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What are the investment aims and remits of African investors? Are they mainly targeting their domestic markets or are they looking abroad? How is the regulatory environment developing in respect to their investment activities? How encouraging is their increased prevalence in the markets for the long term future?
What is private equity’s role in upskilling African entrepreneurs and business management teams? What initiatives are underway to increase the number of bankable and investable projects available? How is the role of private capital and that of government balanced?
How does fintech fit into the wider development of financial services in Africa? How does blockchain and cryptocurrency fit into the picture, both as investment opportunities and disruptors of private equity itself? Is it risky to enter such an underpenetrated market in a big way, or is it a risk to miss out?
Is the capital available to help entrepreneurs who fall between the cracks? What do venture capitalists need to bring to the table aside from cash? Where are the hubs for investment and how does the ecosystem need to build further towards critical mass?
What are the key risks that need to be accounted for when investing in Africa? How can risk be modelled in portfolio management to maximise exit value? FX risk is at the top of mind for investors – is hedging viable or always the best solution given the cost?
How is private equity investment in financial services helping to bridge the financing gap? Are traditional institutions ripe for disruption? What needs to be done to build up the investment infrastructure in Africa’s hubs, both established and up-and-coming? Do the sizes of banks and funds match up right now, and what needs to be done to better reconcile the differences in scale?
How do all parties ensure the stars align for the optimum co-investment deal? What can LPs do to ensure they are executing speedily without suffering from adverse selection? What are the key factors for success?
How nascent is the secondary universe in Africa, and are the international buyers looking more closely now? What has prompted the development here? How far away is the market from being ready for GP-led transactions and fund restructurings?
The ‘How To’ of marketing and pitching a fund to investors. How can you pre-empt the most difficult lines of questioning and have your responses ready? What are you going to be pulled up on?