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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.

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The force of force majeure in a pandemic world

The force of force majeure in a pandemic world

By Susana Garcia-Robles, Venture Partner, Capria Ventures – Face masks and frequent hand-washing are the new routine. But how can a company be safer in the new normal? “Good contractual hygiene,” says Joe Wallin, principal at Seattle-based Carney Badley Spellman. In particular, companies should be sure to understand – and where possible, standardise – force majeure language across all their legal contracts.

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Covid-19: A shift in private equity operational behaviours

Covid-19: A shift in private equity operational behaviours

By Natasha Head, business development manager, ManCo services & PERE, Maitland – The impact of Covid-19 on the global private equity market is uncertain. December 2019 concluded a very strong decade, a period of significant growth with overwhelming fundraising figures and outperformance of public markets. There was a bright path ahead: a time for real consolidation, focus on operating models, ESG and diversity, growth of the secondaries market and increase capital flow to new jurisdictions.

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A sign of things to come? Force majeure and material adverse change in the era of Covid-19

A sign of things to come? Force majeure and material adverse change in the era of Covid-19

By Deborah Ruff, Head of US & International Arbitration, Julia Kalinina Belcher, Counsel, and Charles H Golsong, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP – On 22 May 2020, the Tribunal de Commerce of Paris ordered the insurance giant AXA France IARD SA to pay Maison Rostang, a Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant, EUR 45,000 for two months’ worth of revenue lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A simple case of Covid-19 losses? Not quite.