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11 August 2014

IFC considers $50m commitment to Abraaj’s third African fund

afrika World Bank’s investment arm IFC is considering making a $50m commitment to emerging markets-focused private equity firm Abraaj’s latest African fund.

6 August 2014

Blackstone-backed Black Rhino to jointly invest $5bn in Africa infrastructure

rhinoceros-952203-m Blackstone-backed Africa investment company Black Rhino has entered a joint agreement to lay down up to $5bn for energy infra projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

4 August 2014

Abraaj makes “successful” first exit from Angola

plastic-water-pipes-270346-m Middle East headquartered Abraaj Group has exited its investment in Angolan plastic pipe manufacturer Fibrex.

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.

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