Barak Fund Management, launched in 2008, has built up a track record of 11 years in African alternative credit financing and to date has provided funding of over US$5bn to a variety of SME businesses in more than 30 countries across the continent. Barak has African origination and fund advisory offices in Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast and the UK, and has 25 on-the-ground investment specialists focusing on a variety of commodity sectors. It provides a variety of funding structures including both Impact, Development and Shariah-compliant funding.
Barak manages 7 credit funds focusing on SME commodity trade finance and infrastructure development with a total AUM in excess of US$1.4bn to date. Barak provides fund management solutions to a range of global investors and funding to an extensive list of counterparties throughout Africa, working with direct producers and farmers, as well as traders offering a broad network across the continent.
Barak’s core investment rationale is related primarily to the soft agricultural and food-related sectors, though the flagship STF Fund does also finance the mining, energy and other commodity-related sectors.
The Barak investment approach is based upon the principles of discipline, diversification, collateralization and downside-case scenario valuation.
The company acknowledges that African investments encompass a certain degree of risk given the nature of investing in a continent whose primary markets are influenced by a multitude of volatile factors. Each investment is thus approached with a stringent on-boarding process – using both desktop and on-the-ground due-diligence processes in order to determine the viability of a potential project’s funding.
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