Ethiopia’s draft capital markets bill

One of Africa’s biggest economies is taking a step closer to establishing a capital market to allocate capital more efficiently. The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE), the central bank, has published a draft Capital Markets Establishment Proclamation for consultation. According to a news report in Fortune newspaper, a technical committee consisting of people from the […]

Executive pleads guilty as collapse of $14bn Abraaj hits PE flows into Africa

The ongoing collapse of the giant Abraaj platform in the world’s biggest private-equity insolvency has hit flows into Africa-focused private-equity funds. Former Abraaj managing partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood is cooperating with New York prosecutors after pleading guilty in a Manhattan court 2 weeks ago. He could face up to 125 years in prison. Abraaj was founded […]

Warning about “less orthodox” private equity debts

Private equity fund managers (general partners or GPs) are using money promised by investors (limited partners or LPs) as security to borrow from banks. The Economist magazine says, in a recent article on the Abraaj crisis, says investors are becoming “warier of private-equity firms’ less orthodox tactics”. The magazine says that GPs use these “subscription […]

Barclays Bank call for standards for derivative trades on blockchain

Blockchain technology can revolutionize trading in derivatives, fix inefficiencies and cut costs of trading if there is more standardization. Barclays Bank is one of the key champions and yesterday (26 April) spoke out at the annual meeting of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).

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.

South Africa’s securities exchange war goes to court

Court is the next battleground in a war between securities exchanges in South Africa. New exchange 4AX launched a High Court application to set aside both the decision of the FSB and its Appeals Board to grant a licence to new exchange ZAR X.

Top speakers for BAFM capacity-building seminar 18-19 May

Leaders and movers of African capital markets are heading to Casablanca for the 6th Building African Financial Markets (BAFM) capacity-building seminar on 18-19 May, organized by Casablanca Stock Exchange with the African Securities Exchanges Association.

New South African stock exchange ZAR X to start 3 October

Trading is to start on South Africa’s new ZAR X securities exchange on 3 October. It gained a licence on 2 September and the first listings will be Senwes and  Senwes Beleggings, with up to 5 listings planned for first week October.

About 4AX – new South African securities exchange

South Africa’s second new exchange, which also got a licence according to the 2 September announcement by the Financial Services Board (FSB), is 4AX, also known as 4 Africa Exchange. It plans to trade securities that are currently traded over-the-counter (OTC) and to go live early in 2017.

Building African Financial Markets seminar

The 5th Building African Financial Markets (BAFM) capacity-building seminar is coming to the Nigerian Stock Exchange Event Centre in Lagos on 28-29 April, organized with the African Securities Exchanges Association.

NAMFISA becomes IOSCO associate member

The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA) has been accepted as an associate member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).