Africa
Building a prosperous future for the continent

A relationship dating back nine decades

The strong relationship between London Stock Exchange Group and Africa dates back over several decades. The first African company that listed its shares in London in the 1930s was African Explosives & Industries, which made blasting explosives and detonators for the gold and diamond mining industries in South Africa. Headquartered in South Africa and now known as AECI, it is still listed in London today and worth over £485m.

Many more African companies have made the same journey to London since then.

Strong support for African economies

To support this evolution, LSEG brought together a dozen highly regarded business leaders, policymakers and investors from across the African continent to form an Africa Advisory Group. This group acts as a forum to discuss the development of Africa’s capital markets and how best to address the challenges and opportunities which this presents. The Group launched a series of reports which put forward recommendations on how African capital markets could be further developed to increase global investment flows into Africa, covering offshore local currency bond markets, corporate information dissemination, SME financing, attracting passive investment flows, and the green bond market.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of African economies. They play an essential role in developing skills, jobs, wealth and ultimately driving economic growth. Developing an effective financial markets infrastructure to boost the economy is the best way to achieve this growth potential and LSEG is firmly committed to working towards this goal. 

Find out about companies we have welcomed to our markets

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London Stock Exchange welcomes Ecobank Nigeria celebrating its bond issuance

Ecobank Nigeria has today opened the market at London Stock Exchange via a virtual ceremony to mark the listing of its five-year fixed rate senior unsecured US$300 million bond.

Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the parent company of the  Ecobank Group, provides the full suite of banking products, services and solutions through multiple channels

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London Stock Exchange welcomes Grit Real Estate Income Group to the Premium Segment of the Main Market

London Stock Exchange welcomes Grit Real Estate Income Group to the Premium Segment of the Main Market today. This follows a rigorous step-up process by the Company that further strengthens Grit’s position to deliver increased value and sustainable growth and enhances the company’s profile with a broader base of potential investors.

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited is a leading p

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London Stock Exchange Group Welcomes Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, celebrating partnership with LSEG

London, United Kingdom, 22 January 2020 – Don Robert, Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group welcomed the president of the African Development Bank to open markets for trading at London Stock Exchange on Wednesday 22 January.

The reception in London followed the African Development Bank’s Africa Investment Forum, the Bank’s innovative market-place for accelerating investment into the

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Meet the team

Tom Attenborough

Head of International Business Development, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange, plc

                                                                    

Gokul Mani

Head of Middle East, Africa, India, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange plc

                                                           

Opedimeji Sule

Africa Business Development Manager, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange plc

                                  

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