Name: Emmanuel Ekpenyong Esq.
Firm Name: Fred-young & Evans LP
Jurisdiction: Nigeria
Practice Area: Commercial Litigation Law

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Professional Biography:

Leaders in Law endorses Emmanuel Ekpenyong as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in Nigeria. If you wish to get in touch with Emmanuel please use the contact information provided above.

Emmanuel joined Strachan Partners, a leading commercial law firm in Lagos, Nigeria in September 2009. In October 2011, he moved from Lagos to Abuja to establish and manage the Abuja practice of the firm. In 2014, he joined other partners to establish Fred-Young & Evans LP, a full service commercial law firm and Fred-Young Recoveries, an international debt collection firm.

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as Counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He is involved in several public interest litigations like the suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account and the action to compel the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to promulgate an Order to bring Part I of the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act, CAP, F35, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 into operation.

In 2020, Emmanuel commenced an action to challenge the legality of some provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 which infringe the Constitutional fundamental human rights of citizens and other provisions of the Constitution. He also instituted an action for the Court to interpret the extent of the Right to Life under Section 33 of the Constitution and the duty of the Nigerian State to protect and preserve human life. In 2021, he instituted an action for the Court to interpret whether the National Assembly which is Nigerian legislative arm of Government has Constitutional powers under its oversight functions in Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution, to summon the President of Nigeria to answer questions on security of lives and properties in Nigeria.

Emmanuel is exposed to Nigeria’s Constitutional, corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on the legal regime in doing business in Nigeria. He is listed as a foreign associate with James Ling Attorney at Law, China. He is the sole commercial litigation expert in IR Global, Leaders in Law, Advisory Excellence and World Law Alliance networks. He is a Debt Collection Expert in Global law Experts and The Lawyer’s Network. He is the sole Nigerian Partner in International Credit Exchange and the Nigerian Legal Expert on Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel is profiled as a National Expert by Getting the Deal Through. He received a Certificate of Excellence and Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Smartest Companies of the Year” by Silicon Review, 2020 ( . Fred-Young & Evans was listed amongst the “50 Best Companies to Watch, 2021” by CIO Bulletin 2021 (50 Best Companies to Watch 2021 ( He is also listed amongst the “The 10 Most Innovative Business Leaders Making Difference in 2021” by the INC Magazine.

Emmanuel has authored several scholarly articles on family law, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration, debt collection and insolvency, company law and practice, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and arbitral awards, telecommunications,  real estate and construction, due diligence and legal audit compliance on Mondaq, Getting the Deal Through, Lexology, Corporate LiveWire, Virtual RoundTable, Finance Monthly, Lexology, Financial Worldwide, Start-up Overseas.

Emmanuel’s recent books are “Impact of Nigeria’s Legislations and Business Practices on Foreign Investments” available on He also wrote as a specialist contributor on the topic “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards and Foreign Judgments in Nigeria” to the book “Contemporary Issues in Law and Society: Legal Essays in Tribute to Hon. Justice Chinwe E. Iyizoba JCA” of the Court of Appeal. He wrote a dissertation on “Arbitration! A Bane to Prompt Resolution of International Commercial Disputes; A Case of Nigeria” in partial fulfilment towards an award of LLM Degree by the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel studied law at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and graduated in 2006 with a Second Class Upper Division LLB Degree in Civil Law. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos where he also graduated with a Second Class Upper Division and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. He holds a Pass with Merit LLM Degree in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool, England.

Emmanuel is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, U.K. He is a practicing Nigerian Lawyer with vast international business advisory and public interest litigation experience.

Firm Description:

At Fred-Young & Evans LP, we offer an array of legal services in support of our Clients. We consistently proffer commercially focused, time and cost effective as well as result oriented legal advice to challenging commercial transaction and disputes.

We combine industry-leading insight with responsiveness in a way that promotes our Clients’ interests. Our wide range of practical corporate practice and litigation experience has positioned our firm to offer effective solutions to complex disputes and problems.

We integrate innovation into every aspect of our work by identifying international best legal practice and recent decisions of Nigerian superior courts and other commonwealth countries on our practice areas. We attempt to improve Nigerian law and practice through research on developments in other jurisdictions.

We are members to many reputable international networks including International Credit Exchange, IR Global, The Lawyers Network, Leaders in Law, The Legal 500, Advisory Excellence, STARTUPOverseas, Global Law Experts, International Advisory Experts. From our offices in Abuja, we have established a working relationship with attorneys in major cities in Nigeria and throughout Africa.