It was a new dawn of sorts as the Capital Market Solicitors Association (CMSA) held its 22nd Annual General Meeting on Friday, 27 October 2023, at the Lagos Continental Hotel.
The AGM brought together the Trustees, the Executive Committee, and member firms of the CMSA.
At the AGM, Mr. Chike Obianwu, the Chairman of the CMSA, gave his report on the activities of CMSA within the year.
He said that the CMSA had continued to look after the interest of lawyers in the Capital Market space, promoting awareness as regards rules and regulations within the Nigerian capital market, engaged in continuous legal education activities through various training sessions, and organized a successful business summit.
The AGM also witnessed the election of the New Executive Committee in elections conducted by Trustees of the CMSA, led by Mr. Zik C. Obi III.
Mr Odiaka Vincent Iweze, a Partner at Pentagon Partners Legal Practitioners emerged unopposed as the 9th Chairman of the CMSA. Mr Iweze, a former Secretary and Immediate past Vice Chairman took over from Mr. Chike Obianwu of Templars. Other newly elected members of the CMSA Executive Committee, are Simisola Eyisanmi of Duale, Ovie & Alex-Adedipe as Vice-Chairperson, Mabel Okereke of Babalakin & Co. as Secretary, and Comfort Agboola of Olaniwun Ajayi LP as Assistant Secretary.
Also elected are Temidayo Ajayi Bello of Detail Commercial Solicitors as Financial Secretary, Ekundayo Onajobi of Udo Udoma & Bello Osagie as Treasurer, Victoria Ezekiel Anuri of Templars as Publicity Secretary and Isioma Idigbe of Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors as Social and Welfare Secretary. Apart from the positions of the Vice Chairman and Secretary, which were keenly contested for at the AGM, all other positions were unopposed.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Iweze promised to serve with integrity, passion and relentless pursuit of excellence. He also assured CMSA members present, that he was ready to take on the challenges, embrace the opportunities, and lead the CMSA with integrity, passion, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. He also expressed his excitement about the calibre of people who make up our Board of Trustees ably led by Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN. He stated that the Board of Trustees comprised of industry veterans and the new Executive Committee would not shy away from seeking their guidance and advice.
The AGM ended on a successful note.