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Preserving the pipeline: Ventures Platform's Aina on alleviating the effects of Covid-19 on early-stage Nigerian companies

Preserving the pipeline: Ventures Platform's Aina on alleviating the effects of Covid-19 on early-stage Nigerian companies

When the Covid-19 crisis hit, Kola Aina (pictured), partner at Abuja-based early stage fund Ventures Platform, started comparing notes with partners the company works with around the globe. The end result was the launch of the Nigeria Impact Startup Relief Facility, or NISRF, to bring together early stage investors in African startups that have been hit by the pandemic.

LEGAL & REGULATION

Ninety eight per cent of US private equity groups expect external legal spend to fall in 2020

Ninety eight per cent of US private equity groups expect external legal spend to fall in 2020

US private equity groups spent an average USD353,000 on external legal counsel per acquisition when prosecuting deals in 2019, according to research released by Apperio, a London-based specialist legal spend management platform. In the UK, the figure was slightly lower at USD253,000. 

APPOINTMENT

Paladin Capital hires CEO of UK’s national cybersecurity centre

Paladin Capital hires CEO of UK’s national cybersecurity centre

Paladin Capital Group, a leading global cybersecurity and deep tech investment firm, has just announced the appointment of Ciaran Martin, CB, as a Managing Director. Martin is regarded as one of the leading public voices on cybersecurity and joins from the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which he ran as its first CEO in 2016. Prior to this, Martin was head of cybersecurity for the UK Government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) from 2014, before the NCSC was formed.