I am new to the group and looking forward to connecting. I also wanted to share news about an event. LexNoir is an international network of lawyers connecting the African Diaspora. It is hosting forums in cities across the U.S. in the coming months, including Boston. These seminars, focused on “Doing Business and Investing in Africa,” will provide good networking opportunities and also insight to business and legal considerations when conducting business on the continent. There is no charge for this event.
Space is limited. Here are the details for the Boston event:
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 6 pm - 9:30 pm
Place: Nixon Peabody LLP, 100 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.
To register for this event, please click here to complete the registration details and reserve a place. The forum topics and speakers for this event are as follows:
International Private Equity in Africa
Investors have targeted key African markets as attractive investment regions over some of their BRICS counterparts. Increased interest in Africa, enhanced prospects for the African frontier markets and their improving performance over the past few years have encouraged investors to look at Africa more closely. Claude Roxborough of Wilson Harvey Browndorf will discuss the role of private equity in African development and the type of bankable deals needed to obtain financing primarily in mid-size markets.
Developing Partnership Business Models to Do Business in Africa
Partnerships provide companies flexibility to enter new markets in Africa, giving them needed capacity, intellectual capital, resources, and capital. However, partnerships are not an automatic win-win. Lauri Elliott, CEO of Afribiz Group, Inc., will share strategies for improving the effectiveness of partnerships for doing business in Africa, using a partnering methodology developed by Afribiz.
Franchising in Africa
Franchising has experienced phenomenal growth around the world and Africa is no exception. The saturation of Western markets, the relaxation of trade barriers and the globalization of business have pushed franchisors to new African markets to distribute their products and services. Kendal Tyre, a partner in the U.S. law firm of Nixon Peabody, will explore the growth of franchising in Africa and its implications for the continent.
Black Economic Empowerment - What Foreign Investors in South Africa Should Know
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is a program launched by the South African government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving previously disadvantaged groups of South African citizens economic privileges previously not available to them. It includes measures such as Employment Preference, skills development, ownership, management, socioeconomic development, and preferential procurement. Taswell Papier, a partner in the South Africa law firm of ENS, will (via Skype) discuss the implications of these programs for foreign investors in South Africa.
To view of video providing more details on LexNoir, please click here.