ABAX - Adding value to global business

ABAX - Adding value to global business

ABAX Focus


  • Hedge funds as an asset class

    What are hedge funds? Hedge funds have been around since 1949, when Alfred Winslow Jones developed the idea of a market-neutral strategy, that is, capable of generating alpha independent of market performance. While there is no precise definition of a hedge fund, these can be considered as privately organised investment vehicles that use their less regulated nature to create investment opportun...

  • The board and climate change

    The increasing influence of climate change    The title of this article will undoubtedly prompt a first question: what has climate change to do with the functioning of a board? Well, the link is that climate change is stopping companies from operating in a ‘business as usual’ mode.  Its far reaching repercussions pose an unprecedented risk to global socio- economic, political and bio-phy...

  • DIFC bags International Financial Centre award

    The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has received the ‘International Finance Centre’ award at the WealthBriefing European Awards 2018 held on 26 April in London. The award reinforces the position of DIFC as the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The WealthBriefing European Awards are organised by WealthBriefing, a leading me...

  • Mauritius: a high-end property destination on the rise

    A home away from home Best known to foreigners as a sought-after tourist destination, Mauritius is now home to thousands of expatriates from across the world. Some are employed as skilled workers or professionals, others have invested in companies to take advantage of the island’s favourable business ecosystem and tax laws; yet others have chosen to retire on the island due to its relatively ...

  • ABAX celebrates Africa Day

    In 1963, as thirty-two countries came together in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to form the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU), the first Africa Day was held. It has since been celebrated each year to mark African unity. Mauritius joined the OAU, now known as the African Union (AU), immediately after becoming independent in 1968, while South Africa joined in 1994 upon the end of the Aparthe...

  • How honest feedback can boost performance

    Feedback can be defined as the information communicated to an individual or group, following the completion of an assignment or task.  Feedback received can be used to change or improve future performance. Within organisations, feedback can occur in different forms. For instance, a client can provide feedback on the service delivered. Moreover, employees can receive feedback on their performan...

  • Private Equity: is there an interest in Africa?

    Investing in Africa continues to be fraught with difficulty, exacerbated by political shenanigans, regional conflict, social unrest and, too often, legal and regulatory uncertainty.  Recent developments in the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and South Africa point the problems associated with investment decisions which have a long incubation period and a long life. Inv...

  • ABAX to attend AFSIC – Investing in Africa Conference 2018

    ABAX is proud to sponsor the AFSIC Investing in Africa conference in London on 2 - 4 May 2018. It will be our fourth consecutive participation in the conference, and the first with a joint Ocorian ABAX team since our acquisition. As one of the most important Africa investor events globally, AFSIC provides a platform that matches investors to investment opportunities in Africa. This event, no...

  • Value creation through good corporate governance

    Corporate governance involves a set of relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and other stakeholders. Corporate governance also provides the structure through which the objectives of the company are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance¹. While the drive for good corporate governance standards and practices has generally b...

  • ABAX at Farmcity

    The ABAX ‘Go Green’ Committee organised a visit in February to Farmcity, located in Bois Rouge, Pamplemousses, in Mauritius. Farmcity is a sustainable farming project that has built a complete model for a bio-diverse farm using permaculture techniques. We were welcomed by the founders of Farmcity, Wesley Oxenham and Kelly Ann Yeo and their team. Kelly Ann and Wesley shared with us the missi...