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29 June 2015

Vital Capital could collect up to $700m for second Africa-focused fund

africa-11117_640 Africa-focused private equity firm Vital Capital is eyeing $500m for its second fund, it is understood.

19 June 2015

PAI Partners’ Lionel Zinsou named prime minister of Benin

Africa - west African countries In what some observers are likely to see as further evidence of Africa's growing political focus on economic development, the president of the West African country of Benin has chosen the head of a Paris-based private equity firm, PAI Partners, to be the country's next prime minister.

18 June 2015

TPG to invest in Africa for first time in partnership with Ibrahim’s Satya Capital

Mo Ibrahim of Satya TPG, the major US private equity house, is to invest up to $1bn in Africa, through an investment partnership with Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim's Satya Capital Ltd.

17 June 2015

Bob Diamond’s Atlas Mara sells its stake in Zimbabwe PE firm Brainworks

Atlas Mara, the sub-Saharan African financial services group founded by former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, has sold its 10.1 per cent stake in a Zimbabwean private equity and advisory firm called Brainworks.

11 June 2015

Nigerian partners launch first PE fund, will focus on West African SME sector $

Akitoye Akindele (L) and Ayodele Arogbo (R) 2 When an American woman happened to mention to Akitoye Akindele recently that she regarded Nigeria as a “dangerous” country, given its reputation as one of the world’s top kidnapping hotspots, he said he actually didn’t give the matter much thought when he was back home in Lagos.

9 June 2015

American Capital Energy to invest about €76m in Senegal wind power project

wind-generator-1184115-m American Capital Energy & Infrastructure, an arm of NASDAQ-listed buyout house American Capital, has committed to investing around €76m of equity in a Senegal wind power project and wind farm.

8 June 2015

AltAssets LP Summit: Gap between LP interest in Africa and commitments explored $

Jean-Luc Koffi Vovor Africa is still not fully on the radar of LPs despite strong and growing interest in the country, delegates at the AltAssets' LP Summit in London were told last week.

20 May 2015

Pembani Remgro unveils $245m infrastructure fund first closing

africa Pembani Remgro has held a first close for its new pan-Africa infrastructure fund on $245m.

20 May 2015

Abraaj commits $30m to launch Auvest MENASA Fund

south-african-road-1097295-m Global growth investor The Abraaj Group has committed $30m to mark the formal launch of the Auvest MENASA Opportunities Fund I.

7 May 2015

New York State makes first Capital Alliance commitment in $850m private equity spree

planet-earth-2-967372-m The New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, has committed a total of $965m to four fund managers, with $85m going to Nigeria and West Coast Africa-focused Capital Alliance Private Equity IV.

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