Tailored solutions

Unravelling the financial challenges of emerging markets

Global presence

Stimulating economic growth and social impact

Industry agnostic

Unlocking boundless opportunity with a multi-sector approach

Local action

Driving success in the most challenging jurisdictions

Sycamore Capital Corp is a privately owned company established in 2007 in the United Kingdom.

We introduce emerging market governments, corporations and financial institutions with leading international equity and debt investors, as well as international large scale commodity offtakers.

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A disciplined approach to challenging situations

We differentiate ourselves with intensive research, creative experienced structuring, strong local and international relationships and a diverse team of professionals based in the various countries of activity.

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We have vast experience in structuring and executing long term project finance transactions

In the teams previous capacities within Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, VTB-Capital and the Development Bank of South Africa both debt and equity was raised in excess of $30bn.

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Global Presence

Sycamore Capital has a diverse team of professionals based in various countries of activity. We operate out of London, Tel-Aviv, Accra, Lagos, Kampala, Johannesburg, Harare, Nairobi, Moscow, and Beijing.

Our Sectors

Sycamore Capital Corp’s activities include investment banking services, debt and equity capital raising as well as physical commodity trading intermediation in the following sectors:

Project Finance

Our team has vast experience in structuring and executing long term project finance transactions in the fields of energy, agriculture, mining and oil production involving multiple types of investors, including export credit agencies, multi­lateral development banks, commercial banks and long term saving institutions.

Government Financing

We specialise in all forms of government financing such as eurobond advisory and bilateral, commercial, as well as development bank financing. Our team is experienced in raising export agency insured loans and have strong ties with some of the leading agencies. We have structured, designed, and executed commodity backed borrowing for Governments - where the commodity can be used as currency for repayment of the loan, as collateral, or to attribute to lower financing costs.

Central Bank Liquidity

Our dedicated team is deeply knowledgeable and experienced with providing short and long term hard currency liquidity solutions to emerging market central banks at competitive rates.

Financial Institutions

We have raised a significant amount of hard currency financing and equity capital for emerging market banks. In addition, we often work with regional local banks as partners in local mandates.

Commodity Financing

Our team specialises in delivering long term financing solutions using raw commodity materials as a source of collateral or payment. We also maintain close relationships with major off takers in the metal and oil industries, and the leading financial institutions that are in the business of financing commodities.

Commodity Supply Chain Services

We provide local supply chain services required for the control and inspection of commodity linked financing in challenging jurisdictions. Services offered include:

  • Supply chain inspection
  • Documentation, check vs actual materials delivered
  • Periodic production reports
  • Regular contact with all key parties in the production chain
  • Local access for information
  • Regular updates on commodities and government related strategic news
  • Periodic reports commenting on planned versus actual commodity production and local assessment on production target achievements

Management Team

Sycamore’s team includes talent from Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, VTB-Capital and the Development Bank

Leor Ceder

Principal

Leor Ceder has a long successful track record in capital raising transactions in equity and debt for a wide scale of institutions in the developed and developing markets. Leor’s latest position was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs International where he ran the Securities Division’s business in Africa, Turkey, Israel and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Leor’s 10 year career at Goldman Sachs, Leor worked at Deutsche Bank in Israel specialising in corporate finance and risk management. Prior to Deutsche Bank Leor worked at Credit Suisse in New York managing multi-billion dollar Fixed­ Income portfolios for Fortune 500 companies. Leor is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he received his MBA with a major in Financial Engineering and Risk Management. Leor received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Leor is based out of Israel.

Mihajlo Misha Tomic

Vice President Syndication

Mihajlo Misha Tomic joined Sycamore Capital from Goldman Sachs International where he was responsible for the Central Eastern European Cross Asset client coverage. His role included origination of structured financing and derivative risk management mandates as well as maintaining high level client relationships on a daily basis. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was an Inter-dealer Emerging Markets Credit Broker for BGC Partners. Mihajlo graduated from the University of London, Cass Business School, holding a Bachelor of Science in Investment & Financial Risk Management.

Alan Joseph

General Counsel

Alan is a UK qualified Solicitor and an Israeli Advocate. Following qualification in the UK while with Freshfields, Alan worked for 8 years as a senior adviser and member of the drafting and strategy formulation teams on various agreements within the framework of the Israel Palestinian peace process, including representation at the Camp David Summit in 2000. Alan then returned to the private sector, working as a solicitor in the Finance Department of Clifford Chance followed by legal counsel roles with entities engaging in emerging market projects. Alan graduated from the University of Cambridge with an LL.M and received his LL.B. from the University of Leeds.

Eliana Popov

Head of Operations

Eliana joined Sycamore Capital as Head of Operations. Eliana previously worked for Restoration Partners which helps and advises growing companies, mainly startups, raise equity and change strategy. Her past experience also includes Sales assistant in a structured product desk, Junior Analyst and PR&Marketing. Eliana holds a B.A. in Business Administration specialising in Financing and Risk Management from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Advisory Board

The advisory board at Sycamore Capital Corp has roots originating from a diverse team with long term financing experience in emerging markets and influential relationships.

Gil Holzman

Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas, CEO

Gil Holzman has a track record of over 14 years in managing public and private companies in various sectors: logistics, transportation, and mining and energy companies (throughput Israel, Africa, East Europe, and Latin America). In past years Gil managed a diversified holdings portfolio comprising of large scale public TSX, AIM and LSE companies in the fields of copper and cobalt mining, logistics & services, oil exploration and energy. Gil is the co­founder of GP Minerals Ltd., and Mafuta Oil and Gas Ltd., and he currently serves as the President and CEO of Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas Ltd., which is listed on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange and on AIM. Gil has profound knowledge and experience in global financial markets, the commodities markets, developing countries’ business sphere, and a vast international network. Mr. Holzman holds an L.L.B (law) a B.A (finance) and M.B.A (marketing and finance) from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Ahal Besorai

Director

Ahal Besorai is the owner of the legal law firm Besorai Law, as well as the CEO and owner of the Nanotech company NanoFixit. Prior to NanoFixit, Ahal started ForeFront Capital Partners Limited a privately owned entrepreneurial corporate finance and investment boutique with a main focus on frontier markets. Prior to ForeFront Capital Ahal was the managing partner of a leading telecom company offering connectivity services to emerging markets. The company was the 22nd fastest growing company in the UK for three years straight. Ahal also qualified as a solicitor at Watson, Farley & Williams. Ahal holds a BA and MA in Law from Cambridge University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Presidents’ Program. Ahal is also a member of the Young President Organisation since 2001 and a prior London Chapter chairperson.

David Palumbo

Founder and Managing Partner of Origen Capital LLP

David Palumbo is the Founder and Managing Partner of Origen Capital LLP, a private investment office representing family offices and private consortia in Europe, CIS and Latin America. David has over 14 years track record in all aspects of deal structuring, ranging from advising private clients about asset protection structures to raising capital for major infrastructure projects. David specialises in Real Estate, Infrastructure (Logistics & Energy), Sustainable Energy (Cleantech) and Disruptive Technologies. David has worked both as trusted advisor for Family Offices and as Corporate and Strategic Advisor for quoted companies in London, Madrid and Paris. Recently, he has advised on a range of portfolio companies of quoted companies on LSE, MAD and CAC, in the fields of renewables, logistics & services, oil & gas and energy. More recent successes include advising on the reverse takeover of an AIM Listed company in renewables and the capitalisation of a private Oil & Gas infrastructure company with assets in excess of USD 500M.

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   +44 20 8133 1112
   office@sycamore-capital.com
   14 Cavendish Place, London W1G 9DJ