Founded in 2004 by Babatunde Soyoye and Tope Lawani, Helios Investment Partners LLP (HIP) is a private equity investment firm. The company invests in growth equity, restructuring of joint ventures and buyouts of going concerns. HIP also manages family offices, foundations and funds of funds. It has offices in London, Paris, Lagos and Nairobi, Kenya.
HIP is part of the Helios Investment Group and its mission is to build value-creating businesses that contribute to positive socio-economic development. HIP’s portfolio companies operate in several industrial sectors across Africa. It is one of the largest private equity firms in Africa with assets under management of more than US$3.6 billion.
The firm has a wide array of investment types, including growth equity, infrastructure, public equity, private equity, real estate and debt. Its focus is on building market leaders in core economic sectors. It prefers to invest in consumer products, media and logistics, power, transportation and financial services. It also has experience in developing start-ups.
HIP is committed to investing in sustainable climate-aligned companies. It has invested in 34 companies in more than 30 African countries. It has also built a track record of creating value-creating businesses, acquiring companies with significant growth potential and providing them with growth capital. It has also established a leading position in Kenya.
HIP focuses on building market leaders in core economic sectors, with a particular focus on emerging markets. Its diverse LP base includes sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, and leading international and African funds of funds.