AGF Magazine - April 2019 issue

  • In a region where only a minority of the population has access to a bank account and SMEs struggle to get financial help from traditional banks, Albert Alsina, CEO and Founder of Mediterrania Capital Partners, explains how the PE industry is becoming a catalyst for the African Fintech ecosystem’s development, enabling large-scale banking and supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs in their expansion plans (pp. 10-12).
  • In this month’s issue of Africa Global Funds, we also caught up with Kenneth Kaniu, Britam Asset Managers CEO, to learn about their anchor investment in Tiserin Capital, and the needs and constraints of institutional investors in Kenya and East Africa (pp. 14-15).
  • On the infrastructure front, we hear from Moritz Breickmann, Investment Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) who showcases some successful airport redevelopments in Africa. Read on to find why airport infrastructure projects on the continent can provide attractive long term returns to investors (p.17).
  • In this month’s issue we also learn that the FTIF Templeton Africa Fund was merged into the FTIF Templeton Frontier Markets Fund. We speak with Ahmed Awny and David Haglund about the Fund and its African investments (p.16).
  • Finally, Rob Childs, Head of International for Prescient Fund Services shares his views on the global distribution challenges facing African fund managers and why the firm decided to domicile their offshore fund range in Ireland (p. 22).
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November 2017: Special Edition

In the special edition of Africa Global Funds, learn about the winners of the second annual AGF Africa Service Providers Awards. This year’s Awards, in partnership with SAVCA, drew a record number of applicants as more than 40 companies contested 27 categories ranging from independent advisory services to securities lending. Find more on who won the prestigious Awards on pp.14-25.

In this month’s issue, Heleen Goussard, Head of Independent Valuations, RisCura shares findings from the Bright Africa report, which covers African private equity fundraising, transaction activity, pricing and investor focus (pp.4-5).

We also speak with Adnan Razzak of AXIS, about the firm, its PE fund administration and financial services sector in Mauritius (pp.6-7).

On the technology front, Mats Berggren of SS&C Advent tells AGF about the three Pan-African trends driving asset manager technology take up (p.11). In addition, Amit Bharakda of Eagle Investment Systems, writes about the evolution of buy-side data management for investment firms on p.13.

Finally, new research from FIS and Longitude Research, captured in the report The Hunt for Growth, highlights a need for new ways of thinking – including a focus on consolidating technological systems and a commitment to investing in innovation – across the front, middle and back office. Learn more on pp.8-9.

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