Sven Haefner is an entrepreneur, business builder and structured finance expert with over 20 years of experience in Switzerland, UK, Hong Kong and Zambia. Sven is a Founding Partner of Kurema Advisory Services Ltd., a Lusaka based financial advisory, asset management and boutique corporate finance firm. He advises institutional clients in areas such as debt restructuring, capital raising, strategic partnerships as well as value chain management. On the other hand he is assisting institutional investors in sourcing their correct investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to setting up his own business Sven was the Asian CEO and Founder for Leonteq Securities, a structured derivatives and investment solutions provider based in Hong Kong. He was responsible for the trading, sales, structuring and back office teams. The team was 30 people strong, with locations in Hong Kong and Singapore and generated a significant contribution to the firm’s revenues.
Sven previously worked as an advisor in structured and derivative products with mandates from global investment banks such as JP Morgan or Royal Bank of Canada. From 2002 to 2008 he was Managing Director and Global Head of Sales, Products and Platform at ABN AMRO in London in Private Investor Products (PIP). During that time he was instrumental in developing PIP into the global market leader in structured investment products with local offices in over 10 countries and with more than 20,000 investment products and over 40bln Euro of assets under management.
After his Masters in Economics at the University of Zurich Sven Haefner started his financial career in 1993 in fixed income and equity derivatives origination at Zurich Cantonal Bank and later as Head of Sales and Public Distribution for Bank Vontobel. In the late 1990s he moved to London as a financial engineer for Paribas before joining Commerzbank as team leader, selling investment products to European banks. Sven lives with his wife Marise and his four kids in Lusaka.