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26 January 2011

CDC lays down $30m for African infrastructure fund

UK emerging markets investor CDC has made a commitment to an Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) fund focused on developing basic infrastructure on the continent.

26 January 2011

Forget BRICs – get SANE, says Citadel founder

Global investors seeking returns in 2011 should look to Africa as the next frontier, according to Egyptian private equity pioneer Citadel Capital.

19 January 2011

Bob Geldof partners with ex-Doughty Hanson exec for $1bn Africa PE fund

Musician and activist Bob Geldof is to launch a $1bn Africa-focused private equity fund, according reports.

4 January 2011

Helios Investment Partners to acquire two-thirds stake in InterSwitch

Africa-focused private equity group Helios Investment Partners has reached an agreement with the shareholders of Nigerian payment processor InterSwitch to acquire a majority stake in the company.

21 December 2010

Private equity-owned Kosmos Energy makes peace with Ghanaian government

Private equity-owned oil exploration and production company Kosmos Energy said that it has reached an agreement with the Ghanaian government to resolve “several issues” that had existed between the two parties.

29 November 2010

Citadel’s losses shrink, assets under management grow

Cairo-listed private equity firm Citadel Capital has seen its financial losses shrink in the third quarter of 2010 to under a third of what they were the previous quarter.

24 November 2010

TLG Capital invests in Africa-focused fixed income bank

UK frontier markets investor TLG Capital has taken a stake in Iroko Financial Products, a fixed income boutique banking firm focused on sub-Saharan Africa.

23 November 2010

Kingdom Zephyr exits insurer with Casablanca IPO

Africa focused private equity firm Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management (KZAM) has exited its 11.65 per cent stake in Morocco’s largest car insurer, CNIA SAADA Assurance, through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Casablanca Stock Exchange.

17 November 2010

Aureos makes $10m investment in HFC Bank Ghana

UK emerging markets investor Aureos has made a $10m investment in West African banking group HFC Bank Ghana.

8 November 2010

Evolution One fund invests in South African green waste management company

Evolution One, South Africa’s first ever private equity cleantech fund, has invested ZAR51.8m ($7.55m) into Enviroserv Waste Management, a green waste management company in the country.

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