Sponsors

  • Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets with a unique footprint across 20 African countries. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, we are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
    Standard Bank has a 153-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s.
    Our strategic position, which enables us to connect Africa to other select emerging markets as well as pools of capital in developed markets, and our balanced portfolio of businesses provide significant opportunities for growth.
    The group has over 54 000 employees, over 1 200 branches and 8815 ATMs on the African continent, which enable it to deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management. Standard Bank's Corporate & Investment Banking division offers its clients banking, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services to connect selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other. It has strong offerings in mining and metals; oil, gas and renewables; power and infrastructure; agribusiness; telecommunications and media; and financial institutions.
    Normalised headline earnings for 2015 were R22 billion (about USD1.7 billion) and total assets were R1.98 trillion (about USD128 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation at 31 December 2015 was R184 billion (approximately USD11.8 billion).
    The group’s largest shareholder is the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20.1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.
    For further information go to www.standardbank.com
  • Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 600,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times. From traditional Telecom applications to Content and “Over The Top” Service Provider infrastructures, as well as to offshore Oil and Gas applications, ASN provides all elements of a turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive Service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s fully owned fleet of cable ships.
  • Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, is a leading African corporate and investment bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa. We offer our clients innovative, value-added advisory, funding, trading, corporate banking and principal investing solutions.

    There are those who understand the laws of money and then there are solutionists. At RMB we are passionate about solving problems for our clients by asking the hard questions. We challenge accepted thinking. We analyse and seek solutions beyond the obvious. We are innovative in our thinking and turn challenges into opportunities. We call ourselves Solutionist Thinkers who deliver on Traditional values. Innovative ideas.

    Our ability to think differently, our collaborative spirit, our client-centric solutions and our belief that great minds don’t always have to think alike, is what sets us apart.

    As a respected talent brand we create an environment where exceptional people can create their own opportunities. While our competitors all employ smart, hard-working, self-motivated people – it is the opportunities we afford our talent that makes the difference.

    As the corporate and investment banking arm of FirstRand Bank Limited (which is wholly-owned by FirstRand Limited) RMB has access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries, including representative offices and branches in the UK, India, China, and the Middle East.

    Listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), FirstRand Limited is the largest listed financial services group (by market capitalisation) in Africa. The Group is differentiated by its owner-manager culture and operates through a portfolio of four franchises: RMB; First National Bank (FNB); WesBank; and Ashburton Investments.

    For more information please visit: www.rmb.co.za

  • Founded in 1995, American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, with a portfolio of over 150,000 communications sites, including approximately 40,000 towers in the United States and more than 109,000 towers internationally.

    Our tower portfolio consists of those that we own and those that we operate pursuant to long-term lease arrangements. Our portfolio also includes 800+ Distributed Antenna System (DAS) networks that we operate in malls, casinos, other in-building applications and select outdoor environments.

  • DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

    We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.
    We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.
    Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

  • Finhaven is establishing a global securities issuance platform and exchange. Built on blockchain technology, Finhaven makes it easier, less costly, and more secure to raise capital and issue regulatory compliant tokenized securities. We combine legal structures with smart contract execution to facilitate the issuance and trade of security tokens in compliance with applicable securities laws. Tokenized equity and bonds provide businesses with access to liquidity, new markets, and global capital. By reducing transaction costs, converging intermediaries, and making it possible to create a truly global capital marketplace, blockchain promotes much needed efficiency within capital markets. While fintech has been focused on consumers and banking, the capital markets have largely been left untapped - Finhaven unlocks that potential.

  • Rack Centre is the state-of-the-art, Tier III Constructed Facility Certified data centre offering carrier neutral colocation services. It is the most connected in Africa with all major carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country and direct connection to all undersea cables serving the South Atlantic Coast of Africa. Its Cloud on GroundTM services offers a locally hosted cloud marketplace. Colocating within Rack Centre allows companies to avoid fixed infrastructure investments and to leave the growing complexity of managing power and environmental issues to specialists. 

    For more information visit www.rack-centre.com

  • Investing Across the TMT Spectrum
    IFC channels investments toward private companies that bridge the digital divide by building modern communications infrastructure and information technology businesses. By making technology more widely available in developing countries, these investments give local populations access to the latest applications, systems, best practices & wider markets, accelerate GDP growth and increase productivity. Our TMT Clients: Our clients range from tech start-up firms to global mobile operators. For smaller firms we offer venture financing, encouraging private sector investment in markets traditionally considered too risky. For larger firms we offer debt, syndication and loan guarantees. IFC in TMT: 20+ Years experience making TMT investments in emerging markets; Arranged and provided $8.3 billion in financing to over 115 telecom and IT projects in developing countries; Global TMT investment team with offices in over 80 countries. IFC is: Largest multilateral source of private sector financing in emerging markets; Resources and know-how of a global development bank with the flexibility of a merchant bank; Promoter of environmental, social, and corporate governance standards; $50+ billion portfolio spread across 111 countries in over 2000 companies. Financial Products: Equity and Early Stage Equity; Quasi-Equity; Subordinated Debt; Risk Guarantees ; Revolving Credit Loans; Project and Corporate Loans; Syndications; Local Currency Financing. TMT Investment Areas: Telecoms; Satellite; Sub-Marine Cables; Wireless/Cellular; Fiber Backbones; Broadband; Towers; Managed Services; Media; Infrastructure; Applications ; Content; Technology; Information Security; Data Centers e/m Payment Systems; IT & IT Enabled Services; Hardware/Devices
  • Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), a 100% subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd, provides leading business transformation, managed network operations, network outsourcing and consultancy services to telecommunication companies around the world. TCTS delivers operational efficiency, cost transformation and revenue acceleration solutions for all the stages of the carrier process lifecycle including but not limited to network engineering and design, implementation and operations functions.

    TCTS is a part of the USD $100+ billion Tata group. Tata group comprises of over 100 operating companies in seven business sectors.

    TCTS leverages the market expertise of Tata group's global telecom operation capabilities and globally established IT, process and consulting skills. It carries the rich traditions and business ethics of the Tata companies.

    TCTS is headquartered in Mumbai, India with global offices in Europe, North America and Middle East. TCTS has two world class India delivery centres in Pune and Chennai. These facilities operate completely independent from its parent affiliate, preserving full confidentiality in managing all customers' business processes.

 

Media Partners

  • TMT Finance News is the leading provider of exclusive news on telecoms, media and technology financing and investment activity globally. TMT Finance News is published weekly and includes exclusive and comprehensive news on telecom financing, M&A and investment activity, strategy shifts, pricing, executive people moves, deal data including new mandate opportunities, price benchmarking, comment and insight. The TMT Finance online news archive includes over 4000 searchable articles on deal activity. More information at www.tmtfinance.com

  • AFCD

    Africa Capital Digest is the leading source of original and curated digital content, comment and opinion for global private capital investors and their advisors who are sourcing, evaluating and executing private equity, infrastructure and venture capital transactions in Africa.
    Whether you are looking for ideas for new deals, leads for people or companies to be potential partners, expert market perspective from leading investors and market practitioners or just need to keep abreast of the most important private capital trends and developments on the continent, Africa Capital Digest provides you with the most focused, in-depth information to help you monitor and assess the private capital investment opportunities Africa offers.
    Attend our webcasts and events, listen to our podcast discussions with the continent’s leading investment professionals and read the weekly digest to keep up-to-date on the deal and fundraising activity on the continent.
    Visit africacapitaldigest.com of email Allan Cunningham at acunningham@africacapitaldigest.com to find out more.

  • The Business Year

    The Business Year (TBY) is a global media group specializing in economic news, research on national economies, and business intelligence across emerging markets. With operations in over 35 countries, we bring first-hand insights to investors, businesses, and governments worldwide.

  • Techunzipped

    Techunzipped is an online technology news hub primarily focusing on issues around information technology. We provide relevant and on point news, paying much attention on gadget reviews, service delivery analysis and information security news to our quickly expanding audience.Techunzipped supplies South Africa and African CEOs, CIOs, IT administrators, retailers and other ICT specialists with all Technology news from South Africa and Africa as they need to know in a way that is applicable to them, however showcasing African business and ICT achievement to the rest of the world, with a view to drawing venture and business for African players.