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, Nairobi, Moscow, and Beijing.
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:
Sycamore-Capital holds the official broking licence by the African Trade Insurance Agency (“ATI”), and can represent and market ATI’s products to third parties.ATI is the market leader for risk mitigation in Africa providing both credit and political risk insurance to companies, investors and lenders interested in doing business in Africa. Its products include: Investment InsuranceTrade Credit InsuranceSurety BondsPolitical Violence, Terrorism & SabotageReinsuranceIf you are currently trading/investing/lending in Africa we believe an addition of bespoke insurance may be of interest to you.
We provide local supply chain services required for the control and inspection of commodity linked financing in challenging jurisdictions. Services offered include: Supply chain inspectionDocumentation, check vs actual materials deliveredPeriodic production reportsRegular contact with all key parties in the production chainLocal access for informationRegular updates on commodities and government related strategic newsPeriodic reports commenting on planned versus actual commodity production and local assessment on production target achievements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sycamore’s team includes talent from Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, VTB-Capital, and Wood Mackenzie.
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 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.
Matthew has over 17 years of commercial advisory and marketing/trading experience in the mining and energy industries. Until recently Matthew ran Wood Mackenzie’s metals and mining advisory practice in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia/CIS and has overseen multiple commercial advisory, strategic investment and project feasibility engagements across the base metals, gold and coal industries. Prior to Wood Mackenzie he worked for Xstrata in Singapore and Australia, responsible for managing contracting arrangements for new mine developments and establishing Xstrata’s marketing/trading structure in Singapore. Matthew worked closely with the corporate business development team on identifying acquisition targets and markets. Prior to Xstrata, Matthew held various senior positions in the energy industry in Singapore, Australia, PNG and the UK, most recently with BHP Billiton and Oil Search. Matthew has a BSc in Geology from the University of Durham, and an MSc in Basin Evolution and Dynamics from University of London.
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 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.
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 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.