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The investment process is a long process that will consume significant resources (in terms of human capital and time). It is important that company owners and CEOs devote adequate and skilled resources to navigate through this process until completion whilst continuing to deliver on their operational performance. One common mistake that we have seen is that […]

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Digitisation to accelerate African deal origination

In Africa, investors spend significant time and resources in originating quality deals. Add into the mix the comparably small size of African transactions in relation to the global M&A market, and investors find themselves constantly chasing deal flow. The players involved in African deal origination, dependent on a high volume of smaller-sized deals, can reduce […]

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It’s time for Development Finance Institutions to join Africa’s technological evolution

Technological innovation has swept across Africa in the past decade. There are almost one billion cell phone subscriptions on the continent, up from 129 million ten years ago. In addition, software advances have disrupted the way people from Senegal to South Africa live their daily lives—from traffic support to remittance technology to agricultural assistance. The […]

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Africa’s private debt goes digital

The structural mismatch between the supply and demand for capital has been a recurring theme in the African investment ecosystem, despite the different channels for raising funds. In our view, this funding option gap has led to the emergence of private debt as a preferred investment type. As the total value of available capital increases […]

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Dealmaking in Africa: The top challenges investors face

When it comes to deal sourcing, Africa is no different from other regions in the world – investment practitioners on the continent encounter numerous friction points when sourcing investable opportunities. The reasons for this are both general and specific to Africa. We have listed five challenges the African investment community faces below, and we invite thoughts […]

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