Bruce Gau has joined the Invigors / Alta team as a senior consultant, supporting the group’s activities in the Middle East and Africa regions.

His appointment further strengthens the fast-growing Invigors’ team in EMEA and brings additional capability, especially in supporting corporate and project financing activities.

Mr Gau is a highly experienced financier with over 25 years of experience working across several locations in Africa and the Middle East.

He has a strong track record of deal origination, deal-making, solution management, customer service and transaction closure in the corporate and project finance area.

He has successfully represented the interests of lenders and borrowers as well as suppliers and purchasers while leading global teams of asset financing specialists.

Part of this work was the establishment of a pan-African network of relationships with banks, consultants, suppliers, and customers.

Bruce’s most recent role was director, sales finance solutions, with Huawei, based in Shenzhen City, Guangdong, China. In this role, he was responsible for supporting the structuring and negotiating of sales financing solutions covering project finance, trade finance, export credit and vendor finance transactions.

Before this, Mr Gau had various senior roles in a 12-year career with Ericsson covering the sub-Saharan Africa region. His roles here included the establishment and heading up of the functions of customer financing, working capital management and bid/proposal management.

His responsibilities covered all aspects of customer-related financing in the region including project finance, export credit, third party finance, vendor finance and sale of receivables. Before Ericsson, he had a 20-year career with Nedbank Africa where one of his roles was heading up their African cross-border financing team.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of accounting degree and a post-graduate diploma in banking law with memberships of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (South Africa) (AGA), the International Project Finance Association (IPFA), the International Corporate Treasurers Association (ICTA) and the Institute of Professional Accountants of South Africa (IPA).

Mr Gau said: “I see Africa and the Middle East as having tremendous potential for the growth of innovative customer financing solutions and I look forward to the challenge of growing the business in this region”

Kieran O’Brien, executive director of Invigors EMEA, said: “Bruce joins us at a time of fundamental changes in the asset and services financing arena. He brings vast experience and a passion for the development of customer financing solutions for our customers. We are delighted to welcome him onto the Invigors/Alta team”