Mr. Paul Kokoricha holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Second Class Upper Division in Economics and won the Departmental Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Economics in 1982 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Kokoricha worked for ten years in Arthur Andersen & Co. [previously a leading global accounting and consulting firm] providing accounting, consulting and audit services to varied clients in financial services, oil and gas, trading and manufacturing. He gained extensive experience in accounting and audit turnarounds, business reorganizations and systems consulting. Prior to joining African Capital Alliance, he worked for Liberty Bank plc for eight years as Group Head of Operations with responsibility for trade finance products and customer service.
He joined African Capital Alliance in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer before making a transition to fund manager role in 2004. He is currently the Managing Principal of Capital Alliance Private Equity I [CAPE I] and Capital Alliance Private Equity II [CAPE II] - a US$ 35 million and US$ 100 million private equity funds respectively. CAPE I and CAPE II have a number of international and Nigeria based investors, including leading international development finance institutions such as International Finance Corporation [IFC] - private sector arm of the World Bank; European Investment Bank; CDC Capital [formerly Commonwealth Development Corporation]; FMO [the Dutch Development Finance Corporation], as well as Nigeria-based institutions such as Citibank, Chevron Pension, Nigeria Breweries [Heineken]; UAC; Diamond Bank, etc.
Most of these investors are represented in the Advisory Committee and Investment Committee; key governance organs of both funds. In his role as Fund Manager, he champions all aspects of private equity investment management, including fundraising, deal origination, due diligence, deal structuring, investment and management of exits. He is a director of a number of companies, including Johnnic Communications West Africa Limited, Compact Disc Technologies Nigeria Limited, Swift Networks Limited, Resourcery Limited, Accat and Nu Metro Retail Nigeria Limited.