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.