Vista Bank Group closes deal to acquire BNP Paribas’ subsidiary in Guinea

Vista Bank Group becomes largest bank in Guinea

Conakry, Guinea July 2021 – Vista Bank Group (‘Vista’) has closed the deal to acquire BNP Paribas’ majority interest in La Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l’Industrie de la Guinée (BICIGUI) in Guinea.

The acquisition adds to Vista’s existing banking operations in Guinea, in addition to its banks in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. BICIGUI is being rebranded as VISTAGUI.

Afreximbank advised and structured the financing of this transaction, which helps to fill the gap created by the exit of international banks from the continent. In addition to enabling Vista to fill this gap, Afreximbank’s support will also enhance the capacity of VISTAGUI to provide expanded services that will stimulate trade and develop investment opportunities in Guinea.

Deloitte and Astura handled the financial due diligence and legal aspects of the deal respectively. The local law firm Thiam & Associes (Guinea) also worked with Astura Perkins Coie LLP on aspects of U.S. law, Semega Chambers and Sollie Law Chambers (Gambia) on aspects of Gambian law, Yada Williams & Associates on aspects of Sierra Leonean law, Thiam & Associates and Bile-Aka Brizoua-Bi & Associates (Côte d’Ivoire) on aspects of OHADA law.

Martial Goeh-Akue, formerly at Orabank has been appointed as the Director General of VISTAGUI.

Simon Tiemtore, Chairman of Vista Group, said: “The integration of BICIGUI with Vista’s existing bank in Guinea, which are combining into VISTAGUI, instantly make Vista the largest bank in Guinea in terms of both total assets and number of branches. Under Martial Goeh-Akue’s leadership, VISTAGUI is ideally positioned to meet the needs of its customer portfolio of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), mass retail sectors, high net worth and large blue-chip corporate customer segments. Following our additional acquisition of BICIAB in Burkina Faso, the Vista Group can now further leverage on its scale, digital and intra-African trade strategies and cement its position as a world-class pan-African financial inclusion promoting financial inclusion, fostering Africa’s economic development.”

Following the integration, VISTAGUI’s customers will benefit from Vista’s customer-centric focus, ongoing investments in technology, core banking system, state of the art digital and mobile banking products, services, functionality and solutions.

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About Vista Group

Vista Bank Group (Vista) is a financial services holding company with the objective of building a world-class pan-African financial institution group and contributing to economic and financial inclusion in Africa.

Vista has entered into strategic partnerships with various global financial institutions to drive its growth strategy by focusing on MSME (SME banking, leasing, mesofinance, banking on women banking), trade and supply chain finance, bancassurance increasing profitability while controlling operating costs and mitigating risks.

Vista is focused on maximising the opportunities in its respective markets to become the financial institution of choice through innovative banking and insurance products.