Africa Focus: Autumn 2021

Transitioning to new priorities in a post-pandemic era

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Introduction

By Mukund Dhar, Africa Interest Group Leader

Our seventh edition of Africa Focus focuses on the potential for transformative changes within Africa during a time of historic global transition—not just from a COVID-19 to post-COVID-19 world, but against the backdrop of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Issues around balancing greenhouse gas emissions against the development and use of natural resources as Africa industrializes and seeks to overcome roadblocks and challenges to growth and climate change-related challenges and vulnerabilities against GDP growth and increasing prosperity will be seen increasingly across sectors, industries and geographies in Africa. These discussions are already defining the way in which governments, investors, lenders, communities and other stakeholders view opportunities and investments in Africa and will do so more directly and more frequently in the coming years. 

What does this mean for the world of business? Litigation related to climate change, a now well-established trend in Europe and North America, seems to have reached Africa, too. In "Climate change litigation in Africa: Current status and future developments," we outline signature cases and examine climate-related matters that might trigger challenges and disputes across Africa. 

Equally, we all recognize that there are increasing investment opportunities when it comes to renewable energy. Seven of the ten sunniest countries in the world are in Africa, and wind power is no longer a novel feature in the increasingly sophisticated energy landscape in Africa. In "Renewable energy in Africa: Update in the era of climate change," we explore the significant opportunities for wind, geothermal and hydropower, too.

US foreign policy toward Africa has undergone significant shifts under the Biden administration. In "US government agencies focus on Africa," on the continent and their focus and how that ties in with both energy transition and renewable energy. In "Debt: Outlook for Africa brightens after challenging first half to the year," we discuss recent successful loan and bond issuances by African borrowers, investor resilience and lender interest in high-quality credits throughout the region.

Africa is experiencing a boom in M&A. In "M&A transaction terms: Comparing Africa to Europe," we contrast terms that typically apply to African M&A transactions, with those in Europe. And "African M&A stages a comeback" explores how African transactions appear to be highlighting a renewed sense of confidence among dealmakers. Acquisition and divestment strategies in Africa have become highly sophisticated. As a case study, "Acquisition financing in an era of energy transition" describes the January 2021 sale of a 45 percent stake in Nigerian Oil Mining Lease 17 (OML 17) and related infrastructure assets, using an innovative, first-of-its-kind hybrid financing structure.

Finally, "Southern Africa's PGMs are on the rise" explains how platinum group metals (PGMs) are increasing in southern Africa mining, on the back of demand for net-zero and the green economy.

“Our seventh edition of Africa Focus focuses on the potential for transformative changes within Africa during a time of historic global transition.”

 

Africa
Africa

Climate change litigation in Africa: Current status and future developments

Climate change litigation is increasing steadily worldwide, although few cases have been filed yet in Africa.

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Solar energy
Solar energy

Renewable energy in Africa: Update in the era of climate change

Africa offers vast potential for renewable energy deployment and investments.

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Africa
Africa

M&A transaction terms: Comparing Africa to Europe

Significant differences exist between terms that typically apply in M&A transactions in Africa and Europe.

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Johannesburg
Johannesburg

African M&A stages a comeback

H1 2021 dealmaking within the continent appears to be turning a corner.

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Africa Focus
Africa Focus

US government agencies focus on Africa

Africa is a priority for several Biden administration agencies working in development finance.

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Africa currency
Africa currency

Debt: Outlook for Africa brightens after challenging first half to the year

Lender caution following Zambia's debt repayment default in 2020 has weighed on African debt issuance, but successful raisings by high profile borrowers show that investor appetite remains resilient.

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Petroleum
Petroleum

Acquisition financing in an era of energy transition

An innovative, first-of-its-kind hybrid acquisition financing in Nigeria.

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Southern Africas PGMS
Southern Africas PGMS

Southern Africa's PGMs are on the rise

PGMs are helping Southern African mining remain relevant and contributing to a global clean and green transition.

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