Welcome to Helios Investment Partners
Helios Investment Partners is an Africa-focused private investment firm. Helios operates a family of funds and their related co-investment entities, aggregating more than $3 billion in capital commitments, pursuing a full range of investment types, including business formations, growth equity investments, structured investments in listed entities and large scale leveraged acquisitions across Africa. The firm also managed the $110 million Modern Africa Fund on behalf of a range of investors which included the U.S. government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation and several leading U.S. corporations.
Established in 2004 and led by co-founding partners Tope Lawani and Babatunde Soyoye, Helios is one of the largest investment firms focusing on Africa and is among the few independent pan-African private equity investment firms to be founded and managed by Africans. The investment experience of the members of our team has been gained from decades of collective experience in private equity, in some of the world's most competitive and demanding markets, within such leading firms as TPG Capital, Bain Capital, Warburg Pincus, HgCapital, The Carlyle Group, among others.
Our team has significant experience in private equity investing across a broad range of industries and investment types - leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, joint ventures, seed-stage venture capital, restructurings, and strategic public equity investments. Equally importantly, members of our team possess significant operational expertise derived from our collective involvement in the conceptualisation, creation and development of several new businesses in various markets and from having played critical operating roles in corporate turnaround situations.
We believe that Helios' combination of deep knowledge of the African market, extensive investment experience, the capability to add value to portfolio company operations, and strong network of reliable and trusted local and industrial financial contacts positions it well to identify and execute on attractive investment opportunities in the region.
The principals of Helios believe that the firm is well positioned to serve as a 'bridge' between Africa, on the one hand, and Europe and North America, on the other and that our approach will yield opportunities to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns in the complex but relatively inefficient and uncompetitive region while, at the same time, contributing to the socio-economic development of the continent.
Limited partners in Helios' funds comprise a broad range of the world's leading investors, including sovereign wealth funds, corporate and public pension funds, endowments and foundations, funds of funds, family offices and development finance institutions across the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Certain of Helios' funds are advised by its London-based investment adviser, Helios Investment Partners LLP, which is authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority.
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