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How Merchant Banking can unleash your business potential 

January 18, 2024
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Nigeria’s business environment is known for its unique challenges. The country currently ranked 131 out of 190 economies in ease of doing business. Navigating the financial landscape in this dynamic and fast-paced Nigerian commerce can be an intricate journey. To achieve strategic growth and financial empowerment, businesses are constantly seeking innovative paths. This is where merchant banking comes into play. Going beyond traditional banking, merchant banking offers a compelling fusion of financial expertise, strategic guidance, and customised solutions. All these serve as a catalyst for transformative business success. 

Unlike conventional banks, merchant banks delve deeper than deposits and withdrawals. They become partners in your growth journey, offering a comprehensive toolbox of services designed to fuel your ambitions. Here’s a closer look at how merchant banking can be the catalyst for unprecedented success. 

Strategic financial advisory 

Merchant banking is not just about transactions; it’s about forging lasting financial strategies. Coronation Merchant Bank is adept at providing strategic financial advice that goes beyond the ordinary. Whether it’s about mergers and acquisitions, capital restructuring, or entry into new markets, our experts navigate businesses through complex financial terrains with a compass of experience and foresight. 

Access to capital markets 

One of the standout advantages of merchant banking is facilitating access to capital markets. Coronation, with its robust presence in the financial sector, opens doors for businesses to tap into diverse funding sources. This access to capital markets allows businesses fuel expansion, undertake innovative projects, and fortify their financial positions. 

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Tailored financial solutions 

Cookie-cutter solutions have no place in the realm of merchant banking. Coronation recognises the individuality of businesses and tailors financial solutions that align with their unique goals and challenges. Whether it’s optimising capital structure, managing risks, or exploring investment opportunities, Coronation’s merchant banking services are bespoke, ensuring that businesses get exactly what they need. 

Facilitating cross-border transactions 

As businesses expand beyond national borders, the need for seamless cross-border transactions becomes paramount. Coronation’s merchant banking prowess facilitates these transactions with finesse. From navigating regulatory landscapes to ensuring compliance, our experts ensure that businesses can spread their wings internationally without unnecessary turbulence. With TRADEDIRECT, Coronation empowers corporate clients by allowing them manage their cross-border trade finance processes in real-time from anywhere in the world. The portal provides a consolidated view of trade transactions within the Bank via a dashboard that provides transaction insights. 

Merchant banking is a growth champion in every sector 

The impact of merchant banking transcends specific industries. It empowers: 

SMEs

With tailored funding structures and mentorship programs, budding businesses gain the fuel and guidance needed to blossom into thriving enterprises.  

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, highlighted the importance of increasing access to trade finance for small businesses. This is to assist their integration into global supply chains. She emphasised that trade finance plays a vital role in supporting inclusive participation in world trade. She also urged multilateral development banks to intensify their efforts to reduce the finance gap between demand and supply.   

Established corporations

Through expert transaction structuring and access to global markets, existing giants can scale new heights, leaving footprints across continents. 

Innovative ventures:

For pioneering players in tech, agribusiness, or renewable energy, merchant banks unlock doors to venture capital and angel investors, fuelling the future of progress. 

The Nigerian advantage 

In the context of Nigeria’s dynamic economy, merchant banking takes on a unique significance. With its deep understanding of local regulations, cultural nuances, and market opportunities, it provides local businesses with an invaluable edge: 

Local expertise: With roots firmly planted in Nigerian soil, Coronation Merchant bank navigates the complexities of the local market with unmatched agility, making us ideal partners for domestic expansion. 

Relationship-driven approach: Building trust and fostering close connections is at the heart of Nigerian business culture. Merchant banks, embracing this ethos, develop long-term, collaborative relationships with clients, becoming strategic advisors rather than transactional providers. 

Unlocking domestic investments: With Nigeria’s burgeoning investor pool, merchant banks act as a bridge, connecting businesses to local wealth, fostering self-sufficiency, and fuelling national economic growth. 

From aspirations to achievements: 

Merchant banking in Nigeria isn’t just about numbers on a balance sheet; it’s about igniting dreams and transforming business landscapes. It’s the hand that steadies a young entrepreneur’s leap of faith, the compass that guides an established corporation towards uncharted territories, and the fuel that propels innovative ventures into the future. With our unmatched expertise, strategic acumen, and deep understanding of the Nigerian market, Coronation Merchant bank becomes your vital partner in business success, one ambition translated into reality at a time. 

Coronation Merchant Bank can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dream. To get a free consultation, you can reach out here, and one of our experts will be in touch with you. 

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