Two Nigerians become partners in an American law firm


David-Chyddy Eleke

An international law firm, McDermott Will & Emery, which is said to be the largest law firm in the United States of America (United States), announced the addition of two Nigerian lawyers, Emeka Charles Chinwuba and Nexus Uzoma Sea as partners of the firm.

While Chinwuba will work in its transactions practice group, Uzoma will work in its New York-based litigation practice group.

McDermott Will & Emery, which employs more than 1,200 lawyers, partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, break down barriers and shape markets. His team works seamlessly across practices and industries to deliver highly effective solutions that propel success.

The two Nigerians are expected to provide strategic advice in the areas of project finance and complex litigation to some of the world’s most esteemed companies, including multinationals and Fortune 500 institutions with operations based in Africa.

“In a spirit of continuous innovation and truly comprehensive customer service, we are delighted to add Emeka and Nexus to our Transactions and Litigation teams.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, clients face increased legal hurdles in different areas of law. Having worked together for years, Emeka and Nexus form a proven team, providing streamlined legal advice to meet the needs of interdisciplinary clients, ”said Michael Poulos, Chief Strategy Officer of McDermott.

Uzoma and Emeka are founding members of “1844,” an African-American lawyer association, founded in 2014 to address the challenges of industry representation and promote collaboration, business development and mentorship.

The name “1844” underlines the year the first African American, Macon Bolling Allen, was admitted to practice law in America. The work of 1844 positively impacts hundreds of diverse summer associates of law firms through its annual summer associate panel discussion, and it benefits college and high school students alike. through its collaboration with Legal Outreach.

Tony Upshaw, Miami-based litigation partner and global chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, said: “In addition to superior technical knowledge in their respective practices, Emeka and Uzoma are pioneers in the fight to eliminate unfair barriers for people of color. in the legal field.

“The Foundations of 1844 align with our commitment to showcasing diverse legal and leadership talents, which will be accelerated by these exceptional lawyers. We are delighted that they have chosen McDermott to continue this important work.

In his speech, Uzoma said they were incredibly excited to join the McDermott team, assuring that they would join forces to provide the best legal services to mutual clients.

Nexus and Emeka were both previously elected president of the Nigerian Lawyers Association at different times in their careers.

Additionally, Emeka recently received recognition from Congress as one of the “30 Black Stars” at the Face2Face Africa Conference and Awards. He is a debt attorney specializing in energy and infrastructure project finance transactions, including conventional and renewable energy, acquisition finance transactions, and state public-private partnerships. -United. His work has covered complex financing projects in the United States, South America, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

He worked for a long time in the United Arab Emirates, where he advised the development and financing of renewable energy projects in the MENA region. It also covers general bank financing transactions, mezzanine and investment grade financing and asset lending transactions.

For his part, Uzoma is a seasoned litigator and rising star trial lawyer representing leading companies in complex commercial litigation, product liability issues and financial services in state and federal courts. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. His practice also includes the emerging field of artificial intelligence and its impact on existing product liability regimes.

He represented one of Africa’s most prominent business leaders in successfully foiling a trade secret lawsuit seeking at least $ 1 billion in damages. In addition, he has successfully conducted internal investigations on behalf of financial institutions, including investigating allegations of cross-trading on behalf of a New York fund of funds and allegations of embezzlement of agents in the United States. name of a cosmetic start-up.


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