Global private equity and venture capital news and research


1 April 2014

Africa reverses dealmaking slump, fundraising confidence also growsp

africa-grow-green-shoot Private equity funds invested more than three-times as much in sub-Saharan Africa last year compared to 2012 as the continent reversed a dealmaking slump, new research shows.

12 March 2014

Duet Group invests $50m in two Ghana-based companies

africa-tanzania_sq UK investment firm Duet Group has agreed to acquire controlling stakes in Ghana-based companies Shop N Save and GNFoods for $50m.

26 February 2014

Catalyst Principal Partners makes majority investment in Tanzania’s EFFCO

africa woman women_sq Kenya-based private equity firm Catalyst Principal Partners has bought a majority stake in Tanzanian heavy equipment rental and logistics business EFFCO.

24 February 2014

South Africa’s Budget needs to drive foreign capital inflows, says private equity bodyp

South Africa’s National Budget is an opportunity for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to optimise the country’s tax and spending policies in a way that stimulates investment and foreign capital inflows, and sparks economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation, according to the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

19 February 2014

Emerging markets disappoint LPs as capital proves slow to returnp

LPs have expressed a certain level of disappointment with their emerging market fund portfolios, particularly with regards to the pace of realisation.

14 February 2014

Private equity adapts to expansion capital opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africap

Sub-Saharan Africa poses unique challenges for private equity investors as acquisition targets on the continent tend to be cash hungry and often require additional capital injections to boost growth.

11 February 2014

Standard Chartered invests further $15m in Afrifresh Group

africa-tanzania_sq Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE) has invested a further $15m in its existing portfolio company Afrifresh Group.

10 February 2014

South African private equity holds pace with listed marketsp

Returns on investment in South African private equity remain ahead of the returns delivered by listed equity, backing the case for private equity in a diversified institutional portfolio, according to new data.

4 February 2014

CDC ups commitment to African private equity firm AFIG’s latest fund

UK government-owned development finance institution CDC has made a $18.4m commitment to a new rights issue in West and Central African mid-market private equity vehicle, Atlantic Coast Regional Fund.

3 February 2014

Actis invests in East African tyre company AutoXpress

Emerging market private equity firm Actis has acquired a 36 per cent equity interest in AutoXpress group, East Africa’s largest tyre wholesaler and retailer.

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