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14 November 2011

Actis eyes exit of Banque Commerciale du Rwanda

rwanda5_sq Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis is looking to exit its 80 per cent stake in Banque Commerciale du Rwanda (BCR), according to news reports.

14 November 2011

Citadel Capital inks $150m OPIC financing facility

Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital will receive a ten-year, $150m financing facility from the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US Government’s development finance institution- $125m of which is specifically designated for investment in Egypt.

11 November 2011

Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management loses CIO

Chief investment officer (CIO) Panos Voutyritsas has become the latest senior executive to leave Africa-focused private equity firm Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management, following the departure of partner and co-CIO officer Sofiane Lahmar last year.

10 November 2011

Denham, Pangea partner for $200m South African mining JV

Global energy and commodities investor Denham Capital has committed $200m to establish an African mining platform in partnership with Pangea Exploration, a South African mining exploration company.

5 November 2011

CDC appoints former Clinton Foundation exec as new CEO

cdc_diananoble UK emerging markets investor CDC has appointed Diana Noble as its new CEO. Following the announcement of a new business plan in May, she will lead the company as it places an increased emphasis on sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.

4 November 2011

Tana Africa Capital gets boost from $5.1bn DeBeers sale

Part of the proceeds from today’s $5.1bn sale of DeBeers will be used to boost the reserves of Tana Africa Capital, the private equity vehicle established by Singapore state investor Temasek and the Oppenheimer family.

3 November 2011

East Africa’s InReturn backs Eagle Eye Laser Centre

East African growth investor InReturn Capital has invested an undisclosed amount in the Hurlingham Eye Care Services group (HECS), which has been operating a series of optical shops and a diagnostics centre in and around Nairobi since 2000.

27 October 2011

Emerging markets private equity targets greater transparency

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is to partner with the Private Capital Research Institute (PCRI) to supply emerging markets private capital data for the PCRI global research initiative, led by Harvard Business School Professor Josh Lerner.

27 October 2011

ECP backs African telecom provider IHS

Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners (ECP) has invested $32m in telecommunications infrastructure services provider IHS.

25 October 2011

Citadel Capital posts $4.2m Q2 loss

Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital has posted standalone losses of $4.2m for the second quarter compared to a net profit of $0.05m for the same period last year, citing a lack of exits as the reason behind the shortfall.

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