About

Overview

EFA Group is an independent asset manager specializing in private debt strategies, with a focus on real economy businesses.

Established in 2003 in Singapore, the Group has since expanded in size and capabilities, and now employs over 60 personnel between its offices in Singapore, Geneva, Dubai, Istanbul and London.

At EFA Group, we set ourselves apart through our relationship-based approach: our deep understanding and close working ties with our investors and portfolio of borrowers is the cornerstone of our success.

By providing solutions and services always based on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, we create consistent value and sustainable performance for our investors.

We are regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore under EuroFin Investments Pte Ltd.

  • US $2 billion

    financed in 2016

  • > 300

    real economy partners spanning Asia, Europe and Middle East, Africa, the Pacific


Mission

EFA Group provides investors access to innovative and sustainable investment opportunities in the real economy. We focus on assets and sectors we understand well, and utilize our strong global network to continually create significant value for our investors.


Vision

We aim to be a leading provider of innovative investments that delivers execution excellence, through strong industry expertise and partnerships in the real economy.


EFA Culture

  • Action

    We make it happen

  • Teamwork

    We work better together

  • Diversity

    We embrace differences

Philosophy

Our Investment Philosophy

These factors define our investment philosophy:

  • Real Economy Expertise

    Our business operates at the heart of the real economy. A dedicated sectorial focus has leveraged our growth from regional leader to international pacesetter offering best-in-class performance. Thanks to our capable global network, industry expertise and long-term working partnerships, we have access to unique and captive deal flows.

  • Alignment of Interests

    We believe strongly in the importance of aligning our interests with our investors. Primary to that belief is systematic co-investing by our Partners alongside our investors, which demonstrates our conviction in our own solutions.

  • Responsible Investing

    Financial sustainability and social responsibility go hand-in-hand. We support businesses that prioritize and excel in both.

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Mr Christian Stauffer founded EFA Group in 2003, and spearheaded its growth into an independent specialty finance firm. Mr Stauffer has more than 25 years experience in trade finance, structured finance, and commodities trading.

Before setting up EFA, Mr Stauffer was a Director at Noble Trade Finance Limited and Deputy Group Treasurer of Noble Group. Prior to this, Mr Stauffer was Managing Director of FINCO Asia, the merchant-banking subsidiary of Andre Group, based in Singapore and Beijing.

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As Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dotta spearheads the Group’s investment strategies, and is responsible for charting the overall organizational direction. He is also one of the founding partners of EFA Group.

He has over 12 years experience in private debt, global trade and commodity finance and asset management. Prior to EFA, he was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in France. Mr Dotta has a Masters in Management from Skema Business School in France and a Master of Business and Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

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Mr Damas was formerly the CEO of ING Retail Banking Asia, ING Private Banking and ING Trust. As Head of Asia, he spearheaded the strategic acquisition of a 20% share in Bank of Beijing and a 30% share in TMB in Bangkok.

Prior to this, Mr Damas was the CEO of ING UK/Barings. He joined ING in 1999 after 20 years with JP Morgan, where he was last Head of Asset Management and Private Banking in Asia.

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Mr Tan is currently the CEO and founder of Tin Hill Capital, which invests in, incubates and operates trade finance and working capital related initiatives. Previously, he was the Vice Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking, Managing Director at JPM and the Global Head of Corporate Cash and Trade for Standard Chartered Bank. Mr Tan was also Chairman of the ICC Banking Commission, the leading industry body for the establishment of trade finance standards and policies.

Mr Tan also serves as an independent board member and advisor for a select number of global organizations such as ICC Academy and financial institutions such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ and Markham Rae.

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Team


Our Management Team

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dotta spearheads the Group's investment strategies, and is responsible for charting the overall organizational direction. He is also one of the founding partners of EFA Group.

He has over 12 years experience in private debt, global trade and commodity finance and asset management. Prior to EFA, he was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in France. Mr Dotta has a Masters in Management from Skema Business School in France and a Master of Business and Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

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Mr Jobard is responsible for the Group's accounting, audit and financial management functions.

He has over 11 years of experience in management, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in France and across Europe. His earlier career included working as a senior associate at a leading French M&A firm. In 2010, he co-founded a technology start-up specializing in digital interactive marketing where he headed the finance, human resources, legal and sales management teams. Prior to joining EFA, he was a financial and strategic consultant where he provided counsel on business development and financial strategies to corporations in various sectors including investment banking, asset management, pharmaceuticals and industrials.

He holds a Specialized Master in Finance from ESCP Europe, Paris and has a degree majoring in Financial Markets from SKEMA European School of Management.

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As Chief Risk Officer, Mr Schappler is responsible for the Group's credit, portfolio, and transactional risk management and reporting, and manages various risk-related projects across all business units.

Mr Schappler has nine years experience in corporate finance, investment banking and wealth management with UBS and Credit Suisse. Before joining EFA, Mr Schappler was a Director with UBS in Switzerland where he originated and executed several M&A transactions across sectors and geographies.

Mr Schappler has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Geneva.

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Ms Raimundo is Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of EFA Group and is responsible for all legal matters including business and investment structuring, corporate and fund set up and other legal issues across all countries where EFA does business. She was the first legal counsel of EFA and set up the legal and compliance platform of EFA through an accelerated growth period.

She was named one of five in-house lawyers in the 2016 edition of ALBs 40 Under 40 legal minds in Asia and her team was shortlisted as banking and financial services in house team of the year in the ALB SEA Law Awards 2016 and 2017.

Prior to joining EFA Group, Ms Raimundo was an Associate at Baker & McKenzie International. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law where she graduated at the top of her class and was awarded the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. She also has a BS in Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University.

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As Senior Advisor to the Group, Mr Thomann provides strategic counsel and business insights to the management team.

Prior to joining EFA Group, Jacques-Olivier was with BNP Paribas as general manager of the Switzerland branch since 2009, responsible for structured finance. Before taking over those responsibilities, he held various senior positions within the bank in Geneva, Singapore and Paris, including as Global Head of Commodity Finance.

He is one of the founders of the Geneva Trading and Shipping Association (GTSA), where he served as Chairman since its foundation in 2006 and is now the Honorary President. He is also Member of the Executive Board of the Geneva Financial Centre Foundation.

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As Co-Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, Mr Sanchez is responsible for the origination and structuring of our trade finance deal flows, and manages the team of relationship managers in the European origination hub.

He is also the Executive Board Member of EFA Merchant Finance S.A., the wholly-owned subsidiary of EFA Group in Geneva. Mr Sanchez has over 30 years of experience in international trade finance, including as CEO of Kofisa SA, Structured Finance Director of André & Cie SA, COO of Banque de Promotion Commerciale & Industrielle SA (former BNP) and relationship manager at UBS.

Mr Sanchez graduated with a Business Management Degree from Lausanne High School. He was among the founding members of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association, and is a lecturer at the Masters in Commodity Trading from Geneva University.

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As Co-Head of Structured Trade & Commodity Finance, Mr Yousuf is responsible for the origination and structuring of our trade finance deal flows, and manages the team of relationship managers in the Singapore and Dubai origination hubs.

He is also the Senior Executive Officer of EFA's office in Dubai. Prior to this, he was based in the Singapore office, handling origination of business leads, structuring commodity and trade finance facilities and managing client relationships in Southeast Asia.

He has over 10 years of experience in banking and corporate sector and has held various roles in credit, corporate banking and structured trade & commodity finance. Previously he has worked with Standard Chartered Bank and BASF.

Mr Yousuf graduated with an MBA (Finance) from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He also has a Masters Degree in Project Management from the National University of Singapore.

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Mr Vieira is the portfolio manager of the Structured Commodity Trade Finance strategy and has over 16 years of experience in structured commodity finance. Prior to EFA, he held various positions in Natixis, ING and Galena Asset Management.

He graduated from EDHEC Business School with a major in finance and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Mr Van den Bogaert is responsible for the Group's receivables and supply chain finance business line, and spearheads efforts to develop new business and grow the market segment.

He began his career as a Research Engineer at Alcatel in Belgium. He then relocated to Singapore and co-founded two FinTech companies in financial planning, mobile payments and loyalty processing solutions.

Mr Van den Bogaert earned an MSc in Electronics Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and graduated from INSEAD Singapore with a Masters in Business Administration.

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Mr de Nazelle is the head of the Group's corporate and asset-based financing strategy. He is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, investment structuring and portfolio management as well as divestment activities. He has over seven years of experience in direct investments and business development in the natural resource, commodity, manufacturing, energy and petrochemical industries.

Prior to EFA, Mr de Nazelle worked with a private equity investorfocused on environmental resources in Asia. He also worked in banking forCalyon, and for industrial groups including Air Liquide, Ineo Suez and PGAMotors.

Mr de Nazelle spent the majority of his life in Asia and graduated with a BS in Management from Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

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Mr Geoffroy Ganshof has over 20 years of experience in financial and investment management. Previously he was Managing Director of Longitude (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a member of the Longitude Group. Prior to Longitude Mr Ganshof set up Unionhouse Pte Ltd, a fund manager specializing in niche products. Previously, he was the Chairman of the board and CEO of Clearinvest Asset Consulting in Geneva and was a committee member of the Swiss Association of Independent Financial Advisors. Prior to that, he was a Financial Director and founder of SAGC S.A. and CGMS S.A. in Switzerland.

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Mr Nyangombe is Head of the Group's Financial Institutions investment strategy. He is responsible for deal origination, structuring and portfolio management.

He has over 15 years of experience in banking and Financial services. Most recently, he worked with leading local banks in Africa, focusing primarily on developing Corporate and SME banking units as well as leading Strategy and Controlling teams. Prior to that, he was a director at UBS, working 10 years in business strategy, wealth management and corporate finance.

Mr Nyangombe holds a MA in Business Management from the University of Strasbourg in France.

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Mr Choo is the Head of Operations where he oversees the operations team and is responsible for the smooth execution of all Structured Trade & Commodity Finance transactions.

He has over 15 years of experience in corporate banking and structured trade finance with various wholesale banks, covering credit & marketing and trade operations.

Mr Choo holds a Master of Finance from RMIT University and Bachelor of Business (International Trade) from Monash University.

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Mr Oggenfuss heads the investor relations team at EFA Group and is responsible for sales and investor relations globally.

Mr Oggenfuss started his career at the investment bank of JP Morgan in London, where he was working in financial and market risk reporting. He moved to JP Morgan Private bank in Geneva in 2007 where he was co-leading the Family Office and Swiss Onshore team and went on to build up the JP Morgan Private Bank Office in Zurich. Prior to joining EFA Group, he moved to UBS Singapore as an Executive Director in the European Offshore Team.

He studied at the HEI Geneva and University of Zurich and holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and Political Economy.

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As Head of Strategic Development, Mr Afentakis works across EFA's business lines in order to identify growth opportunities for the firm.

Mr Afentakis joined the Group's Singapore office in 2011 and has over 9 years of commodity, trading and logistics experience throughout Asia.

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University, USA.

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Ms Rasiqah is responsible for managing all communications and public relations aspects within the Group, which includes strategic marketing planning, implementation of public relations activities and control of the marketing budget.

She has over ten years of experience in marketing and communications, spanning manufacturing, retail and hospitality industries.

Ms Rasiqah holds a BA in Communications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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Mr Singh is the Head of Institutional Solutions at EFA Group and is responsible for product design and execution, strategic projects, and supporting the capital raising process alongside EFA’s Investor Relations team.

Mr Singh started his career in industry, working at Coca Cola for several years before transitioning into banking and finance. He worked at ANZ Banking Group and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was most recently the Head of Structured Trade & Loan Distribution. As the Head of APAC in this role, he oversaw a $12 billion loan book.

Mr Singh studied at RMIT University to gain a Bachelors in International Business, followed by time at Monash University where he pursued his Juris Doctor. Mr Singh is also an Alumni of Harvard Business School where he graduated from the Program for Leadership Development – the school’s Executive MBA program.

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Mr Weiss is EFA's Head of Global Compliance where he is responsible for regulatory and compliance matters across EFA’s offices, regulated entities and global investment matters.

Prior to joining EFA, Mr Weiss was a Senior Vice President at Lawson Conner, an international compliance and regulatory consulting firm, and prior to this, he was a Vice President at The Rock Creek Group LP, a $10bn alternative asset manager.

He has spent his career in regulatory compliance both in the United States and in Singapore, where he currently works closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and other global financial regulators.

Mr Weiss has a Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C. where he graduated cum laude with an inter-disciplinary degree in Communications, Legal Studies, Economics and Government (CLEG), with a specific minor in Communication. While at American University, he was awarded a Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies as well.

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Ms Qu oversees the full spectrum of the human resources department which includes manpower planning, recruitment, compensation & benefits, talent development, management and retention, and employee engagement.

She has 10 years of experience in human resources, training and development and employee relations for various industries such as healthcare industry, consumer goods and investments.

Ms Qu has a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of South Australia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Capital Management from SHRI Academy, Singapore.

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Partners


Our Partners

At EFA Group we have developed an excellent network of partners.
  • UN PRI

    The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision-making and ownership practices. In implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.

  • Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)

    Founded in 1990, AIMA is the global representative of the hedge fund industry. It comprises over 1,500 firms in more than 50 countries. Members include hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, investors, fund administrators and independent fund directors. AIMA’s manager members collectively manage more than $1.5 trillion in assets.

  • Association of Independent Asset Managers (AIAM)

    AIAM is a non-profit-making organization and a representative body that assists the public and interested parties to foster better understanding of the Independent Asset Manager business model. It sets the necessary Code of Ethics & Best Practice Reference Manual for the best benefits of its members, industry practitioners, clients and regulatory authorities.

  • Swiss Business Association (SBA)

    The Swiss Business Association - one of the pillars of the Swiss presence and community in Singapore - brings together the representatives of Swiss companies, encouraging networking and exchange of information and championing the establishment of Swiss values and quality through business.

  • Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)

    STSA is the leading professional association for the trading and shipping of commodities in Switzerland. It was founded in 2006 under the name of GTSA (Geneva Trading & Shipping Association). The association currently represents the 150 member companies of the three regional associations, from leading ones to smaller "niche" specialists. Drawing its force from its member base, the Association represents the interests of the commodity trading industry, freighting of goods & financing, and services related to it, in Switzerland.

  • Singapore Business Federation

    The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment and industrial relations. It represents 24,200 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers.

  • Chatham House

    Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Founded in 1920, Chatham House engages governments, the private sector, civil society and its members in open debate and confidential discussion on the most significant developments in international affairs.

Real Economy


Financing the Real Economy

The real economy is concerned with the physical side of dealing with goods, services and resources. This is contrasted to the part of the economy that buys and sells on the financial markets.

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