Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

11/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2020 14:33

by Weyinmi Popo

Key Experience

  • Cross-border corporate finance lawyer.
  • Focuses on private equity and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) transactions involving Africa.
  • Advises UK and international clients on M&A, private equity, infrastructure and energy transactions.

Practice

Weyinmi Popo advises various Africa-focused private equity sponsors, strategic investors and family offices on complex cross-border investments.

Weyinmi is a native of Nigeria and is a regular contributor to thought leadership on legal and other issues regarding cross-border transactions in Africa.

Representative Work

  • Advised Africa Capital Works on its investment in Gaselia Industries, a leading water and soft drinks manufacturer in West Africa.*
  • Advised Smile Telecom on its bid to acquire 9Mobile Nigeria.*
  • Advised OneFi, one of Nigeria's leading technology-focused consumer finance businesses, on its $5 million debt facility from Lendable.*
  • Advised Wakanow.com, an online travel agency focused on West and East Africa with principal operations in Nigeria on a $40 million investment by the Carlyle Group and the exit of African Capital Alliance and Tiger Global as investors.*
  • Advised TPG Growth's Rise Fund in a $47.5 million Series C funding round in Cellulant Corporation, a digital payments platform for consumers, businesses, financial institutions, governments and mobile network operators that reaches 40 million people across 11 African countries. *
  • Advised Terragon Holdings in a $5 million Series A investment from the TIDE Africa Fund. *
  • Advised Verod Capital Management, a leading Nigerian private equity firm, in its acquisition of a minority stake in education provider Greensprings Educational Services. *
  • Advised LeapFrog Investments Group, a profit-with-purpose investor in emerging markets, on its $180 million investment in Ghana's largest and first publicly listed insurer Enterprise Group. *
  • Advised Synergy Private Equity Fund in its acquisition of Dimension Data Limited (Nigeria) and Dimension Data Limited (Ghana), the Nigerian and Ghanaian subsidiaries of Dimension Data. *
  • Advised Value Added Network Solutions Limited on its merger with Interswitch Limited. *
  • Advised Adlevo Capital on its Series C Investment in Rancard Solutions. *
  • Advised One Credit Limited, a leading Nigerian consumer finance company focused on providing credit to unbanked salaried consumers, on the strategic investment by Net1 UEPS (a NASDAQ listed company) of a 25 percent interest in the Company. *
  • Represented Leapfrog Investments, Ltd., a specialist investor in emerging markets financial services, in connection with the $25 million acquisition of a minority stake in AFB Mauritius Limited, a company that provides African consumers mobile phone access to insurance, savings and credit products. *
  • Advised LeapFrog Investments, Ltd. in connection with its majority investment in Resolution Health East Africa Ltd., a Kenyan health insurance company. *
  • Advised Leapfrog Investments, Ltd. in connection with the sale of its minority stake in Apollo Investments Limited, a Kenya-based insurance company, to Swiss Re Direct Investments, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. *
  • Represented Kunoch Holdings in the acquisition of Actis DB Holdings Limited from Actis LLP and the CDC Group plc. *
  • Advised Helios Investment Partners LLP in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in ARM Pension Managers Limited, Nigeria's largest independent pension fund manager with over $2.2 billion of pension assets under management, from Asset and Resource Management Company Limited. *
  • Advised LeapFrog Investments, Ltd. on the disposal of its interests in Express Life Insurance Company Limited, a Ghanaian company, to Prudential Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Prudential PLC. *
  • Advised Kobo 360 on its $30 million Series A Funding Round led by Goldman Sachs.*

*The above list contains experience gained prior to joining Akin Gump LLP.

Recognition

  • The Legal 500 UK, M&A - Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals; Private Equity: Transactions - Next Generation Partner; Finance: Emerging Markets and Projects, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil & Gas and Power, 2021.