What We Do

From market entry assessments to crisis management, Vele Africa Advisory is uniquely positioned to unpack local nuances in a global context for businesses looking to expand in Africa.

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Our Services

Market Entry Advisory

Embarking on a merger or acquisition in Africa, or expanding an existing presence? Vele Africa Advisory can guide you on this journey.

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Political and Policy Risk Analysis

Vele Africa Advisory helps our clients understand, prepare and navigate the local political and regulatory environment in African economies.

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Pre and Post Transactional Due Diligence

We specialise in obtaining information discreetly and more importantly, legally, in order to assist you in making informed commercial decisions.

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Government and Public Affairs Support

Our consultants and trusted on-the-ground networks provide our clients with an independent view on issues and give advice on multi-level engagement strategies.

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Market Entry Advisory

“Africa Rising”, “Africa on the Decline” – the headlines come and go; however, those living in, and doing business in Africa know that the opportunities are only limited by your risk appetite. Whether you already have a presence in Africa and are considering expanding your operations, or are embarking on a merger or acquisition, Vele Africa Advisory is well-placed to support and guide you on this journey.

We inform our clients by conducting:

  • Market entry assessments: Assessing opportunities and risks of an unexplored market, based on industry trends and regulatory drivers prior to identifying a deal
  • Country risk assessments: Analyses of the political, economic, regulatory, operational and security environments
  • Competitor analysis: assessing competitors’ strategies, commercial track-record, local reputation and the strength of key stakeholder relationships

Political and Policy Risk Analysis

Traditional media reporting on Africa, driven by a 24-hour news cycle, typically offers little differentiation and in-depth analysis. This superficial coverage tends to amplify the challenges while downplaying the unique market opportunities across multiple jurisdictions.

The situation on the ground is often more complex than it initially appears to be. Furthermore it is prone to seemingly sudden and inexplicable changes that have the potential to destabilise even the most seasoned player in Africa. Vele Africa Advisory helps our clients understand, prepare and intelligently navigate these changes.

To help our clients cut through the noise, we provide:

Political risk analysis

Regulatory insights

Advocacy guidance

Scenario planning

Our insight and political analysis are informed by direct contact with policy-makers, business leaders, media professionals, diplomats, NGOs and local communities. A team comprising of seasoned technical and country specialists provide our clients with the granular understanding to support their strategic decision-making.

Our network of contacts and in-country partners allow us to provide meaningful, relevant and pragmatic advice to our clients. In key markets, we can provide in-country introductions to select stakeholders upon request.

Government and Public Affairs Support

Developing and maintaining successful stakeholder relationships is predicated on identifying the formal and informal decision-makers as well as their advisors; parallel decision-making structures; vested and competing interests; and assessing their relative influence on key business issues.

As our clients would in other markets, we encourage regular reviews and “temperature checks” of stakeholder relations as well as pro-active, multi-tiered engagement prior to critical country and organisational inflection points.

We strengthen our clients’ relationships by providing:

  • Stakeholder mapping: Identifying and profiling key stakeholders at a country and industry level and assessing their relative influence
  • Stakeholder engagement: Advice on strategic stakeholder engagement and government relations
  • Crisis management advice
  • Non-litigious dispute resolution support

Our consultants and trusted on-the-ground networks provide our clients with an independent view on issues impacting their main stakeholders and give advice on multi-level engagement strategies. When seemingly intractable problems arise, we help our clients to find solutions that rebuild trust and confidence, while strengthening their social license to operate.

Integrity Due Diligence

Responsibilities to a myriad of stakeholders and greater public scrutiny means there is less tolerance for ill-informed commercial decisions and questionable business practices at a group and local level. We are increasingly seeing grave regulatory and reputational repercussions to these kinds of business practices.

Some companies’ conscious and unconscious biases of what constitutes “business as usual” coupled with a lack of transparency and slow bureaucracy in some African jurisdictions perpetuates opaque business practices and entrenches corrupt practices. However it is possible to conduct your operations with integrity in African markets, as has been proven by a long list of companies.

We help our clients to achieving their commercial ambitions by conducting:

  • Pre-transactional due diligence
  • Enhanced integrity due diligence
  • Post-transactional due diligence
  • ESG due diligence
  • Supply chain due diligence

We specialise in obtaining information discreetly and more importantly, legally, in order to assist you in making informed commercial decisions and complying with local and international regulations.

There are certain nuances that one can only pick up by understanding the investment landscape, commercial culture, social fabric and daily realities of doing business in a particular market.

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