Africa Business Desk

About us

Africa - India business opportunities represent enormous potential for both Indian companies doing business in or with Africa, as well as, African companies looking at investing or expanding into the Indian marketplace. India, as of 2015 in terms of trade in goods with Africa are in 2nd place, behind only China according to a recent report by the African Development Bank. This is likely to further increase on account of improved economic ties and strong business opportunities but despite this, divergent cultures, business landscapes, unique legal and political environments can make these ventures particularly challenging. That is where PwC's Business Desk comes in, providing advice and practical assistance to Indian clients wishing to explore business opportunities in Africa and to companies and individuals from Africa wishing to conduct business or invest in the India. We have the necessary local expertise as well as a strong global network to help companies take maximum advantage of opportunities and build success both in India and Africa. Whether you are looking at new markets for the first time, or are already established in India and want to grow your business, we can provide in-depth knowledge of the markets, culture, legal systems, tax, accounting and regulatory framework in both India and Africa.

At PwC, we have a group of professionals highly experienced in supporting clients as they conduct business between Africa and India. The Africa Business Desk serves as a focal point, connecting clients with the right expert for their specific business need across the practice areas of financial reporting, tax, deals, human resources management, supply chain, sustainability and risk management.

Africa business desk - overview

Our services

Our Transaction Services Strategy (TSS) practice provides consulting service for entry options India and assists in devising market entry strategy.

  • Options for entry (both equity and non-equity forms)
  • Challenges and risks associated with different entry options
  • Evaluation of the regulatory environment, tax and other government incentives
  • Screening of partners/acquisition targets
  • Feasibility study and location analysis (including availability of tax and other government incentives available in various states)
  • Analysis of tax-efficient funding structures and repatriation strategies

The Deals team offers services across the deal continuum including advisory on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs and strategic alliances.

  • Corporate finance provides complete lead advisory services including target identification, target screening, developing transaction strategy, negotiation and documentation support and assistance in transaction closure.
  • Due diligence includes financial, tax, commercial, operational, legal, forensics and HR operations analysis. Our due diligence team also carry out desktop review on the potential JV partner.
  • Valuation services include business and assets valuations for transactions, tax, dispute, financial reporting, governance and regulatory needs. Specific services include purchase price allocations, independent expert reports and fairness opinions.
  • Post-merger integration services helps identify key revenue, cost and core synergies and opportunities across all functions in an organisation in order to maximise and unlock integration value

We assist businesses, organisations and individuals with tax strategy, planning and compliance, whilst also delivering a wide range of business advisory services.

  • Setting up subsidiary, branch and liaison office in India: We assist companies in obtaining the necessary approvals and licenses.
  • Tax advisory and compliance: We support you in developing tax-efficient strategies and managing your tax exposures considering your individual business needs. We also help clients adhere to various tax and regulatory compliance requirements, as applicable.
  • Expatriate taxation: We have a dedicated team offering a full range of international assignment tax services, both consulting and compliance, to assist you in harnessing the value of global mobility while managing risks.
  • Transfer pricing: We provide leading-edge tools and solutions relevant to your industry in the areas of developing a coherent and defensible TP policy, compliance and documentation management, strategising and assisting in dealing with global dispute resolution.
  • Tax assessment proceedings: We provide assistance during tax audits by revenue authorities and corporate tax litigation including representation to the tax officer.
  • Tax litigation support: Our team can assist you in identifying and addressing potential tax risks, tax dispute avoidance and resolution as well as litigation support.
  • Indirect tax: We assist in custom duties, central excise and VAT, service tax, foreign trade policy, free trade agreements and cross-border supply chains and anti-dumping duties.
  • Regulatory services: Our dedicated regulatory team provides services in the areas of FDI policy, exchange control regulations, corporate laws and industry sectoral regulations. Our regulatory services include structuring of investments and transactions and implementation assistance, obtaining regulatory approvals, licences, clarifications and dispensations and advice on government policies impacting your business.

We help organisations work smarter and grow faster. Reach out to us to build effective organisations, reduce costs, manage risk and regulation and leverage talent.

  • People & Change includes HR transformation, Rewards & benefits Management, Organisation design & workforce planning, Talent Management strategy & employer branding, Learning & Development, Performance measurement  & management
  • Finance effectiveness includes Maximising enterprise performance, Transforming finance functions, Augmenting finance talent and organization, Shared services and benefits management
  • Sustainability includes assistance in Clean development mechanism, Climate change strategy, Social, environmental and economic sustainability reporting, Life cycle management and Verifying the robustness of environmental management and emissions tracking systems and emissions data
  • Technology Consulting includes Oracle/ SAP application – implementation, support and maintenance, Information Management – assist in definition, development and implementation of BI and CPM solutions, Help in implementing technology solutions using Microsoft products to improve your business processes and controls
  • Operations transformation includes Optimization of Supply chain and logistics. We can further help you in achieving Procurement excellence, Manufacturing excellence, Sales & marketing excellence. We also assist in Transformation programmes and Operations architecture design & implementation.

Contact us

Aditya Rao
Partner and Leader
Tel: +91 22 6669 1539 
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