Cobus Visagie, Africa Merchant Capital

Cobus Visagie

Cobus co-founded Africa Merchant Capital in 2012 as a privately owned boutique merchant bank, focused on the high growth private capital markets of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, AMC established an investment management business and launched a value driven long-only fund investing in Sub-Saharan Africa (ex-South Africa) public equity markets. In 2016, AMC Trade Finance was launched, which provides flexible, secured trade finance to importers and exporters through a transactional driven model, to add to our existing boutique corporate finance advisory and investment management business, thus broadening AMC’s bespoke merchant banking solution to the high growth markets of Sub-Saharan Africa. Cobus qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and also had a successful international and professional rugby career spanning both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Cobus holds a B.Comm (Hons) degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

09.35 - 10.20

Luxembourg as a PE hub: why the trend is accelerating

The PE fund business relies on administration and operations teams that can react fast. As strong growth figures testify, Luxembourg’s reputation as a reliable hub from which to serve the European alternative fund market has gone global. Many local expert practitioners and service providers work together seamlessly to ensure the best outcome for deals in any market. Panellists discuss what is needed to continue and even grow the trend.

10.50 - 11.35

Embrace technology, maximise efficiency

Cloud-based solutions, machine learning, blockchain, etc. – how necessary, difficult, beneficial is it really to embark upon the technology (r)evolution?

11.35 - 11.55

Secondaries: the wind of change?

Interview: Shift from a niche market to a functional and active market place with sophisticated players.

14.10 - 14.50

Private debt – opportunities and challenges

Negative yields force investors to plunge into riskier debt. Technologies are shaking the traditional way of doing business. What is the investment climate for private debt in the key European markets? How will the industry face the next downturn when it finally arrives? EU regulations are still to be tested in a downturn.

14.50 - 15.25

Tax aspects of PE – a lifelong learning experience

ATAD, BEPS Action point 6 (substance) and DAC Mandatory Disclosure Rules- how to deal with the new EU rules in practice. What are the impacts on PE fund structuring?

15.55 - 16.15

Out of the Box

16.15 - 16.55

PE for the greater Good

Private equity investors aim at creating thriving businesses. They are no strangers to long-term strategies, which makes ESG aspects and active ownership crucial elements of their investments decisions. What about the financial rewards? Are PE and ESG really a match made in heaven?