Investec adds to African private markets team

HandshakeInvestec Asset Management has hired Chris Newson as director of private markets, working in its Africa private markets platform. The appointment follows the firm's hiring of Peter Baird as managing principal of its African private equity funds.  “Confidence is returning to several [African] markets against a backdrop of general economic stability and recovery,” said Domenico Ferrini, co-chief investment officer. “Sophisticated investors are looking through the cycle to cheap currencies, low entry valuations, high yields and compelling growth drivers and we look forward to navigating these opportunities in partnership with our clients.” Newson used to be the chief executive of Standard Bank Africa. ©2017 funds global mena

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Nov 23, 2017

Rasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

Mar 08, 2017

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.


ROUNDTABLE: Charting the pace of reform

Nov 23, 2017

Saudi Arabian index inclusion, the onset of taxes and the Dana Gas controversy were among the issues discussed by our cross-industry panel. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.


Mar 08, 2017

The move to a three-day settlement cycle, the appearance of new stock exchanges, and recent rules on hedge funds were discussed by our panel in Cape Town. Chaired by George Mitton.