Empact Advisory Services

As the Ethiopian economy continues to post rapid growth rates, domestic companies and international investors are seeking new opportunities to create value in this sizable frontier market. Drawing on its local market knowledge and extensive network of professionals, Empact offers a suite of investment advisory, management consulting, and IT services to institutional investors, international companies, and the public sector.

Investment Advisory Practice

Acquisition strategy:  Deal making requires a well-defined strategy and experience. The question behind every deal should be: "How will buying this asset make my existing business more valuable, and how will I bring value to the asset I am buying?" The answers are rooted in strategy. Empact has been on the ground in Ethiopia for 6 years and we understand the types of deals that create value and those that don't. Successful deals have an investment thesis that is founded on a firm's portfolio needs and clearly tied to growth strategy, and the local market.

Investment/Acquisition screening: We help clients develop an investment thesis that is aligned with strategy and growth opportunities. We work to develop a deal flow of companies and opportunities in Ethiopia by screening targets based on criteria that will fit your investment objectives. Empact will define an acquisition ,strategy process and develop a road map to approach targets.

Due diligence: We help investors make better deal decisions by performing due diligence, assessing performance improvement opportunities and providing a post-acquisition agenda.  We collaborate seamlessly with your organization to help you make better, informed investment decisions. We generate insights through our diligence processes and deep market knowledge to prove or disprove the deal thesis, realistically assess synergies and chart the course of integration early.  

Investment Management: To make a deal pay off, you have to nail a short list of critical actions. Once an investment is made in a Frontier Market rigorous follow-through on a long list of tasks is required in order for the investment to yield expected returns.   Empact offers post-investment services, acting as the local manager on behalf of investors. Such services include, but are not limited to, representation on the board of directors, management support and shareholder advocacy, sector strategy, fund-raising, organizational design.

Joint ventures and alliances: Empact assists clients throughout the joint venture process: strategy development, partner selection and operating implementation. We have found that alliances go wrong most frequently due to neglect of the first stage–strategy development. Therefore, we focus disproportionately on ensuring that deals are structured correctly from the outset, with a very clear, shared vision and a solid understanding of mutual economics.

Management Consulting Practice

Bank Regulation: Empact Bank Regulation Services focuses on services to financial services organizations that address; bank holding company inspection requirements, bank supervisory standards, retail bank compliance, and bank regulatory reporting requirements. 

Accounting and Taxation: Empact supports companies in their local accounting and taxation needs, as well as in identifying suitable local counsel.

Strategy: Our unique strategic planning approach and capability allows executive teams to understand the future and create growth and aspirational viewpoints about the possibility in their markets and organizations.

In addition to supporting the strategy formulation and execution imperatives of clients in the Business of Today, the Strategy practice has a unique Innovation unit that provides a corporate venturing and growth offering that has created significant new businesses and revenue sources for clients across industry sectors Business of Tomorrow:

  • Carbon Finance
  • Corporate Strategy 
  • Radical Business Improvement & Cost Reduction 
  • Finance Transformation and CFO Services 
  • Economic Advisory 
  • Supply Chain Strategy 
  • Business Transformation  
  • Turn-around Management 
  • Organization Restructure
  • Innovation & Corporate Venturing 
  • Public Sector Service Delivery

Information Technology Practice

IT Strategy: We help clients leverage IT in their business-planning and innovation efforts and develop strategic IT architectures and road maps.

IT Transformation: We help clients use IT to transform their value propositions, organizations, operations, and financial results.

IT Sourcing: We develop overall IT and business-process sourcing strategies and help clients select, make agreements with, and manage outsourcing and offshore units more effectively

IT Organization: We help clients define the role and mission of their IT organization, design more effective organization structures, improve governance, and identify new people-and talent management practices.  We also help new corporate leaders set agendas.

IT Performance: We partner with clients to delineate key IT-performance objectives and metrics and improve IT efficiency and effectiveness.

IT Capability Maturity Framework: We utilize this framework to evaluate the full scope of IT's activities—both strategically and from a business-value-added perspective—and help clients optimize their IT function.