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1 July 2014

Ethos-backed consortium acquires controlling stake in African logistics business RTT

rtt A consortium led by Ethos Private Equity has bought a stake of around 80 per cent in African parcel distribution company RTT Group.

23 June 2014

Actis and Ethos to sell stake in Alexander Forbes to Mercer Africa

safari Professional services and insurance firm Mercer Africa is due to buy a 33 per cent stake in African pension-fund manager Alexander Forbes from buyout backers Actis and Ethos.

19 June 2014

Abraaj makes offer for Cairo Medical Center

cairo hospital Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Abraaj has made a bid for Egyptian Stock Exchange listed private hospital Cairo Medical Center.

16 June 2014

OPIC reveals new fund commitments

sahara The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has made a series of commitments to investment funds.

6 June 2014

Private equity shows continued uncertainty over emerging market riskp

The recent political turmoil in emerging markets has only served to crystallise concerns in the minds of LPs and GPs, many of whom increasingly realise how exposed their investments may be to potentially catastrophic political and credit risks.

5 June 2014

KKR acquires Korea’s K Twin Towers, backs Ethiopian rose farm

unnamed Private equity major KKR has made a couple of deals in Asia and Africa.

2 June 2014

CEO of South Africa’s government pension fund steps down

SA flag Chief executive of Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Elias Masilela has decided to leave the South African government pension fund after more than three years in the job

28 May 2014

African Development Partners II backs Moroccan university with $20m

marrakesh private university Pan-African private equity fund African Development Partners II has been tapped for a $20m equity investment in Morocco’s Université Privée de Marrakech.

19 May 2014

Actis sells Umeme stake for $85.5m

africa-tanzania_sq London-based private equity firm Actis has sold a substantial stake in Ugandan power group Umeme in an $85.5m deal.

7 May 2014

South African private equity investment on track for outperformancep

Returns for South African private equity investment remain competitive in relation to the returns on listed equity, despite the relative immaturity of the country’s PE industry.

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