Established in 2008, Lion’s Head is an Investment Bank operating across frontier and emerging markets globally with two principal subsidiaries: LHGP Asset Management, which carries out investment management activities, and Lion’s Head Global Partners, which focuses on financial advisory and capital raising services. We provide tailored and innovative financial solutions across multiple sectors, 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 (regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)), Nairobi, Lagos, New York and Dubai (regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA)), our diverse and dynamic team of over 50 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. Our client base is global and includes governments, multilateral institutions, corporations and financial institutions, as well as development agencies and foundations. Our clients want to work with us because we have a reputation for excellence and consistently deliver top quality outcomes.
Whilst we work across emerging and frontier markets globally, we have a specific focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where our historic experience and local presence gives us a deep understanding of those markets, and their relationship with the development and investor communities. We combine strong macroeconomic skills, and expertise from working with the ratings agencies, MDBs and DFIs, with deep sectoral knowledge in power and infrastructure finance, global health, sustainable finance, impact investing, sovereign advisory, livelihoods, nutrition, real estate, climate and gender finance.
Sustainability is at the core of the work we perform, as is our culture of putting our clients first, delivering outstanding products and services, and upholding the highest professional standards. We understand that financial markets play an important role in supporting economic growth and development, and in addressing the global socio-economic and environmental challenges that this, and future generations, will face. To that end, whilst Lion's Head is a commercial enterprise, we fully understand that long-term profitability can only be achieved through an unwavering commitment to corporate social responsibility that goes beyond regulatory and legal compliance, and includes ethical behaviour and philanthropy. All activities undertaken by Lion’s Head reflect these fundamental values.
The Financial Reporting Council's UK Stewardship Code 2020
The UK Stewardship Code 2020 (the Code) sets out a series of stewardship principles for asset owners, asset managers and service providers which are designed to encourage the responsible allocation, management and oversight of capital and to enhance transparency between investors and management companies. The Code recognises that asset owners and managers play a crucial role in ensuring robust market integrity and reducing systemic risks, thereby leading to sustainable benefits for the economy, the environment and society. Lion’s Head Asset Management, which is a subsidiary of Lion’s Head Group, carries out investment management activities through the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF), the Off-Grid Energy Fund (OGEF) the and the Facility for Energy Inclusion (FEI), alongside other related services. Therefore, whilst not being a direct signatory, Lion’s Head Asset Management supports each of the 12 principles for asset owners and asset managers and we cover all aspects of the Code’s principles in our Fund Investment and Engagement policies to promote effective stewardship and long-term investment decision-making. We regularly review and update our investment policies and internal compliance documentation to ensure we uphold and encourage the Code’s guiding principles.
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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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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We have worked with clients in numerous emerging and frontier markets to raise capital to finance their growth. We help our clients identify their capital needs, optimise capital structures, identify sources of capital, manage risk and execute transactions.