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29 July 2014

Apis Partners seeks up to $300m for first growth fund

afrika Private equity firm Apis Partners is seeking up to $300m for its debut growth fund, which will focus on financial technology startups in emerging markets.

25 July 2014

Actis sells 9% stake in Alexander Forbes via JoBurg float

old-cash-register-1152031-m Emerging-market private equity firm Actis has exited most of its stake in South African financial services company Alexander Forbes.

24 July 2014

African PE, VC Association hires ex-Coller, EY employee Kelso to head strategy and research

africa The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has hired former Coller Capital and EY employee Dorothy Kelso as a director and head of strategy and research.

24 July 2014

African Development Partners II nearly at $500m targetp

news_africa.lrg The second Africa-focused fund from Development Partners International is close to its $500m target with $412m LP commitments registered so far.

23 July 2014

Africa’s Ascent Capital closes East Africa fund on $50m

africa-grow-green-shoot Africa-focused private equity firm Ascent Capital has held a $50m final close for a new growth capital vehicle targeting East Africa.

16 July 2014

Emerging Capital Partners prepares to exit 2007 investment in Continental Reinsurance

insurance contract form Private equity house Emerging Capital Partners is ready to sell its majority stake in African insurer Continental Reinsurance after seven years.

14 July 2014

Fusion Capital picks up 40 per cent stake in fledgling Kenyan newspaper

news newspaper African private equity investor Fusion Capital has bought a 40 per cent stake in Kenyan newspaper X-News through an investment in its parent Xtra Publishing Group.

11 July 2014

Private equity firms Providence and Albright in $630m deal for Africa telecoms tower provider

sunset-786228-m Private equity firms Providence and Albright in $630m deal for Africa telecoms tower provider

9 July 2014

Barclays could sell natural resources private equity division

waterfall-close-up-1433236-m Barclays has reportedly hired an unnamed adviser to help the firm sell off its natural resource-focused private-equity unit.

7 July 2014

Americana denies knowledge of bidding war between KKR, TPG and CVC

french-fries-1136161-m The Kuwait Food Company, or Americana, has denied knowledge of a rumoured bidding war for a $5bn stake in the company between top private equity firms.

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