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12 February 2013

Emerging markets investors wary of local public markets $

For those unfamiliar with emerging markets, the degree to which investment strategies need to vary can catch inexperienced players out.

11 February 2013

CDC puts $30m into Investec African debt capital fund

UK government owned finance institution CDC is to provide $30m in debt finance to sub-Saharan Africa based businesses through the Investec Africa Credit Opportunities Fund 1 (IACO).

7 February 2013

Amethis Finance holds $140m first closing for inaugural African fund

African investment group Amethis Finance has held a first closing on its inaugural fund on $140m - just one year after inception.

6 February 2013

IFC backs Egyptian electronic payments provider Fawry

Global development institution IFC is to invest $6m in investing in Egyptian electronic payments provider Fawry in an effort to extend financial services and encourage economic development across the country.

31 January 2013

Africa’s TLG Capital adds Bobby Console-Verma after EmVest merger

Africa-focused investment firm TLG Capital has hired Bobby Console-Verma as a partner.

30 January 2013

The Abraaj Group invests in Uganda’s largest pharmacy chain Vine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Global growth investor The Abraaj Group has made the first pharmaceutical investment through its Africa Health Fund by picking up a stake in Uganda’s largest pharmacy retail chain.

30 January 2013

Africa’s Jacana to merge with InReturn Capital amid fundraising

Simon-Merchant-CEO_sq Africa-focused private equity firm Jacana Partners has merged with Nairobi, Kenya-based peer InReturn Capital, which will create an SME investor with coverage across the continent that will manage a new $75m fund expected to close later this year.

30 January 2013

Global Environment Fund adds Sulanji Siwale to target Sub-Saharan Africa

Washington, DC-based private equity firm Global Environment Fund has added Sulanji Siwale as a managing director based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

28 January 2013

Fanisi Capital provides equity, mezzanine finance for Rwanda’s Sophar

drug-pharma-medical-healthcare East Africa-focused venture firm Fanisi Capital has invested in Rwandan pharmaceutical wholesaler Sophar.

28 January 2013

Bob Geldof’s private equity firm 8 Miles to make first investment

bob geldof_sq 8 Miles, the Africa-focused private equity firm chaired by activist and Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof, is poised to make its first investment.

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