Perenami is a Nigerian qualified disputes lawyer specialising in complex, high stakes commercial litigation and international arbitration. She has represented clients in complex international arbitration in sectors such as energy, oil & gas, maritime, infrastructure and investments under institutional rules such as the LCIA, ICC, ICSID, LCA and UNCITRAL.

She has spent over a decade handling complex litigation and international arbitration for multinationals, corporations and state-owned entities in conjunction with law firms in Africa and Europe. She has also acted as arbitrator in institutional arbitrations under the LCA Rules.

Prior to joining Gateley as a Consultant, Perenami was a Partner in a top tier commercial law firm in Africa. She is an appointed member of the Disputes Resolution & Thematic Area of the Nigerian National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable. She is a Council Member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law. She is an ICC YAAF representative, Africa Chapter for the 2021 – 2024 mandate.

How do you help clients?

I help clients resolve complex and high stakes commercial disputes in the most practically commercial manner and ensuring the best results for the clients.


  1. Represented an international oil company in an arbitration pertaining to joint venture disputes of over $4bn arising from oil mining leases which account for a quarter of the contracted gas supply for Nigeria’s Liquified Natural Gas as well as 10% of the country’s national power.
  2. Represented a retail conglomerate in multijurisdictional disputes pertaining to the acquisition of business assets of South African and US retail entities in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
  3. Acted for an exploration and production company in arbitration pertaining to the assignment of interests and cost recovery in a West African oil field for claims of about $40m.
  4. Acted for a multinational smelting company in claims of indemnity arising out of foreign investments of over $600m and arising out of the privatisation of one of Nigeria’s major entities through the bid process involving the Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Nigerian Ministry of Finance Incorporated.
  5. Represented an African resort consortium in arbitration arising out of a golf course construction contract and foreign transfer of technology.