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African companies look abroad to list

Africa’s companies turn to foreign exchanges

September 2, 2013

In the past three years, international equity issuance from African companies has outpaced listings on the continent. This trend looks set to continue for the time being, thanks to the small size of most African exchanges and global investors’ increasing appetite for exposure to the continent.

Miguel Azevedo

Citi eyes African investment banking riches

August 1, 2013

Africa might still account for only a small amount of investment banking activity globally, but the business it generates is only set to rise, according to Citi’s Miguel Azevedo. He talks to Paul Wallace about the continent’s exciting prospects and which sectors hold the most promise.

Standard Chartered ups Africa game

Standard Chartered pushes further into Africa

July 1, 2013

Standard Chartered already has one of the largest African businesses among banks from outside the continent, but it still wants to increase its operations there substantially in the next few years. Diana Layfield, its chief executive for Africa, tells Paul Wallace how.

South Africans slump while the rest of Africa rises

July 1, 2013

South Africa's lenders still dominate Africa's banking landscape, but their sluggish 2012 means that the rest are making up ground.

Arunma Oteh

SEC chief continues Nigerian capital markets clean-up job

April 2, 2013

In the three years since Arunma Oteh was brought in to head Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission and tasked with rebuilding the country's capital markets, much progress has been made. But she still has plenty to do if she wants to fulfil her bold ambitions.

Small change, big difference: Nigeria’s small and medium-sized lenders are targeting the lower end of the market, offering products and services aimed at the country’s large unbanked population

Nigeria’s small banks pack a punch

April 2, 2013

Nigeria’s banking sector has become highly concentrated over the past 10 years, with the biggest five lenders now dominating market share. But executives at smaller firms are not worried. They insist that innovation and nimbleness, not to mention the huge scope for growth in Nigeria, will see them make up for their lack of size.

African debt markets come of age

March 1, 2013

Eurobond issuance from sub-Saharan Africa is still dwarfed by that from elsewhere in the world. But more and more African sovereigns are tapping the market as investors clamour for exposure to the rapidly growing region, where local bond markets are also developing quickly.

Tough year looms for Nigerias rejuvenated banks

Tough year looms for Nigeria's rejuvenated banks

March 1, 2013

Analysts are predicting a strong showing from Nigeria’s banks as they announce their 2012 results, perhaps demonstrating once and for all that they are over their 2009 crisis. They cannot rest on their laurels, however, as 2013 could be far tougher for them. 

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Nigeria's central bank governor looks to finish the job he started

March 1, 2013

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Nigeria’s central bank governor, says critics of his tight monetary policy forget how unstable the country’s financial system was just three years ago. He also tells The Banker that he will not stand for a second term, saying the job he was tasked with is almost done. 

Africa needn’t be scared of bond investors

February 25, 2013

Africa's upturn in fortunes in the past few years shows the advantages of having an open economy.

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