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9 October 2012

Actis closes second African real estate fund on $278m

London-based emerging markets investor Actis has closed its second African real estate fund with commitments of $278m.

6 October 2012

MENA banks on consumer growth to attract new investorsp

Over and above the common issues shared by the private equity industry globally after the financial crisis, the Middle East has seen itself become less attractive as a destination for emerging markets investment.

4 October 2012

Citadel Capital consolidates following close of $3.7bn ERC dealp

Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital saw a 6.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter rise in invested equity for Q2 2012, as it begins drawing down funds following financial close on its $3.7bn petroleum refining investment.

4 October 2012

Surprise boost for South African energy tech from venture backersp

Fledgling energy-technology companies in South Africa have received a surprise boost in venture capital backing since the global financial crisis, new research has shown.

4 October 2012

Cathay Fortune, CDB partner for $850m Discovery Metals bid

Chinese billionaire Yu Yong’s private equity firm has teamed up with a fund backed by the China Development Bank to make an $850m bid for copper exploration company Discovery Metals.

2 October 2012

XSML invests in Congo river, road transportation business

xsml_sg Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML has sealed its fifth deal in Congo DRC after investing in SOGETRA SPRL, a company involved in river and road transport in the country.

2 October 2012

Citadel Capital looks to Africa for infrastructure investmentsp

Egypt-headquartered private equity firm Citadel Capital is considering investing in Uganda's proposed $2.5bn oil refinery project as a part of a concerted infrastructure drive in the region.

24 September 2012

TA Associates buys Asia satellite company SpeedCast

satellite-dishsq_lrg Global private equity firm TA Associates has backed the management buyout of SpeedCast, a global network and satellite communications service provider, for a reported $32m.

19 September 2012

Development Partners sets $500m target for second Africa fundp

Development Partners International, a UK-based private equity firm making pan-African investments, has begun raising capital for a $500m fund.

19 September 2012

Soros, IFU back African sustainable business CleanStar Mozambique

Sustainable investment firm the Soros Economic Development Fund and the Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) have invested close to $9m in food, energy, and forest protection business CleanStar Mozambique.

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