Barclays News

Ashish Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

Ashish Thakkar to leave the board of Atlas Mara, the African banking group he co-founded with Bob Diamond

Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is to be left as the sole founder on the board of African financial services group Atlas Mara, as it was announced earlier this month that co-founder Ashish Thakkar would be leaving.

Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Switching & Processing, Interswitch. Credit: SlimTrader

Interswitch Nigeria Sees Delayed IPO Concluded by End-2019

Interswitch Ltd., a Nigeria-based payments-processing company, expects to complete its delayed dual listing in London and Lagos before the end of 2019.

Bob Diamond, Chairman of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

Bob Diamond sells $200M Atlas Mara stake to boost holding in Union Bank of Nigeria

Atlas Mara raising $200 million to increase Union Bank stake. Fairfax Africa partners with firm by purchasing shares and bond.

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Barclays to surrender control of Africa unit with £1.6bn sale

Barclays has been given regulatory approval for the sale of its remaining stake in its Barclays Africa Group, according to a unit of the business.

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

Barclays Africa 'divorce settlement' is not a sale deal: Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa

The British bank’s sell-down of its majority stake in its African subsidiary is still some way off.

Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

CEO at Bob Diamond's Atlas Mara exits company

Atlas Mara, the African investment vehicle co-founded by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, has unveiled plans for a shake-up.

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa Group

Barclays and Barclays Africa Group agree on separation terms

Barclays Africa Group today announced that it has agreed terms for operational separation with UK-based Barclays PLC, which is reducing its shareholding in Barclays Africa.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable Wi-Fi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: forbes.com

Abraaj CEO says Africa is core to investment plan

Middle Eastern private equity investor Abraaj Group says Africa is core to its investment strategy, as it bets the continent’s rising middle class will consume more goods.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: Bloomberg

Private equity firm Abraaj is interested in buying Barclays Africa (Infographics & Video)

Abraaj Group, the private equity firm that invests across emerging markets, is interested in buying a stake in Barclays Plc’s South African business.

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

It has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is now becoming clear that this will be in the diagnostics space.

Africa's banker of tomorrow

Armed with fintech and fueled by data: Africa's banker of tomorrow

Markets in Shanghai closed up today on news that the Chinese bullet train manufacturer Fujian Corp won the contract to connect Casablanca to Abidjan.

Africa's largest pension fund PIC is looking to increase stake in Barclays Africa

Africa's largest pension fund PIC seeks central bank approval to increase Barclays Africa stake

Africa’s biggest pension fund, Public Investment Corporation, has sought approval from South Africa’s central bank to raise its stake in Barclays Africa.

Shoppers walk past an Edgars store at a shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Bain in $1.5 billion South African Edcon debt for equity deal

Private equity firm Bain Capital has agreed a debt for equity swap deal valued at $1.5 billion for Edcon, the chief executive of the South African clothes retailer said last Tuesday.

Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming

Why African Entrepreneurship Is Booming: Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, African Institution of Technology

Last month, I visited my village of Ovim in Southeastern Nigeria. I met a painter who also manufactures the paint he uses for his work.

Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO, Abraaj Group

Abraaj-led group could bid for 35% of Barclays Africa

Buyout firm Abraaj Group is leading a group of investors planning to bid for a minority stake in Barclays Plc’s African unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor, South African Reserve Bank

As Bob Diamond readies Barclays Africa bid, South Africa warns on bank buyouts

South Africa raised caution over Bob Diamond’s potential offer for Barclays Plc’s local unit, with the central bank signaling that private-equity bidders for the country’s third-largest lender would face opposition from regulators.

Dan Matjila, CEO, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

South Africa's PIC in talks with Barclays on African business stake

South Africa’s state pension fund is talking to Barclays Plc about buying some of the stake which the British bank is selling in its African business, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Shiv Arora, Head of Private Equity Real Estate, Cytonn Investments

Local banks knock off foreign dominance in Kenyan market: Shiv Arora, Head of Private Equity Real Estate, Cytonn Investments

Kenyan banks have knocked off foreign dominance in the market posing a risk for the latter to exit the market if they fail to change their strategy.

Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond preparing bid for Africa arm of Barclays

Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond preparing bid for Africa arm of Barclays

Bob Diamond has teamed up with a major private equity firm as he attempts to develop plans to mount a bid for the African operations of Barclays, the bank he ran until four years ago.

Tope Lawani, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Pan-African private equity firm Helios completes deal to acquire UK's Crown Agents

Helios, the pan-African investment firm, is set to deliver a postcolonial turnround with a deal for key divisions of Crown Agents — a company which was once a pillar of the British empire.

Shayne Nelson, CEO, Emirates NBD

Dubai banking group Emirates NBD plans more success out of Africa

Emboldened by the bank’s success in Egypt, the chief executive of Emirates NBD is eyeing further expansion into Africa.

South Africa's Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan gestures during a media briefing after he was reappointed to the position on Sunday night by President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria, South Africa December 14, 2015. REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

European banks' old errors to blame for Barclays' Africa exit: South Africa Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Barclays’ decision to sell down its stake in a Johannesburg-listed venture is a consequence of past mistakes at European banks rather than a reflection of Africa’s future prospects, South Africa’s finance minister said.

Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays. Credit: altassets.net

Barclays' former CEO Bob Diamond reportedly wants to buy the bank's African assets

Bob Diamond, the American executive who was forced out as Barclays’ CEO in 2012, is reportedly interested in buying the British bank’s African operations.

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays decision to pull out of Africa is a sign of the bank's weakness, not the continent's potential

Barclays has announced it is to withdraw from Africa. It will gradually reduce its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group over the next two to three years.

Barclays pullout not Africa's problem

Barclays pullout not Africa's problem

Barclays will end its 90-year-long presence in Africa as soon as the UK bank can sell off the majority stake it owns in a regional subsidiary, fully exiting the continent where it employs 45,000 people and holds $70 billion in assets.

Nairobi is the most attractive city in Africa for foreign investment, says PwC.

Africa's big cities are investment bright spots, says private equity firms Abraaj and Actis

Like most emerging and frontier markets around the world, Africa’s largest economies have been affected by the drop in commodity prices over the past 18 months.

Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & CEO, Interswitch

Helios said to be working with Citigroup to sell Nigeria's Interswitch

Helios Investment Partners, an Africa-focused private equity firm, is preparing to sell Nigerian payments-processing group Interswitch Ltd. in a deal that could value the company at more than $1 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Sub-Saharan Africa's most and least resilient economies

Sub-Saharan Africa's most and least resilient economies (Infographics): Anna Rosenberg, Head, Sub-Saharan Africa Research, Frontier Strategy Group

While SSA was predicted to grow above 5% year-over-year in 2015 at the beginning of the year, actual GDP growth is more likely to come in at around 3–4% year-over-year.

Dan Matjila, CEO, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

Africa's largest money manager PIC interested in raising Barclays Africa stake

The Public Investment Corp., manager of the bulk of the South African government’s pension fund money, said it would be interested in increasing its stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd.

Attaendees at a Speed Meet Africa event discuss new opportunities

Goodbye Europe, Hello Africa: Frances Mensah Williams, Managing Editor, ReConnect Africa

When Ernestina Ellen Boadi resigned from her job as an Events Management Executive in London, it wasn’t because she planned to switch to a better job in the city.

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Why Barclays Needs Africa

Chapter one in the manual given to all new bank CEOs directs them to survey every business line, looking for fat that can be trimmed and capital that can be reallocated.

South Africa's MTN is the most admired brand in Africa

MTN, Samsung and Coca-Cola top list of most admired brands in Africa

Brand Africa has announced that MTN is the overall best brand in Africa and reclaimed the #1 spot as the Most Admired Brand in Africa at a gala launch of the 4th Annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands at Sandton Convention Center.

African Markets Guide 2015: Barclays

African Markets Guide 2015: Barclays (Report)

African credit markets have continued to grow at a rapid pace, while rising debt and falling commodity prices have put pressure on fundamentals. The recent high correlation of African spreads to global EM credit markets has challenged the thesis that Africa offers diversification, but the meaningful intra-regional dispersion offers opportunities, in our view.

Jaime Dimon, Chairman, President & CEO, JP Morgan Chase

JPMorgan plans Africa expansion even as Ghana and Kenya regulators refuse entry

Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., which has offices in South Africa and Nigeria, said the bank wants a presence in more African countries to spur growth, even after regulators in Ghana and Kenya refused the lender entry.

Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

Bob Diamond's Atlas Mara eyes three more Africa acquisitions in 2015

Atlas Mara Ltd., the banking group that’s acquiring African lenders, is seeking to buy as many as three more businesses in 2015, co-founder Robert Diamond said.

Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and Former CEO of Barclays

Bob Diamond: Africa is best place to invest right now

Investors looking to place their money outside of the U.S. should look no further than sub-Saharan Africa, Atlas Merchant Capital CEO Bob Diamond said Thursday.

South Africa's Truworths in talks about $462M bid for British footwear retailer Office

South Africa's Truworths in talks about $462M bid for British footwear retailer Office

South African fashion retailer Truworths International said on Monday it was in talks with privately owned shoe chain Office about acquiring the British company.

Supermarket group Choppies wants to have 200 stores by the end of next year

Opportunities multiply as African ventures eye wider horizons

When Choppies opened its first store in Lobatse, a small town in Botswana, its ambition was limited to becoming a retailer of substance in its domestic market.

Change of pace: growing numbers of young Africans have flourishing businesses — Bloomberg/FT

New generation of African entrepreneurs lead the way

As ever-increasing numbers of cars clog the streets of African cities, trade flourishes along congested highways.

Change of pace: growing numbers of young Africans have flourishing businesses — Bloomberg/FT

African Entrepreneurs - A new generation leads the way: Financial Times (Report)

Start-ups are thriving and helping to change perceptions of business in Africa. As ever-increasing numbers of cars clog the streets of African cities, trade flourishes along congested highways.