Nicole Foga is the Managing Partner of FOGA DALEY and heads the firm’s Commercial Department. Her practice areas include Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, and Commercial Law. She provides advice on structuring commercial acquisitions and mergers focused on intellectual property and technology assets.
Nicole is frequently requested to advise on the licensing of Information and Communication Technology assets, review endorsement and merchandising agreements for Athletes, Entertainers and Producers, register sanitary products, and establish and maintain start-ups and philanthropic organizations. Nicole qualified as an Attorney-at-Law in Jamaica in 1993 and holds a Master of Laws in Commercial Law from the Aberdeen University in Scotland, a Bachelor of Laws Degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies. She has been a Tutor and Lecturer at the University of Technology and the Norman Manley Law School, a tutor at the Law faculty of the University of the West Indies and is a guest lecturer for the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies.
Nicole is an experienced negotiator in the sale, licensing and acquisition of intangible assets and securing regulatory approvals from the Ministry with responsibility for telecommunications and the Ministry of Health. She has advised on domain name protection, online dispute resolution, legal issues related to social media, other cyberlaw issues, software development, and property acquisition by BPO service providers.
Nicole serves as Chairman of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association, Chairman of the University of Technology Pension Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Jamaican Copyright Tribunal and Director and Company Secretary for Kingston Properties Limited, a public company which is Jamaica’s pioneer Real Estate Investment Trust.
She is also the Director and Company Secretary for the Usain Bolt Foundation, a former Director and Company Secretary for the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica and served four years as a member of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations in the USA.
Prior to co-founding the Firm, Nicole was the Legal Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Technology, the first General Counsel for the Office of Utilities Regulation, Legal Advisor to the Broadcasting Commission in Jamaica, and a Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Nicole has been an invited speaker at national, international and regional conferences and has authored and delivered many papers on telecommunications and intellectual property particularly in the context of digital issues.
Nicole authored Cyber Law in Jamaica, 2012, co-authored with Dianne Daley IP Rights and Caribbean ICT Industries: The Case for Reform - published in Ringtones of Opportunity, 2012 and is currently in the process of updating Cyber Law in Jamaica projected to be finalized before the end of 2017.
In her spare time Nicole grows vegetables, maintains her floral and herbal garden, and takes pictures of her flowers and agricultural produce. She also loves to grill, experiment with seasonings and use her smoker.