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28 January 2013

Frontier markets investor TLG forms strategic partnership with Exotix

Sub-Saharan Africa and frontier markets-focused private equity firm TLG Capital has entered into a strategic partnership with Exotix, a London-based frontier markets investment bank.

23 January 2013

Ngalaah Chuphi on Ethos’ $800m Fund VI: “It’s been a long slog” $

Ngalaah Chuphi_sq South Africa-based private equity firm Ethos has closed its sixth fund with commitments of $800m after more than two years on the road, exceeding its $750m target to become one of the continent’s largest investment vehicles.

22 January 2013

LeapFrog in JV with Nigeria’s ARM to expand CrystaLife Assurance

Kuper_sq Emerging markets firm LeapFrog has entered into a strategic partnership with Asset and Resource Management, Nigeria’s largest non-bank financial company, to grow ARM's recently acquired CrystaLife into the industry leader in life insurance in Nigeria.

18 January 2013

Former Actis dealmaker’s Catalyst fund seals second investment

chai bora_sq Catalyst Principal Partners, the East African private equity firm set up by former Actis dealmaker Paul Kavuma, has sealed its second investment by buying a controlling stake in Tanzanian packaged tea company Chai Bora.

16 January 2013

StanChart PE, Ashmore invest in West African can maker GZI

gzi_sq The private equity arm of Standard Chartered Bank and Ashmore Group, the emerging markets-focused investment manager, have invested in Nigeria-based aluminium can manufacturer GZI.

10 January 2013

West Africa-focused Cauris Management invests in Banque Atlantique

Cauris Management, the first regional private equity fund manager established in Francophone West Africa, has agreed to invest FCFA 4.1bn ($6.3m) in Banque Atlantique, the regional banking group, through Atlantic Financial Group.

9 January 2013

EMPEA CEO Sarah Alexander leaves for Abraaj Group $

The Abraaj Group has named Sarah Alexander as a managing director following her announced exit from the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, where she currently serves as president and CEO.

9 January 2013

Templeton fully divests 2005-vintage emerging markets fund

Templeton Emerging Markets Group has confirmed it has fully exited all 12 investments held in its Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund II, which was launched in 2005.

4 January 2013

Actis collects almost $750m for fourth global fund $

Emerging markets private equity firm Actis has gathered about $750m towards its latest global fund, putting it more than a third of the way towards its reported $2.2bn target.

2 January 2013

LPs urged to get in early to catch Africa’s private equity boom $

A focus on domestic consumption themes has seen US institutional investor UTIMCO take the lead in a number of new markets, including Africa’s fast developing private equity scene.

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