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Description: Acquisitions in Africa’s tech industry are rare. However, in the past year, we have seen at least four major ones. There’s a growing appetite for exits.

This Friday, August 14th, for the 7th episode of “Building in Africa” we are interviewing, Victor Basta – Founder and Managing Partner of M&A advisory firm, Magister Advisors. Basta has advised on over 120 transactions across 25 years and helped found and build three successful corporate finance firms in the process. His firm is focused on M&A exits and larger financing rounds.

Some of the African transactions Basta’s Magister Advisors has participated in include Twiga Foods’ Series B round and Cellulant’s $47.5 million Series C round. Also, Magister has invested in Kenyan-based transport startup, Sendy.

Basta will answer questions including:
How big mergers, acquisitions and public offerings get done.
What should startups that intend to do deals like these in the future think about and start prepping for?
What kind of things might trip up the process?
What does it take to ‘qualify’ to raise large growth rounds?
What companies and sectors are getting larger fundings?
What is the role of strategic investors in those rounds, who might be ultimate buyers of a business?
How should CEO’s think about the options of raising larger rounds or achieving a successful sale?

Attendees will be able to ask Victor Basta burning questions in an interactive session. The event is open to experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs as well as everyone else who is playing in the African technology industry.

The “Building in Africa” interview series is part of our TechCabal Live virtual event series which features experienced players in Africa’s tech ecosystem sharing insights and experiences about topical issues. It is part of our work to provide insight and thoughtful guidance to the industry.Time

Aug 14, 2020 11:00 AM in West Central Africa

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