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Stuart Bedford

Partner at Linklaters


Stuart is the former head of our London corporate practice and now co-heads the Africa team with a focus on in-bound investment into Africa for major corporate and private clients.

Stuart’s relevant experience includes advising:

  • Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) on numerous deals where highlights include:
  • acquisition of a minority stake in GZ Industries, a Nigerian manufacturer in the food and beverage sector
  • the acquisition of 13% of the shares of Choppies Enterprises Limited, a Gaborone listed entity which operates a vertically integrated supermarket chain in Botswana and South Africa
  • the acquisition of Spark Capital (Proprietary) Limited, a Botswanan food distribution business
  • its investment in Export Trading Group, a leading commodity supply chain operator based in East and Southern Africa
  • the acquisition of a minority interest in Eaton Towers Holdings Limited, which has operations in Ghana, Uganda and South Africa
  • on the refinancing and restructuring of Afrifresh group, a South African agricultural company

Other deals of significance relevance in the region include:

  • LSAI on its $180m acquisition of a major interest in the Ghanaian insurance company Enterprise Group
  • 8 Miles on its acquisition of an interest in Beloxxi Industries, a Nigerian biscuit manufacturer
  • on various acquisitions for Gem Diamonds, including:
  • Chiri mining concession in Angola, various investments in the Tsikapa Triangle in the DRC, the acquisition of a Botswanan diamond mine as well as the joint venture arrangements for the Mozal aluminium smelter in Mozambique

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