ALN Annual International Conference 2016 Africa Bridging the Gulf



About the conference

The ALN Annual International Conference is held annually with the aim of connecting Africa to international markets. Each year the conference brings together top business leaders and professionals with a deep experience and understanding of working in Africa.


This Conference has, over the years, served as an effective forum through which ALN has been able to connect investors and other stakeholders, whilst providing them with an avenue through which to hold discussions on various topics salient to Africa and the Gulf.

Networking sessions

Freely interact with industry leaders and opinion shapers from all over the world

Discussion Panels

Discussions on subjects affecting Africa and the Gulf will be held by panels of experts

One on One Sessions

Get some time alone with business leaders and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask.


Lead Media Partner

Banker Africa


  • The ALN Conference will feature a presentation by McKinsey of the sequel to McKinsey’s groundbreaking 2010 report on Africa’s economies. Lions on the move II: Realizing the potential of Africa’s economies is a follow-up report by the McKinsey Global Institute based on extensive new research. It highlights a USD 4 trillion opportunity to serve fast-growing consumer and business markets, and shows what it will take to double Africa's manufacturing output.
  • The report also presents a first-of-its-kind analysis of the continent's 700 largest companies, showing how they can raise their scale for the benefit of customers, employees, shareholders, and entire economies. Finally, the report focuses on key steps for governments - including mobilizing investment, nurturing talent, and strengthening infrastructure - to ensure that Africa's potential is realized.

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

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

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

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

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

2016 panels

Inaugural Panel

M&A: Private Equity

Capital Raising in Africa



Managing Risk in Africa



Commercial Property


M&A: Financial Services

The Future of Trade of Africa

Day One

9:00Welcome Address - Atiq Anjarwalla, Managing Partner, AC&H
9:05Lions on the Move II: Realising the Potential of Africa’s Economies – Presenter: Omid Kassiri, Partner, McKinsey & Co.
9:30Inaugural Panel: Is Africa on Track to Realise its Potential?
10:30Key note Address by Guest of Honour
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
11:00Coffee and Networking
11:15Managing Risk in Africa
11:15West Africa Spotlight
12:15Private Equity: Driving Growth in Africa
12:15Adapting to Africa's New Talent Management Realities: Bridging the Digital Divide
2:15Capital Raising Prospects for African Businesses and Banks: Navigating the New Normal
2:15Retail Property Opportunities in Africa: Reality, Myth or Too Soon?
3:15FMCG: The Rising African Consumer
3:15 Powering Africa: Bridging the Financing Gap
4:15Coffee and Networking
4:35Transport and Logistics in Africa: Connecting a Continent
4:35TMT & Innovations: Operating in a Digital Africa

Day two

9:00Building Africa: Bridging the Financing Gap
10:00Financial Services: New Frontiers in M&A Activity Across Sub-Saharan Africa
10:00East Africa Spotlight: Investor certainty – two steps forward, one step backwards?
11:00Coffee and Networking
11:20Closing Panel: The Future of Trade of Africa
12:20Closing Address


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About ALN

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

By being based on the ground we offer added value through our understanding of how business operates in the relevant jurisdictions, our connections with local regulators, and our experience dealing with local issues. With ALN you get the benefit of internationally-trained lawyers who live and work where the deals are happening. ALN member firms are singularly placed to provide local, regional and cross-border legal services in all the ALN jurisdictions, and have the ability to manage deals across jurisdictions using a “one-stop shop” approach.

Each ALN member firm is a recognised 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.

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