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Middle East-Africa Debate in partnership with DLA Piper

Middle East-Africa Debate in partnership with DLA Piper

september, 2019

25sep8:30 am1:30 pmMiddle East-Africa Debate in partnership with DLA PiperDubai, UAE

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With the African Continental Free Trade Agreement transforming trade frameworks on the continent, trade and investment flows between Africa and the Middle East are set to continue developing. At our half day conference, held in partnership with DLA Piper, we will explore how these two neighbouring regions can deepen their links as both seek to diversify. Panel sessions on risk, bankability and corporate responsibility will give businesses and investors based in the UAE the tools they need to succeed in Africa’s evolving business environments.

Middle East-Africa Debate Programme

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome from Invest Africa and DLA Piper

James Kamau | Chair | DLA Piper

James Kamau is the Chairman, DLA Piper Africa and the Managing Partner at IKM.  He is a leading corporate and projects lawyer in Kenya with over 27 years post admission experience. His main areas of practice include finance, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, energy, infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”). James has handled numerous complex transactions and is the trusted legal adviser of leading local and multinational companies, private equity firms and development finance institutions (“DFIs”) with extensive business and investments in Africa.

His clients range from private equity firms, investment and commercial banks, leading corporates, project developers and sponsors, DFIs, government, parastatals and high net worth individuals.

Karen Taylor | Chief Executive Officer | Invest Africa

Karen has been involved in promoting African trade and investment since 2014. She joined the Business Council For Africa in 2015 and in 2017 completed a merger with Invest Africa; creating the leading business and investment platform for Africa, in the UK.

She has more than twenty years experience in the events industry within private and listed events companies in the UK. Her background includes business development activity in acquisitions and joint ventures in the UK and in the developing markets of China, Russia, Africa and Dubai.

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Presentation on Investment Opportunities in Africa

Speaker:

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Presentation on the Importance of The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) commits signatories to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, progressively liberalising trade in services, and addressing a host of other non-tariff barriers. Once this has been implemented it will create a single African market with more than a billion consumers with a total GDP of over $3 trillion.

Speaker:

Sanjeev Gupta | Executive Director & Head of Financial Services | Africa Finance Corporation

Sanjeev Gupta is AFC’s Executive Director & Head of Financial Services. Financial Services comprise of the corporation’s Treasury, Trade Finance, Syndication and Advisory business units. As a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Sanjeev is also part of the overall leadership and strategy team responsible to meet the AFC’s targets and objectives.

He has a wealth of experience in working in Investment Management, Private Equity and Corporate Advisory Services across various emerging markets, especially in sub- Saharan Africa, for over 25 years.

09:45 – 10:30

Panel Session: Trade and Investment Flows: Africa and the Middle East

Trade and investment flows between Africa and the Middle East have been on the rise and, with the implementation of the AfCFTA, Africa is set to become an ever more attractive market to UAE investors.

  • How will Middle Eastern nations approach trading with Africa?
  • Is the AfCFTA likely to increase trade between the Middle East and Africa?
  • What sectors are likely to be invested in?

Dave Anderson | Chief Executive Officer | Aujan Group Holding

Dave Anderson joined Aujan Group Holding in 2010 as Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, Dave took over the role of Chief Executive Officer for Aujan Group Holding.

Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Dubai Properties Group. In a career spanning 30 years, Dave has also held senior management positions with companies including Cadbury Schweppes, Colt Telecom and Unilever.

As the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dave ensures the effective operations of the Group’s Executive Committee, manages Group functions, and has line management responsibility for the individual business units that make up Aujan Group Holding.

Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Eric Tolsma | Executive Director | Jampur International FZE

Jampur International is an Africa focussed industrial and trading group with activities in Shipping, Power, Mining, Equipment, Trading and Finance. Active in most African countries with particular focus on Nigeria. Mr. Tolsma is in their Group responsible for Business Development across all sectors and heads the Power division.

Mr. Tolsma (55) is a Dutch National, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Jampur in 2015. he worked at Tricap Investments in Dubai for its Africa Power Fund, Romar Group Investments in Amsterdam as Director for Africa and South America and Renessence Ventures in London as Managing Partner.

Ketan Kale | Manager Credit, Political & Securities | Marsh JLT Speciality Ltd.

Ketan is a Specialist in Credit, Political & Securities in Marsh JLT’s Middle East and Africa team based out of DIFC office in Dubai.

Ketan has been one of the leading broker in India in the Structured Credit, Political Risk and Financial Institutions space for the last 11 years. He has successfully led teams in JLT and Marsh over the last one decade and was instrumental in closing highly structured, complex and innovative insurance backed solutions deals for corporates and banks.

Ketan Joined JLT in 2014 where he set up and developed JLT’s CPS business in India in his role as Director & Head of CPS India. He was also heading the Marketing and Communications function for JLT in India. Prior to joining JLT, Ketan worked with leading global institutions like Marsh, ING Bank and ICICI Bank.

With a strong educational background as Mechanical Engineer and MBA Finance, Ketan has more than 16 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate & Investment Banking field in various roles including Senior Management, Strategy, Corporate Relationship Management and Deal Structuring. Having worked in Both Banking & Insurance sector, he has excellent understanding of the clients and insurance markets.

In his current role, Ketan is helping to strengthen JLT’s value proposition for the Structured Credit and Political risk insurance business in the region. He is also leading the Surety business for Marsh JLT.

Rola Abu Manneh |  Chief Executive Officer | Standard Chartered Bank

Rola Abu Manneh joined Standard Chartered Bank, UAE as Chief Executive Officer in August 2018.

In her previous role, Rola was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Abu Dhabi at First Abu Dhabi Bank (‘FAB’) where her role was to maintain relationships between FAB and its client base, including Government, Government related entities, Elite customer groups, Family corporations, Local corporations, Multinational corporations and Commercial Banking services. Prior to that, Rola served as General Manager of the FAB’s Wholesale Banking Group, which comprised of Project Finance Syndications, Financial Institutions Group and Global Transaction Banking.

A UAE national, Rola completed her studies at the University of London – Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics & Operational Research. Rola is married with two children.

Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee

11:00 – 11:45

Breakout Session 1: Energy and Infrastructure Bankability: De-Risking Projects

Africa offers investors in energy and infrastructure projects a multiplicity of opportunities. Access to power and infrastructure are critical enablers for economic growth and development, improving
quality of life and providing opportunities for African and international businesses.

  • What makes a project viable and successful?
  • How do investors assess options?
  • What do project developers need to do to attract funding?
  • What instruments are available from multilateral bodies to limit risk and exposure on projects?
  • What has PE done successfully in this space?

Alex Katon | General Manager | Summit Global Power

Alex is General Manager of Summit Global Power (SGP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation that develops, operates and manages private power, cooling and water plants in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and CIS regions. Prior to SGP, Alex was CEO of InfraCo Africa, a project development and equity investment company for renewable energy and infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to InfraCo, Alex was Engie’s regional head of Strategy, Communications and Qatar asset management for Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Alex was previously a business developer at Globeleq and International Power’s Middle East and Africa region, having started his career as an investment and fund manager at CDC Group plc. Alex read economics, accountancy and French at Newcastle University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Sanjeev Gupta | Executive Director & Head of Financial Services | Africa Finance Corporation

Sanjeev Gupta is AFC’s Executive Director & Head of Financial Services. Financial Services comprise of the corporation’s Treasury, Trade Finance, Syndication and Advisory business units. As a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Sanjeev is also part of the overall leadership and strategy team responsible to meet the AFC’s targets and objectives.

He has a wealth of experience in working in Investment Management, Private Equity and Corporate Advisory Services across various emerging markets, especially in sub- Saharan Africa, for over 25 years.

Sofia Chahbane | Vice President, Business Development | Engie

Sofia hold a business degree from a French business school and an international affairs degree from Korea University, she started her career at Samsung’s HQ in Seoul where she worked on large infrastructure projects that Samsung executed as an EPC in East Asia and MENA, working on renewable projects and direct exposure to emerging countries’ sustainable development programs led to Sofia’s current interest in renewable projects, working on such projects also offered to opportunity to spend time with rural communities in East Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Currently Sofia works with ENGIE based in Dubai, a leading IPP company in the Middle East, where ENGIE owns and operates the largest portion of Power plants and desalinated water in the region, in her current role Sofia is in charge of structuring large renewable projects which usually involve various stakeholders i.e. Governments, Lenders, Lawyers, Technical advisors etc.

Power & Water are essentials, working on such projects allows one to familiarize not only with macroeconomics of multiple countries, but also to understand deeper aspects such as the culture, challenges in rural areas, education, and geographical constraints amongst others. Today, Sofia nurtures a keen interest in the topics of Wetland conservation and energy nexus.

Dayo Idowo | Partner | Olajide Owyewole LLP & DLA Piper Africa member, Nigeria

Dayo, a partner, leads the Finance and Projects Practice with particular focus on Energy and Infrastructure sectors. His background lies in law and corporate finance and he has handled various major landmark finance transactions in Nigeria including the financing of the largest cement manufacturing plant in Africa (US$1 Billion), unique oil and gas forward sale transactions (in excess of US$600 million), as well as other major mergers and acquisitions in Nigeria.

Dayo’s Corporate/Project Finance, M&A experience covers the energy, aviation and banking sectors. Dayo has led various high level and complex transactions in the oil and gas and finance sectors including but not limited to acquisitions, mergers, divestments, joint ventures, reserve based lending, Eurobonds all with a total value in excess of US$10 billion.

He subsequently worked in the ‘front office’ business of an investment bank, where he focused on corporate finance, project finance, and aviation finance before joining the Finance Practice of the firm. While at the investment bank, he managed a portfolio of over US$120 million of aviation assets (aircraft). He was responsible for managing key clients such as Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors of Nigeria. His Finance, mergers & acquisition experience spans transaction structuring, analysis of legal and regulatory issues, documentation, taxation, valuation and financial analysis. He has recently advised Oando on its US$1.9 billion acquisition of the Nigerian assets of ConocoPhillips and Samsung Heavy Industries in relation to its $3 billion FPSO EPC project in Nigeria.

Dayo obtained his first degree in law from the University of Ibadan. He also has a joint Masters degree in Global Finance from the New York University, Stern School of Business and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School.

Dayo is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a solicitor and advocate in Nigeria.

Rami Ghandour | Managing Director | Metito

Rami Ghandour joined Metito in 2004, set up Metito Utilities in 2007 and is currently a director on the board of Metito Holdings.  Metito Utilities is the investment arm of the Group, providing complete water and wastewater outsourcing and partnership solutions to end-users. Rami also leads Metito’s endeavours into strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions as well as equity investments.

Dedicated to ethical best practice and exemplary customer service standards, and as part of the Group’s strategic commitment to economic development, Rami spearheaded Metito’s industry leading corporate social responsibility efforts.

Prior to joining Metito, Rami was a process engineer and project manager at Bechtel in London, and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Rami has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School, as well as a MEng, MA and BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

11:00 – 11:45

Breakout Session 2: Managing Risk in Compliance: The Legal Perspective

Africa presents a unique set of risk and compliance challenges for investors and multinational businesses. From managing risk associated with market entry and strategic partnerships, to dealing with workforce issues, navigating complex government interactions and working to resolve the disputes that will inevitably arise during the course of doing business.

Our panel of leading legal practitioners share their insight and practical tips on how to best manage the diverse legal and regulatory environments that exist within the continent.

  • What are day-to-day legal challenges that frequently arise?
  • What strategies can be put in place to help to mitigate risk?
  • How do you balance risk against the need to deliver on business objectives?
  • What do you do when something goes wrong?

Christophe Bachelet | Country Managing Partner, Morocco | DLA Piper

Christophe Bachelet has vast experience in cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring & open bid processes with a particular focus in the real estate, energy, industrial, and consumer goods and retail sectors.

He is partner of the Elite Program in collaboration with the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

Before joining DLA Piper, Christophe has been the founding member of the Casablanca office of a magic circle law firm where he was in charge of developing the Corporate / M&A practice and Real Estate practices. Christophe has been seconded to a worldwide leading retailer and an European telecommunications and defence and space player in their international legal affairs departments.

Nina Nikolic | Legal and Compliance Manager, Business Area Africa and Gulf | Novo Nordisk

Nina has over 10 years’s experience in highly regulated industries and in the implementation of compliance plans, particularly in the pharmaceutical indsutry. She has extensive experience in global operations, supporting multiple regions including Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Adam Vause | Partner | DLA Piper

Adam is a partner in the Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group of the Dubai office of DLA Piper and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Investigations Group.

Based in the Middle East since 2008, Adam advises major corporate and financial institutions on a broad range of large commercial disputes, with a particular focus on fraud, asset tracing, compliance and investigation matters.

He has significant experience advising clients across the Middle East, Africa and the UK in relation to regulatory/criminal investigations and anti-corruption/business ethics in connection with companies’ internal compliance policies and procedures, in addition to disputes arising from joint ventures, distribution agreements, and a wide range of corporate and banking transactions.

Between 2002 and 2004 Adam undertook a secondment working for the UK government in the Serious Fraud Office as an investigative lawyer and prosecutor, primarily focusing on white collar crime, restraint/confiscation of assets and the Government’s reform of fraud/corruption legislation.

Ayman Osman | External & Legal Affairs Director | Microsoft

Ayman Osman is the Corporate, External & Legal Affairs Director for Microsoft Emerging Markets (Africa, Levant & Pakistan) in Middle East & Africa.  His work today is focused on supporting Microsoft’s sales and business operations in the Africa, Levant & Pakistan and helping customers – both governments and private sector – navigate novel regulatory and policy issues that have surfaced as a result of the transition from traditional, on-premise software solutions to hyperscale cloud services. Moreover, he spends a large amount of his professional time helping Governments, Policy Makers, and Influencers in shaping the policies and regulatory frameworks that would help the emerging markets adopt secure, trustworthy and responsible new technologies in order to fuel their economic growth and provide better business and citizen services.

He joined Microsoft in 2012 and, prior to this current role, he was the Legal & Corporate Affairs Manager for North Africa, East Mediterranean & Pakistan.  He has also worked as part of a number of Corporate Groups on a range of range of regulatory matters from competition law to privacy and security issues.

Before joining Microsoft, Ayman was working for Nokia Corporation, ExxonMobil and Société General Bank.  He has a LLB and an LLM degree in Business and Commercial Law from the University of Sorbonne (Paris I) as well as a LLB from the Faculty of Law of Cairo University.  He is currently based in Dubai as part of the Microsoft Middle East & Africa Headquarters.

Kizzita Mensah | Partner | Reindorf Chambers & DLA Piper Africa Member, Ghana

Kizzita has worked extensively in providing legal advice within the particular context of corporate organization, project finance, policy formulation as well as organizational development.

In practice with Reindorf Chambers, she has provided legal support and advice with respect to a number of significant corporate transactions, including loan and equity investments with respect to a number of Ghanaian companies. Key among the services provided have been conducting due diligence exercises and preparing reports covering a broad scope of industries including insurance, telecommunications, banking and mining; reviewing, drafting, negotiating and settling share subscription and share sale and purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, board and shareholder resolutions and advice in respect of applicable regulatory consents and approvals.

She has also assisted with the negotiation, drafting and settling of a consultancy agreement for the refurbishment and expansion of a leading hotel in Ghana and advised and assisted with the application for and obtaining of tax exemption under a legislative instrument.

Kizzita also provides advice to the firm’s international clients establishing businesses in Ghana as well as to companies in relation to their corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.

11:45 – 12:30

Panel Session: Attracting a New wave of Investors: Corporate Governance and Meeting International Standards

A way to encourage investors into Africa is to ensure there are robust corporate governance frameworks in place.

  • How well developed is corporate governance across Africa?
  • How are banks tackling the KYC challenge?
  • How can emerging technologies and new innovations help combat financial crime?

Kanupriya Jain | Director, Compliance, Forensics & Intelligence | Control Risks

Kanupriya is a Director with nearly 14 years of experience on complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and advising senior client management on proactive risk mitigation. She has on-the-ground experience of working in 15+ countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

Her areas of expertise include financial and non-financial investigations, complex and multijurisdictional problem solving, US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)/ Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and advising clients on risk mitigation. Kanupriya has assisted several multinational clients in managing problems and led senior management trainings.

Kanupriya is named as an “Asset Recovery Expert” for India by Who’s Who Legal Magazine 2014 and 2015. She has co-authored the white paper Grey Practices – Fuelling Fraud and Corruption in the Indian business environment, spoken at the ACFE Middle East conference and has contributed to published articles on fraud and corruption in Asia.

She is a Chartered Accountant, holding a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Tunde Oyewole | Managing Partner | Olajide Oyewole LLP & DLA Piper Africa member, Nigeria

Tunde Oyewole is the Managing Partner of Olajide Oyewole LLP, a DLA Piper Africa member firm in Nigeria. He holds degrees in computer engineering and law, a masters in Biblical Studies as well as training in accountancy and taxation.

 

Tunde joined the Firm in 1984 but later spent 5 years at Econet Wireless Nigeria (now Airtel Networks Limited) the second largest mobile phone company in Nigeria between 2001 and 2006. He was a key member of the team that established and grew the company from scratch to a subscriber base of 6million. During this period, his major role was in negotiating financing and equipment supply contracts, and culminated in the sale of the company to Celtel International (part of the Zain group) in a deal valued at US$1.45billion.

 

Tunde is a key member of the Firm’s Finance and Project with particular focus on Finance, Energy, Technology and Infrastructure sectors. He has a wealth of structured finance experience in putting together funding plans and multisource financing. For more than 30 years, he has advised major sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financing and acquisitions in notable jurisdictions and is regarded as the leading expert on technology and transport projects.

 

Tunde also advises on a wide range of commercial disputes with extensive experience of litigation in the Nigerian Apex court as well as international arbitration and mediation. The firm’s private wealth and large corporate clients consider Tunde to be their most trusted advisor, and have relied on his extensive experience in individual transactions worth more than US$3 billion.

 

Tunde’s strategic vision led to the execution of the country’s first ever alliance between a Nigerian and an international law firm, when Olajide Oyewole LLP formed an alliance with DLA Piper.

Greg Metro | Managing Director | Cerberus Capital

Mr. Metro is a Managing Director for Cerberus’ frontier market investment platform. He joined Cerberus in 2018 when the firm acquired SGI Frontier Capital to strategically advance its investment activities in emerging and frontier markets. Mr. Metro has more than 15 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, and strategy and operational consulting.

Mr. Metro joined SGI Frontier in 2015 and was most recently a Partner at the firm. Mr. Metro has worked for firms in investing and consulting roles across Asia and Africa, including JP Morgan Private Capital Asia, a $750 million private equity fund, where he covered Southeast Asia and China and was located in Hong Kong.

Mr. Metro was also a management consultant at Monitor Group, which is now Monitor Deloitte, in the Philippines and Indonesia. He co-founded and sold a venture capital funded financial technology startup. Mr. Metro graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut.

Rosalind Kainyah | Managing Director | Kina Advisory

Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a trusted advisor to global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships in Africa.  She has decades of experience in corporate and environmental law, government relations, political risk management and sustainability.

As an environmental lawyer for almost a decade from the early 1990s, Rosalind advised international organisations and governments on environmental policy and legislation. She went on to be a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, Linklaters, and a corporate and commercial lawyer and Executive Director in De Beers Group.  Prior to founding Kina Advisory in 2013, she was Vice President, External Affairs and CSR at Tullow Oil plc.

Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.   She is a Non-Executive Director of Aker Energy and of CAL Bank Limited, Ghana; Vice Chairperson of the Africa Gifted Foundation; and on the Advisory Board of Invest in Africa.

In 2014 Rosalind was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa.  Recently she was selected as one of the top 50 leading female professionals by Cranfield University.  In 2016 she was named by Forbes Afrique Magazine as one of the 100 influential women on the African continent, and in 2008 as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage by The Power List.

Nabeel Kazerooni | Executive Director Client Solutions Group | Arqaam Capital

Nabeel has 22 years of banking experience – both conventional and Shari’a compliant – covering corporate banking, project finance, private equity and Investment Banking working with few GCC based financial institutions. Nabeel worked on transactions in the GCC and the Emerging Markets and across sectors such as utilities, chemicals, oil & gas, retail, manufacturing etc. Nabeel started his career as a process engineer at the BAPCO refinery in Bahrain. Nabeel has Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and ACCA Diploma in Finance & Accounting.

Time

(Wednesday) 8:30 am - 1:30 pm GMT+4

Location

Dubai

With the African Continental Free Trade Agreement transforming trade frameworks on the continent, trade and investment flows between Africa and the Middle East are set to continue developing. At our half day conference, held in partnership with DLA Piper, we will explore how these two neighbouring regions can deepen their links as both seek to diversify. Panel sessions on risk, bankability and corporate responsibility will give businesses and investors based in the UAE the tools they need to succeed in Africa’s evolving business environments.

Middle East-Africa Debate Programme

08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome from Invest Africa and DLA Piper

James Kamau | Chair | DLA Piper

James Kamau is the Chairman, DLA Piper Africa and the Managing Partner at IKM.  He is a leading corporate and projects lawyer in Kenya with over 27 years post admission experience. His main areas of practice include finance, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, energy, infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships (“PPPs”). James has handled numerous complex transactions and is the trusted legal adviser of leading local and multinational companies, private equity firms and development finance institutions (“DFIs”) with extensive business and investments in Africa.

His clients range from private equity firms, investment and commercial banks, leading corporates, project developers and sponsors, DFIs, government, parastatals and high net worth individuals.

Karen Taylor | Chief Executive Officer | Invest Africa

Karen has been involved in promoting African trade and investment since 2014. She joined the Business Council For Africa in 2015 and in 2017 completed a merger with Invest Africa; creating the leading business and investment platform for Africa, in the UK.

She has more than twenty years experience in the events industry within private and listed events companies in the UK. Her background includes business development activity in acquisitions and joint ventures in the UK and in the developing markets of China, Russia, Africa and Dubai.

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Presentation on Investment Opportunities in Africa

Speaker:

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote Presentation on the Importance of The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) commits signatories to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods, progressively liberalising trade in services, and addressing a host of other non-tariff barriers. Once this has been implemented it will create a single African market with more than a billion consumers with a total GDP of over $3 trillion.

Speaker:

Sanjeev Gupta | Executive Director & Head of Financial Services | Africa Finance Corporation

Sanjeev Gupta is AFC’s Executive Director & Head of Financial Services. Financial Services comprise of the corporation’s Treasury, Trade Finance, Syndication and Advisory business units. As a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Sanjeev is also part of the overall leadership and strategy team responsible to meet the AFC’s targets and objectives.

He has a wealth of experience in working in Investment Management, Private Equity and Corporate Advisory Services across various emerging markets, especially in sub- Saharan Africa, for over 25 years.

09:45 – 10:30

Panel Session: Trade and Investment Flows: Africa and the Middle East

Trade and investment flows between Africa and the Middle East have been on the rise and, with the implementation of the AfCFTA, Africa is set to become an ever more attractive market to UAE investors.

  • How will Middle Eastern nations approach trading with Africa?
  • Is the AfCFTA likely to increase trade between the Middle East and Africa?
  • What sectors are likely to be invested in?

Dave Anderson | Chief Executive Officer | Aujan Group Holding

Dave Anderson joined Aujan Group Holding in 2010 as Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, Dave took over the role of Chief Executive Officer for Aujan Group Holding.

Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Dubai Properties Group. In a career spanning 30 years, Dave has also held senior management positions with companies including Cadbury Schweppes, Colt Telecom and Unilever.

As the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dave ensures the effective operations of the Group’s Executive Committee, manages Group functions, and has line management responsibility for the individual business units that make up Aujan Group Holding.

Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Eric Tolsma | Executive Director | Jampur International FZE

Jampur International is an Africa focussed industrial and trading group with activities in Shipping, Power, Mining, Equipment, Trading and Finance. Active in most African countries with particular focus on Nigeria. Mr. Tolsma is in their Group responsible for Business Development across all sectors and heads the Power division.

Mr. Tolsma (55) is a Dutch National, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Jampur in 2015. he worked at Tricap Investments in Dubai for its Africa Power Fund, Romar Group Investments in Amsterdam as Director for Africa and South America and Renessence Ventures in London as Managing Partner.

Ketan Kale | Manager Credit, Political & Securities | Marsh JLT Speciality Ltd.

Ketan is a Specialist in Credit, Political & Securities in Marsh JLT’s Middle East and Africa team based out of DIFC office in Dubai.

Ketan has been one of the leading broker in India in the Structured Credit, Political Risk and Financial Institutions space for the last 11 years. He has successfully led teams in JLT and Marsh over the last one decade and was instrumental in closing highly structured, complex and innovative insurance backed solutions deals for corporates and banks.

Ketan Joined JLT in 2014 where he set up and developed JLT’s CPS business in India in his role as Director & Head of CPS India. He was also heading the Marketing and Communications function for JLT in India. Prior to joining JLT, Ketan worked with leading global institutions like Marsh, ING Bank and ICICI Bank.

With a strong educational background as Mechanical Engineer and MBA Finance, Ketan has more than 16 years of experience in the Insurance and Corporate & Investment Banking field in various roles including Senior Management, Strategy, Corporate Relationship Management and Deal Structuring. Having worked in Both Banking & Insurance sector, he has excellent understanding of the clients and insurance markets.

In his current role, Ketan is helping to strengthen JLT’s value proposition for the Structured Credit and Political risk insurance business in the region. He is also leading the Surety business for Marsh JLT.

Rola Abu Manneh |  Chief Executive Officer | Standard Chartered Bank

Rola Abu Manneh joined Standard Chartered Bank, UAE as Chief Executive Officer in August 2018.

In her previous role, Rola was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Abu Dhabi at First Abu Dhabi Bank (‘FAB’) where her role was to maintain relationships between FAB and its client base, including Government, Government related entities, Elite customer groups, Family corporations, Local corporations, Multinational corporations and Commercial Banking services. Prior to that, Rola served as General Manager of the FAB’s Wholesale Banking Group, which comprised of Project Finance Syndications, Financial Institutions Group and Global Transaction Banking.

A UAE national, Rola completed her studies at the University of London – Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics & Operational Research. Rola is married with two children.

Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

10:30 – 11:00

Networking Coffee

11:00 – 11:45

Breakout Session 1: Energy and Infrastructure Bankability: De-Risking Projects

Africa offers investors in energy and infrastructure projects a multiplicity of opportunities. Access to power and infrastructure are critical enablers for economic growth and development, improving
quality of life and providing opportunities for African and international businesses.

  • What makes a project viable and successful?
  • How do investors assess options?
  • What do project developers need to do to attract funding?
  • What instruments are available from multilateral bodies to limit risk and exposure on projects?
  • What has PE done successfully in this space?

Alex Katon | General Manager | Summit Global Power

Alex is General Manager of Summit Global Power (SGP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation that develops, operates and manages private power, cooling and water plants in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and CIS regions. Prior to SGP, Alex was CEO of InfraCo Africa, a project development and equity investment company for renewable energy and infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to InfraCo, Alex was Engie’s regional head of Strategy, Communications and Qatar asset management for Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Alex was previously a business developer at Globeleq and International Power’s Middle East and Africa region, having started his career as an investment and fund manager at CDC Group plc. Alex read economics, accountancy and French at Newcastle University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Sanjeev Gupta | Executive Director & Head of Financial Services | Africa Finance Corporation

Sanjeev Gupta is AFC’s Executive Director & Head of Financial Services. Financial Services comprise of the corporation’s Treasury, Trade Finance, Syndication and Advisory business units. As a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Sanjeev is also part of the overall leadership and strategy team responsible to meet the AFC’s targets and objectives.

He has a wealth of experience in working in Investment Management, Private Equity and Corporate Advisory Services across various emerging markets, especially in sub- Saharan Africa, for over 25 years.

Sofia Chahbane | Vice President, Business Development | Engie

Sofia hold a business degree from a French business school and an international affairs degree from Korea University, she started her career at Samsung’s HQ in Seoul where she worked on large infrastructure projects that Samsung executed as an EPC in East Asia and MENA, working on renewable projects and direct exposure to emerging countries’ sustainable development programs led to Sofia’s current interest in renewable projects, working on such projects also offered to opportunity to spend time with rural communities in East Asia, Africa and Middle East.

Currently Sofia works with ENGIE based in Dubai, a leading IPP company in the Middle East, where ENGIE owns and operates the largest portion of Power plants and desalinated water in the region, in her current role Sofia is in charge of structuring large renewable projects which usually involve various stakeholders i.e. Governments, Lenders, Lawyers, Technical advisors etc.

Power & Water are essentials, working on such projects allows one to familiarize not only with macroeconomics of multiple countries, but also to understand deeper aspects such as the culture, challenges in rural areas, education, and geographical constraints amongst others. Today, Sofia nurtures a keen interest in the topics of Wetland conservation and energy nexus.

Dayo Idowo | Partner | Olajide Owyewole LLP & DLA Piper Africa member, Nigeria

Dayo, a partner, leads the Finance and Projects Practice with particular focus on Energy and Infrastructure sectors. His background lies in law and corporate finance and he has handled various major landmark finance transactions in Nigeria including the financing of the largest cement manufacturing plant in Africa (US$1 Billion), unique oil and gas forward sale transactions (in excess of US$600 million), as well as other major mergers and acquisitions in Nigeria.

Dayo’s Corporate/Project Finance, M&A experience covers the energy, aviation and banking sectors. Dayo has led various high level and complex transactions in the oil and gas and finance sectors including but not limited to acquisitions, mergers, divestments, joint ventures, reserve based lending, Eurobonds all with a total value in excess of US$10 billion.

He subsequently worked in the ‘front office’ business of an investment bank, where he focused on corporate finance, project finance, and aviation finance before joining the Finance Practice of the firm. While at the investment bank, he managed a portfolio of over US$120 million of aviation assets (aircraft). He was responsible for managing key clients such as Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors of Nigeria. His Finance, mergers & acquisition experience spans transaction structuring, analysis of legal and regulatory issues, documentation, taxation, valuation and financial analysis. He has recently advised Oando on its US$1.9 billion acquisition of the Nigerian assets of ConocoPhillips and Samsung Heavy Industries in relation to its $3 billion FPSO EPC project in Nigeria.

Dayo obtained his first degree in law from the University of Ibadan. He also has a joint Masters degree in Global Finance from the New York University, Stern School of Business and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School.

Dayo is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a solicitor and advocate in Nigeria.

Rami Ghandour | Managing Director | Metito

Rami Ghandour joined Metito in 2004, set up Metito Utilities in 2007 and is currently a director on the board of Metito Holdings.  Metito Utilities is the investment arm of the Group, providing complete water and wastewater outsourcing and partnership solutions to end-users. Rami also leads Metito’s endeavours into strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions as well as equity investments.

Dedicated to ethical best practice and exemplary customer service standards, and as part of the Group’s strategic commitment to economic development, Rami spearheaded Metito’s industry leading corporate social responsibility efforts.

Prior to joining Metito, Rami was a process engineer and project manager at Bechtel in London, and a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Rami has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School, as well as a MEng, MA and BA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

11:00 – 11:45

Breakout Session 2: Managing Risk in Compliance: The Legal Perspective

Africa presents a unique set of risk and compliance challenges for investors and multinational businesses. From managing risk associated with market entry and strategic partnerships, to dealing with workforce issues, navigating complex government interactions and working to resolve the disputes that will inevitably arise during the course of doing business.

Our panel of leading legal practitioners share their insight and practical tips on how to best manage the diverse legal and regulatory environments that exist within the continent.

  • What are day-to-day legal challenges that frequently arise?
  • What strategies can be put in place to help to mitigate risk?
  • How do you balance risk against the need to deliver on business objectives?
  • What do you do when something goes wrong?

Christophe Bachelet | Country Managing Partner, Morocco | DLA Piper

Christophe Bachelet has vast experience in cross-border mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate restructuring & open bid processes with a particular focus in the real estate, energy, industrial, and consumer goods and retail sectors.

He is partner of the Elite Program in collaboration with the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

Before joining DLA Piper, Christophe has been the founding member of the Casablanca office of a magic circle law firm where he was in charge of developing the Corporate / M&A practice and Real Estate practices. Christophe has been seconded to a worldwide leading retailer and an European telecommunications and defence and space player in their international legal affairs departments.

Nina Nikolic | Legal and Compliance Manager, Business Area Africa and Gulf | Novo Nordisk

Nina has over 10 years’s experience in highly regulated industries and in the implementation of compliance plans, particularly in the pharmaceutical indsutry. She has extensive experience in global operations, supporting multiple regions including Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Adam Vause | Partner | DLA Piper

Adam is a partner in the Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group of the Dubai office of DLA Piper and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Investigations Group.

Based in the Middle East since 2008, Adam advises major corporate and financial institutions on a broad range of large commercial disputes, with a particular focus on fraud, asset tracing, compliance and investigation matters.

He has significant experience advising clients across the Middle East, Africa and the UK in relation to regulatory/criminal investigations and anti-corruption/business ethics in connection with companies’ internal compliance policies and procedures, in addition to disputes arising from joint ventures, distribution agreements, and a wide range of corporate and banking transactions.

Between 2002 and 2004 Adam undertook a secondment working for the UK government in the Serious Fraud Office as an investigative lawyer and prosecutor, primarily focusing on white collar crime, restraint/confiscation of assets and the Government’s reform of fraud/corruption legislation.

Ayman Osman | External & Legal Affairs Director | Microsoft

Ayman Osman is the Corporate, External & Legal Affairs Director for Microsoft Emerging Markets (Africa, Levant & Pakistan) in Middle East & Africa.  His work today is focused on supporting Microsoft’s sales and business operations in the Africa, Levant & Pakistan and helping customers – both governments and private sector – navigate novel regulatory and policy issues that have surfaced as a result of the transition from traditional, on-premise software solutions to hyperscale cloud services. Moreover, he spends a large amount of his professional time helping Governments, Policy Makers, and Influencers in shaping the policies and regulatory frameworks that would help the emerging markets adopt secure, trustworthy and responsible new technologies in order to fuel their economic growth and provide better business and citizen services.

He joined Microsoft in 2012 and, prior to this current role, he was the Legal & Corporate Affairs Manager for North Africa, East Mediterranean & Pakistan.  He has also worked as part of a number of Corporate Groups on a range of range of regulatory matters from competition law to privacy and security issues.

Before joining Microsoft, Ayman was working for Nokia Corporation, ExxonMobil and Société General Bank.  He has a LLB and an LLM degree in Business and Commercial Law from the University of Sorbonne (Paris I) as well as a LLB from the Faculty of Law of Cairo University.  He is currently based in Dubai as part of the Microsoft Middle East & Africa Headquarters.

Kizzita Mensah | Partner | Reindorf Chambers & DLA Piper Africa Member, Ghana

Kizzita has worked extensively in providing legal advice within the particular context of corporate organization, project finance, policy formulation as well as organizational development.

In practice with Reindorf Chambers, she has provided legal support and advice with respect to a number of significant corporate transactions, including loan and equity investments with respect to a number of Ghanaian companies. Key among the services provided have been conducting due diligence exercises and preparing reports covering a broad scope of industries including insurance, telecommunications, banking and mining; reviewing, drafting, negotiating and settling share subscription and share sale and purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, board and shareholder resolutions and advice in respect of applicable regulatory consents and approvals.

She has also assisted with the negotiation, drafting and settling of a consultancy agreement for the refurbishment and expansion of a leading hotel in Ghana and advised and assisted with the application for and obtaining of tax exemption under a legislative instrument.

Kizzita also provides advice to the firm’s international clients establishing businesses in Ghana as well as to companies in relation to their corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters.

11:45 – 12:30

Panel Session: Attracting a New wave of Investors: Corporate Governance and Meeting International Standards

A way to encourage investors into Africa is to ensure there are robust corporate governance frameworks in place.

  • How well developed is corporate governance across Africa?
  • How are banks tackling the KYC challenge?
  • How can emerging technologies and new innovations help combat financial crime?

Kanupriya Jain | Director, Compliance, Forensics & Intelligence | Control Risks

Kanupriya is a Director with nearly 14 years of experience on complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and advising senior client management on proactive risk mitigation. She has on-the-ground experience of working in 15+ countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

Her areas of expertise include financial and non-financial investigations, complex and multijurisdictional problem solving, US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)/ Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and advising clients on risk mitigation. Kanupriya has assisted several multinational clients in managing problems and led senior management trainings.

Kanupriya is named as an “Asset Recovery Expert” for India by Who’s Who Legal Magazine 2014 and 2015. She has co-authored the white paper Grey Practices – Fuelling Fraud and Corruption in the Indian business environment, spoken at the ACFE Middle East conference and has contributed to published articles on fraud and corruption in Asia.

She is a Chartered Accountant, holding a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She is fluent in English and Hindi.

Tunde Oyewole | Managing Partner | Olajide Oyewole LLP & DLA Piper Africa member, Nigeria

Tunde Oyewole is the Managing Partner of Olajide Oyewole LLP, a DLA Piper Africa member firm in Nigeria. He holds degrees in computer engineering and law, a masters in Biblical Studies as well as training in accountancy and taxation.

 

Tunde joined the Firm in 1984 but later spent 5 years at Econet Wireless Nigeria (now Airtel Networks Limited) the second largest mobile phone company in Nigeria between 2001 and 2006. He was a key member of the team that established and grew the company from scratch to a subscriber base of 6million. During this period, his major role was in negotiating financing and equipment supply contracts, and culminated in the sale of the company to Celtel International (part of the Zain group) in a deal valued at US$1.45billion.

 

Tunde is a key member of the Firm’s Finance and Project with particular focus on Finance, Energy, Technology and Infrastructure sectors. He has a wealth of structured finance experience in putting together funding plans and multisource financing. For more than 30 years, he has advised major sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financing and acquisitions in notable jurisdictions and is regarded as the leading expert on technology and transport projects.

 

Tunde also advises on a wide range of commercial disputes with extensive experience of litigation in the Nigerian Apex court as well as international arbitration and mediation. The firm’s private wealth and large corporate clients consider Tunde to be their most trusted advisor, and have relied on his extensive experience in individual transactions worth more than US$3 billion.

 

Tunde’s strategic vision led to the execution of the country’s first ever alliance between a Nigerian and an international law firm, when Olajide Oyewole LLP formed an alliance with DLA Piper.

Greg Metro | Managing Director | Cerberus Capital

Mr. Metro is a Managing Director for Cerberus’ frontier market investment platform. He joined Cerberus in 2018 when the firm acquired SGI Frontier Capital to strategically advance its investment activities in emerging and frontier markets. Mr. Metro has more than 15 years of experience in private equity, investment banking, and strategy and operational consulting.

Mr. Metro joined SGI Frontier in 2015 and was most recently a Partner at the firm. Mr. Metro has worked for firms in investing and consulting roles across Asia and Africa, including JP Morgan Private Capital Asia, a $750 million private equity fund, where he covered Southeast Asia and China and was located in Hong Kong.

Mr. Metro was also a management consultant at Monitor Group, which is now Monitor Deloitte, in the Philippines and Indonesia. He co-founded and sold a venture capital funded financial technology startup. Mr. Metro graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut.

Rosalind Kainyah | Managing Director | Kina Advisory

Rosalind Kainyah MBE is a trusted advisor to global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships in Africa.  She has decades of experience in corporate and environmental law, government relations, political risk management and sustainability.

As an environmental lawyer for almost a decade from the early 1990s, Rosalind advised international organisations and governments on environmental policy and legislation. She went on to be a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, Linklaters, and a corporate and commercial lawyer and Executive Director in De Beers Group.  Prior to founding Kina Advisory in 2013, she was Vice President, External Affairs and CSR at Tullow Oil plc.

Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.   She is a Non-Executive Director of Aker Energy and of CAL Bank Limited, Ghana; Vice Chairperson of the Africa Gifted Foundation; and on the Advisory Board of Invest in Africa.

In 2014 Rosalind was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa.  Recently she was selected as one of the top 50 leading female professionals by Cranfield University.  In 2016 she was named by Forbes Afrique Magazine as one of the 100 influential women on the African continent, and in 2008 as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage by The Power List.

Nabeel Kazerooni | Executive Director Client Solutions Group | Arqaam Capital

Nabeel has 22 years of banking experience – both conventional and Shari’a compliant – covering corporate banking, project finance, private equity and Investment Banking working with few GCC based financial institutions. Nabeel worked on transactions in the GCC and the Emerging Markets and across sectors such as utilities, chemicals, oil & gas, retail, manufacturing etc. Nabeel started his career as a process engineer at the BAPCO refinery in Bahrain. Nabeel has Masters of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London and ACCA Diploma in Finance & Accounting.

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