The firm weaves together a set of strong skills, allowing it to address an array of financial issues. Our know-how includes corporate finance, to raise capital or advise on mergers and acquisitions, functions specific to financial institutions (risk management, operations processing, internal controls, compliance) as well as financial control and cash management.



Each consultant on our team is a seasoned professional who has held high level responsibilities in leading international companies or financial institutions.



Because they have spent part or all of their career there, our consultants are familiar with the people and markets of Africa.

Louis Adandé

Louis Adandé spent over twenty years as a corporate banker, chief executive officer of banking subsidiaries and financial consultant in the West and Central Africa regions.

His banking career kicked off in 1983 when he joined Citigroup in Gabon. He rose through a succession of responsibilities, structuring, negotiating and executing debt financing deals for local and foreign corporates as well as sovereign clients. He then moved on to run Business Units and banking subsidiaries making daily use of the standards and best practices of risk management and business leadership. His career gave him the priviledge of working in most of the countries of West Africa and he lived in Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Nigeria.

He left Citigroup and set up Saoti Finance in 2006. Within the firm, Louis is primarily involved with capital raising transactions for clients in industrial sectors as well as credit risk management assignments for banking clients.

Louis Adandé is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Paris, holds an MBA from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University, Washington DC.


Klaus-Peter Schulze

Klaus-Peter Schulze has built, in the course of a career spanning more than twenty five years with Citigroup, a wealth of knowledge and competences about operations and operational risk management in banking.

After, starting his professional life in the “Control Department” of Citigroup in Germany, he was soon called on to run that department. He then embarked on an expatriate career that led him to carry out senior operations management roles in a host of countries of Europe and Africa. Klaus witnessed, first hand, the way in which the “back office” evolved from basic transaction processing utility to major competitive asset where high risk and value creation potential are in play.

Klaus-Peter Schulze puts his skills to work for Saoti Finance banking clients on assignments involving improvements in the productivity of operations, reduction of cost income ratio as well as operational risk management assignments.

Klaus-Peter Schulze is a graduate of the Friedrich List Institute in Berlin and holds a master’s Degree in Banking Studies from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin.

Alain Kodjo

In 22 years of a rich career with Deloitte, the leading audit firm globally, Alain Kodjo has built a strong set of competences in the fields of operational and financial audit, investment analysis and promotion as well as business intelligence.

Alain joined Deloitte in 1988 and led a large number of auditing, investigations, company restructuring and corporate finance assignments in sectors ranging from mining and telecommunications, to industry (oil& gas, food) and services (insurance, hospitality). He developed a fine understanding of the West African business environment through his work in several countries of the region. After leaving Deloitte in 2009, Alain ran two companies in Côte d’Ivoire before committing himself to financial consulting.

Nowadays, Alain puts his talents and skills to work for Saoti Finance clients in the areas of investment and business analysis, operational process improvement and business intelligence. He also works on fund raising assignments.


Gérard Duviau

Gérard Duviau had led for over twenty five years a successful career in finance and financial control within the Air France group on three continents.

Gérard started his career in the aircraft finance division and was quickly appointed as finance and financial control director in a succession of subsidiaries of the Air France group. He held, among others, the role of Finance Director for North America. In these various responsibilities, Gérard has built a sharp expertise of the issues, methods and tools of financial management, audit and financial control in both an industrial and service environment. Having lived and worked in different countries of Europe, Africa and America, Gérard has honed a strong ability to work and communicate in a multicultural environment. He was part of the leadership team that successfully launched an airline company in West Africa.

Gérard Duviau is a co-founder of Saoti Finance and primarily works on assignments involving accounting, financial control processes, purchasing and cost management for industrial and service companies. He also works in support of private equity transactions.

Gérard Duviau is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Paris and the Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine in Paris. He also holds Master Degree in Economics from the Université de Paris III.