While 2016 was characterised by geopolitical volatility, epitomised by the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's election as US president, many corporate lawyers remain cautiously optimistic about the prospects for M&A activity.
For example, while the global volume of African M&A deals slowed in 2016, the volume of African-led deals saw record highs; a sign of growing self-confidence among homegrown African companies. Meanwhile, sources of foreign direct investment into Africa continued to grow.
A common theme in this guide is China's importance as a driver for global M&A. It is a major source of investment into Africa, not least because of its drive to create an economic belt in the Eurasia region connecting China's ports with Africa's coasts and the Mediterranean through Southeast Asia and the Suez Canal. Chinese companies are also notable investors in other jurisdictions featured in this guide.
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