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 have conceived the following funds focused on frontier and emerging markets along with our strategic partnerships.
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.
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 $58m at first close in August 2018, and is now actively investing.
The Facility for Energy Inclusion has been particularly designed to support small-scale Independent Power Producers (IPPs), mini-grids and captive power projects by providing various debt products, including corporate and project loans, construction/bridge loans and mezzanine finance, in both hard and local currencies. Focusing on smaller facility it envisages bringing electricity to smaller countries or regions that are not adequately serviced by the main grid. Eligible investments are projects using renewable energy technology with capital expenditures of less than US$ 30 million and a capacity below 25MW.
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.
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.