Adewale Atake

Templars - Nigeria

Partner and Head, Dispute Resolution


+234 (1) 270 3982; +234 (1) 279 9396

Highly regarded


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Industry sectors:

Oil and gas

Adewale Atake, SAN is a Partner and the Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice at Templars. He has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, and in domestic and international arbitration. 

With almost 30 years of active experience as an advocate in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations, and in litigation at all levels of Nigerian courts in energy, tax and other commercial disputes, his expertise spans a broad range of subjects including crude entitlement disputes, EPC arbitrations, environmental damage claims, investment and commercial disputes, corporate governance disputes, maritime and construction. 

He is regularly recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Chambers Global.

  • Successfully represented and obtained a US$2 billion-plus arbitral award for ExxonMobil and Shell in respect of a crude entitlement dispute with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. 
  • Successfully represented the Delta State investment entities in a US$ 4 billion multi-party ad hoc arbitration initiated by Econet Wireless Limited. 
  • Secured a landmark judgment which resulted in a tax saving of over US$3.7billion in favour of Total E&P Nigeria Limited in a tax appeal against the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service.
  • Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries in an international arbitration held in Seoul, South Korea and in Lagos Nigeria, against its sub-contractor, Sirpi Alusteel in a claim of over US$125 million arising from the non-performance of an EPC contract. 
  • Represented KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton in a pre-arbitration dispute arising from an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract regarding the construction of the US$3 Billion 34,000 barrel-per-day the Escravos Gas-to-Liquids project.
  • Obtained an arbitral award in favour of Nigerian Breweries plc client in a dispute with a national gas supplier/pipeline on the appropriate interpretation of the “take or pay” provisions in a Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) between the parties.

  • Energy Disputes
  • Tax
  • Maritime
  • Financial services regulatory

  • Energy
  • Government and public policy
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping

  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Nigerian Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • International Bar Association