Company Details

The mission of the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) is to support private sector in developing and/or emerging countries, to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development.

BIO invests directly in private sector projects and as such makes a structural contribution to the socio-economic growth of those host countries. Its mandate requires strict criteria in terms of geographical targets, financing tools and, above all, impact on development.

In developing countries, the informal economy is proof of great dynamism; however access to long-term finance and capital, without which companies cannot grow, is limited or impossible for a large chunk of the population. In fact, the banking system is often unsuited to the needs of small entrepreneurs and does not allow the emergence of income-generating activities.

BIO uses a series of financial instruments designed to expand already existing organizations or to help companies to set up in business and which can be adapted according to requirements and the local situation (equity, long- term loans, guarantees or local currency).

Today BIO concentrates its operations directly and indirectly in 52 countries worldwide.

Location

Brussels

Your role

As Private Equity Analyst you will monitor part of the direct equity investments and Private Equity fund investments. You will also support the Investment Officers in the origination of new equity investments and participate to other corporate initiatives as needed.

The Private Equity team currently is a team of 9 dedicated Equity Analysts, Investment Officers and a Project Officer (SDG Frontier Fund). The direct equity and private equity fund portfolios are spread across 3 continents: Africa, Asia and Latin America. They currently consist of 15 direct investments and over 50 Private Equity funds.

You will directly report to the Private Equity Manager, who in turn reports to the Chief Investment Officer.

Monitor the Equity portfolio

Manage part of BIO’s equity portfolio with a focus on the financial interests of BIO and its developmental mission:

  • Ensure that the reporting obligations are met by the portfolio companies (spanning from financial information to E&S and development impact reports) and update BIO’s management information system (on quarterly basis);
  • Prepare disbursements to client companies and ensure that BIO’s clients are not in breach of contract from an administrative and financial point of view;
  • Participate (and represent BIO) to the advisory boards of PE Fund investments;
  • Update regularly the projects’ credit risk ratings (at least once a year);
  • Prepare the portfolio reviews and performance analyses discussions (on semi-annual basis);
  • Prepare the valuation of the equity investments (on semi-annual basis).

Support the origination of new equity investments

You will form a deal team together with the Investment Officer to assess the merits and risk profile of investment projects, and bring an investment project from selection to closing:

  • Participate in discussions with clients,
  • Prepare and participate to on-site Due Diligence,
  • Participate in drafting the Screening and Investment Analysis notes, including preparing the risk rating and development impact assessment;
  • Prepare the Know Your Customer (KYC) clearance.

You will actively participate in deal sourcing:

  • Participate in pipeline meetings;
  • Contribute to maintenance of the project pipeline records;
  • Support the Investment Officers in mapping new target markets and identifying new market opportunities (on ad-hoc basis);

Participate to ad-hoc projects and corporate initiatives

  • Participate to professional seminars, fairs, conferences in line with the content of BIO’s private equity unit mission.
  • Participate to ad-hoc internal projects and task forces;
  • Support new corporate initiatives as needed (e.g. SDG Frontier Fund).

Profile

  • Master in Business Administration /Finance or related fields. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is an asset.
  • 3 to 5 years post-graduation relevant work experience, ideally as Corporate Banker / Auditor / Equity or Research Analyst or any other similar functions;
  • Language skills: written and spoken English + French or Dutch. Spanish is an asset;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office (especially Excel);
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, precise and detail-oriented;
  • Interested in emerging and frontier markets;
  • Ability to take initiative, learn quickly and strive for results;
  • Willingness to travel abroad, meet and discuss with clients.
  • Good communication skills, team player.

 

Offer

We offer a rich professional experience, with motivated colleagues, an attractive package and a good word-life balance.

Recruiter

Thomas Destrebecqz