Private equity investments in Africa: how to manage the compliance aspects?

September 15, 2016

Completing a private equity investment in an African target company generally raises more anti-corruption risks than in other parts of the world. Many African countries are considered by international surveys to be among the most corrupt in the world, and a target’s compliance practices may be limited (or non-existent) compared to companies operating in other areas of the world. The risks for an investor that can result from corrupt activities of a target may be significant – from losing value on the investment to being held liable for previously unknown wrongful acts committed by the target, its local shareholders or others acting on their behalf.

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