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12 July 2011

TLG Capital doubles down on Ugandan pharma company Quality Chemicals

Frontier market-focused private equity firm TLG Capital has increased its investment in Uganda-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Quality Chemicals Industries (QCIL) to a 12.5 per cent shareholding.

27 June 2011

Ethos to sell Holdsport stake through an IPO

South African firm Ethos Private Equity is to offload its stake in sports retail chain operator Holdsport through an IPO.

27 June 2011

Citi Venture Capital International takes stake in Nigeria’s Zenith Bank

Citi Venture Capital International become the lastest private equity firm to invest in Nigeria’s banking sector, taking a stake in Zenith Bank.

17 June 2011

Aureos Capital invests in $5.35m in Bio-Plastics, turns it green

London private equity firm Aureos Capital has invested $5.35m in Ghanaian plastics manufacturer Bio-Plastics, to expand the company’s capacity and manufacture of biodegradable plastics.

14 June 2011

Helios closes largest ever African PE fund on $900m

Africa-focused private equity firm Helios Investment Partners has closed its second fund on $900m, the largest vehicle ever to focus exclusively on investments on the continent.

9 June 2011

Visa picks up venture-backed South African mobile finance company Fundamo for $110m

Payment processing giant Visa is to acquire Fundamo, a venture-backed mobile financial services company based in Cape Town, South Africa for $110m.

2 June 2011

Aureos sells stake in Nigeria’s Deli Foods

UK emerging markets investor Aureos has sold its stake in Nigerian biscuit maker Deli Foods to South African consumer goods group Tiger Brands.

16 May 2011

PE-backed East African telecoms group raises $57m in new funding

Private equity-backed east African telecoms company Wananchi has raised $57.5m in new funding to support the roll-out of its fiber infrastructure network.

12 May 2011

Citadel MD sees MENA slowdown, postpones exits

The fundraising environment for North Africa and the Middle East is likely to slow down in light of the political instability that has spread across the region this year, according to the co-founder of Citadel Capital, the region’s largest private equity firm.

11 May 2011

World Bank head calls for increased PE investment into developing markets

Private equity is key to catalysing private sector development in emerging markets, according to the head of the World Bank.

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