Evaluating the Legality of Virtual Meetings under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of Nigeria

12 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020 Last revised: 8 Sep 2020

Date Written: May 20, 2020

Abstract

The movement restrictions and social distancing directives issued in many jurisdictions across the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted social and commercial interactions and necessitated emergency lifestyle adjustments globally. One of the prominent issues that have consequently arisen from this is the issue of the legality/propriety of companies holding their statutory and annual general meetings (AGMs) virtually in order to balance the imperatives of corporate governance and observance of the relevant company law and regulations on the one hand and compliance with the government’s COVID-19 directives on the other hand. To do this, however, Nigerian companies have been confronted with uncertainties with regard to the position of Nigerian corporate law on virtual company meetings.

This article explores the uncertainties surrounding virtual meetings in the above context and also highlights the true position of Nigerian law on virtual meetings by private and public companies, whilst also proffering suggestions to ameliorate the uncertainty that exists and to bring Nigerian corporate law in tune with modern realities.

Keywords: Companies, Corporate Governance, Virtual Meetings, CAMA

Suggested Citation

Folarin, Akorede, Evaluating the Legality of Virtual Meetings under the Companies and Allied Matters Act of Nigeria (May 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3637095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3637095

Akorede Folarin (Contact Author)

Kevin Martin Ogwemoh Legal ( email )

Nigeria

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