African pension funds can play a critical role in the region’s private equity industry, mobilizing an estimated US$29 billion and driving economic development, according to research conducted by the Commonwealth, the Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership Secretariat (“MFW4A”) and EMPEA, and kindly supported by The Abraaj Group. This joint report provides information that is crucial to a better understanding and appreciation of the pensions industry in Africa, and highlights how private equity offers pension funds a long-term investment opportunity with diversification and the potential to outperform.
EMPEA is delighted to present this special edition of Private Credit Solutions: Mezzanine Financing in Emerging Markets, our first in-depth look at the role that private credit plays in supporting the development of small- and medium-size companies across the emerging markets, and in offering institutional investors a means of accessing this growth. This inaugural private credit report takes a deeper look in particular at mezzanine, an instrument that occupies the space between debt and equity in a firm’s capital structure, and offers entrepreneurs a financing option with fewer restrictions than pure debt and less ownership dilution than pure equity.
Yichen Zhang is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Capital, an alternative investment management and advisory company with over US$4.5 billion of assets under management across private equity, venture capital and real estate. Yichen Zhang reflects on the history of private equity in China and shares his perspectives on what he sees as some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
Tom Barry is the CEO and Founder of Zephyr Management, a global emerging markets investment manager that specializes in the creation and management of private equity and marketable securities funds. Tom discusses the rationale behind his firm’s investment strategy and candidly shares his views on what he sees as the greatest challenges for the industry today. Since its inception in 1994, Zephyr has sponsored 22 funds with approximately US$1.2 billion in committed capital.
As the industry closes the books on 2013, several EMPEA Members provide their views on key trends and lessons learned in the past year for emerging markets private equity, and look to the opportunities and challenges facing the asset class in 2014.
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