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Strategic Structuring – structuring African business to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal risk

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr


Africa is alive with investment possibility and opportunity. The continent is predicted to be the second fastest growing region in the world until the end of the decade, and forecasts indicate that Africa is, and will continue to be, the world's fastest urbanising region. Uncertainty and instability, however, can cause hesitation regarding foreign investment into Africa, so informed knowledge of the associated risks is required. There are a number of structures available to foreign investors that minimise the risk of investing into Africa and each structure comes with its own pros and cons.

This webinar takes an in-depth look at the investment structures that foreign investors can use to minimise risk and increase efficiency in their African investments, offering:

  • an overview of the risks and rewards of investing in Africa;
  • an overview of the structures available to foreign investors;
  • an in-depth look at how to minimises risk and increases efficiency in each structure;
  • a brief discussion on sector-specific structuring points and issues; and
  • local ownership requirements in certain sectors and what this means for governance.


Deepa Vallabh

Deepa Vallabh is a director in Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's corporate and commercial practice and is head of cross-border M&A: Africa and Asia. She specialises in a number of legal areas, including mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and cross-border), corporate reorganisations and restructurings, with a particular focus on cross-border M&A into Africa. Ms Vallabh regularly advises clients on the Companies Act (71/2008), the Mining Charter and Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (28/2002) and the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (53/2003). Her expertise also extends to competition law, structured finance, securitisations, derivatives, bond exchange and other general finance-related matters. She has been involved in various transactions related to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Ms Vallabh is a non-executive director on the board of JCDecaux SA (Pty) Ltd and a director of CCP 12J Fund Limited.


Deepa Vallabh


5 March 2019
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min