Africa Infrastructure Catalyst

Brickstone Partners is a Research based Project Finance Advisory, Development and Asset Management firm helping Sponsors of Project Finance Large Scale Asset backed projects

In executing our investment process we combine the required technical and financial skills to navigate the complex structures which characterize today’s financial markets and an unsurpassed creative approach that differs from the standard “financial consuting” firm.  We differentiate ourselves through our individuality, agility and creativity thus bringing a personal and committed style to meet our investors’ needs

Our Mission

Our aim is to be the Africa’s most admired and successful benchmark in executing capabilities for real estate, infrastructure and energy project. We are driven by our passion, curiosity and desire to understand and anticipate our customers’ changing needs

Our Approach

Creativity:Each opportunity is different, each client is unique. We examine each challenge from all angles, offering tailored, creative solutions every time.

Passion: We know that success, for us and our customers, doesn’t happen without hard work, energy and determination. But to achieve unexpected results beyond our initial goals. That requires passion.

Collaboration: Our people are the building blocks of our success. Our worldwide network of resources which enable us to combine diverse talents, backgrounds, skill sets and perspectives to move towards a single,unified goal 

Our Business Model

Our business model spans everything from that occurs in developing the built environment.Every stage of the project development value chain offers opportunities for us to create value through both the successful execution of activities that are our core sectors and through the application of our own distinctive strengths and capabilities in performing those activities 

 

Meet The Team

Femi Awofala
Founder and CEO

Rotimi Ladipo-Ajayi
Director

Gamal M. Abu-heneidy
Senior Advisor, Infrastructure

Raymond Chetti
Senior Advisor,Urban Planning & Retail

Raymond Pratt
Associate, Operations & Accounting

Seun Ojeikhodion
Associate, Development Advisory

Wole Oyekanmi
Associate

Femi is the CEO and Founder of Brickstone Partners Limited and has practical experience in advising companies and governments on private investments in energy , real estate and infrastructure, including structuring and executing project/structured financings and M&A transactions. He leads Brickstone’s Origination & Commercial advisory team in Energy, Infrastructure and Real Estate

Femi was an investment banking professional with Vetiva Capital Management Limited where he led teams on several M&A transactions, capital raisings programmes as well as structured/project financings of over $500 million.

Prior to joining Vetiva Capital Management Limited, he was at the ARM Investment Mangers and was part of the private equity real estate team and he assessed potential real estate investment opportunities, prepared detailed financial models and valuations and oversaw property development, construction management, coordinated marketing, contract negotiations and closings for a real estate developments;

Key projects included acquisitions of medium–upper income residential and commercial properties in the Lagos and Abuja, equity placement and advisory services for the raising of a $90 million private equity real estate fund that invests in real estate projects in West Africa, the US$ 350 million Toll Road Project in Lekki, Lagos.

Femi has a first degree – B.Sc Geology from University of Ibadan and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos Business School, Pan-African University. He is a Policy Member of the Infrastructure Policy Group, Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

Rotimi is a has over a decade of experience in design , architecture and construction project management from small to large scale real estate projects with experiences with Urbanalia, Space Options, SAS Consultants and O+O Design Services.

At SAS Consultants he took charge of the design and development management of the Corporate Head Office for Toyota Nigeria Ltd, Lekki, Lagos and the design and construction management of the Corporate Head Office for Anadarko JDZ Block 3 Ltd. at Mekunwen road, Ikoyi, Lagos; Office complex for Elizade Nigeria Ltd., Cadastral Zone AO, Central Area, Abuja; the Corporate Head office for Africa Finance Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos; and the renovation of the Corporate Head Office, First Bank Nigeria Plc. Lagos

‘Rotimi joined O+O Design Services, Ikoyi in 2007 as the Senior Architect for the Lagos Team. His responsibilities included managing the staff as well as performing his core duties as an architect.

The projects he worked on include the planning of LAAGO Island for the Ogun state government; planning of a mixed development island in the Ladol Free Trade Zone,Badagry Creek and the Creek Training Centre, Bayelsa state.

Gamal is an Senior Advisor to Brickstone and has over three decade of experience in projects’ management, procurement issues and coordination and dealing with contractors and administering all contractual matters related to site supervision and contract implementation.

Gamal has over 27 years worked with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants, a leading global international multidisciplinary consulting organization for engineering, architecture, planning, environment, project management, and economics where he was the Area Manager in West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, and Chad).

Gamal lead, co-ordinate and managed various West African landmark projects which includes;

  • Lagos Rail Mass Transit (Red Line), Lagos State
  • Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos State
  • Kaduna Hydroelectric Dams, Nigeria
  • Comprehensive Master Plan for Lekki Sub-Region, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • New Makarfi City Master Plan, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Ogun State Cargo Airport, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Port Harcourt Stormwater Drainage, Nigeria
  • Ghana Western Railway, Ghana
  • Tema – Akosombo – Buipe Multimodal Transport Study, Ghana
  • Madina – Pantang Road Project, Ghana
  • Snake Island Development Projects, Nigeria
  • Rehabilitation of Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode Water Supply Schemes, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement in Yobe State, Nigeria
  • Damaturu Water Supply Project in Yobe State, Nigeria. Financed by IBRD
  • Federal Ministry of Water Resources
  • Biu Water Supply Project in Borno State, Nigeria. Financed by IBRD

Ray is an internationally experienced retail development consultant with a background in urban planning and environmental design. Throughout his career, Ray has provided consultancy to private and public sector clients in over 16 countries in three continents (North America, Asia, and the Middle East) on retail, mixed-use, master planned developments, and downtowns.

His experience includes working on projects with a number of major players in the global retail consulting market such as Vancouver-based Thomas Consultants and G.P. Rollo & Associates, Dubai-based McARTHUR + COMPANY, and Seoul-based Thomas Consultants Asia Pacific.

Ray realizes the value and importance of:
• retail – it has the potential to “make or break” a development project;
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS), graphics and maps – illustrating complex sets of data in the form of easily digestible maps or graphics can aid in clients’ understanding of the SWOT of a project;
• simple, but yet professional – developing consultancy reports that are concise, legible, and most importantly implementable;

In October 2016 he became a Community Green Scholar on behalf of the USGBC, where he will prepare to become LEED certified by March 2017.

Raymond is an Associate and a member of the Operations and Accounts Team

Mr. Pratt’s responsibilities at Brickstone include the preparation of periodic management accounts, managing the firm’s financial reporting and accounting processes, liaising with tax and audit consultants as well as overseeing the operations function.

  • Leads in the responsibility and accountability for all administrative and accounting procedure, budgeting, cash flow, internal controls, monitoring and preservation of the company assets for Brickstone
  • Direct these efforts in a manner which accomplishes the goals and objectives of Brickstone
  • Ensure appropriate procedures for financial reporting, record keeping and documentation which maintains files in an orderly, accurate and current manner
  • Oversee the Chart of Accounts for Brickstone’s Construction projects to accurately reflect cost center income and expenses and general and administrative expenses in order to ensure accurate financial reporting

Raymond excelled in the Graduate Project Programme and is a specialist in Contract Administration and Accounting

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos and is in the Final Stage of ICAN Certification.

Seun is an Associate and a member of the Commercial Advisory Team. He is focused on projects involving companies and governments on private investments in commercial real estate and infrastructure, including feasibility studies, structuring and performing financial due diligence, developing complex financial models, performing credit analyses, drafting business plans

Seun holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State. Seun has worked on transactions in the real estate, infrastructure and oil & Gas Industries.

She has assisted clients in business planning, and development of Information Memorandum which communicates the inherent value of projects in order to seek financing from Institutional Investors/ Partners.

Wole Oyekanmi is an Associate and a member of the Advisory & Financing Team.

He is focused on projects involving companies and governments on private investments in commercial real estate and infrastructure, including feasibility studies, structuring and performing financial due diligence, developing complex financial models, performing credit analyses, drafting business plans

Wole holds a BSc. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.

He started his career with Brickstone and completed the Graduate Project Programme where he worked on transactions in the real estate, infrastructure and Oil & Gas Industries.

He has assisted clients in business planning, modeling and valuation, investment appraisals and asset optimization strategies

Brickstone Partners Limited is a Specialist Project Financial Advisory and Development firm. The first of its kind in the Nigeria, we harness the expert skills and experience from both the public and private sectors.
We are a multidisciplinary service organisation within the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors; delivering services from project financial advisory, business case development through to transaction management, comprehensive development management and financing delivery.

Taking pride in being creative, innovative and ever-evolving, we strive to lead the market to supply integrated PPP solutions that meet the absolute requirements of our complex and high risk environment in West Africa.

We local and experienced teams strive to create value through acting a catalyst across multiple sectors, industries, and geographies. We believe that our people and the shared values we’ve espoused since our founding remain the core of our competitive advantage. This has empowered us to deliver an enduring impact to a diverse group of clients including Small and Medium Companies, Corporates, Public Sector and High Net work Individuals.

Our team at Brickstone Partners has over 20 years of experience writing business plans for a broad spectrum of start-ups and expansion companies seeking to raise money across our core industries; Agriculture, Heavy Industries, Commercial Developments, Housing, Transport Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources. Our team is a recognized leader in business plan writing for Large Scale projects in Nigeria and West Africa at large.