Regulatory and compliance issues are important concerns when investing in Africa. As many African markets become more attractive destinations for foreign investment, potential investors and their legal advisors are faced with navigating unfamiliar and dynamic business and regulatory terrains. The panel will feature business executives, in-house counsel, and legal advisers providing unique views on investing in Africa. The panelists will offer a diverse spectrum of views and experiences regarding the regulatory and compliance issues they face in managing legal and business risks in Africa on a day-to-day basis."
Lawerence Fubara Anga
Notary Public of the Supreme Court, Nigeria; Qualified to practice law in three jurisdictions has a strong multi disciplinary background in law, economics, management and fiscal policy. Mr Anga's practice is in banking, finance and insurance, energy, aviation and maritime. He appears as counsel before all courts in Nigeria and has acted as a party appointed arbitrator on several arbitration panels.
Has been involved in project finance, banking and capital markets transactions for several years. Currently Vice Chairman-Capital Markets Solicitors Association and Chairman of its Strategy and Remuneration Committee. Invited as a member of the Presidential Policy Advisory Committee where he was a member of the sub committee on finance and investment. He wrote the committee's policy paper on foreign investment and privatization. Contributor to the chapter on Nigeria for the Harvard Securities Project. Chairman of the SMIES policy guidelines review committee. He advises clients from around the world on foreign direct investment in Nigeria and on related on tax issues.
Obtained advanced certification in Project Finance from the CLDP and Eximbank (USA), in venture capital from the Venture Capital Institute - USA and in entrepreneurial development from the United Nations Centre for Transnational Corporations.
Mr. Anga represents major state owned and private oil and gas production, marketing and distribution companies in a range of matters. He acted for Dubri Oil in the first marginal field acquisition in Nigeria and advised on acquisition of first IPP at Egbin.
Adedayo Banwo is the Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Mr. Bert Chanetsa is the Deputy Executive Officer: Investments Institutions, at the Financial Services Board in South Africa.
Mr. Chanetsa has extensive local South African and international experience in the practice of law and financial services (including commercial, merchant and investment banking and private equity). Mr Chanetsa has worked for entities including Baker & Mckenzie international attorneys, First National Bank of Boston (now FleetBoston), Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Merchant Bank (now Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank) and Nedbank in the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and across Africa.
Mr. Chanetsa holds the Bachelor of Law, LLB and Juris Doctor degrees. He also holds the Tax Law Programme Certificate from the University of South Africa and the Canadian Securities (Capital Markets) Course Certificate (Honours) from the Canadian Securities Institute. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, USA and South Africa and is a member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces (South Africa), the American Bar Association and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Senior Associate). He previously served on the Standing Advisory Committee on Company Law within the Department of Trade and Industry, the Directorate of Market Abuse within the Financial Services Board and as a Chairman of the Tax Board within the Ministry of Finance in South Africa.
Mr Chanetsa was a columnist for Business Report, a South African daily, for a period of two and a half years, focusing on corporate, financial and business analysis.
Jeffrey B. Golden
Jeff Golden's practice is focused primarily on the representation of private equity funds in all aspects of their business, with particular emphasis on acquisitions and divestitures. Representative clients include Golden Gate Capital, Huntsman Gay Global Capital, Sorenson Capital and Gryphon Investors, among others. In addition, Mr. Golden has represented participants and financial advisors involved in numerous transactions, including negotiated and hostile acquisitions of public companies, negotiated sales of private companies, subsidiaries and divisions, formation of joint ventures, asset sales and similar transactions.
Todd is the head of the emerging markets practice, focusing on corporate emerging markets work. This work includes five major components: working with emerging markets governments; forming private equity and similar funds, primarily directed at emerging markets; working on transactions for such funds; working on a wide array of cross-border joint ventures involving emerging markets; and working on various infrastructure projects in emerging markets (including a number of biofuel and carbon credit related projects).
For the past several years Todd has been listed in The Legal Media Group Guide to the Worldâ€™s Leading Equity Lawyers, as well as The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Mergers and Acquisition Lawyers (Legal Media Group is the legal publishing arm of Euromoney Institutional Investor). He is on the steering committee of Thunderbird's Global Private Equity Investing Conference, and has been involved with Africare for a number of years.
Iwa Salami is a lecturer in commercial law and financial law and regulation at the School of Law and Social Sciences. Prior to joining UEL she was a research fellow and teaching assistant at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She has previously worked in the UK and abroad including the Government Legal Service and the African Development Bank. She has published in the field of financial law and economic integration in emerging economies.
Iwa Salami, financial law lecturer at the University of East London, discusses Africa's emerging financial market. Salami argues that Africa's growth trends set it as a high rate of return relative to other advanced economies.