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Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market Developments and Private Equity Investment

Posted On: 22 Aug 2016  |  Source: Frontera  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Nigeria’s economy is highly dependent on crude oil, which constitutes a major source of the country’s foreign exchange earnings and government revenue. As a result, the sharp decline in crude oil prices has adversely affected Nigeria’s foreign earnings and reserves, the value of the Naira against major world currencies, the availability of foreign exchange in Nigeria and contributed to widening of the disparity between the exchange rates in the official and the parallel foreign exchange markets...

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Nigeria’s FOREX market changes a boost to private equity

Posted On: 22 Aug 2016  |  Source: Africa Capital Digest  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

In an article that first appeared in EMPEA’s Summer Legal & Regulatory Bulletin, Folake Adebowale, a Partner at Nigerian law firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, looks at the impact the measures adopted by the Central Bank of Nigeria to manage access to the official foreign exchange market will have for foreign investors...

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Global leaders to meet in Dubai for annual African investment conference in October 2016

Posted On: 16 Aug 2016  |  Source: Zawya | Thomson Reuters  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Global leaders will descend on Dubai for the Africa Legal Network's (ALN) 3rd Annual International Conference on 5-6 October at the Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE. The invite-only event will bring together government representatives and business professionals to discuss the greatest opportunities for foreign investment in Africa...

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Private Equity and Venture Capital Outperformed Public Markets in 2015

Posted On: 25 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

For Second Year in a Row, Energy Companies Dampened PE Index Returns; Best-Performing Sectors in Both PE and VC Were Healthcare, Software and IT.

The Cambridge Associates LLC US Private Equity Index® rose 0.5% and 5.9% for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2015. The Cambridge Associates LLC US Venture Capital Index® increased 1.6% and 12.9%, respectively, over the same periods. For comparison, for the fourth quarter and annual returns for the S&P 500 in 2015 were 7.0% and 1.4%. While energy companies held down returns for the PE Index, as they did in 2014, the annual returns of both Cambridge benchmarks were helped by the strong performances of companies in three large sectors: healthcare, software and IT.

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Bright Africa 2016 - Private Equity: RisCura (Report)

Posted On: 25 Jul 2016  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

The increase in private equity fundraising in 2015 is evidence of the strong interest in investing in Africa’s real economy, despite the recent challenges in which many African countries find themselves. In the face of the decline in commodity prices, oil in particular, currencies have come under strain impacting liquidity and trade. The slowdown in the growth of emerging market economies, in general, has not inhibited the ability of African investment managers to attract significant amounts of capital for the larger Pan-African funds as well as Sub-Saharan Africa funds... 

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