Head Oil & Gas - Corporate Banking Group
Union Bank of Nigeria
Helen Brume is a Deputy General Manager (DGM) and Group Head, Energy and Head Oil and Gas Value Chain for Union Bank Nigeria Plc where she is responsible for the Origination, Structuring and Execution of Oil and Gas Transactions and developing the Oil and Gas Value Chain for the bank.
Prior to this she was the Divisional Head Power, Infrastructure and Project Finance for United Bank for Africa Plc for 5 years. In that role she was primarily responsible for developing UBA’s portfolio for Power and Infrastructure Assets and defining the banks local and regional strategy for the Power and Infrastructure sector and managed a portfolio of assets in excess of $500 Million.
Helen brings forth over 19 years Corporate and Investment Banking experience and has originated, structured and financed several deals. Notable deals include the $122mm financing for the acquisition of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and the $120 mm for the 100% acquisition of the Ughelli Power Plant.
In 2011, following the acquisition of Oceanic Capital by Ecobank Capital she assumed the role of Head of Power and Infrastructure for the Corporate Bank. In this role she successfully originated and structured several captive power transactions. Notable transactions include a 32MW IPP for a cement manufacturing multinational and a 13MW IPP for a manufacturing industrial cluster.
Prior to UBA, Helen Brume worked was a Vice President and Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Oceanic Capital, (now Ecobank Capital Company Limited, where she was responsible for the origination, structuring and execution of capital market transactions as well as financial and strategic advisory. She successfully advised Oceanic Bank on its strategic global and regional expansion and the divestment of some of its subsidiaries.
Mrs Brume worked at Citibank Nigeria where she was an Assistant Vice President within the Corporate Finance Group. At Citibank she focused primarily on raising and structuring various types of debt financing for corporate clients primarily within the Oil and Gas and Financial Institutions sector.
Prior to Citi, Helen worked at Lehman Brothers for 3 years within the Equity Capital Markets Strategy Group where she was responsible for developing and implementing short and long term business strategy initiatives for an $800mm Equity Sales and Trading Business.
Mrs Brume commenced her career on Wall Street where she worked for Merrill Lynch as a Project Manager and Financial Controller for the Equity Derivative business.
Helen is very passionate about the Nigerian Power sector and is an avid speaker and panelist and is constantly provides thought leadership on initiatives to help enact the right policies and sector reforms. She is a strong advocate of women playing an active role within the Energy space and consistently mentors younger women.
Helen is an alumnus of the prestigious Advanced Management and Leadership Program from the Said Business School, Oxford University. She holds a B.Sc. in Accounting University of Lagos (Second Class Honors, Upper) and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from Rutgers Business School, USA and is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).