Frequently Asked Questions

What is AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events held globally. It has a very strong investment focus and is attended by many of the most important global investors investing into Africa and by investors interested in learning more about African investment opportunities.

Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd May to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing companies, as well as a wide array of fintech companies and other financial services companies developed around a “new economy” model.

The structure of AFSIC is specifically designed to provide African companies seeking investment with multiple opportunities to present their company to, and meet with, a very large variety of both debt & equity investors and also dealmakers focused on Africa with a view to attracting inward investment and developing strong and sustainable business relationships with investors.

Who can attend AFSIC?

Anybody may register and attend AFSIC.

What type of executive attends AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally and attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd May to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing companies, as well as a wide array of fintech companies and other financial services companies developed around a “new economy” model.

A strong array of asset managers, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, foundations, endowments, family offices, impact investors, infrastructure funds, limited partners (LPs), private and listed equity funds, development finance institutions and supranational investors, attend AFSIC drawn by the opportunity to meet a significant number of Africa’s leading financial services companies and dealmakers in one place at one time.

With companies from around 40 African countries attending, international investors at AFSIC have multiple opportunities to identify new investment opportunities, and to get top quality, up to date, information on local investment conditions. This is enhanced as the structure of AFSIC is designed to provide the senior executives attending with an extensive range of opportunities to network with each other, whether you are a company looking to meet investors, or an investor seeking high quality investment opportunities on the continent.

In addition, due to the strong investment focus, AFSIC attracts a wide range of Africa focused dealmakers, including stockbrokers, equity and fixed income sales executives, research analysts, investment bankers, and corporate financiers, both from Africa and those based in major financial centres around the world. These dealmakers are very important sources of deal flow for investors, and act as an intermediary between African companies seeking investment or new business opportunities, and investors looking for high quality investment opportunities.

 

As an African company why should I attend AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events held globally. As an African company attending AFSIC you can:

  • Develop strong and enduring and mutually rewarding relationships with many of the leading investors globally;
  • Pre-arrange individual one on one meetings using the highly intuitive event app, and meeting system up to a month prior to AFSIC; allowing you to have highly focused meetings at AFSIC with predefined agreed objectives and agendas;
  • Avoid the requirement to travel to multiple investors in different countries by meeting a large number of investors at AFSIC in one place at one time; saving yourself a huge amount of time, and expense;
  • Extend your own business network considerably throughout the continent, as Senior Executives from companies across all regions in Africa attend AFSIC;
  • Meet leading dealmakers, such as investment bankers, research analyst, equity and debt sales people, corporate financiers who may be of considerable use to your company’s growth strategy; and who may be able to facilitate debt and equity investments into your company or help you identify acquisition or merger opportunities on the continent;
  • Promote your company extensively within Africa, or within the global investment community.

AFSIC has a special focus on attracting inward investment into Africa’s financial services sector and you will especially benefit from attending if you are a Senior Executive in Africa’s Financial Services sector; including banks, asset managers, insurance companies, microfinance organisations, savings and loans institutions, leasing companies, fintech companies, export-import banks, housing finance companies and similar.

 

How does AFSIC work?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally and attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd May to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing companies, as well as a wide array of fintech companies and other financial services companies developed around a “new economy” model.

Providing opportunities for African financial services companies to meet investors is paramount in the design of the AFSIC event, specifically you will discover:

  • An agenda almost exclusively focused on allowing investors to promote themselves to African companies, outlining their investment preferences and target type of investment, and African companies seeking to promote themselves to investors with a view to developing long term relationships with debt and equity investors focused on Africa;
  • An advanced meeting system allowing Senior executives to pre-book one on one meetings with other delegates up to a month before AFSIC; allowing you efficient use of time at AFSIC by pre-arranging the agenda for meetings;
  • Dedicated meeting spaces, (which must be pre-booked), are available for companies to hold their one on one meetings, facilitating the process of holding meetings at AFSIC;
  • The provision of a sophisticated Event app, which among other functions allows instant messaging between delegates;
  • Regular networking breaks which are scheduled to enhance the ability of attendees to meet a wide variety of Senior Executives that could be of considerable business benefit in future;
  • The provision of a team who can record Video presentations to allow companies to promote themselves beyond the lifespan of the AFSIC event;

 

What type of Investors attend AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally and attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Now in its 6th year AFSIC 2018 will be held in London on 2nd May to 4th May 2018. AFSIC focuses on attracting investment into Africa’s financial services sector and will be attended by financial services companies from across Africa including Banks, Insurance Companies, Microfinance Companies and Leasing companies, as well as a wide array of fintech companies and other financial services companies developed around a “new economy” model.

A strong array of investors, including:

  • sovereign wealth funds,
  • pension funds,
  • foundations,
  • endowments,
  • family offices,
  • impact investors,
  • infrastructure funds,
  • limited partners (LPs),
  • general partners (GPs),
  • private equity funds,
  • listed equity funds,
  • development finance institutions,
  • supranational investors.

also attend AFSIC drawn by the opportunity to meet a significant number of Africa’s leading financial services companies and dealmakers in one place at one time. With companies from around 40 African countries attending, international investors at AFSIC have multiple opportunities to identify new investment opportunities, and to get top quality, up to date, information on local investment conditions. This is enhanced as the structure of AFSIC is designed to provide the senior executives attending with an extensive range of opportunities to network with each other, whether you are a company looking to meet investors, or an investor seeking high quality investment opportunities on the continent.


As an Investor why should I attend AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally. As a high-level investment event AFSIC attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers, (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople), focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Many of Africa’s leading investors attend AFSIC because:

  • AFSIC is one of the leading Africa investment events globally and has a very substantial number of investable African companies from all parts of Africa attending;
  • Investors can meet a very large number of investable companies within a short period of time. Replicating these meetings by travelling across Africa and meeting in country would not be possible or desirable due to the time required and cost;
  • AFSIC attracts many of Africa’s key dealmakers, such as investment bankers, corporate financiers, stockbrokers, debt and equity salespeople and research analysts, providing investors with more opportunity to attract high quality investment ideas and extend their network across the continent;
  • AFSIC is attended by Fund of Fund investors, and LP’s looking to understand which funds are proactive on the continent, and which funds are actively networking in order to achieve superior investment returns; and provides a marketing opportunity for African funds;

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC.


What kind of African Financial Services companies attend?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally. As a high-level investment event AFSIC attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers, (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople), focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

AFSIC has a special focus on attracting inward investment into Africa’s financial services sector and you will especially benefit from attending if you are a Senior Executive from an African company in one of the following categories:

  • Banks, including subsidiaries of African banks;
  • Insurance companies;
  • Microfinance companies;
  • Fintech companies;
  • Leasing companies;
  • Development Banks;
  • Export Import focused banks and organisations;
  • Factoring Companies;
  • Savings & Loans companies and SACCOs;
  • Africa based Investment Companies, Funds and Asset Managers.

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC.


Are the Investors debt or equity focused or both?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally. As a high-level investment event AFSIC attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers, (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople), focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Many investors attend AFSIC. Each has a different investment mandate. Some investors are debt focused others equity focused. It is advisable for African financial services companies attending to target their one on one meetings at AFSIC to an investor whose investment mandate matches their own debt or equity requirement.

The range and number of investors attending allows African financial services companies to target investors most suited to their own business sector (e.g. banking or microfinance may require targeting different investors) and their different capital requirements ranging from investors focused on smaller investment of $0.5m right up to larger investment sums of $50m+.

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC.


What size of Investments are appropriate to promote at AFSIC?

AFSIC is one of the most important African investment events globally. As a high-level investment event AFSIC attracts Senior Executives from a wide variety of African companies, many of the most important investors in the world focused on Africa, and a wide variety of dealmakers, (such as investment bankers, corporate finance executives, fixed income and equity traders and salespeople), focused on intermediating investment into Africa.

Many investors attend AFSIC. Each has a different investment mandate. Some investors are focused on smaller sized investments (generally ranging from as small as $250,000 upwards) while other investors will be looking at much larger transactions of $50m plus.

It is advisable for African financial services companies attending AFSIC to spend time analysing which investors are attending, and their investment mandate utilising the event app, and online meeting system which are open one month prior to AFSIC, thus allowing a targeted approach during one on one meetings held at AFSIC. Pre-arranging agendas and the provision of information prior to AFSIC will assist the investors greatly.

The range and number of investors attending allows African financial services companies to target investors most suited to their own business sector (e.g. banking or microfinance may require targeting different investors) and their different capital requirements ranging from investors focused on smaller investment of $0.5m right up to larger investment sums of $50m+.

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC.


How do I arrange meetings with Investors or African companies at AFSIC?

An online meeting and messaging system, alongside a sophisticated event app is opened to all registered delegates one month prior to AFSIC. This allows investors or African companies the opportunity to arrange investment focused meetings well ahead of AFSIC.

AFSIC delegates can then communicate their investment requirements, and explore investment parameters ahead of the event resulting in highly targeted investment meetings at AFSIC. Please note that ALL delegates attending AFSIC are responsible for arranging meetings their own meetings and meeting schedules are not pre-prepared for attending delegates.

Meeting spaces can be pre-reserved for the duration of AFSIC to facilitate meetings. This is encouraged where delegates envisage holding multiple meetings. Alternatively meetings can be arranged in a more casual manner at a general one on one meeting point where a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first served basis.

In addition the agenda has been designed to provide a number of networking events throughout the duration of AFSIC allowing multiple opportunities for interaction between the Senior Executives attending AFSIC.


Can I reserve a meeting space to facilitate one to one meetings at AFSIC?

If you envisage an intensive schedule of one to one meetings it is recommended that you pre-book an individual meeting space to facilitate meetings at AFSIC. This can be done on the Registration page of the AFSIC website www.afsic.net


How long is the AFSIC App and One on One meeting system Open?

The AFSIC App and meeting systems are opened one month prior to AFSIC, and closed one week after AFSIC.


Why is AFSIC held in Europe and not in Africa?

Many of the leading investors in Africa are based in either the USA or Europe. Europe provides a convenient location for these investors to congregate, and also provides a convenient hub for African companies attending to convene from different regions across the African continent. Our team also organises a number of targeted investment events in specific countries in Africa and can provide more details on these upon request.


Do you Provide Delegate Lists?

In order both to adhere to privacy rules, and to respect the privacy of delegates attending AFSIC we do not provide general delegate lists. However you will be able to contact delegates attending using the online meeting system, and event app.


Language Requirements

The operational language for AFSIC is English, currently we do not offer simultaneous translation services. Team members at the event will be able to communicate in Portuguese and also French.


Do I need a Visa?

To find out whether you require a visa please check the UK Border Agency website which can be accessed at:

https://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/do-you-need-a-visa/

It is highly recommended that you apply for your visa in good time prior to the conference as the British Visa system can be slow and there are no special dispensations from the British Government for delegates attending AFSIC.  If you require an international invitation letter for visa purposes please complete the following international invitation letter request


Dietary Requests

If you have any specific additional dietary requests please contact the organisers on event@afsic.net


Contact Us

If you have any other queries, please contact the organisers on event@afsic.net