Particulars of Shareholding
The Group and the Bank complies with the provisions of the Capital Markets Act and all the Rules Regulations and
guidelines made there under. Monthly reports are made to the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and the Nairobi
Securities Exchange (NSE) on the particulars of the shareholders as required by the law.
The following are details of key strategic shareholders of the bank:
HELIOS EB INVESTORS L.P. (HELIOS)
Helios invested in excess of Kshs 11 billion in 2007 to become the largest shareholder in Equity Bank with 24.45%
shareholding. Helios is an Africa-focused private investment firm which operates a family of funds and their related
co-investment entities, aggregating more than $1.7 billion in capital commitments, pursuing a full range of investment
types, including business formations, growth equity investments, structured investments in listed entities and large
scale leveraged acquisitions across Africa. Helios’ principals are Africans with a strong entrepreneurial track-record
and sound experience in start-up and growth investments.
Helios manages capital on behalf of a group of investors, comprising of several leading global funds of funds,
endowments and foundations, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, high net-worth individuals and development
finance institutions, and all of Helios’ own investment professionals. Notable among the investors are:
- U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”)
- CDC Group PLC
- International Finance Corporation (“IFC”).
Helios has access to an extensive global network of strategic, operational and financial partners and works actively
with senior management of companies in which it has invested, including through its representation on the board of
the portfolio companies.
Among the other major investments undertaken by Helios in Africa are:
- The acquisition of Interswitch Limited, the leading electronic payments processing company in Nigeria.
- The US$ 50 million acquisition of a 16% shareholding in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) PLC of Nigeria;
- Vivo Energy, the joint venture between Helios and Vitol Group (“Vitol”) acquired for US$1 billion
- Royal Dutch
- Shell PLC’s (“Shell”) downstream businesses in Africa.
BRITISH –AMERICAN INVESTMENTS COMPANY (KENYA) LIMITED (BAICL)
BAICL is the holding company for the British-American Group in East Africa. It is a company listed on the Nairobi
Securities Exchange. British American Group is a global financial services firm and has two subsidiaries in Kenya
namely British American Insurance Company (Kenya) Limited and British American Asset Managers (BAAM).
The largest shareholder in BAICL is British-American (Kenya) Holdings Limited which company is in turn controlled
by British American Insurance Co. (Mauritius) Limited, a company incorporated in Mauritius where the Regional
Office is located. The parent company of British American Insurance Co. (Mauritius) Limited is British American
Holding Limited, a company registered under the International Business Companies Act of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas. The global operations of the Group are ultimately controlled by British American (UK) Limited, a company
domiciled in the United Kingdom.