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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.

4 May 2011

Kingdom Zephyr expands into Nigeria

Africa-focused private equity firm Kingdom Zephyr has expanded into East Africa with the establishment of a new office in the Lagos, Nigeria’s capital city.

18 April 2011

Brazil overtakes China as most desirable emerging market

Brazil has overtaken China to become the most attractive emerging market destination for private equity capital, according to a survey by Coller Capital and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

7 April 2011

Vine Capital to acquire Nigeria’s Afribank

New York sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity firm Vine Capital has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire Nigeria’s Afribank in the latest acquisition in the country’s banking sector.

5 April 2011

Brainworks Capital Management launches $20m debut fund

news_worldmap_lrg Brainworks Capital Management has launched its debut fund Brainworks Capital Fund I with a target of $20m, having already secured $6.8m, according to Private Equity Africa. The fund will target Zimbabwe’s agriculture, financial services, mining and telecommunications sectors, aiming to achieve an IRR of 30 per cent in equity stakes of between 15 and 30[...]

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