The Executive Committee

Chidi Agbapu

Chidi provides strategic leadership in our Equity Capital Market Group. Before joining the firm, he was a co-founder and the chief executive officer of Emerging Capital Limited, a stock brokerage firm and member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Emerging Capital limited, he was at Prominent Securities Limited where he trained as a dealing clerk and rose to become the chief dealer and head of securities trading.

Chidi, an avowed entrepreneur, has over two decades experience in commercial and mortgage banking in Nigeria. He commenced his career in New Nigeria Bank Plc where he was exposed to credit structuring and was a founding partner in Financial Mortgage Limited, a primary mortgage institution where, as the head of treasury, he was involved in loan syndication for various real estate projects. He serves as director on the boards of Central Securities Clearing system Plc (CSCS), MTI Plc, MTI limited, Ghana, General Cotton Mill Plc, Onitsha, Bendel Feeds & Flour Mills Plc, and Chairman, Fidelity Bank Plc Audit Committee.

Chidi holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Masters Degree in Banking and Finance and Masters in International Law and Diplomacy both from university of Lagos. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), and an associate member of both the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of management (NIM).

Efe Akhigbe

Efe provides tactical leadership in the Debt Capital Market Services Group. He is a thorough-bred professional with over 23 years experience in the banking industry. His experience encompasses origination, structuring and execution. Efe started his banking career in Investment Banking at the First National Bank of Boston (NAMBL).

While at NAMBL, he had varied experiences including capital raising, corporate restructuring and financial advisory, mergers & acquisitions and specialised credits. His career later took him to UBA Plc where he handled major relationships in the public and commercial banking sectors of the bank as Group Head in charge of Midwestern region. He returned to Investment Banking in UBA Plc setting up UBA Securities Limited which changed to UBA Global Markets and later UBA Capital. Efe joined Dunn Loren Merrifield as pioneer Executive Director and resigned in May 2011 to join two other entrepreneurs to set up Planet Capital Limited.

Efe has been involved in landmark transactions for both corporate and government institutions raising capital in excess of US$5billion for the following clients amongst others: Nigerian Bottling Company Plc (Coca Cola Group), Ashaka Cement Plc (Lafarge Group), UBA Plc, Dangote Flour Plc (Dangote Group), First City Monument Bank Plc, Imo State & Ebonyi State Governments of Nigeria (ISPO-backed Bonds), etc. Efe is a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) registered capital market operator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, holds an MSc in Financial Analysis and Fund Management from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, an MBA from the University of Lagos and a BSc. Honours degree in Business Administration from the University of Benin. He was a university scholar and the best graduating student in his department

Tony Anonyai

Tony has extensive experience in financial intermediation, new business development, consulting and capital markets spanning over two decades. He was the founding Managing Director of Strategy & Arbitrage Limited, a brokerage and dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

He began his career in the accounting firm of Anjous, Uku, Eweka & Co, Chartered Accountants. He also worked with the Programme Coordination & Management Unit of the European Union/Federal Government of Nigeria Joint Venture Oil Palm Belt Development Programme as the Project Accountant and Capri-Martins Finance Limited as an Accountant.

Mr. Anonyai is a Ph.D candidate at the International School of Management, Paris, with research interests in corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos. He has attended a number of executive and professional development courses: University of North Texas, Denton Advanced Accounting & Financial Management (1998); Lagos Business School – Chief Executive Program (2008) and IESE Business School – Advanced Management Program (2008). He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered of Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; an associate of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers and the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria; and the American Finance Association.

He sits on the board of Enterprise Leasing Company Limited, Electronic PayPlus Limited and Leverage Opportunities Limited and chairman, the Audit Committee of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc.

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