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28 July 2015

Carlyle makes first exit in Africa by offloading Export Trading

field-196173_640 Global private equity major The Carlyle Group has completed its first exit in Africa with the sale of Export Trading Group.

27 July 2015

Mediterrania raises €120m for second North Africa fund

africa-60570_640 Barcelona-headquartered Mediterrania Capital Partners has closed its second North Africa-focused fund on €120m ($131.9m).

20 July 2015

Hong Kong-based Nest looks to Africa with new Nairobi office

birds-nest-788680_1280 Early stage Asian investor Nest believes it has become the first Hong Kong-based venture capital firm to establish itself in Africa.

10 July 2015

Kenya’s Fanisi Capital buys stake in Tanzanian agro biz for $6m

africa-tanzania_sq Fanisi Capital, a Kenya-based, East Africa-focused private equity house, has bought what it calls "a significant minority stake" in a Tanzanian agro-processing company called Kijenge Animal Products for $6m.

7 July 2015

Actis exits eight-year Mouka mattress investment to Abraaj

mattress-277906_1280 Emerging markets private equity investor Actis has sold its majority stake in Nigerian mattress brand Mouka to fellow buyout house Abraaj.

6 July 2015

KKR hires Bolloré’s Lafont to guide its expansion into Africa

africa-11117_640 KKR has named Dominique Lafont, the former president and chief executive officer of Bolloré Africa Logistics, to the post of senior adviser to the company, as it prepares to expand its presence in Africa.

2 July 2015

Brookstone’s Platinum Power to build $845m hydropower project in Africa

electricity energy power Platinum Power, a Morocco-based subsidiary of the New York-based private equity firm Brookstone Partners, is to build a $845.87m hydroelectric project in Cameroon.

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.

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