Private Equity (PE) in Africa has entered a new phase. A phase ushered in by the consensus that the traditional private equity model has delivered mixed results as catalyst for growth and sustained real impact. And compelling established and emerging fund managers to rethink and augment their model for investment to accommodate the idiosyncrasies of specific African markets.
This trend is accentuating the debate on benchmarking and measuring the performance (financial return and non-financial impact) of private equity and debt portfolios. With its scrutiny intensifying as institutional investors keen to access Africa’s high–growth markets becomes more sophisticated and asset under management (AUM) continues to grow.
Themed leveraging alternatives to maximize risk–adjusted returns the Africa Private Equity and Debt Immersion (APEDI) will leverage the expertise of leading Africa–focused private capital investors and fund managers to examine the success and failures of the standard private equity model in Africa. The immersion will provide insight into how PE in Africa will develop (benchmarking, performance, returns and value–add) over the next 12–months. With emphasis on leveraging technology for benchmarking performance, the appetite for secondaries market, tax and regulatory developments; and their impact on fund formation, tax issues, terms and conditions.
APEDI is a composite of Alternative Investment Intensive (AAII) – an open exchange of ideas, investment best practices and perspectives on future opportunities for limited partners in Africa and the global and fund managers active in Africa. The intimate immersive format is designed to foster dialogue, interaction and introductions between LP/GP active in African private equity and debt markets.