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Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST)

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The Tribunal is an independent specialised judicial body established under Section 244 of the Investments and Securities Act (ISA) 1999 (now Section 247 of ISA 2007)to interpret and adjudicate all capital market, investments and other related matters.

History of IST                                                                                                  

 The Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST) is an independent specialized judicial  body, originally established under section 274 of the Investments and Securities Act No. 29 of  2007. It has jurisdiction, original and appellate, to interpret and adjudicate on all capital  market and investments civil disputes as specified under the Investments and Securities Act No.  29 of 2007.
Section 274 of ISA 2007 states that:

“There is established a body to be known as the Investments and Securities Tribunal (in this Act referred to as ‘the Tribunal’) to exercise the jurisdiction, powers and authority of the Tribunal Conferred on it by or under this Act”.

The IST is vested with the onerous responsibility of interpreting the ISA and   adjudicating on disputes and controversies in capital market transactions. The concept of IST,  though novel, is not peculiar to Nigeria. In the U.K., there is the Financial Services and Market  Tribunal (FSMT), in India, the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT), and the Hong Kong Market  Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) amongst others. It is however, pertinent to note that the Tribunal is the  first and only one of its kind in Africa The Tribunal combines the rule of law applicable in  traditional law courts with the responsiveness, flexibility, speed and cost effectiveness associated  with the specialized courts and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems. The Tribunal has  specialized knowledge of the capital market/securities and operations due to the varied technical  and operational skills of its members and staff which it applies in deciding each case brought  before it.

Mission | Obectives

To be a world class capital market Tribunal, that is fair and transparent, dispensing justice without fear or favor.

To provide efficient resolution of capital market disputes with fairness, flexibility and transparency.

Promote integrity and stability in the economy by providing reliable, expedient, flexible and affordable dispute resolutions for litigants.


Our Strenghts

Specialised knowledge of securities law and capital market operations Varied technical & professional skill of members Expertise of members and professional support staff Independence, flexibility and efficiency in settings disputes and Unique case management approach

Our Strategy

The Tribunal combines the rule of law with the responsiveness, flexibility, speed and cost-effectiveness associated with the specialized courts and alternative dispute resolution systems. This is supported by its drive to make justice accessible to investors across Nigeria.

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