“It was truly well organised with quality panels and networking.”

“It is really a wonderful platform for learning, exchanging and making and renewing relationships.”

“Thank YOU …… for putting together what I truly believe to be one of the better networking events for Africa.”

“I found the conference to be not only a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening experience but very useful networking opportunity.”

“We were very impressed with the organization, the caliber of panelists and the venue.”

“The quality of the panels was excellent, the delegates interesting and the atmosphere welcoming, business-like and friendly.”

“It was very well organized and the crowd mix and networking opportunities were impressive.”

“Congratulations to the ALN team for another excellent conference. Thoroughly enjoyed the various interactions and beneficial connections.”

“Yet again, the quality and calibre of your invitees was superb and it provided a wonderful networking (and catching up) opportunity.”

“The panel sessions were most informative and the networking opportunity was equally valuable.”

“... the conference was one of the best I have attended in years! I look forward to attending next year.”

“It was a great success and it provided me with a great insight into the current state of affairs in Africa. ”

“Not only was it very interesting and full of key people, but also hugely enjoyable! Your efforts are much appreciated.”

“The organisation and attention to detail here never ceases to amaze me! Fantastic work... brilliant event.”

“The planning and execution of the entire event was just perfect. It was definitely an excellent networking forum, one that I believe will yield in positive results.”

“Always amazed by the quality of the speakers, presenters and attendees. Well done and looking forward to the next one.”


Hosted by:

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

21 - 22 October 2015

About the event

ALN together with Anjarwalla, Collins & Haidermota (ALN’s regional office in UAE), hosted its second ‘Africa: Bridging the Gulf’ conference at the Park Hyatt Dubai, on the 21-22nd October 2015.

The conference brought together approximately 500 thought leaders on investing and doing business in Africa to discuss the sectors and regions in Africa that provide the greatest opportunities for foreign investors, while analysing the legal and regulatory implications of doing business on the continent. The event was graced by dignitaries across different countries including His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan of the UAE, a delegation of senior officials from the Judiciary of Zambia, led by the Chief Justice, Hon. Justice Madam Irene Mambilima and Kenya’s Solicitor General, Mr. Njee Muturi. We also had the pleasure of hosting well-known business leaders across Africa and other parts of the world.

At the two-day conference, participants, drawn from different industries gave their insights on sectors such as Energy, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas, Commercial property, Hospitality, Private Equity and Commercial Property on the African continent. Leading business leaders and professionals, with deep experience of working in Africa, engaged in panel discussions and shared their collective and candid insights on the various challenges, opportunities, rewards and risks.

The conference was applauded for the caliber of panelists and delegates present, as well as the resulting highly energized networking platform for all

Topics covered

Investing in Africa : Capital Markets – Debt and Equity : Banking & Finance : Hospitality : Oil & Gas : Energy : Healthcare : FMCG : Agriculture : Managing Risk in Africa : Private Equity : Islamic Finance : Commercial Property : Hot Investment Destinations (in Africa)


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His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan - Guest of Honour

Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan is United Arab Emirates' Minister for Culture, Youth, and Social Development. He was formerly the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. He is also Chancellor to two of the UAE's three ...


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Hon. Madam Irene C. Mambilima - Honorable Guest

Chief Justice, Republic of Zambia


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Hon. Likando Kalaluka, SC - Honorable Guest

Attorney General, Republic of Zambia


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Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra - Keynote Speaker

Chairman, ALN

Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra is a leader in the business and civic community on the continent. A former Prime Minister of Mali, he is a distinguished leader in science, education, and public life and has been described as “the pride of Mali and ...


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Atiq S. Anjarwalla - Host

Managing Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota


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Sunita Singh-Dalal - Host

Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota


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What happened when

Day 1: October 21

Day 2: October 22

Day 1

8:00 Registration All
9:00 Welcome address Mr Atiq S Anjarwalla, Managing Partner, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

“Africa's Transition To Democracy & Development: Navigating Political & Economic Minefields”
Moderator:Dr. Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman, ALN
10:15 Presentation to dignitaries  
Keynote Address His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Culture, Youth and Social Development, UAE
Speech Hon. Justice Irene Mambilima, Chief Justice of The Republic of Zambia
11:00 Coffee Break All
11:15 Panel - BANKING & FINANCE

“Banking On Africa: Harvesting New Horizons”
Moderator:Rizwan Desai, Collins Newman & Co.
12:15 Panel - PRIVATE EQUITY

“Private Equity in Africa”
Moderator:Karim Anjarwalla, Anjarwalla & Khanna
1:15 Lunch All
2:15 Panel - FMCG

“The Rise Of The African Consumer: Opportunities & Challenges”
Moderator:Paul Kavuma, Catalyst Principal Partners
2:15 Panel - ENERGY

“Energy Opportunities in Africa: The Bankability Test”
Moderator:Amyn Mussa, Anjarwalla & Khanna

“Managing Risks Of Investing In Africa”
Moderator:Assad Abdulatiff, AXIS
3:15 Panel - AGRICULTURE

“The Promised Land”
Moderator:Agnes Gitau, East Africa Business Network
4:15 Coffee Break All

“Is Islamic Finance Living up to its Potential?”
Moderator:Asad Ahmed, OGW, Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Industry Advisory Services
4:30 Panel - HEALTHCARE

“"Survival Of The Fittest" - Demystifying Operational Risk & Redefining The Delivery Of Healthcare In Africa”
Moderator:Sunita Singh-Dalal, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

Day 2

8:00 Registration All

“Re-Defining The Real Investment Thesis In A New Era Of Lower Economic Growth In Sub-Saharan Africa”
Moderator:Kevin Teeroovengadum, AttAfrica
9:00 Panel - OIL & GAS

“Oil And Gas Across Africa - New Opportunities And Challenges For Investment”
Moderator:John Smelcer, Webber Wentzel

“Infrastructure Investment in Africa: Unleashing the Continents Potential”
Moderator:Amyn Mussa, Anjarwalla & Khanna
10:15 Panel - HOSPITALITY

“Hospitable times? A discussion on the state of the Sub-Saharan Africa hospitality market.”
Moderator:Ian Gaitta, Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota
11:15 Coffee Break All

“Africa: Capital Raising Opportunities In Challenging Times”
Moderator:Darrell McGraw, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria

“Oil And Gas Across Africa - New Opportunities And Challenges For Investment”
Moderator:Arshad Dudhia, Managing Partner
2:00 Keynote Address Hon. Mr Henry K Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury , The Republic of Kenya
Closing Address Hon Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, Chairman ALN
2:30 Lunch All

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About ALN

ALN is an independent alliance of leading law firms in Africa. It is the largest and only grouping of its kind in Africa, with close working relationships across its members and an established network of “Best Friends” across the continent.

ALN represents a solution to the problem that there has not been, until recently, a truly African on-the-ground highly experienced supplier of legal services for large and complex transactions. We understand the issues arising from doing business in Africa from start to finish because we have been doing African deals from our inception.

Each ALN member firm is a recognized leader on the continent with a strong track record in advising domestic, regional and international clients on commercial and legal issues. Our members offer a deep understanding of the sectors and industries in which clients operate as well as the risks and opportunities of doing business in Africa’s rapidly changing markets.

With ALN you get the benefit of internationally-trained lawyers who live and work where the deals are happening and are therefore able to add value by providing their invaluable local perspectives. Our lawyers offer seamless legal, advisory and transactional services on complex and multi-jurisdictional matters due to our thorough understanding of cultural and business practice in the local and regional landscape.

For more information on ALN visit www.africalegalnetwork.com


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