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7 November 2013

Horizon Equity backs South Africa’s Qorus Software in North American push

printing5_lrg South African private equity stalwart Horizon Equity Partners has made a “significant” minority investment in automatic document creation business Qorus Software.

5 November 2013

Fortiz buys Merchant Bank Ghana stake, targets IPO by late 2016

ghana flag Ghana-based Fortiz Private Equity Fund is reportedly looking to list Merchant Bank Ghana on the stock exchange within three years after picking up a majority stake in the business.

4 November 2013

Actis, Ethos sell Alexander Forbes unit Guardrisk for $157m

Private equity firms Actis and Ethos have agreed to sell Guardrisk, the specialist insurance unit of their financial services business Alexander Forbes, in a ZAR1.6bn ($157m) deal.

4 November 2013

Actis loses West African head Ngozi Edozien $

Emerging markets investment firm Actis has confirmed that Ngozi Edozien, a director and head of its West African office, has left the firm.

24 October 2013

Abraaj brings Danone in as partner in previously agreed Fan Milk buyout

Emerging markets-focused private equity firm The Abraaj Group has joined forces with Danone to acquire Fan Milk International.

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 target $

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 grows $

"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 currency $

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.

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