It might be a small issue, but it’s a first: Namibia has issued a $96m bond denominated in South African rand, the first such bond issued by another sovereign.
The question is – what to call it? Continue reading »
By Andrew Cadman and Bridgett Majola
There has recently been a great deal of hype regarding the opportunity that Africa presents to foreign investors seeking high returns no longer available in more developed markets.
Part of the attraction is often based on the assumption that the regulatory environments of African countries are unsophisticated or non-existent meaning that deals are easier to implement from a regulatory perspective. Whilst it is true that there was a time when doing business in Africa was relatively easy from a regulatory perspective, this situation is rapidly changing, particularly in the area of competition law and, more specifically, merger control. Continue reading »
What’s fuelling Africa’s economic growth? Well, it’s fuel, partly. Whether you’re talking shipments of commodities overseas, or imported goods being snapped up by middle class Africans, the stuff mostly gets moved by truck on rough roads – and for that you need petrol.
That rising demand is one reason why a unit of Trafigura, a commodities trader, has agreed to pay $296m for BP’s petrol station and supply businesses in parts of southern Africa. Continue reading »
By Thomas Williams of mergermarket
A little over a month ago South African steel stockist and bulk trader BSI’s chairman and founder Williams Battershill was strongly hinting to mergermarket of a deal to achieve “product and geographic diversification”. Today the company has succeeded in sealing the deal on an acquisition of steel merchant Staalbeer. Small though the deal may be, it reveals the tenor of an industry looking to consolidate amid a recession-driven fall in demand for steel. Continue reading »