Africa investor’s Analysts’ and Fund Managers Forum

Top of this month’s conference agenda is the Africa investor’s Analysts’ and Fund Managers Forum & Financial Reporting Awards, organized in association with NYSE Euronext and Bloomberg. This prestigious event will be next Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 April, at Bloomberg’s London headquarters, and your editor will be day chairing the whole of the first day. Sorry, this will mean that updates and news disseminated via this blog will be late.
Ai (www.africa-investor.com) is a leading African provider of benchmarks and indices and their opening speaker is editor Hubert Danso. Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com) is a top rated supplier of market data, news and other information services and will be represented for the opening by Ian Yeulett, Chief Executive, Europe and Africa. It is part of Ai’s series of road shows profiling African capital markets to the international investment community.
It offers high-level networking to analysts, fund managers, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, investor relations officers and the financial media to meet CEOs from Africa’s leading listed companies and stock exchanges.
The theme is “capital introduction” and the organizers are also putting together one-on-one meetings for institutions currently raising capital and seeking investors.
The event also includes the annual Africa investor Analysts’ & Fund Managers Forum and the Financial Reporting Awards as well as a full day (13 April) Investor Relations Training Workshop for IR professionals from African listed companies, CEOs, Finance Directors, Compliance Professionals, IR and communication consultants and other advisory professionals from listed companies.

Monday, 12 May
Session 1(10:10am): The Value Proposition – overview of African capital markets (equity and bonds) including their size, how do capital flows compare with other regions, direct vs portfolio investment, how do its exchanges compare to global leaders, and why did it lag the recovery of other emerging markets after the crisis? Chair: Anton Hobbs (Africa Sales, Bloomberg), panel: Matthew Pearson (Head of African Equity Products, Standard Bank), David Cowan (Economist Africa, CitiGroup), Luca del Conte (Executive Director, MediCapital Bank) and Veronica Kalema (Director, Fitch).

Session 2 (10:50am): Hidden value? Valuation and Accounting in African Companies including leading investment researchers, credit rating analysts and financial journalists reviewing some special factors behind the valuation of companies and sectors in our resource-rich but under-developed continent. Chair: Joseph Wambia (CEO, Wambia Capital LLC), Neil Shah (Research, Edison Investment Research), Daniel Broby (CIO, Silk Invest), Gregory Kronsten (Chief Economist, First City Monument Bank UK), Maciek Szymanski (Investment Strategist, African Alliance Securities)

Session 3 (12:00 noon): Capital Introduction – Trends and Prospects. Leading pension funds and fund managers will analyse global capital raising market for Africa-focused listed, bond, Shariah, hedge and private equity funds, including the views of international pension funds, new directions for sovereign wealth funds and family funds and sector-focused funds. Chair: Rafael Stone (Foster Pepper LLC), Christopher Grune (State Street Global Advisors), Martin Poulsen (Chief Private Equity Officer, African Development Bank), Craig Mercer (Senior Investment Consultant, Towers Watson), Hela Dammak (MD, Global Markets Societe Generale) anf Zain Latif (Partner, TLG Capital).

Session 4 (12:40): Global emerging markets investors and African pension funds and CEOs will debate: disclosure compared with other global markets; can companies identify and talk to their owners, do African companies take investor needs seriously and what could they do to reduce their cost of capital? Chair: Sunil Benimadhu (CEO, Mauritius Stock Exchange), Tim Goodman (Hermes Fund Managers), Nicolas Clavel (CIO, Scipion), Richard Veringa (Executive Director/COO, Sigma Pension Funds), Stephen Swanson (Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi Investment Company).

Session 5 (14:30): CEO Roundtable: Success stories and strategies from leading African capital markets personalities, including investment strategies and other experiences. Chair: Ekow Afedzie (CEO, Ghana Stock Exchange), Arnold Ekpe (CEO EcoBank), Geoffrey White (CEO, Lonrho), Euan Worthington (Chairman, African Eagle Resources), Dr James Mwangi (CEO, Equity Bank) and Ismail Douiri (Directeur, Attijariwaffa Bank)

Session 6 (15:10): Fund Managers’ Analysis of Market Trends and Forecasts for 2010. Sharing and analysing research, profiling countries, sectors, funds and companies they believe will do well, with predictions and forecasts. Chair: Tom Minney (Editor, African Capital Markets News), Andrew Lister (Senior Investment Manager, Advance Emerging Capital), Ian Morley (CEO, Corazon Capital). Marc Sullivan (Portfolio Manager, Cadiz), Jamie Allsopp (Fund Manager, Insparo Asset Management), Renaissance Capital.

The Africa investor Financial Reporting Awards: The winners will be announced at the end of the forum followed by a cocktail reception in recognition of the award winners. Africa investor will recognise the best listed companies and media houses as well as the leading financial analysts with an outlook on Africa.

Tue 13 May
Industrial Relations workshop sponsored by supported by the IR Global League (www.irgl.info).

For bookings for this and for the industrial relations workshop contact Africa investor click here.

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