Ugochukwu (Ugo) Ukpabi, Partner


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Born in the south-eastern part of Nigeria, Ugo practiced corporate/commercial litigation after being admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1995. As a senior member of the Nigerian Bar, Ugo also developed a keen interest in foreign investment law − particularly with respect to the oil and gas sector, a dominant sector of the Nigerian economy. Attracted to Canada on a graduate scholarship, Ugo first attended Carleton University, Ottawa, for his MA and whilst in that program, was accepted into the highly competitive internship program of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Thereafter, Ugo completed his doctorate in international trade law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, as a Peter Hogg fellow. His doctoral dissertation, delivered in the fall of 2007, was nominated best overall dissertation in the faculty of graduate studies, Ugo was also a Hugo Grotius fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA (2004). Ugo was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2008, and worked in the commercial litigation group of a Tier 1 National law firm. He was also the compliance counsel of a major Alberta utility. Ugo volunteers extensively and recently completed a Board membership role in an Alberta charity.

Areas of Practice
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Cross-border due diligence reviews
  • Corporate commercial practice involving trans-boundary transactions between corporations based in Africa and their Canadian counterpart

LL.B. (Hons) University of Nigeria BL
LL.M (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (Nigeria)
MA (Carleton University, Ottawa)
Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law, York University, Toronto)
Hugo Grotius Fellow, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA

Bar Admissions

Nigeria (1995): Admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Nigeria
Alberta (2008)

Awards and Honors

Peter Hogg Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Osgoode Hall Law School
Hugo Grotius Visiting Research Scholar, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, USA