October 23, 2017, Lagos, Nigeria – ACA Principal, Obi Nwogugu, today participated in a panel session themed “Mixed-Use: Live, Work, Play,” during the 6th edition of the Real Estate Unite 2017 Summit.
The session addressed the changing needs of the global real estate market and the increasing level of adaptation of developers to mixed-use developments.
In his remarks, Obi highlighted the potential role mixed-use schemes could play in the evolution of cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to him, such schemes could drive further scale and development of cities, thereby attracting a greater inflow of private capital and infrastructural development. He also mentioned the potential multiplier effect on tourism and improved quality of life of residents.
In his closing remarks, Obi stressed the importance of getting key fundamentals right in developing mixed-use projects. As an example, he highlighted ACA’s recent investment in Bluewater Lekki , a mixed-use development comprising of over 500 apartments with modern conveniences, 10,000 sqm retail/commercial use and recreational facilities designed for comfort and pleasure, in a secure water-front environment.
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Real Estate Unite is an annual flagship event that provides an important platform for key players in Africa’s property industry to discuss opportunities and issues facing the global real estate market.
October 18, 2017, London, UK – Emmanuel Assiak, Principal, ACA, today served as a panelist at the 9th Annual Private Equity in Africa summit, organized by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the Financial Times, in London. The session themed “Optimal Strategies to Access Africa’s Private Capital Opportunity Set,” allowed panelists the opportunity to discuss various investment strategies in Africa and how they see the private equity industry evolving on the continent.
In his remarks, Emmanuel noted that as economic cycles shorten and become increasingly more volatile, the case for value creation is growing even more compelling. According to him, investment returns will continue to emerge more from operational efficiency improvements than from market multiple expansion.
He added that whilst the core of ACA’s investment strategy remains intact, the firm is expanding into its mandated market, West Africa, leveraging its on-the-ground presence, local market knowledge and strong network of partners to create value.