Power developer Joule Africa and equity investor AIIM have joined to move into some of Africa’s underdeveloped markets.
London Resort Company Holdings, a subsidiary of Kuwaiti European Holdings Company (KEHC), mandated private bank Kleinwort Benson to oversee £3.2bn-worth of equity and debt fundraising to go towards the construction of London Paramount Entertainment Resort (PER), a “flagship world class entertainment resort project”.
Like so many hyped events, the first day of liberalised trading on the Tadawul, Saudi Arabia’s Stock Exchange, was a little bit underwhelming. Many commentators expected foreign investors to be queuing up at the door, waiting for entry into a room full of blue chip shares from previously inaccessible multi-billion-dollar market-cap companies.
Turkey has seen a re-balancing of its political landscape. The economic consequences are more difficult to ascertain. Analysts at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, the asset management arm of the French bank, believe there is likely to be short-term volatility but the long term implications of these results are quite positive.
Last year saw the closing of the largest African-led transaction to take place in Central Africa. The leader of that deal, Ecobank Capital’s Mohamed El Fadel Kane, speaks to EMEA Finance about the deal and what’s in the pipeline for this year.
On June 5 Norway’s parliament approved a proposal that will see its gargantuan US$900bn Government Pension Fund Global divest stakes in mining companies that derive more than 30% of their revenues from coal and power companies that are more than 30% reliant on coal for generation.
Banks and asset managers are rushing-in to adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk when making investment decisions. They are starting to provide their clients with direct assess to professional advisors who specialise in this area as well.