Trading Places: Digital guarantees to unlock SME trade finance

Africa is fundamentally a trading continent. The socio-economic structure of most African countries hinges on trade. Despite recent and concerted efforts to diversify economies, trade still accounts for 51 percent of Africa’s GDP according to World Bank data. Banks, DFIs, traders and governments should recognise that adopting new technologies is a critical pillar to addressing […]

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SPECIAL REPORT: Africa’s supply chain under pressure

SPECIAL REPORT: Exclusive to Orbitt readers Africa was looking forward to a renaissance in continental trade through the widely anticipated implementation of the landmark African Continental Free Trade Agreement in 2020. However, the onset of the coronavirus coupled with entrenched political and security barriers to trade have offset this vision and dealt the heaviest blow […]

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Pandemic investment trends: big firms and small tickets

Orbitt provides readers with an analysis of 45 transactions in H1 2020 that offers a cross-section of the continent’s current investment landscape. The information is gathered from interactions between these 45 companies and a selection of the 477 institutional investors and lenders registered on our platform. These include banks, private equity funds, private debt funds […]

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Africa Deal Tracker July 2020

In association with African Business Magazine, market leaders in providing country supplements, industry reports and market intelligence on Africa. Find out more +   Deal news Cofina Gabon raises CFA4bn to finance Gabonese SMEs   Cofina Gabon, a pan-African leader in mesofinance, has obtained medium term financing of CFA4bn ($6.9m) from the Development Bank of […]

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Turaco debt instrument achieves key objectives: Deal of the month

In association with African Business Magazine, market leaders in providing country supplements, industry reports and market intelligence on Africa. Find out more +   54 Capital and African Alpha Investment Partners have successfully pointed investors’ attention towards Turaco, a value-adding manufacturing group in Ethiopia. Richard Ndem reports. Shaping a sustainable local business ecosystem that takes […]

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How to plan ahead for sovereign debt default in Africa: Webinar

During this live webinar hosted by Orbitt, specialist intelligence and risk advisory firm EXX Africa assesses the economic impact of African lockdowns and the outlook for foreign-exchange generating export sectors. Watch How to plan ahead for sovereign debt default in Africa: Webinar During this live webinar hosted by Orbitt, specialist intelligence and risk advisory firm […]

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Pre and post Covid-19: Africa-focused investor and lender activity

Using data tracked on our platform comparing H2 2019 and H1 2020, we compare levels of activity. The information is gathered from the 477 institutional investors and lenders based on indicated interest in a deal, comparing 217 transactions in H2 2019 and 230 transactions in H1 2020. These include banks, private equity funds, private debt […]

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A-Z of corporate reorganisations – types of restructuring

Authored by Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross. Sefton Fross is a leading full-service law firm in Nigeria internationally recognised for its expertise in corporate, commercial and mergers and acquisitions. In Volume 1 of this Series, we discussed the concept of corporate reorganisations, a redesigning process that changes the ownership structure of a company to […]

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