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6 May 2014

Actis considers Umeme stake sale

africa-tanzania_sq UK private equity firm Actis is looking to sell a substantial part of its majority interest in Ugandan power group Umeme.

24 April 2014

Actis backs African credit bureau Compuscan

africa-tanzania_sq Emerging markets-focused investment firm Actis has bought Africa’s largest independent credit bureau Compuscan.

22 April 2014

Actis invests in emerging markets mobile marketing company Upstream

UK emerging market firm Actis has completed a “significant” investment in mobile monetisation company Upstream.

16 April 2014

African buyout exits outperforming North American, European relative returns $

africa African private equity investment is now outperforming the North American and European markets in relative returns according to new research from EY.

16 April 2014

Carlyle beats target for sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest first time fundraise $

sahara_170sq Global private equity giant Carlyle has raised the largest ever first time fund targeting sub-Saharan Africa fund by holding a $700m final close.

16 April 2014

Temasek, IFC back Nigerian gas developer Seven Energy with $255m

T Singapore sovereign wealth investor Temasek and the IFC have committed $255m to Nigeria-based Seven Energy International to boost its gas supply business in the country’s developing energy market.

14 April 2014

Helios garners $355m towards latest Africa fund

Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has raised $355m towards its $1.16.5bn-targeting third fund, Helios Investors III.

11 April 2014

Cauris backs Cote d’Ivoire pharma business CIPHARM

CIPHARM West African fund manager Cauris has tapped its second fund to invest in Cote d’Ivoire pharmaceutical company CIPHARM.

10 April 2014

Private equity proves positive influence for South African companies $

The majority of South African companies that have received private equity backing say that private equity has helped grow their business, according to a research report.

2 April 2014

LeapFrog, Kinnevik-backed Bima snags $22m

insurance contract form Africa and Asia-focused insurance group Bima has raised a $22m round to fund its plans to expand into new markets including Paraguay, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

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