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30 August 2011

Geldof’s African private equity fund reaches $200m

British musician and activist Bob Geldof has announced that the African private equity vehicle he agreed to head has reached nearly $200m, according to Reuters.

30 August 2011

Abraaj Capital adds Amundi’s North African operations

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital has acquired the North African private equity operations of French asset manager Amundi, in an effort to expand its presence in the fast-growing region.

25 August 2011

Citadel Capital wins oil refinery contract

Cairo-based private equity firm Citadel Capital has won a contract from the Iraqi authorities to build an oil refinery in the country, according to Reuters.

19 August 2011

West Africa’s RMG wins $14m for crop protection

Senegal-based private equity firm Advanced Finance and Investment Group (AFIG) has invested $14m in West Africa crop protection company RMG Concepts, as part of a $50m financing.

18 August 2011

Fusion Capital raises $150m East Africa fund

The African investment arm of UK-based Fusion Investments has reportedly raised a $150m fund which aims to invest in SMEs in East Africa.

16 August 2011

Actis backs purchase of Jordan’s VJCS

UK emerging markets investor Actis has acquired Visa Jordan Card Services Company (VJCS), Jordan’s largest debit and credit card acquirer, for $87m.

12 August 2011

EMEA M&A rises 49% over 2010

The EMEA region saw a 49 per cent increase in M&A deal value in H1 2011 against the same period last year, with 2,417 transactions worth a combined €279.7bn.

5 August 2011

Temasek, Oppenheimer establish $300m African private equity fund

The Oppenheimer family office has partnered with Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek holdings to establish Tana Africa Capital, a $300m private equity fund.

4 August 2011

Shareholders approve $176.4m Citadel Capital rights issue

Shareholders in Cairo-based private equity firm Citadel Capital have approved a rights issue valued at EGP1.05bn ($176.4m).

28 July 2011

Nike’s Rory Macmillan to head Carlyle’s EMEA communications unit

Private equity firm Carlyle has announced the appointment of former Nike director Rory Macmillan as principal and director of external affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, from August.

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