Investment Banking

We have bespoke financial advisory and capital raising solutions available for you.


Bespoke financial advisory and capital raising solutions to both corporate and government entities.

Our track record of executing complex transactions across Africa sets us apart as a leader in the industry. Consequently, we have built a reputation of excellence and a commitment to developing the African continent.


Debt Capital Markets

Our Debt Equity Capital (DCM) team provides innovative solutions and support to clients assisting them in raising long-term debt financing from both the local and international Capital Markets. Domestically, we have played pioneering roles in projects and are consistently engaged in a number of significant Debt Capital raising transactions.Our structuring and executing experience for Debt Capital raising is further underscored by the fact that we have participated in over 70% of all States (Nigeria) bond issuances in Nigeria between 2010 and 2018.

Equity Capital Markets

Our Equity Capital Market (ECM) team specializes in advising companies seeking to raise Equity Capital and Quasi-Equity from both the domestic and international Capital Markets. We provide financial advisory and issuing house services to corporations on various capital raising transactions including: initial listings on stock exchanges, raising additional equity and private/special placements by listed and unlisted companies. We have successfully executed mandates for the public offering as well as seasoned equity offerings of various corporations in Nigeria. In addition, we have also played significant roles in the Capital Market master plan transformation agenda of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Nigeria.

  • Debt and Equity structuring/advisory
  • Debt conversion and buybacks
  • Issuing House services for Debt and Equity Capital raising: Bond issues, IPOs, Rights Issues, and Private Placements
  • Restructuring of public and private corporations
  • State, sovereign, and corporate debts raising and underwriting.
  • Convertible and structures products

Project Finance

Over the last four years, the Project Finance team has established itself as a leading advisory and structuring team in the Power and Oil & Gas sectors. The team provides cross border bespoke structuring, arranging and financial advisory services to clients across Africa leveraging on its deep expertise, unrivalled track record and vast network of relationships with providers of capital. The team offers an integrated approach, in terms of its ability to bring the international standards of execution with local sector specific knowledge to clients across Africa. With the significant number of opportunities in Africa constrained by the pressures of capital, the Project Finance team works with its clients to identify and deliver robust funding solutions.


Project Advisory: We offer a whole life project approach to project finance – from development to financial close of projects.
Debt arranging and Structuring: We offer innovative debt solutions to meet the project’s funding requirements, drawing on our relationships with providers of capital.
Financial structuring and fund raising: We prepare the financial model, term sheet, teaser, Information Memorandum as well as finance structure in line with prevailing market realities. Thereafter we launch the project in the debt market.
Negotiation support: We negotiate on behalf of our clients on finance and transaction documents to ensure that the most efficient terms are secured.


  • Airports
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Ports
  • Power
  • Rail
  • Renewables
  • Roads

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Our team provides world-class execution capabilities for business combinations, divestitures and acquisitions. The team is responsible for executing Leveraged and Management Buyouts in addition to providing strategic assistance to Private Equity (PE) investors seeking to exit their investments. We are regularly involved in landmark M&A deals, such as advising on the scheme of acquisition of a leading registrar business as well as mergers in the real estate sector.


  • International & Domestic M&A
  • Takeover Defence
  • Strategic Advice
  • Floatations
  • Assets Disposal
  • International Equity Issuance
  • New Issue Advisory

Structured Finance

The Structured Trade team provides Capital solutions outside the traditional fall back on security derived from conventional forms of collateral lending. We possess expertise in Structured Trade Finance, Securitisation, and Commodity Trade Finance, which places us in prime position to deliver value to our esteemed clients.

A Breath Of Opportunity

We invest across a vast spectrum to create strategies for your specific investment needs


Gbadebo Adenrele

MD Investment Banking

Gbadebo Adenrele

MD Investment Banking
Dr. Gbadebo Adenrele holds MBBS and MBA (Finance) degrees from the University of Lagos, as well as MS Global Finance degree from New York University and HKUST.
Post-graduation, Gbadebo worked as a medical practitioner at leading healthcare facilities, including Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Premier Specialists Medical Centre.
Gbadebo has been an investment banker for 16 of his over 19 years’ working experience. His investment banking experience started with the Investment Banking Division at Zenith Bank Plc, where he worked on capital market transactions. He was subsequently a pioneer staff of Zenith Capital Limited, where he was involved in corporate finance and project finance transactions for leading Nigerian corporates.
Prior to joining United Capital Plc, Gbadebo spent over 11 years at Vetiva Capital Management Limited, where he led the Investment Banking team for 8 years and advised/worked with governments, governmental institutions, leading corporates, domestic and global financial institutions on a broad range of transactions across key sectors and jurisdictions.
His last role at Vetiva was as Director and Head, Investment Banking. He also concurrently held Non-Executive Director seats on the boards of the Stockbroking, Asset Management and Trustee subsidiaries, and was Group Coordinator of Digital Business.
Gbadebo's interests include philosophy, wellness and healthy living, life-long learning, and adventure. He is happily married with 2 children, plays tennis and is an ardent Liverpool FC fan.
Gbadebo brings a strong teamwork and leadership ethos, attention to detail, dynamism, and vast experience in transactions to a well-honed and ambitious United Capital Plc team.