Why Conduct Third Party Environmental, Health and Safety Audits During the M&A Process?

By: Amy Bauer

Third party EH&S audits provide a critical perspective to M&A deals that many do not consider. Without that perspective right from the start, the organization could find out too late it 1) paid too much for the acquisition or 2) invested too much to fix issues. If a target company is exceeding permit limits, currently negotiating with a regulatory agency about violations, operating without necessary permits and approvals, or putting worker health and safety at risk, all of ...

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Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Programs in Private Equity: Strengthening Reputation, Attracting New Investors, Satisfying Existing LPs, and Mitigating Deal Risk


By: Bruce Martin

Institutional investors and other stakeholders are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials of the private equity firms with which they invest.  As the awareness and importance of ESG concerns grow, private equity firms are finding that attention to ESG performance can provide a “core value-creation strategy at private equity funds in portfolio companies,” according to a study published earlier this year by the Coller Institute of Private Equity at the ...

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Environmental Compliance

By: Kyle Harris, k.harris@primeafrica.net

Large infrastructure projects involve increasing public and private partnerships. However, the funding for infrastructure projects (particularly in developing nations) creates additional compliance burdens on the project teams. Achieving environmental compliance is a key risk to investment for large infrastructure projects and increasingly is becoming a prerequisite for both private and public funding. Navigating national environmental legislative requirements, as well as the potential lender imposed compliance initiatives, can be a costly and complicated affair.

Globally, there has been ...

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Understanding investor risk in Sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging and frontier markets

By: Jackie Crafford, j.crafford@primeafrica.net

Exceptional economic growth over the past decade has made international markets such as Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) an increasingly interesting investment destination for international investors. Those investors that have been successful have been the ones who have understood and mitigated the unique investment risks that characterizes such markets, throughout the investment life cycle. Various risk assessment tools are available through which to quantify and assess these risk and their mitigation options, both in SSA countries and in ...

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Energy Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa

By: Nuveshen Naidoo, n.naidoo@primeafrica.net

In articles elsewhere in this communication an argument for investing in Africa was made off of Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) economic growth potential. This article specifically investigates the potential for energy-related investments in SSA.

The demand for energy in SSA currently far exceeds supply, as a result, various African governments, as well as the US government, have initiated large scale, power infrastructure support initiatives to attract global investment. These investments are fundamentally demand driven, but also seek to ...

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