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21 October 2013

Abraaj aims at rising Ghana real estate, financial sectors with GHL mortgage stake buy

Emerging markets-focused private equity investor The Abraaj Group has bought a majority stake in residential mortgage provider Ghana Home Loans.

14 October 2013

Carlyle’s maiden sub-Saharan fund exceeds $500m targetp

africa-tanzania_sq Private equity firm Carlyle has raised nearly $600m for its maiden fund targeting sub-Saharan Africa, AltAssets has learned.

11 October 2013

Africa set to move beyond DFI investment as international interest growsp

"Over the next five to ten years I think we are going to see more interest in Africa, partly as liquidity frees up with big international LPs, who will be attracted by the growth story in the context of sluggish developed markets"

10 October 2013

Electra sells tampon maker Lil-lets at NAV discount, cites falling South African currencyp

Lil-lets Electra Partners has sold its stake in South Africa-based tampon maker Lil-lets for £37m after a seven-year holding period.

7 October 2013

Abraaj backs African Industrial Services Group

Private equity firm The Abraaj Group has backed African Industrial Services Group, a Cote d’Ivoire-headquartered engineering services and component manufacturing company.

7 October 2013

Fanisi Capital eyes Sub-Saharan Africa with 2014 fund launch

Kenyan private equity firm Fanisi Capital is to launch a $100m investment fund in 2014, targeting sub-Saharan Africa..

4 October 2013

“Little respite” from flat investment landscape in South African private equityp

South Africa’s private equity and venture capital activity remained flat in Q3 2013 with just two deals recorded, according to new data.

4 October 2013

Ethos Private Equity names new CEO as part of firm’s “natural evolution”

South Africa-focused Ethos Private Equity has named Stuart MacKenzie as CEO, replacing founding partner André Roux, who will assume the role of deputy chairman and chairman of the firm's investment committee.

3 October 2013

Actis prefers sale of Alexander Forbes over IPO

Private equity firm Actis would prefer an outright sale of its interest in Alexander Forbes to floating the South African pension fund manager.

30 September 2013

Arcapita eyes fundraising drive following Chapter 11

Having only recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bahraini investment group Arcapita has revealed plans to raise $100m from investors to target deals in the logistics, education and healthcare space.

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