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31 July 2013

Abraaj exits second investment in three days with Ghana’s HFC bank sale

exit sign_sq Dubai-based private equity firm The Abraaj Group has exited its stake in Ghana’s HFC Bank to strategic Republic Bank after a three-year holding period.

25 July 2013

DPI secures more than $200m for second African fund $

Private equity firm Development Partners International has secured commitments of $219m for its second African fund.

25 July 2013

Private equity-backed IHS Tower raises $522m in debt and equity

Private equity-backed African phone tower company IHS has raised $522m in debt and equity funding from exiting and new investors including an Asian sovereign wealth fund.

23 July 2013

Nigeria aims to develop venture capital industry to fund SMEs

africa market_sqThe Nigerian government is taking steps to stimulate the development of the venture capital and private equity industry to fund micro, small and medium businesses in the country.

22 July 2013

South African private equity dealflow down as firms focus on fundraising $

The reported value of private equity investments in South Africa fell by more than a third in 2012 compared to the previous year amid a slowing down in investment activity, new research has shown.

18 July 2013

JP Anderson launches $100m Sierra Leone private equity fund

Investment banking, securities and investment management firm JP Anderson has formed a new private equity vehicle, Sierra Leone Development Fund I, targeting the West African nation.

16 July 2013

Fusion Capital acquires 46.5% stake in Rwanda’s Rusororo Aggregate

Private equity firm Fusion Capital has bought a 46.5 per cent stake in Rwanda-based stone extraction specialist Rusororo Aggregate to take advantage of growth in Rwanda’s construction sector.

11 July 2013

Investor risks overestimated in frontier markets $

Frontier markets can generate better returns for investors than emerging markets, while risks are not significantly different provided the right strategy is applied, argues Maris Capital partner Johannes Gunnell.

9 July 2013

MENA fundraising stalls amid macroeconomic challenges $

The ongoing global macroeconomic challenge, driven primarily by the continuing uncertainty in Europe, has created a difficult fundraising environment in the MENA region with just $400m of funds raised during 2012 - compared to $900m in 2011.

9 July 2013

Rosemont Investment Partners backs Silk Invest to target frontier markets

Private equity firm Rosemont Investment Partners has invested in Silk Invest to target opportunities in frontier markets.

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