Lion's Head Global Partners

A global investment banking, asset management and advisory firm focused on delivering value to our clients in emerging and frontier markets

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Lion's Head Group

Established in 2008, Lion’s Head is an investment bank operating across frontier and emerging markets globally. We provide tailored and innovative financial solutions by leveraging our global relationships and networks, and local market understanding, to deliver the best financial solutions to our client's diverse challenges.

With offices in London, Nairobi, New York, Lagos and Dubai, our diverse and dynamic team of over 60 finance professionals provide deep sectoral expertise, a broad product offering and the ability to leverage the synergies between our corporate finance, asset management and advisory activities.  

Sustainability is at the core of what we do. Our long-term success is built on an unwavering commitment to addressing global socio-economic and environmental challenges through the development of financial markets. Our culture puts clients first, delivers outstanding products and services, and upholds the highest professional standards. Please see here for our ethical investing and disclosure policies.

Our firm has two principal subsidiaries: LHGP Asset Management and Lion’s Head Global Partners


Lion’s Head Global Partners:

We provide financial advice and raise capital

Lion’s Head designs innovative and solution-driven financing structures in multiple sectors, and raises capital across emerging markets. We have recognised expertise in the development and implementation of new fund structures and investment platforms. Services include transaction structuring for debt and equity in the public and private sectors, fund structuring, sovereign advisory, capital raising, bond issuance, market scoping and investment evaluations.
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Service Offerings

Through our family of funds and our network of partners and clients, we are proud to be able to offer out expertise in the the following areas:

Financial Advisory
Health
Natural Resources
Power and Infrastructure
Real Estate
Sovereign Advisory
Sustainable and Impact Finance

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LHGP Asset Management

We manage four pioneering funds with $550 AUM

Lion’s Head is an active investor and fund manager. We are the authorised manager of four pioneering funds, including the African Local Currency Bond Fund, a ground-breaking investment vehicle established to support local currency capital markets and promote economic development in high impact target sectors. We now have over US$550 million of assets under management with investments in 18 African countries, giving us unique insights into local market activity.
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Our Funds

Lion's Head Global Partners have conceived the following funds focused on frontier and emerging markets along with our strategic partnerships.

African Local Currency Bond Fund

The African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF) was conceived by KfW to address the current underdevelopment of local currency bond markets in Africa. The fund focuses on improving access to long-term funding in local currency, strengthening the capacity of local markets, and creating opportunities for local investors by acting as an anchor investor. The ALCBF also provides technical assistance for local currency bond issuances by financial service providers and companies operating in developmental sectors. To date, the fund has invested over US$90mm in 20+ companies across 14+ African countries in sectors such as financial inclusion, agriculture, housing and renewable energy sectors.

Off-Grid Energy Access Fund

The Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF) has been structured by Lion’s Head in partnership with the African Development Bank and Nordic Development Fund. OGEF offers a flexible, pragmatic and context driven approach to transaction structuring, provides local currency options to reduce risk for borrowers and their customers, and help create lasting local capital markets participation in the sector. As with the ALCBF, OGEF also provides technical assistance to companies to support market development. OGEF, with a target size of $100-150m, raised $58m at first close in August 2018, and is now actively investing.

The Facility for Energy Inclusion

The Facility for Energy Inclusion has been particularly designed to support small-scale Independent Power Producers (IPPs), mini-grids and captive power projects by providing various debt products, including corporate and project loans, construction/bridge loans and mezzanine finance, in both hard and local currencies. Focusing on smaller facility it envisages bringing electricity to smaller countries or regions that are not adequately serviced by the main grid. Eligible investments are projects using renewable energy technology with capital expenditures of less than US$ 30 million and a capacity below 25MW.

AfricaGoGreen Fund

The AfricaGoGreen Fund (AGG) was initiated by KfW to promote private investments which mitigate or reduce the emission of Green House Gases (GHG). The fund seeks to encourage the transition to less carbon intensive economic development by providing medium and long-term debt, mezzanine financing, and technical assistance to corporate and industrial entities, local financial institutions and ‘Partner Institutions’ which are developing and/or investing in eligible Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy projects. The AGG has been launched with €32 million and a Technical Assistance Facility of €3million and anticipates growing to €150 million in the next 18 months and will focus particularly on Compact with Africa countries in West Africa.

Clients & Partners

We are always stronger when we collaborate. We have worked with a handpicked selection of some of the finest names in the financial industry whose goals and ethics clearly align with our own. Our shared expertise have ensured a strong track record of successful investments and maximised the positivity of each investments impact.

ALCB Fund
AMR
AP Moller
Africa Green Co
African Development Bank
African Export-Import Bank
Alios Finance
Angolan DMO
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bio Carbon Fund
CDC Investment Works
CGIAR
CRRH
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Cote d’Ivorian Government
Department for International Development
Development Bank of Rwanda
EADB
EAIF
ENH
East Africa Community
East Africa Exchange
Escom
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
FCPF
FEI OGEF
FSD Africa
Farm Africa
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Frontclear
Fundo Soberano
GIIF
Gain
Gatsby Partners
Gavi Matching
Genesis Energy
Global Green Growth Institute
Global Health Investment Fund
Global Investment Fund for Water
Global Partners for Education
Grand Challenges Canada
Green Investment Bank
IFC
IFFIM
In 2 Care
International Housing SOlutions
Jordanian
KCCA
KFW
Ken Gen
Kenya Bankers Association
Kenya National Treasury
Kenya Pooled Water Fund
Kenya Roads Board
Kenya Wildlife
Kilimo Salama
Lusaka Water
Masdar
NHC
Nakuru Waste
Nama Facility
Namibia
National Rail
New Forests
Nigerian Diaspora
ORA Group
PCI Group
PEG Ghana
PIDG
PIOJ
Pivot
Power of Nutrition Fund
Renergen
Rift Valley
Rotan Energy
Rwanda
SA Taxi
Safe Water Network
Sanofi
Senelec
Sida
South African Reserve Bank
Southern African Development Community
Tanzanian Ministry of Industry
Team Fund
The Foreign Commissioners Office
The Global Fund
The Rockafeller Foundation
The World Bank
Tilda
Trademark East Africa Bank
UBS Optimus Foundation
US Aid
United Global Mental
World Health Organisation