When wishing to apply for project finance please visit our website and fill out the finance application form, for each project separately, and return same to us.
The minimum project loan amount per individual project is US$ 5.0 million.
Please read the contents of our website www.vitalagroup.com very carefully.
We also comply with:
- the USA Investment Advisory Act 1940 - the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002 - US Federal Money Laundering regulations under US banking regulations - the Financial Services & Markets Act (FSMA) 2000 - the Dodd-Frank Act 2010 (Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act) - the Law on Investment and Enterprises 2014 - the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR-EU) - the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI/ MiFID II)
We do not offer, promote or sell financial services or products in the United Kingdom.
We would like to take the opportunity to explain how project financing, through The Vitala Group of companies, works in practice.
The Vitala Group Corporate Status
a) The "Vitala Group" is a trade name and not a legal corporation. Under its name it operates numerous individual Vitala Group companies all of which are legally incorporated and administered in offshore countries.
b) Vitala Group companies are not registered in the United Kingdom that is why there is no listing with the British Chamber of Commerce.
c) No Vitala Group company has ever filed for bankruptcy or had any liens placed against them.
As we currently receive around 500 to 600 project finance applications monthly, we are unable to discuss each application with a prospective developer, either by phone or in separate meetings, before a project site visit has been arranged.
Instead we work with a well proven procedure of evaluation of projects, tested over the last 36+ year period in the international investment markets.
Without any contractual agreements, we are regrettably unable, to engage in drawn out communication with an applicant, as regards queries not relating directly to a specific finance application, neither are we in a position to respond to queries of the most unusual types, such as:
1) We could not find the Vitala Group of Companies on the Internet?
2) We called one of the Vitala Group offices, but only answer machines replied?
3) Can we contact you via Skype?
4) How many employees work for the Vitala Group of companies?
5) We contacted some of your past project developers, but they did not reply?
6) We applied for job offers to you on the internet. We sent monies for administration and other costs, but received no further replies?
7) Can we meet for a “coffee” to chat about or explain our project?
8) We could not find your London, UK office.
We do not advertise for jobs on our website, but we are aware of our name being used for fake job vacancies.
Our project evaluation and communication process follows logical lines, as outlined below.
We have also been retained, for some years now, by some government banks and financial institutions, to view and advise on their development projects.
You may note that we have not, in the past, ever been involved in projects which are unprofitable or not feasible.
We rarely advertise our services globally.
It requires about 8-10 working days (numerous security checks) to initially process a project finance application, through our Global Finance & Investments Division.
These security checks include:a. Type of industry b. Size of project c. Political structure prevailing in the country at the time of application d. Economic situation prevailing in the country at the time of application e. Social/ cultural situation prevailing in the country at the time of application f. Religious structure prevailing in the country at the time of application g. Exposure to terrorism h. World Bank/European Central Bank/ International Monetary Fund - financial rating of country i. Military risk assessment j. Natural disaster assessment (Ecology) k. Seismic risk assessment l. Health/ fatal disease risk assessment m. Currency stability risk assessment n. Regulatory approvals risk
Project finance application forms, which are not fully endorsed, or are below the US$ 5 million loan value per project, cannot be processed.
Applications which are not accepted by us, for the reasons stated, will be communicated to the applicant in writing.
Once a project finance application is approved by us to proceed, the process is as follows:
1) The client receives a standard letter explaining initial procedures, timings and the forthcoming site visit procedures; a dateline is set for the first site visit period (project inspection).
2) A site must be visited and land/project ownership must be proven by the applicant.
3) We must meet the Client on site and view the site, (a legal requirement), as well as ensuring that the Client is known in his local community.
4) Our standard letter of introduction mandates that any new prospective Client has to pre-pay Business Class flights and related expenses for a site visit, which are refunded in the event of a contractual assignment being undertaken with us. Once the Client has agreed dates, they will receive a comprehensive written Meeting Agenda with which to proceed on our site visit.
a) They also have to sign a confidentiality / non-disclosure / non-circumvention agreement, to protect mainly their interests at this early stage.
b) The above demands ensure that the client really believes he has a project, and does not just dream or speculate. We, on the other hand, ascertain beforehand whether a project is worthwhile to pursue, as we do not wish to waste our time or the client’s money and time.
We do not charge for our consultancy time covering such site visits, and in the event of a Financial Procurement Agreement being signed (our Commission Agreement), we will refund all site visit costs, including all pre-paid flight costs.
We do not proceed to a site visit, unless ALL economic/ financial/ political/ logistical - indicators are positive and meet our requirements. This serves to ensure financial independence and avoid suspicions of upfront payment costs.
5) The 1st Project Site Visit, by at least one of our senior executives, remains mandatory for legal reasons and serves to:
a. Meet the client, his partners/management team and physically verify the accuracy of the project ideas proposed (legal requirement)
b. View the site, and its surroundings, together with the Client
c. Meet local officials and to ascertain to what extent this project is known of and welcomed
d. View all plans/studies/documents/drawings/tests/surveys, as completed and available, and enquire about planning and building laws in force locally
e. Confirm all future procedures/ timings/ requirements with the Client as well as assisting in determining the future development costs and timing issues.
6) A pre-paid Business Class airfare ticket(s) and local site visit costs are to be paid for by the Client, covering one or two of our executives. These are not "upfront costs" but are security costs, and these costs are fully refunded, if and when we enter into any contractual relationship thereafter. Likewise we remain reponsible for our administrative and research costs as well as our executives' time at the site visit.
a) Our executives do not fly Economy Class, nor do we accept hotel/flight package deals.
b) Once the Business Class flight fare has been pre-paid, we issue a written site visit agenda and forward a corporate information package with written client references and other related material.
c) Current IATA rules state that it is not possible to accept pre-paid air tickets from overseas, since under IATA airline carrier rules a passenger is not supposed to travel on a ticket which was not originally issued at his domicile, to where he must return. Warsaw Act Convention rules are applicable.
Also, our international health insurance provider has advised that any insurance cover would be null and void if a passenger was travelling on a non-IATA airline issued ticket, thus breaking travel insurance cover regulations, which had not been issued at the domicile of the passenger. We would be the first to accept pre-paid and/or pre-arranged flight tickets from clients as obviously those can be obtained much cheaper from the country of origin.
Unfortunately airlines protect their pricing policy by forcing us to purchase tickets from the destination of our legal residence. These fares are referred to as "published fares" and are consequently more expensive than the air fares available from a client's location.
Furthermore, in today’s climate of terrorist threats worldwide, many airlines have ruled that air tickets may only be issued in the passenger’s country of residence, and many countries have enacted terrorism legislation to this effect.
As a result of all these factors and the threat of terrorism, we have been obliged to implement strict procedures globally on the purchase of flight tickets for site visits, and we would ask you to follow these procedures, in order to facilitate the organisation of the proposed site visit.
We have been advised by our legal team that health, travel and life insurance cover for our executives would not be valid for journeys where tickets have been arranged by third parties.
Also, some years ago one of our executives received such a ticket and was not allowed to board the airline – his ticket was regarded as invalid.
d) Pre-paid airline ticket costs are always paid to one of our Vitala Group companies. However, some countries have restrictions and demand that the airfare for a particular traveller must be remitted into the bank account of the named traveller.
We automatically advise which option is applicable when we send out our site visit letter.
7) Many general project questions cannot be answered UNTIL WE HAVE MET AT THE SITE VISIT. We are unable to deviate from this procedure.
8) After completion of a site visit, we issue a written Observation Report, free of charge, summarising all our findings and pointing the way forward, including a Project Timetable indicating the loan process period required..
9) We are always prepared to discuss country representations/ agencies, by individuals; however this can only take place after a site visit and having met in person (Please refer to no. 18, 19, 20, 37, 38 below).
10) WE DO NOT CHARGE ANY UPFRONT OR HIDDEN FEES, except a 5% success commission upon any funds a client accepts/avails themselves through us.
The 5% success fee is only payable when a Client accepts and has physically received a loan, and has signed a Financial Procurement Agreement. It is either directly deducted or paid separately by the client.
The 5% success fee is included in the loan.
There are no partial commission payments to be made.
If the client does not accept the loan, WE HAVE NO FURTHER CLAIMS.
We work at our success fee risk only; we do not charge consultancy fees for project finance either.
YES, all types of industries, subject to review of the individual financing application form submitted.
i. Projects already partially or fully under constructionii. Land acquisitions and/or property purchases only - UNLESS project development is added of at least 30% of the total value. iii. Proposed sale of property assets iv. Private loans v. Debt/Lien settlement vi. Acquisitions of Shares/Bonds vii. Buy outs/Buy ins and/or partner’s equity stake viii. Angel Investment/Funds ix. Cash Injections/Provisions x. Commodity and/or derivatives trading xi. Joint venture capitalisation/Funds for partnership xii. Refurbishment of existing projects or project renovations, if the renovation value is less than 40% of the total project value xiii. Projects with less than 25 year land lease agreements xiv. Mergers stakes xv. "Unethical" project proposals xvi. Loans to Government institutions xvii. Costs to meet the re-settlement of residents to another site location
We do not deal with:a) Invitations to tenders or competitions of any type b) Joint Venture invitations c) Requests for proposals (RFP) d) Requests for information (RFI) e) Requests for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) f) Financing participation in Public Private Partnerships (PPP) g) Advertisements for employment h) Project quotations/ construction cost estimates/ quantity surveys i) Government owned or sponsored projects (we require the Developer to be a corporation) j) Project proposals which offend decency and do not comply with general religious and social customs
can only be determined close to the closing of a loan agreement, and not before. Future interest rate calculations are forecast and set by the World Bank, World Trade Organisation and International Monetary Fund.
NO. We can only advise on due diligence costs and other project finance costs, to be met by the applicant as part of their future assets, once a site visit has taken place.
It is almost impossible to advise what and how much loan collateral will be, until the project has been assessed by international standard feasibility studies. Usually, the main collateral will be the assets of the project, i.e., land / machinery / etc.
We usually take possession of the land deeds for the duration of the loan period, as well as a first security charge over all other assets.We do not require personal finance guarantees from developers.
We usually buy out all existing loans, as all our lenders require to hold a “first security” position over all assets and outstanding loans.
through us, depends upon many factors, including:a. The availability of acceptable feasibility studies,as outlined/discussed with us at the site visit, b. The physical condition of the site c. Whether any people have to be evicted or re-settled from the site d. Whether flooding of the site has been an issue in the past e. Whether the chosen site has a history of seismic eruptions f. The depth of the “political” connection of the Developer with local planning authorities g. The degree of difficulty of a specific project, i.e. more components means more considerations and research = more time h. The period of time your country’s National or Central Bank requires to receive incoming foreign funds (various checks for illegal money sources, mafia originating funds; drugs or crime related funds; money-laundering, etc). Besides this there are a few other considerations that we do not regard as particularly time-consuming. We therefore cannot venture to give a guideline for timing unless we have physically visited the site. This is one of the major reasons to determine the planning period timeframe for project financing. i. The exact time period for the approval of any loan depends on: i. The type of industry, loan amount, and the country receiving the loan ii. Whether a loan is to be provided as a "one-time" loan or in "phases" iii. The availability of the required developer's feasibilities and support documentation iv. The time period required for our legal due diligence upon the borrower's senior managemnt
NO.Projects are always risky financial undertakings and there are many risks a developer cannot cover, like force majeure, coups d’état, Tsunami, and the like. The probability of your project getting funded depends upon the thoroughness and detail of all feasibility studies. The format has to conform to international professional associations as well as World Bank/ World Trade Organisation/ European Central Bank/ International Monetary Fund - standards. However, since 1983, the commencement of our global commercial existence, the only projects we have seen fail are due to either force majeure, unexpected seismic events, misrepresentation, non-disclosure of fraudulent activities by investors, deception or similar.
YES, After the first site visit has taken place and your project has been accepted.a. We do not issue any certified LOI in advance for Government or other security purposes or for any other reason. b. We are unable to issue LOIs or LOCs covering projects which we have not inspected and for which we have received only written information, which needs to be verified by a site visit.This is one of the main purposes of the proposed site visit. c. Loan guarantees/ bank guarantees/ letter of comfort/ promissory notes and similar legally accepted documents are only issued through a loan committee/ loan syndicate/ investors. d. Please be aware than we are forced to deal with international criminals and scammers who claim to represent us in order to obtain monies. For this purpose they will fake or forge genuine LOC or LOI. Please always check with us first at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO, not at any stage.
(this is the closest you can receive in the form of a guarantee commitment) you first need:a. To have obtained a contract from your source b. To have entered into written contracts with us for the loan provision
NO, we do not require Government sovereign guarantees since we do not lend to Government institutions, but only to commercial/ institutional investors/ project developers.
We are unable to provide specific information on terms and conditions as we:a. Have no verifiable information about your project at hand b. Have not met you or any of your investors/ managers c. Have not visited and verified the project site d. Have not perused and advised you about the information you need to provide to us e. Were unable to enquire about commercial references covering your project f. Are not aware of the potential profitability/cash flow of the proposed project. g. The project loan amount has not been determined as yet. h. The period/ duration of a project loan has not yet been determined
The developer has to cover all costs to “bring the project to the financing table”, this means acquisition of the land, land related tests, surveys, government permits of all types, all feasibility study costs, document translation costs, etc.All those are determined and advised upon at the site visit (ongoing development costs). Every project needs a developer (corporation). For legal reasons we are unable to accept project loan applications from individuals.
YES.These are clearly displayed on our "Testimonials" page. Additionally, written references are available once a site visit has been agreed, as part of our corporate information pack which is sent to the Client. Sometimes Clients do not wish to discuss or disclose their financial project affairs and since they are always bound with us in written non-disclosure agreements, lasting for a number of years, we have to honour their wishes for their commercial affairs not to be disclosed.
YES we do, on a project by project basis, subject to a loan having been concluded.a) A written Commission Agreement has been issued by us b) The commission is paid from the Vitala Group’s success fee after the loan has been accepted by the developer c) Any commissions are paid once we have received our 5% success fee
WE DO, subject to individual Commission Agreements entered into with our Group.a) Brokers often obtain a separate finder's fee/commission fee from a Client, in addition to the commission payable by the Vitala Group b) We permit brokers to enter into a separate commission agreement with the Client, provided the additional commission/ fee is acceptable
and/or sign a contract with a project applicant whether or not under the assumption that this will help/ assist a project finance application, or as a prelude to introducing the Vitala Group’s project finance services? NO, not under any circumstances.
Generally speaking, all questions will be answered and solved during the site visit.We are unable to accommodate this due to the sheer volume of applications we handle at any given time,and there is no point in holding discussions with parties we have not yet met. We are unable to discuss project application matters by telephone or by Skype, due to the lack of a verifiable written record.
NO, we cannot, as too many factors are involved, which need to be clarified at a site visit first and thereafter we can provide a broad indication only.
YES, but these can be viewed onsite; there is no point in viewing documents without having seen the site and meeting the developers beforehand.
NO.We cannot for legal and ethical reasons, as we have to approve all developer's feasibility studies, otherwise this would constitute a Conflict of Interest.
NO.We cannot, for the reasons explained above in no. (24). This would interfere with our independent role in approving project documentation for financing.
NO, not under any circumstances.a. Under no circumstances do we accept any inducements/commission from lenders or any other parties, other than our 5% success fee. b. We act independently from the project applicant and lenders, during this period.
NO.We have no commercial need to advertise, in order to avoid attracting dishonest Spam/upfront money applicants and/or other dubious operators, and also to reduce/maintain the level of Spam e-mails we receive daily.
NO.We do not release privately held information about any of the Vitala Group of companies to any outside sources/agencies. This reduces opportunities for fraud, scams or spam emails.
The most common ones are: 80: 20, 70 : 30, 60 : 40, but sometimes 100 % project finance can be provided, depending upon the project type / industry / risk evaluation criteria.
NO.Our loans are funding and our lenders are only entitled to loan repayments from the profits of the project, not from other unrelated assets of the borrower.
NO, we form lending syndicates and in most cases, become financing partners, subject to the prior approval oflending syndicates.This however, never takes place before a project is signed up to be financed.Otherwise this would be unethical and infringe our independent evaluator status. Only the client maintains the right to accept or reject any of our proposed loan/ lending parties or deals.
a. We approve all project documentation and then select lender syndicate participants/ members and form the lending syndicateb. The syndicates are made up of various institutions, and private investors. The syndicates can only be formed after completion of all feasibility studies and architectural requirements, i.e. after the initial site visit c. Thereafter, we propose numerous loan options to the clients/ applicants d. In many cases, we are appointed by the lending syndicate to oversee the loan development phases, thereafter as loan supervisors e. We have to issue irrevocable financial guarantees to lending syndicates, to ensure that all documentation to be approved by us meets World Bank, World Trade Organisation and International Monetary Fund standards.
a. Upon submission of loan proposals to the Client, loan proposers, brokers and financial intermediaries need to be advised that the Vitala Group will require direct contact with those involved in the project finance process (developers) after its first introduction.
b. This requirement is mandatory, in order to comply with:
- the USA Investment Advisory Act 1940
- the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
- the Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002
- US Federal Money Laundering regulations under US banking regulations
- the Financial Services & Markets Act (FSMA) 2000
- the Dodd-Frank Act 2010 (Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act)
- the Law on Investment and Enterprises 2014
- the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR-EU)
- the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI/ MiFID II)
We are independent, approving all feasibility studies in order to raise loans and to form syndicate financing.Lenders' syndicates require The Vitala Group to issue irrevocable financial guarantees to ensure that their approving role does not collude with a Client's potential project results.
YES, in addition to any commissions receivable from us, provided a Client agrees to this beforehand - but ONLY commission fees, not other charges.We do not accept any commissions/ payments and/or gifts, other than our 5% success fee during the project finance process, nor are we permitted to discuss any other commercial opportunities with an applicant, unless we disclose them in writing before loan closure.
NO. Brokers/ intermediaries are simply acting as "introducers".They are not employed nor trained by Vitala Group companies. They act on their own behalf against commission payments. We are not responsible for their statements or declarations.
These can only be determined after a project site visit has taken place, with all due diligence carried out and completed.
YES, provided they conform to World Bank, World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund and other internationally recognised standards.We receive all types of “Developers’ executed feasibility studies” and support materials. They come under different names, such as Business Plans, Development Overviews, Summaries of Projects, etc.
Lenders want to see that developers incur costs and take risks as well.They need to be convinced about their project ideas.The problem in attempting to evaluate and approve those studies provided by developers to us for project financing, are in the main: a) These feasibilities/studies are not carried out by an independent industry related or qualified entity b) They are often only opinion-based and/or developers were emotionally involved in the preparation, thus making documents biased c) Often they are out-dated d) They are not in an English language format e) Financial documents are rarely provided on a “revenue inflow” cash flow model, but on a project model basis (opinions, rather than research results) f) Any research carried out previously does not carry footnotes identifying the research sources used g) Architectural designs are completed on an emotional basis, not based on the Market and Feasibility research results (they are often just unrealistic pretty pictures/visuals) and are completed without any project research evidence h) Feasibility formats are not based upon World Bank/ World Trade Organisation/ International Monetary Fund/ European Central Bank/ other Associations’ criteria, set out for global project financing purposes. As a result, and this is one of the purposes of our proposed site visits, we can ascertain and then advise on the feasibility package to be provided by developers, on a case by case basis. We will always attempt to use as much of a developers’ past information as available, to reduce costs. In the end, The Vitala Group has TO APPROVE ALL FEASIBILITIES and render financial guarantees to investors, so as to confirm accuracy.
After the completion of an initial project site visit and after having issued a written Observation Report, the client/ developer has the option to decide whether he/she wants The Vitala Group to provide a project loan (that is if The Vitala Group has not refused project financing).If affirmative, The Vitala Group will issue a written Project Finance quotation and Financial Procurement Agreement (FPA). The FPA deals with general terms & conditions of the project financing process and in the main, deals with the payment of the 5% success fee, due to The Vitala Group, upon the client/ developer having received the project loan. When the FPA is signed by both parties, we will fully refund all pre-paid flight fares and all associated costs, arising from the initial project site visit only.
If and when, (in exceptional circumstances), our view is that a project will not be able to be financed, we will state this clearly at the conclusion of the site visit.
Projects which do not appear to be profitable and are not able “to stand on their own feet” fall into this category.
As we only receive a success fee, we are not in the market to speculate upon opportunities.
We are obviously interested in pursuing projects which indicate commercial opportunities and those have to be measured by international feasibility standards.
As we are in the business to finance projects, by forming financing syndicates to reduce capital risks, you will appreciate that our procedures are fair, legally and ethical correct and we are not interested in applications which do not understand the need for timely and streamlined procedures.
All communications are issued and/or confirmed, in writing by us, to leave no doubts as regards what has been said or agreed upon, by the various parties involved.