LAGOS — Nigeria’s growing profile as the financial hub of West Africa will be further bolstered as Deutsche Bank, a leading global investment bank with a strong private clients franchise, is set to host over 300 financial analysts, bankers and investors at its annual banking workshop in Lagos.
The one-week long workshop will start on February 7. It is the second in the series of annual banking workshops the investment bank has packaged to add value to investment banking operations in the West African sub-region. It would be attended by financial experts from Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal among others.
According to Charles Weller, the bank’s Regional Head, in West Africa and Head of the Lagos Representative office, “Various financial and banking topics will be presented and discussed, including ‘Islamic Banking & Finance’, ‘International Trade Finance’, ‘Asset Management’, ‘Structured Trade and Export Finance’ and ‘Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering’ – all important topics for West African bankers.”
“West Africa, and Nigeria in particular, are important geographies for Deutsche Bank and we are looking at significantly growing our business activities in the region. The workshop is well on its way to becoming an annual event in the Deutsche Bank West African calendar,” Weller said.
Guest speakers from Deutsche Bank in Dubai, Frankfurt and London are expected to facilitate the workshop.
It will be recalled that the maiden edition of the workshop was held in February 2010 and was attended by over 250 bankers from Nigeria and Ghana.
“It was the first of its kind. It was interactive and educative. It was an outright success and we are delighted to be repeating it this year,” Weller added.
With more than 135 years experience in investment banking and presence in over 70 countries across the globe, Deutsche Bank offers unparalleled financial services with track record of strength and resilience and a proven ability to drive long term, sustainable success.
The bank has operated a representative office in Nigeria for over 30 years, undertaking trading and product structuring across a wide range of financial products, including bonds, equities and equity_linked products.
According to financial experts, the Deutsche Bank’s workshop has further confirmed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN’s) recent reforms in the banking sector have reawakened investors’ interests in the country’s financial sector.