Head, Corporate Finance
Deen Solebo is Head of Corporate Finance at Oando Plc, overseeing all capital raising and M&A activities for the group. Deen has over 13 years of combined of financing and investment banking experience. Prior to Oando, Deen was a founding partner and Managing Director at Yellowtree Partners. In his role, Deen led origination of development projects in energy and infrastructure, in West and West Central Africa. He was consultant and advisor to – and co-project developer with – Africa focused international project developers.
Prior to Yellowtree, Deen was a Director of Global Energy Structured Finance at WestLB AG where he led energy related debt and equity finance and advisory with expertise in conventional power generation, renewable energy, electric transmission, and mid-stream oil and gas projects; and a client roster including energy focused PE firms, project developers, IPPs and utilities. In 4 years at WestLB, Deen was involved in over $5.2 BN in project and leverage financings to support energy projects in excess of $7.3 BN in capital costs.
Prior to WestLB, Deen worked at Rothschild Inc., where among other roles; he helped advice on the successful reorganization of United Airlines Inc. (then the 8th largest bankruptcy in U.S. history). Prior to Rothschild, Deen was a banker at Goldman Sachs and Giuliani Capital. Some of his previous transactions involved: Northwestern Corp., Solutia Inc., Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Elan Corp, Sivensa S.A., Solutia Europe, Mash Supermarkets, and Petroleum Geo Services.
Deen graduated magna cum laude from American University with a B.Sc. in Leadership Studies and Yale University with an MBA focused in Finance and Strategy.