Helios’ Launch of Africa Specialty Risk Group


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has advised Helios Investment Partners on the deal.

Helios Investment Partners (“Helios”) announced its launch of Africa Specialty Risk Group (“ASR”), a reinsurance business.

ASR has been launched in partnership with Mikir Shah, former CEO of AXA Africa Specialty Risks, and Bryan Howett, former CEO of Old Mutual’s pan-African reinsurance operations. ASR will create tailored solutions for local and global customers, using Africa-specific pricing models coupled with a deep understanding of African risk and cultural environments.

The investment in ASR is being made from Helios’ latest fund, Helios Investors IV, L.P., whose investors include CDC Group (the UK’s development finance institution) and the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group).

Established in 2004, Helios Investment Partners is the world’s largest Africa-focused private investment firm.

The Debevoise team advising Helios in the launch of ASR was led by partner Geoffrey Burgess (Picture), and included international consultant Clare Swirski and associate Dominic Blaxill.

Involved fees earner: Dominic Blaxill – Debevoise & Plimpton; Geoffrey Burgess – Debevoise & Plimpton;

Law Firms: Debevoise & Plimpton;

Clients: Helios Investment Partners;