The project consists of a proposed IFC investment to support the growth of Grupo Factoring de Occidente’s (“GFO” or the “Company”) factoring portfolio (the “Project”) to small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) in Colombia. The Project will enable IFC to re-engage with a non-banking financial institution with a proven business model for delivering liquidity solutions to SMEs and mobilize additional funding to diversify their funding sources. The investment will also support the growth of the factoring market in Colombia, which is currently at an early stage.
There is often limited information publicly available about what development banks are funding through financial intermediaries. In 2021, the Early Warning System partnered with Oxfam International to incorporate information on high-risk projects being funded by financial intermediaries receiving funding from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).
The information listed below describes the relationship between the different private actors linked to high-risk sectors and subprojects of IFC and FMO's financial intermediary investments and/or the financial intermediary's parent companies made from 2017 through 2020, including any associated ring fences.
The database, however, does not explicitly or implicitly imply that IFC or FMO have material exposure to or are contractually or legally accountable to the sub-projects financed by their financial intermediaries or the financial intermediary's parent companies. It only shows a seemingly financial relationship among the different private actors, the financial intermediaries, and IFC or FMO.
Grupo Factoring de Occidente was created by Andres Felipe and Juan Carlos Gonzalez Venegas, which together hold 50% plus one share of the Company. In 2011, Kandeo acquired a 50 percent stake of the Company.
Mr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez is a consolidated entrepreneur who has been GFO’s CEO since its inception in1995. On the other hand, Mr. Andres Felipe Gonzalez joined GFO in 2001 as the Regional Manager of GFO’s branch in Cali.
Kandeo is a US$377 million in AUM private equity funds manager created in 2010, looking to invest in companies in Colombia, Mexico and Peru that provide financial services to people and companies, mainly SMES, that are not catered to efficiently or effectively by traditional financial institutions.
For inquiries about the project, contact: Grupo Factoring de Occidente
Ms. Johanna Montes de Oca
+(571) 621 8080 ext 214
Cl. 93b #12-30 Of 203, Bogota, Colombia
For inquiries about the IFC, contact: General IFC Inquiries
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20433
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