Irwin Tchetchenigbo

Financial Engineering & Due-Diligence

Cotonou, Benin


I have over 6 years of international Investment Banking, Private Equity and Advisory experience with postings in Europe, North America, and Africa. I regularly supports M&A efforts of investment funds and corporates in the most challenging markets and I have built financial models and supported transaction for all sorts of industries ranging from salt to steel, including energy, telecoms, finance and life sciences. Before founding Senande Advisory, my boutique, I was an Investment Banker at Citigroup within the Africa Investment Banking Team (London), and previously worked as an Investment Analyst at Helios Investment Partners (London), The Wendel Group (Casablanca), Galileo Global Advisors (New-York), and Saoti Finance (Paris). I am a Beninese national, able to travel internationally, and I speak English, Fon, Spanish, and French.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 6 years

Seniority Level: Manager

Sector Experience: 

Construction Materials Consumer Durables and Apparel Consumer Services DLT and Cryptocurrencies Electric Utilities Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders Insurance Metals and Mining Payments Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Retailing Software and Services Water Utilities


Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Venture and minority investments, Joint Venture, Commercial Due Diligence, Financial Due Diligence, Bolt-on acquisitions, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Buy-and-Build, Value Creation & Enhancement, Strategic Finance, Target financing, Fundraising strategy, M&A Marketing Materials, Financial Modeling, Company Valuation, Corporate Development, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Work Experience

Senande Advisory

Managing Partner



- Now

• Originated 15+ mandates involving international companies, banks, and corporates (from mid-market to listed) • Trained, and supervised a team of 4 analysts focusing on Financial Modelling, Deal Execution, and Market Research • Developed strong relationships with top local corporates across a wide array of industries from Agriculture to Steel • Organised private sessions with local C-suite execs to demystify valuation / modelling and financial advisory • Developed an outsourcing program for local accounting and consulting firms to cement joint business line offering


Investment Banking Analyst



- 01/09/2019

• Contributed to all stages of the M&A process from origination to execution across various industries as lead Analyst • Built operating and financial models, including 3-statement merger, accretion/dilution, LBO, IPO and DCF models • Restructured client models to facilitate country analysis, enable sensitivity analysis, and corrected structural mistakes • Directly assisted senior executives in negotiation and DD sessions with foreign multinationals (JV Structuring) • Created 50+ presentations including RfPs responses, model walkthroughs, company profiles, industry research notes

Helios Investment Partners

Private Equity Analyst



- 01/05/2018

• Closed 2 deals: TPAY (Payments Fintech), UPM-KMR (Private Higher Education) • Built in-depth FX analysis (inflation differentials, REER) to discuss hedging products and credit terms with banks • Performed a valuation of a TelCo Infrastructure company using comparable companies and transaction multiples • Prepared 4 IC decks which included financial analyses, market research, due diligence findings and returns analysis


Private Equity Analyst



- 01/08/2017

• Modelled the impact of an exchange of shares on the capital structure and on the valuation of a portfolio company • Used NPV and multiples-based valuation methods to assess quarterly valuation of portfolio companies to derive IRR • Built model to identify main assumptions of business plan received from Middle Eastern Pharmaceutical company • Carried out initial screening of all potential acquisitions and provided seniors with recommendations


KEDGE Business School

Major in Finance



- 01/01/2018

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management




- 01/01/2018