The renewed dynamism of the West African business environment confirmed the crazy intuition that encouraged me to create a merchant bank for companies, banks and West African States back in 2006.
I started my career in 1996 assessing the impact of Côte d’Ivoire’s policy of attracting direct foreign investment and negotiating structuring infrastructure financing agreements. As an advisor to the Minister of Trade, I participated in the trade negotiations between ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) countries and the European Union.
In 2000, in Paris, I joined the Africa Merchant Bank (AMB) – a merchant bank of the Belgolaise Bank, which is a subsidiary of the Fortis Group. Then I helped open a “West Africa” office offering risk analysis, business and government consulting, structured commodity finance, project financing, and the financial restructuring of undertakings.
For over 18 years, I have worked as merchant banker driven by strong convictions. By multiplying the opportunities of using local savings, our economic actors will be able to finance domestic and inclusive growth. Scaling up of African capitalism means that financial institutions need to provide high-quality bespoke services.
The Africa Link Capital Group team is continuing its entrepreneurial adventure in a context full of exciting opportunities. Infrastructure financing, PPPs, strategic and financial advice to companies and governments, securitisation, etc., more than ever, Africa needs high-quality financial engineering.
Here, you will find an overview of our business, our services and some examples of our transactions and references.
Trained in North America (HEC Montreal and Mercer University, Atlanta), Serge Tidiane Diop has over twenty years’ experience in analysis consulting and merchant banking. He started his career in 1996 in the public sector as an analyst and account manager at the Bureau National d’Etudes Techniques et de Développement (BNETD) attached to the Presidency of Côte d’Ivoire. In 1998, he was appointed as an advisor to the Ministry of Trade and worked on agricultural raw materials, liberalising strategic sectors, as well as conducting trade negotiations with the EU. In 2000, he joined the Africa Merchant Bank in Paris before opening a regional office in Abidjan in 2002. In 2006, he created Africa Link Capital, the first independent merchant bank serving the WAEMU zone from Abidjan – the region’s economic and stock market “capital”.