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5 April 2011

Citadel Capital subsidiary Sphinx secures financing for Egyptian paper mill project

Sphinx Private Equity Management, a subsidiary of Cairo-listed firm Citadel Capital, has secured $26.5m financing from development finance institution the International Finance Corporation to complete the construction of a paper mill in Egypt.

30 March 2011

Kuwaiti fund NorAH invests in Moroccan housing business

Moroccan housing developer Dar Saada has raised MAD1.1bn ($137m) from a consortium of investors including Kuwaiti private equity firm North Africa Holding Company (NorAH) and Abu Dhabi investment fund Aabar Investments.

28 March 2011

Middle East unrest to impact Citadel Capital MENA investment


Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focused private equity firm Citadel Capital has said that it expects its portfolio to be negatively impacted in the short term by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.

28 March 2011

African Capital Alliance leads $750m investment in Nigeria’s Union Bank

Africa-focused private equity firm African Capital Alliance has led a consortium to invest NGN112.5trn ($750m) into troubled Nigerian lender Union Bank.

24 March 2011

Carlyle launches Sub-Saharan Africa team


Carlyle’s team will be co-headed by Marlon Chigwende, former managing director and head of African private equity for Standard Chartered Bank, and Danie Jordaan, a former partner at Ethos Private Equity.

8 March 2011

Sovereign wealth fund assets hit $4trn

The combined assets of the world’s sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have reached almost $4trn, while many funds have intensified their investments in alternative assets.

7 March 2011

Standard Chartered PE digs into South African agriculture

The private equity division emerging markets-focused UK banking group Standard Chartered has taken a 30 per cent stake in South African fruit producer Afrifresh Group for $20m.

3 March 2011

Carlyle launches $750m Africa fund

US private equity firm Carlyle is setting its sights on Africa with the launch of a $750m buy-out fund targeting opportunities in the region.

3 March 2011

Brait to issue $856m in shares, ditch PE model

South African investment manager Brait is to issue ZAR5.9bn ($856m) of new publicly traded shares, scrapping its private equity-style fundraising model.

22 February 2011

Helios drills into $1bn Shell African oil stake

Africa-focused private equity firm Helios Investment Partners has partnered up with Dutch energy trader Vitol Group to acquire Shell’s stake in their African downstream oil joint venture for $1bn.

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