ARIE Capital Group appoints James Benoit as UK MD of ARIE Finance

Arie Finance strengthens its leadership Team as it continues to challenge the Traditional Global Financial Services Market

James Benoir


10th March, 2021: ARIE Capital Group (the “Group”) a leading entrepreneurial financial services and investment group, is delighted to announce the appointment of James Benoit as UK Managing Director of ARIE Finance, a subsidiary business of ARIE Capital Group, where he will be responsible for accelerating the development of the business and building upon the rapid growth already achieved since launch in 2018.

ARIE Finance is active across Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa, challenging the traditional Financial Service providers through its’ digital and service-based financial ecosystem offering corporate, private and investment banking, and advisory services. Its proprietary innovative financial services platform alongside its unique third-party financial services marketplace allows it clients to create their own bespoke banking experience.

The appointment of James brings additional expertise to the business as well as fitting in with the company’s strategy as it continues to grow and attract clients across all its key markets. James Benoit was previously CEO & Executive Director of FCMB BANK (UK) LTD, the London subsidiary of Nigeria’s sixth largest banking group where he led FCMB’s expansion in London from wholesale banking and award-winning trade finance to a full range of corporate and private banking services.

Prior to his role at FCMB, he was CEO and Executive Director of AFRASIA BANK LTD where he led the start-up of the first new bank in Mauritius in over a century. Under his leadership, AFRASIA established itself as a leader in African and Asian international investing and received multiple banking awards including from Euromoney, The Banker and PwC.

Simon Tobelem, CEO said:

“James is a valuable addition to the team and will play a critical role in helping to deliver our vision for ARIE’s development as we build a broader product offering utilising our unique technological platform. His appointment and expertise will accelerate ARIE’s links between Africa and Europe which provide both our business and High Net Worth clients with modern digital banking capabilities. We continue to increase the scale our banking platform on many fronts to meet a clear demand for more efficient financial management, payment, e-transfer and advisory services.”

James Benoit said:

“We have an aligned vision for the future of digital financial services, and I am convinced that ARIE Finance is perfectly placed to lead this charge as it continues its impressive expansion. The combination of a world leading digital platform and our experienced team of expert advisers make for a highly competitive proposition. I look forward to working with the ARIE team to continue to grow the business and deliver our clients a seamless, trusted, and efficient cross border financial service.”