The keys to a successful fundraising for SMEs in West Africa

Several reasons explain why SMEs in Ghana and West Africa struggle to raise funding to finance their growth: many entrepreneurs have limited knowledge of fundraising options available to them and don’t know how to “sell” their investment opportunity to potential investors. Also, they are perceived as riskier than larger companies and have limited access to […]

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The Asia-Africa Nexus

Trade and technology with Africa’s number one trading partner Conversations about trade relations between Africa and Asia tend to contain a few common terms: infrastructure, China, investment, gap. There is a tremendous infrastructure investment opportunity in African countries and yes, China has been pouring billions of dollars into the continent. However, Africans are keen to […]

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Orbitt member snapshot: AXYS

We spoke with Bilal Sassa, Head of Sales at AXYS Group, a broad-reaching financial services group based in Mauritius with operations across the world and in Africa. Tell us more about AXYS and some of the corporate services solutions that you offer clients. AXYS is a financial services group with activities ranging from stockbroking, asset […]

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Orbitt member snapshot: PIB Group

We spoke with Richard Miller, Head of TradeRisk Solutions at PIB Insurance Brokers and part of the PIB Group to hear about their experience in the African insurance space. Can you give some context about PIB Insurance and some of the services that you offer across Africa? Launched in 2015, we have grown rapidly through […]

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Orbitt member snapshot: Cedar Advisory Partners

We spoke with Afolabi Adetola, Managing Partner of investment banking firm, Cedar Advisory Partners, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Can you provide a bit of context about Cedar Advisory Partners and the services that you offer? Cedar Advisory Partners Limited is a diversified investment banking firm established to provide innovative value-adding financial advisory & investment solutions […]

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Orbitt member snapshot: Sefton Fross

We spoke with Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner of Sefton Fross, our newest platform members and a full-service law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Tell us more about Sefton Fross and your primary areas of expertise. Started in 2013, Sefton Fross is one of the fastest-growing solutions-oriented law firms in Lagos, Nigeria. We are dedicated to providing […]

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Orbitt Member Snapshot: MFX Currency Risk Solutions

We spoke with Joseph Khalil, Director at MFX Currency Risk Solutions, a socially-oriented company that supports impact investing with tailored hedging products and risk management education. Can you tell us a bit about MFX Currency Risk Solutions? We were formed in 2009 by a group of micro-SME funds that wanted better hedging solutions so as to […]

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Member snapshot with Kirk Varaden, Chartered Brokers Group

Orbitt speaks with Kirk Varaden, Chairman of Chartered Brokers Group, about their client offering, coverage and expertise in sourcing insurance products for clients across sub-Saharan Africa. Tell us about Chartered Brokers Group and the services that you offer across Africa? We established the company nearly 25 years ago as one of the first insurance brokers […]

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Intelligent Intermediaries: digital business development in Africa

The wave of digitisation: changing our personal and business lives Travel in Africa has its challenges, but the emergence of digitally-enabled services is helping to remove some of the obstacles we face when doing business. Imagine a typical business development trip across the continent: A transaction adviser is on her way from Johannesburg to Nairobi to secure an advisory mandate. It’s […]

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