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11.12.2018

LFS welcomes a new Business Line Manager for Green Finance

LFS Advisory GmbH welcomes Divya Balakrishnan, who joined the Berlin team in December 2018. Divya will be LFS’ new business line manager for Green Finance.

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23.11.2018

LFS focuses on increasing access to finance for MSMEs in the rural markets of Peru.

Working to finance equipment and machinery allowing positive effects on agricultural production, employment and income for rural Peruvians.

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08.02.2018

LFS Announces Change of Name and Corporate Re-Branding

In the context of the spin-off of its AccessHolding-related business lines, LFS has decided to conduct a corporate re-branding.

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About us

WHO WE ARE

LFS is an advisory and management firm based in Berlin, Germany. The company has been operating previously as LFS Financial Systems GmbH, and changed its name to LFS Advisory GmbH in 2018.

We specialize in banking and financial sector projects in developing countries. Our particular focus is on micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) finance. Starting in 1998 as a consulting firm, LFS is today also a manager and investor in MSME finance. We are proud to have brought together a team that combines a variety of professional, academic, and regional backgrounds, but shares a commitment to excellence and integrity.

OUR TEAM

What we stand for

SPECIALIZATION

Our long-standing specialization on micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) finance has enabled us to accumulate substantial in-house expertise; our continual market research and exchange of cross-project experience ensure that our centres of competency are always up to date in terms of product and process innovations.

COSTUMER ORIENTED

LFS Advisory does not provide isolated experts or resources, but designs project and programme concepts focused on the client’s needs. Within our area of specialization, we offer integrated service packages that combine a range of inputs including management, advisory, training and IT services.

CONSISTENT STAFF

In contrast to other firms in this field, LFS Advisory works primarily with permanent staff. We are convinced that successful implementation of long-term advisory and management projects requires not only individual qualifications, but also a strong team play and a high degree of consistency in the working methodology.

DISTINGUISHED TRACK RECORD

LFS Advisory has built a distinguished track record for providing high-quality services and delivering impeccable project results even in difficult operating environments. LFS has evolved into a leading provider of integrated service solutions for greenfielding, downscaling, upgrading, and other advisory service projects.

RESPONSIBILITY

LFS Advisory assumes responsibility not only for the timely implementation of the agreed work plan, but also for the results of a project. Most of our service contracts include a variable fee component based on a set of both quantitative and qualitative performance indicators.

OUR WORK

LFS believes in specialization. Our work is focused on financial services industries in emerging markets and transition countries. We develop tailour-made solutions to strengthen financial institutions, promote financial inclusion and support the productive use of financial sector resources. Our longstanding managerial experience on the inter-section of banking and technology enables us to connect the realms to generate lasting impact and value.  

Since its inception in 1997, LFS has built up a distinctive track record of successful management mandates and advisory services in our key areas of work. In the past 20 years we have implemented over 120 projects across the developing world. Our global project portfolio spans from Peru in the West to Fiji in the Southeast. Please see our Project Showcase section for a more detailed references.

Areas of Work

MSME Finance

LFS Advisory provides financial institutions with consultancy and managerial solutions for the implementation of financial services for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)   

AGRICULTURAL FINANCE

Financing smallholders and SME farmers requires adjusted products, underwriting processes, and delivery methods. LFS provides tailour-made solutions based on regional conditions for optimal performance and impact.

DIGITAL FINANCE

LFS has been at the forefront of promoting alternative delivery channels for financial inclusion. We combine the business and technology expertise to support financial institutions in scaling up and managing risks of DFS.

GREEN FINANCE

Leveraging investments into renewable energies and climate change resilience is a key challenge to financial operators. LFS connects the expertise required to design and roll out green finance solutions.

Information Technology

Using IT solutions for your digital business to stay ahead of your competitors. Select, build and run innovative core banking solutions, components and services.

STUDIES

LFS carries out feasibility studies, market surveys and evaluations of financial sector projects worldwide, using proven research methodologies and techniques.

RISK MANAGEMENT

LFS has developed a comprehensive toolkit for the management of risks in financial institutions. We support institutions in the design and implementation of RM systems based on individual risk mapping/diagnostics.

TRANSACTION SERVICES

We offer a comprehensive range of transaction services for impact investors, including target identification, valuation, due diligence, deal structuring and M&A. We support institutions in raising growth funds.

CAREERS

Working for LFS

In contrast to other firms in our field, LFS works primarily with permanent staff. We are convinced that successful implementation of long-term advisory and management projects requires not only individual qualifications; of equal importance are strong team play and a high degree of consistency in the working methodology. In our experience, this can only be warranted if all team members are familiar with and committed to the way the firm works and thinks. We work with freelance consultants only for project assignments of limited duration which require a high degree of technical or regional specialization.

Working for LFS usually means being ready to live in – or travel extensively to – developing or transition countries which can be challenging in a variety of ways. This puts high requirements on our consultants’ resilience, assertiveness and expertise. Most of our successful applicants have had prior work or study experience in developing or transition countries, speak various relevant languages and have specialized (through work or study) on banking or finance topics.

Our job portal contains all current listings of permanent positions and short-term consultancy opportunities. If none of the listed positions fits your profile, but you are nonetheless interested in working for/with LFS, please send us an individual enquiry via our contact page.