New BCG Transaction Center Africa Will Speed Up and Streamline M&A and Partnerships Across the Continent

The Boston Consulting Group Launches the BCG Transaction Center Africa to Support the Transaction Activities of Multinationals, African Companies, Private Investors, Equity Funds, and Government Agencies

JOHANNESBURG—The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) opens a dedicated center of excellence to accelerate and streamline merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, as well as a wide range of partnerships, across Africa.

The new BCG Transaction Center Africa will augment and efficiently disseminate the expertise of BCG’s many transaction experts across Africa and throughout the world. It will serve the varied transaction needs of:

  • Multinationals
  • Fast-growing African companies
  • Private investors and private equity funds
  • Government agencies

The BCG Transaction Center Africa was created in response to the fact that more and more clients require strategic and commercial support when doing deals. “Our transactional services are complementary and not in competition to the offering of investment banks,” notes Jens Kengelbach, BCG’s global head of M&A. “As intra-African deal making increased to over 54% by 2017, and private equity is increasingly targeting the continent, the transaction center hub will provide BCG’s proven transaction techniques and practices with a local African footprint.”
However, support for M&A transactions is only a part of the hub’s offerings. Reflecting the breadth of Africa’s economic realities, BCG Transaction Center Africa is also geared to the full spectrum of nonequity activity. “In Africa, more than in many other places, businesses, investors, and government agencies need support to build and run effective joint ventures, commercial and distribution partnerships, foreign direct investments, and much more,” says Seddik El Fihri, the head of BCG Transaction Center Africa.

BCG Is Already Active Throughout Africa

BCG has fielded transaction experts in Africa for more than a decade. They already work all over the continent, from Morocco to South Africa, and from Ivory Coast to Kenya. They assist corporations—Africa’s fast-growing “lions” as well as multinationals—but they also enable private equity players and principal investors to achieve success with their transactions, and they help government agencies with responsibilities such as foreign direct investment (FDI) programs.

Typical transactions range from target identification and due diligence to deal structuring and postmerger integration. But they are by no means limited to conventional M&A activity. BCG’s professionals are just as involved with helping clients set up many different types of partnerships: joint ventures, FDIs, and nonequity arrangements among them.

BCG Transaction Center Africa will extend and expand all of those capabilities and competencies across North Africa and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Whether it is a robust postmerger integration plan in South Africa for a leading private equity firm, the in-depth commercial due diligence on an acquisition target, or the detailed and actionable advice for a North African government ministry on the multimillion-dollar divestiture of a national telecom company, the center will provide the expertise, knowledge, and insight to quickly add value, complementing the offerings of investment banks and others in clients’ transaction ecosystems.

To arrange an interview with Seddik El Fihri, please contact Eunjin Park at +27 11 245 1613 or

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