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Africa Solved

Africa Solved is a boutique corporate legal and advisory firm with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Africa.

Bigger is good. Smarter is better.

Africa Solved is a boutique corporate legal and advisory firm with a focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Africa.

We have advised on transactions in more than 40 jurisdictions in Africa which gives us a distinct advantage when advising on cross-border transactions in Africa.

We have a unique service offering in that we combine flexible and innovative pricing structures to promote our clients’ growth and success together with our own. As a small team, we are personally involved in all our matters and work efficiently to deliver a product which is best in class at competitive pricing.

We often act as quasi-in-house legal counsel for our clients – we manage transactions as part of a deal team amongst external advisers and act as trusted advisers on your day-to-day issues.

Experience in Africa:

  • Aprica – advising Aprica Investments (a subsidiary of Swan General Insurance, the listed insurer in Mauritius) in relation to several investments in various African jurisdictions, including its investment in BK General Insurance Limited in Rwanda. (M&A / financial services / cross-border)

  • Econet Media – partnership with iFlix Africa to establish a Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service with Kwesé a subsidiary of Econet Media. (M&A / telecoms / cross-border)

  • Fund raising and establishment – advising various private equity funds and other pooled investment vehicles with a focus on Africa in relation to their fund raising and establishments and ongoing fund related matters, including Harith (manager of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund), Catalyst, Ascent, AFIG, Agis and AgriGroupe (now Fairfax Africa). * (Private equity / various / cross-border)

  • Ascent Rift Valley Fund – advising Ascent Rift Valley Fund on various acquisitions in the SME space in East Africa. (Private equity / various / cross-border)

  • Smile Telecoms – debt and equity raising to fund its operations in Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and the DRC. * (M&A / telecoms / cross-border)

  • Convergence Partners – Africa’s largest ICT infrastructure fund, on its investment in Venture Gardens, a Nigerian TMT business. * (Private equity / technology / Nigeria)

  • AfriCap – a Mauritius based investment fund, in relation to its structure and other corporate matters and its investments in various jurisdictions in Africa, including Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and South Africa. * (Private equity / financial services / cross-border)

Experience in South Africa:

  • Santam – advising Santam-SI on strategic issues and on its various investments in the financial services sector in South Africa, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, portfolio transfers and UMAs. (M&A / financial services / South Africa)

  • Agis Ventures – advising Agis Ventures, a section 12J venture capital company, on its investments in various portfolio entities in the FMCG sector in South Africa. (Private equity / FMCG / South Africa)

  • RMB-SI Investments – advising management of RMB-SI Investments in relation to the disposal of their shares in RMB-SI Investments and the re-investment of their sale proceeds in RMB-SI Investments pursuant to the sale of 100% of the ordinary shares by RMI Holdings and New Seasons Financial Services amongst others to Santam Limited. (M&A / financial services / South Africa)

  • Section 12J Venture Capital Companies – advising on the establishment and management of venture capital companies under section 12J of the South African Income Tax Act. regulatory / venture capital / South Africa

Note: some of the experience marked with an asterix () relates to past experience of individual team members prior to joining Africa Solved*

Gabriel Meyer

Gabriel has extensive experience advising on international transactions in the US, Europe and Africa, including in several French speaking and Portuguese speaking African jurisdictions.

He regularly advises international corporates on their expansion strategies and the setting-up and licensing of operations in various African jurisdictions. Gabriel’s M&A practice also includes advising on private equity transactions and structuring and developing large infrastructure and mining projects.

Before founding Africa Solved, Gabriel headed up the Africa M&A team at a leading international law firm where he worked for over a decade.

Gabriel was ranked by Chambers & Partners in 2015 and was noted as having impressed clients with his transactional and regulatory advice. He was also highly recommended in the Legal 500 for 2015.

Eleni Vassilopoulos

Eleni is a corporate lawyer and specialises in cross-border transactional work in Africa with experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, equity investments, equity capital markets and general commercial work.

She has advised on significant transactions on the continent in the financial institution's sector and the projects and infrastructure sectors. She also has extensive experience in advising clients in the listed environment including in relation to schemes of arrangement, private placements and listings.

Prior to founding Africa Solved, Eleni worked at a leading international law firm where she acted for various international banks, development finance institutions, listed entities and many other large corporates.

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • all types of shareholder arrangements and joint ventures
  • project development
  • corporate structuring, management buy-outs and restructurings
  • expansion and investment strategies, including greenfield establishment
  • equity capital markets, including IPOs and leveraged buy-outs
  • establishment of investment funds and private equity
  • regulatory, compliance and investigations

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