Oluwaseyi Abe is currently the Managing Director / CEO of Magnartis Finance & Investments Limited — one of the most structured players in the Nigerian Capital Market with regional market operations that cut across emerging African markets. Prior to this engagement, Mr. Abe (on secondment from Magnartis Finance & Investments Limited) was the Chief Investment Officer of Aiico Pension Managers Limited.
One of the thoroughbred investment banking careerists in his generation; Mr. Abe started his career with Leadbank Group in January 1990. In August of the same year, he was seconded to Nigerian Stockbrokers Limited – a subsidiary of NAL Bank Plc for one-year training in stockbroking and investment management.
He returned to Leadbank Group in January 1992 after a successful training program and qualification as a profes- sional Stockbroker. On his return to Leadbank Group, he commenced trading on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange for the bank and acted in many capacities as investment manager and-advisor. He was involved in capital raising exercise for many companies amongst which are FBN Plc, UBA Plc, IBL Plc, UBN Plc. and Wema Bank Plc. etc. He participated in packaging several Initial Public Offers, (IPO), Rights Offers etc. Mr. Abe was also involved in both local and foreign treasury dealing activities. For several years, he played leading roles in the marketing of the bank’s treasury / capital market products. He at different times headed various functional units of the bank such as Investment Banking, Private Banking; Issuing House; Corporate Finance; Transaction Banking, Treasury Marketing and Product Development. He also had a stint in the commercial & consumer banking group.
Further, Mr. Abe was very instrumental to the development of the bank’s asset management business and deployment of same across the bank’s branches nationwide. He rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer for Lead Securities and Investments Limited-a stockbrokerage and asset manage- ment company and member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Mr. Abe Left Lead Capital in September 2006 for Magnartis Finance & investments Limited (Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange).
Mr. Abe is an accomplished Investment Banker, a serial investor and very active operator in the financial market landscape. He rose to the peak of the stockbroking profes- sion and is currently the immediate past President / CIC of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.
He attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife where he bagged a Second Class (Upper) Honors Degree in Social Sciences and finished as the Institutions best graduating student in Sociology and Anthropology for the year 1988. He obtained a M.Sc. Degree in Marketing from the University of Lagos, Akoka in 1996 and an MBA from Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti in 1998. He also attended the prestigious Senior Management Program of the Lagos Business School (Pan African University).
Mr. Abe presently on the board of Kingspride Group, Insight Microfinance Bank Limited, Magnartis Finance & Investments Ltd (Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange), D2RS Group, Pure Imagination Limited (South Africa) and Astrocraft Consulting (UK).
Mr. Abe is widely travelled and has an uncanny networking capability.