Nonso Azih is currently the General Manager Legal and Compliance at APM Terminals Apapa Ltd, a member of the A.P Moller-Maersk Group.
He oversees the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance matters, and manage the company’s litigation and commercial transaction portfolio. He has been actively involved in the renegotiation of the company’s Concession Agreement with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) consummated in 2006 upon the privatization of the Ports by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Mr. Azih doubles as the Business Compliance Ambassador (BCA) for the company – which role entails advising management on Maersk global business rules and regulations on anti-corruption, foreign trade control, risk management and competition.
‘Nonso has a good professional background, having worked with several top-tier law firms in Lagos ie Foundation Chambers, ACAS-Law and Banwo & Ighodalo- where he was a Senior Associate in the Shipping, Aviation and International Trade practice group.
He has a notable experience in shipping and admiralty law spanning the arrest and release of ships, carriage of goods by sea, international trade, charter party, cargo claims, cabotage compliance and ship registration, local content in oil and gas, labour law, arbitration, contract negotiations and documentation, legal/legislative drafting as well as general legal advisory. He had represented major P&I clubs, multinationals and national companies in the arrest and release of vessels, resolution of contentious cases on port operations, cargo claims, collisions, port concession/lease disputes and related matters.
Mr. Azih was involved in landmark commercial and criminal litigation at both the High Courts and the Court of Appeal. He is listed as a Legal 500 Next Generation Lawyer for IMEA.
As a dedicated research lawyer, Mr. Azih has worked on research papers/projects on diverse areas of the law particularly on Arrest and Detention of Ships, Admiralty Jurisdiction/Practice and Procedure, Liability Regimes in Carriage of Goods by Sea, Prospects and Challenges in the application of Cabotage and the Local Content Act including the Annual Maritime Seminar for Judges.
He is currently serving as a Member of the Admiralty Law and Procedure Reform Committee.
University of Nigeria (LLB) – 2005
Admitted to the Nigerian Bar – 2006