Folahan is a Senior Counsel in the Shipping & Litigation Practice Group of the firm based in Lagos.
Folahan has garnered valuable legal experience in International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation. He has been involved in a number of large complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters in Nigeria and has advised on private international law issues arising from cross-border transactions. Folahan has acted as Tribunal Secretary to Sole Arbitrators and Arbitral Tribunals in Commercial Arbitration Proceedings in Nigeria. He has also advised local and international clients on insolvency proceedings and the preservation of assets in Nigeria. His other areas of legal competence include: Anti-Bribery and Anti Money Laundering Advisory; Corporate Insolvency and FIDIC Construction Contracts.
Prior to joining ACAS-Law, Folahan had obtained valuable legal experience from the oldest Free Legal Advice Centre in London, United Kingdom; a leading Barristers’ Chambers in London, United Kingdom; and an International Arbitration Institution in South-East Asia, as well as other prominent law firms in Lagos, Nigeria.
Having graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2010, Folahan successfully completed his Bar examinations at the Nigerian Law School in 2011. In 2014, he obtained an LL.M degree focused on International Commercial Arbitration; International Construction Arbitration; Investor-State Dispute Settlement and Private International Law from Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom. His LL.M dissertation was on the Ratione Materiae Jurisdiction of an ICSID Tribunal over construction disputes.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria. Folahan has been an Arbitrator at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna since 2014 and the Lagos Court of Arbitration Young Arbitrators Network’s (“LCAYAN”) International Commercial Arbitration Moot since 2017. In April 2017, Folahan was appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) in Paris as a Regional Representative of the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (“ICC YAF”) for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey Region. He enjoys playing Table Tennis.
Folahan has delivered lectures and moderated discussions at local and international arbitration conferences. He has written on many contemporary legal issues and has been published on LexisNexis PSL.