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23 January 2014

Carlyle, Investec back J&J Africa

africa woman women_sq Private equity major Carlyle and UK investment firm Investec have backed African logistics company J&J Africa.

21 January 2014

CDC, IFC, invest in Kenyan education provider Bridge International Academies

UK development finance firm CDC is to make a $6m direct investment to support the expansion of Kenya-based Bridge International Academies, a provider of pre-primary education for children from poor families.

21 January 2014

Goldman Sachs expects surge in South African IPOs

Goldman Sachs expects a surge in South African IPOs driven by private equity exits.

15 January 2014

LeapFrog invests in Ghanaian pension provider Petra Trust

African and Asia-focused financial services investor LeapFrog has taken a stake in Petra Trust,one of Ghana’s largest pension trustee companies.

14 January 2014

Standard Chartered’s private equity unit acquires 13% stake in African retail chain

africa woman women_sq Banking group Standard Chartered’s private equity unit has acquired a 13 per cent stake in African retail group Choppies Enterprises.

18 December 2013

Tiger Global, Rise Capital tap into Nigeria’s ‘Nollywood’ with $8m iROKOtv backing

cinema 12_sq Growth investor Tiger Global has led an $8m financing round for Nigerian movie platform iROKOtv as it looks to tap into the rising popularity of the ‘Nollywood’ film scene.

10 December 2013

Abraaj targets global consumer growth as exit activity steps upp

Global growth investor the Abraaj Group has completed 15 exits in 2013, realising approximately $700m for its investors in the current year and $1.7bn from 30 investee companies since the beginning of 2009.

9 December 2013

Investor enquiries expected to bloom in Africa’s burgeoning private equity industryp

There is expected to be a "marked uptick" in investor enquiries in Africa, as LPs look to benefit from the key macro trends which are expected to underpin continued positive GDP growth across the continent.

6 December 2013

LeapFrog exits Ghanaian insurer Express Life to Prudential

africa-tanzania_sq Emerging markets-focused venture capital firm LeapFrog Investments has exited its majority stake in Ghanaian insurer Express Life to UK insurance group Prudential.

5 December 2013

Emerging Capital Partners nets 2.6x return from MTN Côte d’Ivoire exit

africa woman women_sq Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) has exited Ivory Coast-based mobile network operator MTN Côte d’Ivoire for a return of 2.6 times after six years of ownership.

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