FEMI GBEDE

FEMI GBEDE

Executive Council



Schwartz LLC, New York

General Secretary

Overview and Experience

Femi received a full merit-based Arthur Vanderbilt scholarship at the New York University School of Law, where he served as the Graduate Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics and was an elected representative at the Students’ Bar Association. He graduated as the best student in his university, and in the top 1 percent in a national class of 4,891 students at the Nigerian Law School, where he also served as the Treasurer of the Students’ Representative Council.

Femi cut his legal teeth as a finance lawyer at Olaniwun Ajayi LP (OALP), a top tier corporate law firm in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos. At OALP, Femi worked on cutting edge deals and advised sophisticated clients such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. He worked as a Probono Collaborator with Sidley Austin LLP, under its Africa-Asia Agricultural Enterprise Probono Program. Femi was a delegate at the International Young Leaders Assembly, both at the United Nations and the World Bank, and has participated in several international arbitration conferences, seminars, and workshops, including Recent Trends in Investor-State Arbitration (with Herbert Smith LLP), Limits to Party Autonomy in International Commercial Arbitration, in New York, and 60 Years of the New York Convention, in Seville, Spain. Femi was one of the speakers/panelists at the Asian International Arbitration Center’s event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, leading up to the AALCO’s inaugural arbitration forum in 2018.

With a background in Journalism, Femi is licensed to practice law both in New York and Nigeria. He is the incumbent Treasurer of the Nigerian Lawyers Association in New York, and also currently works with a law firm in New York City.