Chapel Hill Denham’s CEO Bolaji Balogun shares his views with CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor on the importance of a peaceful and successful election in attracting investments into Nigeria.
Bolaji will serve as the Fund’s Chief Investment Officer. Bolaji is the Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham and is one of the leading deal makers by volume and value of successfully completed transactions in Nigeria, over the last decade. He has over twenty-seven years’ experience in financial services experience and mobile telecommunications.
After spending eleven years in investment banking and securities trading within FCMB Group from 1990 to 2001, Bolaji co-founded Econet Wireless Nigeria now Airtel Nigeria, in January 2001, which was the first major private infrastructure project in Nigeria. Bolaji led the capital raising and license auction process for Econet Wireless Nigeria’s USD285million GSM license. He was also responsible for the USD740 million multi-currency financing for the mobile network rollout. Through this infrastructure financing, MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group was re-opened to Nigeria. Additionally, the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the same financing made its first commitment to Nigeria. The US$1.67 billion sale of Econet Wireless to Celtel in 2005 remains Nigeria’s single largest successfully exited infrastructure investment.
Bolaji returned to Investment Banking when he founded Chapel Hill in 2005. Over the past decade, he has worked with clients on the financing of several infrastructure projects including a 90MW captive power plant, Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge, Lagos-Badagry dual carriage way, upgrade of Ozumba –Mbadiwe road, Lagos rail mass transit project (Blue Rail) and the acquisition of the assets and liabilities of the Lekki Concession Company by the Lagos State Government. He also advised on several Real Estate projects including Eko Atlantic, Persianas Limited’s development of the Palms Shopping Mall, Lagos and the Polo Park Mall in Enugu, amongst several others.
Bolaji is Chairman of Lafarge Africa Plc and a Director of Trustfund Pensions Plc, one of Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Managers. He was formerly Chairman of Nahco FTZ Limited, a former Director of Nahco Aviance Plc and NASD Plc. He was appointed to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Africa Advisory Board in September 2009 and was Chairman of the investment banking trade group, the Association of Issuing Houses of Nigeria from September 2010 to July 2014.
Bolaji, through Chapel Hill Denham is a co-sponsor in a greenfield 746MW combined cycle power plant, which has secured land, right of way approvals and approval from the Transmission Company of Nigeria to turn in and out of the 330KV double circuit Omotosho- Epe-Ajah transmission lines. He is an Economics (Honours) graduate of the London School of Economics.
Denis is an infrastructure finance expert with over three decades’ experience and wide-ranging global experience in reviewing, analysing, structuring and negotiating equity and debt investments in infrastructure, across sectors including conventional & renewable power generation; utilities such as district heating, gas distribution, water and waste management; and transportation. His experience has been spread across Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.
Until recently, Denis was the Chief Investment Officer of the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), a position he held for almost 15 years. At IFC, he played a leadership role in teams executing some of the most challenging transactions – taking them from origination, through due diligence, credit committee and documentation. He contributed IFC perspective to the broader World Bank Group initiatives and maintained IFC relationships with leading international project sponsors such as Eon, Veolia, RWE, EdF and Wartsila.
From 1999 to 2001, Denis was manager of the World Bank’s central energy group, which leads on global topics such as access to energy, global warming and tariffs. He led the teams of international specialists to present international power sector privatization experience in a number of countries. He was also member of management committee of Prototype Carbon Fund, set up to stimulate carbon trading mechanisms to ensure appropriate risk focus as he built up a substantial portfolio.
Between 1991 and 1999, as a founder member of IFC’s specialist Power Group, Denis participated in or led many of the major emerging markets power project financings of the 1990s. His notable achievements included: leading the successful financing of Energy Center Kladno, the first greenfield, private power project in the former Communist world; leading the financing of Puerto Quetzal Power, sponsored by Enron, possibly Latin America’s first modern IPP; closing IFC financing of a 500 MW coal-fired plant in India and structuring, negotiating and syndicating financing for fuel-oil fired plants in Central America and the Caribbean.
Philip is the co-founder of Axius Capital, where he has been involved in developing the investment frameworks for channelling institutional capital into long-term infrastructure projects in emerging & frontier markets. Philip trained and qualified as an ACA with Touche Ross (now Deloitte LLP) in London in 1993 and has spent the past over 20 years working in emerging and frontier markets with Deutsche Bank, EFG-Hermes and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Between 1997 and 2009, Philip ran the Corporate and Investment Bank division for emerging markets at Deutsche. At Deutsche, Philip was responsible for relocating the Project Finance business to Dubai and running it. At Deutsche and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Philip ran balance sheets of circa USD10 billion with substantial infrastructure exposure. He also chaired the loan screening committee for emerging markets during his time at Deutsche Bank.
Between 2009 and 2015, Philip was the CEO of two independent investment banks, EFG-Hermes GCC (2009-2011) and Exotix (2013-2015), a frontier market focused merchant bank, where he led the strategic growth of its business with particular focus on equity and capital markets in Africa. In the interim period, Philip was appointed President of the Middle East and North Africa region for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Philip has significant experience managing global banks in emerging markets and has executed numerous transactions in these markets across a wide range of sectors, including infrastructure, energy and financial services. At Axius Capital, he has been responsible for repackaging infrastructure loans to sell to the institutional market, including a USD700 million infrastructure loan for Angola.
Philip has been a non-executive director of a GCC hospital company and a GCC financial services player.
Philip is a qualified UK Chartered Accountant and is a graduate of Durham University.
The Fund’s Investment Team will be led by Anshul Rai, who is also a member of the Investment Committee.
Anshul has over nineteen years’ experience in emerging markets infrastructure, with focus on principal investments, project finance and financial advisory. He has financed and invested in numerous projects across power, energy, utilities and transport sectors, with investment value of nearly USD50 billion.
Anshul started his career with IFCI Limited, India, where he executed a number of large debt financing transactions for infrastructure projects. He then worked at KPMG’s infrastructure advisory group, focusing on financial advisory and financing transactions in power, transport and utilities sectors. Subsequently, Anshul joined Veolia Water’s South Asia unit working on development and financing of PPP projects in water and utilities. In 2004, he moved to the Middle East joining Bank Muscat’s infrastructure group and managed a number of senior/subordinated debt transactions as well as capital markets deals for infrastructure projects.
Between 2006 and 2011, Anshul was the founding team member and managing director of the MENA Infrastructure Fund, where he originated and executed a large number of investments and managed the fund’s portfolio of USD200 million. He represented the fund on investee companies’ boards and provided strategic direction on their business plans and expansion proposals.
Some of the transactions that Anshul has been closely associated with include Qurrayah power project in Saudi Arabia (USD2.8 billion), Morupule power project in Botswana (USD1.5 billion), Barka-2 power & water project in Oman (USD700 million), Delhi power sector privatization project (USD500 million), coal and gas fired IPPs in India aggregating 3,000MW (USD3 billion), Alexandria container terminal project in Egypt (USD300 million), Salalah port expansion project in Oman (USD450 million), Dhamra port financing in India (USD250 million), Hazira port financing in India (USD300 million), Madinah airport development in Saudi Arabia (USD1.5 billion), Delhi/Mumbai airport privatization project in India (USD1 billion), Delhi-Noida toll bridge in India (USD100 million), Jamshedpur water project in India (USD150 million), Disi-Amman water transmission project in Jordan (USD700 million) and multiple water, wastewater and municipal waste management supply projects across Africa, Middle East and Asia (over USD500 million).
Throughout his career, Anshul has led and managed cross-disciplinary teams on transaction structuring, due diligence, financial modelling, negotiations and documentation. In infrastructure debt, he has had extensive involvement both senior and subordinated debt transactions in different sectors, across a number of jurisdictions.
Abidemi Oni is the Head of Finance and Operations at Chapel Hill Denham. He has over 17 years of experience in financial services. He was the Group Financial Controller at Investment One Financial Services Limited before joining Chapel Hill Denham in 2014. Prior to Investment One Financial Services Limited, ‘Bidemi was the Financial Controller for Intercontinental Bank Capital Market.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University and an MBA in Finance from the Lagos State University. He is also an Associate of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Tajudeen Ibrahim is the Head of Research at Chapel Hill Denham. He has over 10 years of experience in asset management and investment research. Prior to joining Chapel Hill Denham, he was an equity research analyst within Standard Bank Group. He also managed the pension and gratuity funds of multinational companies within the Standard Bank Group.
Tajudeen holds an MBA from University of Lagos and an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan.
Ibironke Sokefun is the Head of Alternatives at Chapel Hill Denham. She has over 11 years of experience in Asset Management, Project Finance and Investment Banking. ‘Ronke worked at Chapel Hill Denham from 2006 to 2011 in Finance and Principal Investing. Prior to rejoining Chapel Hill in 2013, Ibironke was the Head of Structured Finance at Greenwich Trust Limited. Ibironke also worked at UBA Capital Limited in Project and Infrastructure Finance.
‘Ronke holds a BSc in Microbiology from Ogun State University and a Masters in Computing from Cardiff University. She is an Associate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS).
Bode Orimogunje is the Regional Head of Chapel Hill Denham in Northern Nigeria. He has over 27 years of experience in logistics and financial services. He was an Assistant Vice President and Head of Retail at CSL Stockbrokers Limited before joining Chapel Hill Denham in 2011.
Bode holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University and a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Bayero University. He also holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Leicester. He qualified as an Authorised Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1996 and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS).
Nii Nartei Nartey is Managing Director at Chapel Hill Denham Management (Ghana) Limited. He has over nine years of experience in financial services. Nii Nartei started his career as a Stockbroker (Authorised Dealing Officer) at EDC Stockbrokers Ltd (part of Ecobank Capital). Nii Nartei joined Chapel Hill Denham Securities (Ghana) Limited in 2011 as its first Authorised Dealing Officer. He left in 2013 to join EM Capital Partners Limited as Head of Collective Investments Schemes, where he was responsible for the structuring, sales and management of all the firm’s CIS products. Subsequently, he was made the General Manager of EM Capital Partners with additional oversight responsibilities for Pensions, Private Wealth and CIS portfolios. In 2011, Nii Nartei was adjudged the Most Promising Young Investment Professional at the “2010 Ghana Investment Awards”.
Nii Nartei is a graduate of Agriculture from the University Of Ghana and is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance and Risk Management from the Business School Netherlands.
Lanre Buluro is a Director and Head of Sales at Chapel Hill Denham. He has over 20 years of experience across investment banking, corporate finance, and healthcare. Prior to joining Chapel Hill Denham, Lanre was a pioneer member of the management team at Primera Africa where he had responsibilities including institutional sales, investment research, financial advisory, and securities brokerage. Prior to Primera, Lanre was an Equity Research Analyst at Bloomberg LP, covering the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry. Prior to Bloomberg, Lanre worked as a corporate finance associate at Roche Pharmaceuticals working primarily on deal analysis, asset valuation, and strategic due diligence for global in-licensing opportunities and acquisitions of clinical-stage drug assets. Lanre began his professional career as a molecular biochemist at Orchid Biosciences Inc. as a member of the drug and diagnostic device development team.
Lanre is a graduate of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Economics from Rutgers College. He also holds an MBA from Rutgers Business School with a concentration in Finance and Pharmaceutical Management.