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5 December 2011

NextEnergy Capital launches €400m private equity impact fund for Africa

Renewables-focused NextEnergy Capital has begun fundraising for ix:Africa, a €400m private equity impact fund dedicated to ethical investment in renewable energy, environmental business and clean technology projects in Africa.

5 December 2011

Duet signals African private equity strategy with Nigerian healthcare investment

UK-based asset management firm Duet Group has invested into Expatcare Health International, a Nigerian health maintenance organisation.

30 November 2011

SHUAA Capital to make job cuts following quarterly losses

Dubai-headquartered financial house SHUAA Capital has started the phased redundancy programme as outlined in its recent third quarter results.

22 November 2011

Maturities for PE-backed company loans in EMEA lengthen due to refinancings

Europe's private equity-backed landscape is now a much different place compared to two-and-a-half years ago, when sponsors faced a potential maturity cliff of more than $1tn in 2012-2013, according to recent data from Thomson Reuters.

21 November 2011

Aureos invests $2.5m in Kenyan healthcare provider Avenue Group

nairobi_lrg Aureos Capital, the SME-focused emerging markets investor that spun out from state-backed private equity firm CDC, has invested $2.5m in a Kenyan hospital and health insurance company, the Avenue Group, a provider of affordable healthcare cover and medical services.

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.

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