Broad Investment Scope
Flexible operating environment allowing for innovative deal structures which enhance investor return. Basel III, Dodd-Frank and Volker rules provide Barak with the opportunity to invest across a wider investment universe.
Specialized commodity trading skills
Most bank specialist trade finance areas lack physical trading skills, thus limiting the deals they can execute. By integrating its commodity financing skills with risk management skills, Barak evaluates the whole supply chain and seeks to achieve enhanced returns for normal credit-based risks.
On-the-ground credentials and access
Managers have been based in Africa for years, and have gained extensive local expertise and networks across the continent. Affiliation with large Africa focussed trading houses, which own and rent storage capacity in Southern Africa, East Africa and West Africa, giving Barak strategic access to more than 30 African countries. We believe that Barak is currently the only Fund that has strategic access to 450 warehouses in eastern, southern and western Africa in which to store commodities.
Broad transaction-sourcing network
Established market presence and relationships with the most prominent traders, financial brokers, commercial and investment banks on the African continent. Access to an extensive pipeline from which to select the most lucrative transactions Fund’s approach facilitates the building of a diversified, high quality investment portfolio.
Impact investing in Africa
Barak maintains a level of impact investment reporting through all of its short, medium and long-term transactions to ensure that it adheres to its Barak Social Responsible Investing Policy. The need for alternative credit in Emerging Markets around the world, not least in Africa, is a crucial element that needs to be addressed by the likes of Barak in order to give functioning SME companies a chance. Global trade remains the root of the world’s economy, and the opportunities for Barak to make a difference in its activities continues to grow year on year.