Who We Are

ABOUT US

ZA Capital Advisory is a boutique Financial Advisory Firm based at Dhaka, Bangladesh and focused on both Money Market and Capital Market opportunities.

Established in 2015, ZA Capital Advisory is offering best in class strategic and financial solutions to corporate and institutional clients in Bangladesh. As a strategic partner for corporate and institutional clients, we offer advisory services in finance and investment, fundraising through both debt and equity instruments, corporate restructuring, financial planning and solutions.

Our core focus areas include Advisory for Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project, M&A and Corporate Advisory, fund raising through both Debt and Equity in various stages including Venture Capital, Valuation Advisory and Pre-IPO readiness Advisory.

Our team comprises of professionals with years of advisory and investment banking experience. Our team always thrive for the excellence through offering innovative financial solutions with the experiences of operating in diversified areas of investment banking.

We believe in building enduring relationships with our clients through cost effective and innovative solutions leveraging our strong transaction experience and in developing win-win strategies that create long term value for all stakeholders.

Comprehensive, yet nimble footed, we leverage on our wide network in the both local and international financial markets, exposure in various sectors and strong understanding of regulatory issues to offer optimum solutions to our valued clients.

OUR FOUNDER

Zahedul Arefin

Founder & CEO

As the Founder, Zahedul Arefin provides strategic leadership to advisory services. He has more than 17 years of experience in Project and Corporate Finance, PPP Advisory, Private Equity, Public Issue Management, M&A, Corporate Advisory, Financial Derivatives and Foreign Exchange Trading and Sales.

Among many onshore and cross-border deals, some of the notable transactions to his credit include; Bid Advisory and Corporate Advisory of Dhaka By-pass PPP Project, Demutualization of Dhaka Stock Exchange (official author of the Demutualization Scheme and leader of the team doing the official Valuation of the Exchange for potential investors), leader of the Financial Advisory team to the Dhaka Elevated Expressway Project (the first project under PPP rules and the largest commercial project in Bangladesh), lead the Issue Management of the largest ever Rights Issue in Bangladesh and First ever derivatives deals in Bangladesh in all three asset classes- FX, rates and commodity.

Prior to founding ZA Capital Advisory, he was the Director & Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking of BRAC EPL Investments Limited. He was holding various senior level positions in Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh in their Financial Markets business, his last position was the Head of CBMS, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Transaction Experience of Key Management

The management of ZA Capital Advisory has extensive experience of numerous Capital Markets and Money Market Transactions involving stakeholders from various geographical jurisdiction in different products and sectors.

PPP Advisory

Our Management team has experience in executing PPP deals in Bangladesh in various capacities in their previous organizations. Our Management team was engaged as Financial Advisor to “PPP Advisory to Dhaka Elevated Expressway (PPP) Project”, one of the largest PPP projects in Bangladesh and raised around BDT 9.2 billion as local currency loan for the project. The team also executed 2 more PPP Projects under the ZA Capital Advisory banner.

Corporate Advisory and M&A

Corporate Advisory is one of the key areas of expertise of our Management team. Our Management team executed several notable advisory transactions in Bangladesh. Members of our Management team executed the advisory deals in the best conditions and within the minimum time frame by utilizing their extensive experience  and professional networks. Our Management team has also quite a long history in executing M&A deals in Bangladesh.

Some of the notable advisory executed by our Management Team during their career:

  • Demutualization of Dhaka Stock Exchange
  • Sell-side Advisory up to a successful SPA, to be acquired by a reputed listed SriLankan Company.
  • Sell-side advisory for acquisition of BRAC Afghan Bank by a reputed UAE based company.

Private Equity & Listed Equity

There are few notable private equity transaction executed in Bangladesh and members of our Management team are active part of the execution team though Venture Capital and Private Equity investment is still new terms in Bangladesh financial markets. Our team members also have experience in executing several large IPO’s in Bangladesh. Some of the notable deals are:

  • Right Issue of Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd. (presently known as LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Limited) the Largest Rights Issue in the history of Bangladesh capital markets.
  • IPO of Unique Hotel and Resort Ltd (The Westin Dhaka),  the Largest and First Hotel IPO in Bangladesh market.
  • Private Equity Investment from a leading International Development Bank for Omera Petroleum.
  • Advisor of the leading Mobile Financial Service Company in connection of raising Private Equity from a leading Multilateral Development Bank.

Energy and  Infrastructure 

Our Management team has experience in executing energy and infrastructure  deals in Bangladesh. Members of the Management team have hands on experience in completing power plant deals from bid preparation to winning the competitive bidding to financial closer. Some of the major transactions where our members of our Management team were actively involved are:

  • Private Equity Investment from a leading International Development Bank for Omera Petroleum Ltd.
  • Syndicated Foreign loan facility for One of the largest private sector Independent Power Plants (IPP), 335-MW Duel Fuel Combined Cycle IPP, one of the largest private sector foreign currency loan syndications in Bangladesh.
  • IPO of Power Generation Company,one of the Largest Power Sector in Bangladesh market.
  • Syndicated Debt Facility  for 100 MW power plant at Chittagong.
  • Long-term foreign currency Project Financing for LPG bottling company.

 

Loan Syndication and Corporate Bonds

Our Management team has a long history of raising capital through debt instruments. Team has arranged substantial amount of fund through local loan syndication, foreign loan and corporate bonds in their previous organizations. Our Management team has the reputation of arranging funds at the best possible rates and closing the deals within the shortest possible time period. Some of the milestone deals executed by our management team in their previous organizations are:

  • Subordinated tier-2 Bond for a First Generation Leading Commercial Bank of Bangladesh
  • Subordinated tier-2 Bond for a Second Generation Leading Commercial Bank of Bangladesh
  • Arranger for short-term financing for a major Telecom Operator.
  • Mandated Arranger for long-term Project Financing for a Chemical Company.

Treasury & Money Market

Treasury and Financial Derivatives

Our Management team has also got exposure in money market and structuring financial derivatives for Bangladeshi companies. Our Founder and CEO executed many “the First of its kind” derivatives deals in Bangladesh while he was serving at Financial Markets of Standard Chartered Bank. Some of the notable money market deals are:

  • Interest Rate Swap (first “Rate Derivative” in Bangladesh)
  • FX- JPY-USD Range Forward (first “FX Options” in Bangladesh)
  • Commodity- Cotton Collar (first “Commodity Derivative” in Bangladesh)
  • First Gold Reverse Lease deal for any bank in Bangladesh
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