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Myths and Facts in African Private Equity

Experts at Emerging Capital Partners, Actis, and EY discuss investor interest in Africa, including misperceptions, myths, challenges, and opportunities in a dynamic and growing region.
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PRIVATE EQUITY IN THE EMERGING MARKETS / Sponsored by: EY

Myths and Facts in African Private Equity

Interviewed by: David Snow

December 17, 2012

Africa – where growth is strong, debt levels are low, and populations are young. No wonder investor interest in Africa is accelerating. And yet misperceptions still exist about the true nature of the African private equity opportunity. Our three experts help to dispel these myths and also address the real challenges of investing in a dynamic, growing region.

In the first of Privcap’s new three-part series on private equity in Africa, you will hear expert analysis from Hurley Doddy, Managing Director, Founding Partner and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital PartnersFash Sawyerr, Director, Africa for Actis and Graham Stokoe, Associate Director, Transaction Advisory Services for EY.

Topics discussed include: why is Africa enjoying something of a private equity boom, why political risk and lack of exits are “exactly the opposite” of what firms like Actis and ECP are experience across this region, and how GPs are meeting the challenge of sourcing talent for their portfolio companies.