North Africa Summit
The inaugural North Africa summit highlights investment prospects in the region for private equity and M&A. Morocco and Egypt continue to dominate the private equity industry in North Africa, with the value all deals in the region. Speakers will provide critical insight into key sectors that have been targeted by private equity investors. The event will inform investors and corporates on the hottest sectors and give insight into the best practices for deal executions in North Africa.
Presentation: Macro Outlook on North Africa
Economic snapshot on North Africa, which key areas present the best growth potential and investment opportunities in 2017.Jean-Paul Pigat
Head of Research, Lighthouse Research
Jean-Paul Pigat is the Founder and Head of Research at Lighthouse Research, and is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Previously, he worked as a Senior Economist in the Global Markets & Treasury and Wholesale Banking divisions at Emirates NBD. Before this, he was based in London, U.K. as the Head of Middle East and North Africa Analysis at Business Monitor International (BMI Research, a Fitch Group Company) where he was responsible for overseeing the company's economic, financial market and political risk analysis on the region. He is a regular contributor to media outlets such as Bloomberg TV, CNBC Arabia and Dubai Eye, and regularly speaks at investment conferences across the Middle East. He holds an MSc. from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of British Columbia.
Country focus: Egypt
Egypt continues to emerge as an attractive destination for overseas investment. What is the current market environment for doing deals? The session will share key deals and trends in the region highlighting private equity opportunities in the market.Imad Ghandour
Co-founder & Managing Director, CedarBridge
Imad Ghandour is the Co-founder & Managing Director of CedarBridge, an investment company focused on high growth opportunities in education, healthcare and retail in MENA.
Imad has more than 15 years experience in private equity and investments throughout the MENA, UK and China with particular focus on education, healthcare, wellness, and beauty. He is currently a director in the board of Kids First Group, the region’s largest chain of nurseries; SAE Arabia, a specialized college in UAE; AlShams Laboratories, one of the largest diagnostic chains in MENA; Sisters Beauty Lounge, a large chain of beauty salons in UAE, and The Grooming Company, another large chain of grooming brands in UAE. He had also served as a director in the board of CIRA, the largest chain of schools in Egypt; Maarif Education, the largest educational group in Saudi Arabia; TechnoScan, the largest chain of radiology centers in Middle East; Advanced Laboratory Services, the largest reference lab in Saudi Arabia; and Metito, the largest water engineering group in MENA.
Imad is also a co-founder of the MENA Private Equity Association, and was awarded by Private Equity World the prestigious Private Equity MENA Merit Award for 2011.Karim Meleka
Vice President , EFG Hermes Investment BankingCampbell Steedman
Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
Campbell Steedman is the Managing Partner, Middle East for Winston & Strawn. He has over 25 years of experience representing major clients from a wide range of business sectors with international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures,privatisation, and ECM transactions in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. His international experience, coupled with local knowledge of these markets, has made him a valued asset for clients around the world, who look to him for his noted deal-making skill, and his ability to navigate the complexities of intricately structured, multijurisdictional transactions.
He has been recognized by an array of legal publications, including The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He was included in The Best Lawyers United Arab Emirates 2017 in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions Law. Mr. Steedman was also named External Counsel of the Year in 2009 by Asian-Counsel Magazine and M&A lawyer of the Year, UAE at the 2010 ILO Client Choice Awards.Elaine Green
Editor , Mergermarket
Elaine Green is Editor - EMEA Bureaus at Mergermarket and is responsible for managing the Bureaus in Europe and Middle East and African (EMEA) as well as being Global Head of Shipping. She has been with the company since its inception in 2000 and is an experienced reporter, editor and manager having worked both within the group and at wide range of other European publications. Her qualifications include a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
Fireside chat: Power & Infrastructure
Spiralling energy consumption, oil dynamics and a commitment for North African nations to diversify their economies have prompted a shift to harness power from sustainable sources. This session will highlight key challenges and opportunities in the regions power and infrastructure sector.Diego Biasi
Co-Founder & CEO, Quercus Investment Partners Limited
Diego is the Co-Founder & CEO of Quercus Investment Partners Limited. He has worked in investment banking and finance for more than 17 years and has been involved in the renewable energy sector since 2009.
Diego has extensive experience in cross border financing having worked with corporates as well as municipal and government linked institutions across Europe.
Prior to founding Quercus, Diego established a successful consultancy business and was, amongst other roles, Managing Director for Commerzbank and IMI bank in London, where he led due diligence on a variety of complex corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions. He started his career at Caboto Securities, the British investment banking arm of Banca Intesa.
At Quercus, Diego has driven the company’s real asset strategy overseeing the successful launch of two compartments, building a portfolio of some 22 utility scale plants with a strong pipeline and structuring debt facilities for circa EUR 300m.Samantha Bartel
Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners
Samantha joined Instinctif Partners in June 2013 to launch its Middle East operation, which has its regional headquarters in the UAE. She has over 13 years of financial communications and Investor Relations experience, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Europe and Asia. Since 2007, Samantha has led teams handling Middle Eastern IPOs, Rights Issues, Sukuk and Bond issuance, high-profile M&A deals and numerous fund launches. Her sectors of expertise include financial services, healthcare, energy and telecoms. Samantha was previously the Managing Director of Buchanan Middle East, where she advised a wide range of local, regional and international companies on their corporate, financial and crisis communications strategies.
Lead Strategic Partner
Winston & Strawnhttp://www.winston.com/en/index.html
For more than 160 years, international law firm Winston & Strawn has served as a trusted adviser to general counsel across virtually every industry. With more than 875 attorneys in 17 geographic locations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America, and structured as a single Partnership worldwide, Winston delivers an integrated global practice across all our practice areas. We are consistently recognised for our creativity, flexibility, depth of experience, and commitment, and regularly advise high-profile, multinational public and private sector clients conducting business around the world - bringing an understanding of the global legal issues our clients face in transactions, disputes, and enforcement-related matters. We provide the highest quality legal services in a diverse range of areas, including cross-border corporate and finance, mergers and acquisitions, project and transportation finance, Islamic finance, litigation and international arbitration, private equity and venture capital, privacy and data security, tax, contentious regulatory, and EU antitrust and competition.