L–R: Mr. Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham; Oluwatoyin Alake, Head, Secondary Markets Department, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Jude Chiemeka, Divisional Head, Trading Business, NSE and Phil Southwell, Partner Chapel Hill Denham during a training on alternative investment titled “Listed Real Assets: A Teach-In on Alternative Investment Companies” at the NSE in Lagos on Wednesday.

The markets have a critical role to play in Nigeria’s economic development as investment portfolios in OECD countries and across emerging markets would typically have a 20 to 35 percent exposure to alternative investments, said Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer, Chapel Hill Denham.

He stated this on Wednesday at a training on alternative investments titled “Listed Real Assets: A Teach-In on Alternative Investments”, jointly organized by the Nigerian Stock Exchange, and Chapel Hill Denham in Lagos.

“This area is historically where the Nigerian buy side and sell side participants have not focused prior attention and this is an opportunity to begin to engage with the brokerage community to increase their familiarity with alternative investments,” he further explained.

The training covered core concepts of alternative investments, as well as applicable techniques for valuation, trading and investments in the asset class to help participants understand the use and benefits of alternative investments in their portfolio diversification strategies.

Philip Southwell, a leading expert in alternative investments, Partner in Chapel Hill Denham and co-founder of the Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund and Nigeria Real Estate Investment Trust in Nigeria facilitated the 2-hour session, engaging participants to provide a working knowledge of alternative investments.

According to Jude Chiemeka, the Divisional Head of Trading Business, “the training is in line with the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s commitment to developing the non-traditional asset classes. This commitment informed the migration of the REITs and Closed End Funds (CEFs) into a separate board in December 2018 as well as the establishment of the mutual fund platform in February 2019 to promote transparency, visibility and liquidity for alternative investment vehicles.”

He added, “the training will provide participants with the requisite knowledge of the appropriateness of the asset class in their overall asset allocation strategy and how to invest in them.”