Nigeria’ (BD Law, BusinessDay, 18.1.2018, p.19);
  • ‘Reflections: Dealing with Legal Issues of Digital Afterlife’ ‘(Punch Newspaper, 23.7.2017, p.40);
  • ‘Multi-sectoral Local Content Development in Nigeria: Sailing through Stormy Waters? (Part I– Oil & Gas, Cabotage,)’ (September 2017);
  • ‘Multi-sectoral Local Content Development in Nigeria: Sailing through Stormy Waters? (Part II – ICT, Broadcast and Creative Industries)’ (October 2017);
  • ‘Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria: Knuckling Down to Get Business Done’ (August 2017);
  • ‘Pioneer Status Tax Incentive in Nigeria: A Commentary on Recent Developments and Implications for Businesses’ (ThisDay Lawyer 12.09.2017, p.7);
  • ‘Taxing the Informal Sector: On Your Marks, Set, Go!’ (BD Law, Business Day, 06.04.2017, p.26);
  • ‘Anti-Dollarization Policy: Managing Reality – Issues and Discontents’ (co-written, BD Law, BusinessDay, 8.12.2016, p.34); and
  • ‘Fostering Nigerian MSMEs Competitiveness: A Review of the Report by SMEDAN and NBS’, (ThisDay Lawyer, 06.09.2016, p.6)

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