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Why Ethiopia needs a stock exchange as it liberalizes

One of Africa’s biggest economies. Ethiopia, announced a transformational liberalization and privatization campaign. But there is no Ethiopian stock exchange, limiting participation by citizens and domestic savings funds, and cutting transparency.

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Africa-focused Vivo Energy soars after £548m IPO on London SE

Africa’s £1.98 billion ($2.68bn) megalisting Vivo Energy (VVO) soared in its first 2 days of trading on the London Stock Exchange (dual-listed in Johannesburg ) on 10-11 May after a successful initial public offer (IPO) raised £548m.

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London Stock Exchange financing African growth

There are 108 African companies listed or trading on the London Stock Exchange with total market capitalization of over $200 billion ($271bn). In the last 10 years they have raised more than $16 bn on London’s markets.

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African Banker award 2018 – here is the shortlist

Organizers of the African Banker Awards have announced shortlisted nominees in the different categories. The awards are hotly contested and will be on 22 May during the annual meetings of the African Development Bank in Busan, South Korea.

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African capital markets and innovation key to achieving African agenda

African capital markets are key to African development visions but governments must prioritize market finance structures over donor funding. There are $1trn of assets in pension, insurance and collective investment vehicles across sub-Saharan Africa, speech by Paul Muthaura, CMA Kenya.

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Sub-Saharan Africa investment banking deals in Q1

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in sub-Saharan Africa in Q1 of 2018 at $4.7 billion were 63% down on a year earlier, according to investment banking analysis for sub-Saharan Africa by Thomson Reuters, but there were $2.7bn in equity follow-on issues and $13bn in debt issues.

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development explores Africa expansion

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), a top backer of capital markets development, is debating new expansion into sub-Saharan Africa and new parts of the Middle East and raising its lending by as much as a third from some EUR9.5 billion euros ($11.7 bn), according to an interview on Reuters.

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London Stock Exchange appoints David Schwimmer as CEO

The London Stock Exchange has appointed 49-year-old David Schwimmer as its new CEO, starting on 1 August. He has been working for investment bank Goldman Sachs for the last 20 years

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Top learning on the future of African exchanges – BAFM seminar this week 19-20 April

Tomorrow (17 April) is the last day to register for the 7th Building African Financial Markets (BAFM) seminar with a top lineup to debate the future of Africa’s exchanges. It will be on 19-20 April and is organized by African Securities Exchanges Association and hosted by Nairobi Securities Exchange, Kenya.

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African Economic Outlook 2018 flagship report is released

“African economies have been resilient and gaining momentum. Real output growth is estimated to have increased 3.6% in 2017 and to accelerate to 4.1% in 2018 and 2019″ says African Economic Outlook 2018 report released by African Development Bank on 17 Jan.

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African issuers raise $1.4bn in IPO share offers in 2017

African share issuers have raised $1.4bn in 2017 through initial public offers (IPOs) of shares, compared to $1.2bn in 2016.

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London Stock Exchange – blue blood in the City after shoot out

The Mexican standoff at the London Stock Exchange saw everyone getting hit, after CEO Xavier Rolet quit suddenly, cutting short a Dec 2018 transition. A round up of what happened and UK press comments on the issues of governance and the mature influence of Mark Carney.

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How big are African pension funds?

Traditional assets under management in 12 African countries were $634bn in 2014, set to reach $1.1trn in 2020 (PwC). South Africa’s $124bn GEPF is the biggest but many other fast-growing African funds are also investing in infrastructure and private equity.

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African pensions and infrastructure investment – recent research

African pension fund regulators and PPP practitioners have much to learn from Latin American examples on how to let local funds invest into infrastructure, while building the capital markets, plus round-up of some recent research papers.

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Innovative African IPO and listing successes show strong demand

A round-up of recent African IPOs and other listings, many over-subscribed, shows demand and innovation – Namibia scored its first SPAC and Mauritius listed GDRs.

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African IPO pipeline includes $3bn Vivo Energy

Investors have been snapping up Africa-focused IPOs of shares; future listings include a reported offer by Vivo Energy and AfriTin, Cytonn Investments and Hystead.

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More hires at leading Africa and frontier investment bank Exotix Capital

Leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank and stockbroker Exotix Capital continues to add senior hires in key African markets, adding to the strengthening of the team to harness increased investor interest in the world’s highest-growth economies.

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UK regulator accused of dropping standards to woo $2 trillion listing

Investor institutions are protesting moves by UK capital-markets regulator, Financial Conduct Authority, to alter listing standards to accommodate a potential $2 trillion listing of Aramco on the London Stock Exchange, the world’s biggest listing.

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Egypt is Africa’s new #1 investment destination

Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) Where to Invest in Africa 2018 report shows changes in the top investment destinations in Africa. Egypt is the new number 1, pushing South Africa to 2nd, while Nigeria and Algeria crashed out of the top 10. But African countries are still at the lower end of global performance as investment destinations.

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Do African commodities exchanges achieve the desired results?

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has received at least $29m in donor funding since 2008 but is it achieving its aims of transforming agriculture for small farmers? A review of some articles.