April 17, 2018

ELITE, Nairobi Securities Exchange & FSD Africa sign MoU

  • Memorandum of Understanding signed by Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange; Mark Napier, CEO, FSD Africa and David Warren, interim-CEO & CFO, LSEG 
  • His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development attend signing
  • ELITE is LSEG’s successful international business support and capital raising programme; over 800 companies from across 34 countries 
  • Builds on strategic relationship between UK and Kenyan economies

ELITE, London Stock Exchange Group’s business support and capital raising programme, today announces that is has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nairobi Securities Exchange and FSD Africa to explore the launch of ELITE in Kenya.

The MoU was signed by Geoffrey Odundo, CEO, Nairobi Securities Exchange, Mark Napier, CEO, FSD Africa and David Warren, interim-CEO & CFO, LSEG. It was witnessed by His Excellency Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of Kenya and Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development. It outlines the organisations’ commitment to identifying and engaging key local stakeholders and ascertaining the target population of Kenyan businesses. The results will help shape the ELITE offering in Kenya and broader East African region.

In March LSEG’s Africa Advisory Group meeting took place in Nairobi, further strengthening business ties between the UK and Kenya.

Today’s signing also builds on ELITE’s expansion across Africa. ELITE was first launched in Africa in Morocco in 2016 in partnership with Casablanca Stock Exchange and has since continued to expand. In March this year, the first group of ELITE companies from across the West African Economic and Monetary Union joined the programme following a collaboration agreement in 2017 between the West African Regional Stock Exchange (BRVM), Casablanca Stock Exchange and ELITE.

Luca Peyrano, CEO, ELITE:
“Today’s signing is testament to Kenya’s commitment to supporting its fastest growing companies and the strength of the economic partnership between the UK and Kenya being celebrated during Commonwealth week.

“High growth dynamic businesses are key to innovation, job creation and economic development. With 58 African companies already on the programme, ELITE is uniquely placed to work in partnership with Kenya towards creating a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in which the fastest growing companies can thrive.”

Samuel Kimani, Chairman, Nairobi Securities Exchange:
“We are delighted to be part of this programme that will enable select Kenyan companies to scale up their businesses, access a network of industry experts and a community of investors, preparing them for their next phase of growth. The signing of this Memorandum showcases our pledge to provide an opportunity for Kenyan SME’s to grow within an environment designed specifically to meet their needs.”

Mark Napier, CEO, FSD Africa:
“FSD Africa is pleased to be able to facilitate this innovative tie-up between London Stock Exchange and the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The partnership will help deal with one of the most pressing challenges for financial markets in Africa – that of getting capital and expertise to the continent’s next generation of corporate champions."

About LSEG

LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group) is a leading global financial markets infrastructure and data provider, playing a vital social and economic role in the world’s financial system.

With our open approach, trusted expertise and global scale, we enable the sustainable growth and stability of our customers and their communities. We are dedicated partners with extensive experience, deep knowledge and a worldwide presence in data and analytics; indices; capital formation; and trade execution, clearing and risk management across multiple asset classes. 

LSEG is headquartered in the United Kingdom, with significant operations in 70 countries across EMEA, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. We employ 23,000 people globally, more than half located in Asia Pacific. LSEG’s ticker symbol is LSEG.


Alexandra Ritterman
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