Since setting out to promote African business opportunities we think we’ve learnt quite a lot about the dos and don’ts of investing in African projects – mostly don’ts, unfortunately! One of the dos, however, is the real need for proactivity. It would be nice to think that you can set out your stall of opportunities and that investors and businesses will beat a path to your door, but it doesn’t often happen that way. Absent an obvious arbitrage, political risk and credit risk mean that in most cases projects need a lot of extra selling to US and European prospects. That additional selling isn’t simply promotion per se; it also means structuring, explaining and financing business opportunities optimally.
That’s why Alex Glover of financial consultants Riviere Noir (rivierenoir.com) and I have decided to combine our resources to jointly offer consultancy services that will genuinely help viable African projects get started, and help companies and investors from outside Africa identify and tease out the advantages of opportunities in Africa. Between us we have the insight, hands-on skills, flexibility, experience and – crucially – contacts to do this.
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Capital Structuring and Raising
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