Fluidity of deal making & economic activity across Africa

Deal Flow is looking at the fluidity of deal making and economic activity across Africa. Are Dealmakers with pan-African ambitions being held back by increased regulatory layers, by multiple currencies and by trade barriers – all of which could sour the sweet potential of this high-growth market? ABN’s Erika van der Merwe is joined for…

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Whisperings on African business developments & opportunities – August 2013

A poor record of infrastructure concessions to the private sector in Zambia has led to considerable caution and reticence on the part of the Zambian authorities.  Two examples of this are the national rail concession and the Mpulungu harbour concession.   Recent major commercial property developments on land, on which sugar cane previously grew, near the international airport…

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Africa’s attractiveness for M&A deals

Mergers and acquisitions have become an important channel for buying exposure to the African growth story. This is true both for regional buyers and for global investors. The attractiveness of the African continent for M&A deals is underpinned by lively economic growth and the buoyant energy, mining and utilities sectors. There is also a massive…

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Incentives for foreign investment and opportunities in Mozambique

Mozambique is presently experiencing unprecedented levels of economic activity, overseas investment and infrastructure development. A lot of this has to do with the discovery of rich resource deposits. We are frequently approached for advice on ‘what its like to do business in Mozambique? What are the key guiding provisions as to what can and can’t…

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The changing face of power in Africa

Africa’s energy landscape is rapidly changing. New gas and oil finds in countries outside the traditional resources foot print in North and West Africa have fueled a flurry of activity among energy investors from Europe, China and India. The latest headline grabbing news is that of America’s interest, President Obama’s $7 billion dollar pledge to upgrade…

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The nationalization of mines in Africa

With a number of prospecting rights being granted over existing mines to politically connected empowerment groups, the spotlight has fallen off the nationalization of mines. But the ANC Youth League recently said that it was still very much on the agenda. Pieter Steyn, chairman of Lex Africa and director at Werksmans Attorneys, joins CNBC Africa…

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China frightens the West

“China frightens the West” so says the well-known columnist Martin Wolf in his leader page Financial Times article: Why China will not buy the world. The central tenet of his article is that the striking feature of the Chinese economy remains its dependence on the know-how of others and that China is very far indeed…

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A positive and comprehensive revamp for the Kenyan mining regime

Nigel Shaw is a partner in the Commercial department at Kaplan & Stratton and has considerable experience in advising clients on real estate (large scale developments, conveyancing, securities and leasing), private client and immigration matters.  A qualified barrister at law (Grays Inn London), and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Nigel’s clients consist…

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LEX Africa celebrates 20 years meeting client needs in Africa

As the first and largest African legal network, LEX Africa this year celebrates its 20th year of providing trusted professional advice to clients. In this time LEX Africa has grown to membership in 24 African countries and through these members, reliable access to all of Africa. Back in 1993 a growing need for Africa-based and…

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African regional integration and renewable energy

According to the June 2012 World Bank report on Energy in Africa no fewer than 25 African countries face an energy crisis, but at the same time Africa is well endowed with energy resources, many of which remain untapped.  According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Session of Heads of States and Governments of…

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