Founded in 2016, Raef LLC is an investment firm focused on entrepreneurs and SMEs in fast-growing cities across Africa and Asia. These frontier markets are growing fast and capital is in high demand, with many firms finding it difficult to avail financing from traditional sources. We provide trade finance to firms who meet our due diligence and investment criteria in exchange for superior returns on our risk capital.


Our innovative business model leverages networks across African, Indian and South East Asian firms to unlock arbitrages and identify supply and demand differentials in the price of physical goods and raw materials. We do not engage in directional trading, incur price risk or maintain an inventory. Our trades lock in a fixed profit at inception thereby eliminating risks from price fluctuations in the global commodities markets.