The financial services sector in Africa presents compelling opportunities, but also challenges which should not be underestimated.
The emphasis on much needed infrastructure projects and the fast growing middle class consumer base holds much potential, but creative strategies beyond conventional banking, insurance and investment management offerings are essential for such potential to be realised. Institutions have to be ever mindful of the complexities arising from industry reforms and the tightening of policies in many African countries.
As long-standing advisers to many of the major financial institutions in Africa and relying on our footprint in key African jurisdictions, we have the expertise, the experience and the on-the-ground knowledge to help our clients navigate the complexities that doing business in Africa frequently entails.
According to client feedback quoted by Chambers & Partners 2016, we are “a very diligent and professional outfit”; we “add a lot of value to a transaction”; our “project management skills in putting deals together are very impressive”; and we “really take ownership of the process”.
We advise international and regional banks, investment banks, insurers and asset managers on debt and equity markets transactions, public and private mergers and acquisitions, structured, leveraged and asset financing, restructurings, product development, regulatory matters and the structuring and establishment of investment funds.