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Our Vision

Founded in 2014 with the support of African investors, KeysFinance Partners is corporate finance advisor, specializing in sub-Saharan Africa, providing services in Mergers and Acquisitions, Financing, Strategy and Investment Advisory to international and regional shareholders, companies and investors.

Our role is to put finance at the service of our clients’ ambition, working alongside them to prepare and execute financial mandates helping them achieve their objective. We pride ourselves with an in-depth knowledge of the regional economic environment which allows us to provide our clients with tailor-made solutions adapted to market constraints:

  • Understanding of underlying strategic and operational issues

  • Leveraging our managerial and operational perspectives

  • Providing tailor-made services

  • Combining our strong regional anchorage with an international network of strategic and financial partners

  • Working for clients in a strictly independent and confidential manner, with the aim of developing and sustaining long term relationships

  • Tapping on an experienced team, with an in-depth knowledge of the African environment

Our Values

Our commitment is to boost added value for our client through ensuring integrity, professionalism and sharing.

INTEGRITY

PROFESSIONALISM

SHARING

An experienced team

with a solid track record in Africa

Our senior team is made up of investment professionals with decades of operational and transactional experience on the African continent.

JOËL  CADIER

Managing Partner

JOËL CADIER

Managing Partner

Joël is the founder and managing partner of KeysFinance Partners since 2014. He brings more than 40 years’ experience in top management positions in Africa and Asia. He particularly acted as Head of Atlantique group and SIFCA group, leading regional companies, where he led the financing, acquisition and divesture for numerous companies in the telecom and agro-industrial sectors.


Joël is a French citizen, graduated from the Sloan Master of the London Business School and is a French chartered accountant
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JEAN-MICHEL  ETTE

Partner

JEAN-MICHEL ETTE

Partner

Jean-Michel is a Partner at KeysFinance Partners where he conducted various transactions in FMCG and business services sectors in Côte d’Ivoire. He has cumulated more than 8 years’ experience in investment banking in West-Africa. Prior to joining Keysfinance in 2014, Jean-Michel started an M&A advisory firm based in Paris and focusing on Africa.

Jean-Michel is an Ivorian-French citizen and holds a master’s degree in Finance from Audencia School of Management in France.

JACQUES  ROUAYROUX

Partner – Senior Advisor

JACQUES ROUAYROUX

Partner – Senior Advisor

Jacques is a non-executive Partner at KeysFinance Partners. He is a seasoned investment banker with more than 30 years’ experience in Africa. After a career as managing director of various industrial groups (Compagnie de Suez, SIPH), he co-founded “Pall Mall Capital” in 2000, a London based investment bank, advising corporate clients in transactions in Europe and in Africa.

He notably conducted the sale of Bank of Africa to BMCE and the sale of Banque Atlantique to Banque Populaire du Maroc.

DÉSIRÉ  ZAKPA

Senior Advisor

DÉSIRÉ ZAKPA

Partner

Désiré joined KeysFinance Partners in 2020 with more than thirty years of top management professional experience in various international groups and financial institutions (KPMG, E&Y, DHL, Citibank etc …). 

Before joining KeysFinance, he had been Special Advisor, Chairman of the Investment Committee and then General Manager at Phoenix Capital Management Group, a financial services group specializing in Private Equity, asset management and financial advisory.

FRANCK DEDI

Director

FRANCK DEDI

Director

Franck is an investment banker with a solid experience in M&A, structuring and raising financing in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining KeysFinance Partners, Franck worked for several years as a Consultant with EY and Dalberg Global Advisors and as Senior Investment Banker at Hudson & Cie.

Franck holds a Diploma in Statistical and Economic Engineering from “Ecole Nationale supérieure de Statistiques et d’Economie Appliquée” (ENSEA). He also holds two professional certifications from the University of Badagri in Nigeria and the Ernst & Young Leadership Center in Johannesburg. 

 

NANAN BONY

Chief Operating Officer

NANAN BONY

Chief Operating Officer

Bony has more than 18 years of experience in operations management and the implementation of performance monitoring and optimization tools in industrial companies in Europe and Africa.

Prior to joining KeysFinance in 2021, Bony held Director positions in management control and finance in subsidiaries of SIFCA Group and Wilmar International.

Bony holds an industrial engineering degree from INPHB in Yamoussoukro and a master’s degree in management from EM Lyon Business School.

 

ARISTOTE HADJOPOULOS

Senior Associate

ARISTOTE HADJOPOULOS

Senior Associate

Aristote joined KeysFinance Partners in 2020 after experiences in Mergers & Acquisitions within the French teams of Clearwater International and Canaccord Genuity.

He has participated in transactions of all sizes, often with an international component, in the real estate, energy, financial services, consumer goods and business services sectors.

Aristotle holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and Tax Strategy and a Magistère in Finance from the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne.

NANCY GNEGBEU

Associate

NANCY GNEGBEU

Associate

Nancy has 6 years of investment banking experience under her belt. Associate at KeysFinance Partners since 2020, Nancy joined the team in 2014.

At KeysFinance Partners, Nancy has participated in transactions in various sectors such as plastics, hotels, telecoms, etc.

Nancy is of Ivorian nationality and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Charles-Louis de Montesquieu University.

YASMINE TOURE

Associate

YASMINE TOURE

Associate

Yasmine joined KeysFinance Partners in 2020 after experience in investment funds and within the PwC Côte d’Ivoire teams in Project Financing.

Yasmine works on different types of transactions in diverse sectors such as FMCG, transport, handling, plastics, … and many others.

Yasmine holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from TELECOM Nancy as well as a Specialized Master’s degree in Strategy and Finance from ESSEC Business School.

ISMAEL DOUMBIA

Analyst

ISAMEL DOUMBIA

Analyst

Ismael has a cumulative experience of 4 years in Mergers & Acquisitions in West Africa and has been involved in several transactions in various sectors including real estate, agribusiness and business services.

Ismael holds a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance (MSTCF) and an Executive Msc in Finance from EM Lyon Business School.

ALEXANDRA EDDE

Executive Assistant

ALEXANDRA EDDE

Executive Assistant

Alexandra is Executive Assistant at KeysFinance Partners since February 2015.

As a technician in Human Resources and Communication, Alexandra joined KeysFinance after 3 years of experience as an Assistant in the financial department of the Ministry of Communication and in a financial consulting firm.