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26 November 2012

CDC goes direct with Africa agribusiness deal

Emerging markets investor CDC has made its first direct investment, providing $32.5m of financing as part of a $65m finance facility for African agribusiness company Export Trading Group.

20 November 2012

Africa-focused newcomer Sango makes headway with maiden fund $

Sango Capital Management, a new Johannesburg-based firm set up by a trio of former executives from Clearwater, Makena Capital and Destiny Corp, is making headway with its maiden fund of funds focused exclusively on private equity in Africa.

15 November 2012

South African venture firm 4Di Capital seals Oppenheimer fund commitment

South Africa-based early stage venture firm 4Di Capital has received a fund commitment from family office investment group E Oppenheimer & Son.

14 November 2012

Carlyle seals maiden deal in Africa

etg_sq Carlyle has partnered with the private equity arm of Standard Chartered and an infrastructure fund managed by South Africa’s Remgro to buy a minority stake in Export Trading Group, marking the Nasdaq-listed buyout giant’s first deal in Africa.

13 November 2012

Actis closes Uganda’s largest ever IPO

lightbulb_lrg Emerging markets investor Actis has floated Ugandan electricity portfolio company Umeme on the Uganda Securities Exchange, an IPO that was significantly oversubscribed and ranks as the country’s largest-ever offering.

8 November 2012

Kenya’s Catalyst Principal Partners beats target for maiden fund

Catalyst Principal Partners, the Kenyan private equity firm set up by former Actis dealmaker Paul Kavuma, is reported to have exceeded its initial target for its maiden fund by a quarter.

6 November 2012

Credit Suisse, Qatar Holding partner for asset management JV

Credit Suisse has partnered with state-backed investment house Qatar Holding to form an asset management joint venture, Aventicum Capital Management.

2 November 2012

Wellcome Trust takes fresh approach to emerging markets PE $

nick-moakes_sq The limited time horizons of traditional fund structures and the need for flexibility for vehicles to invest in both private and public markets has led the Wellcome Trust to take a fresh approach to investing in private equity in Africa and other emerging regions.

26 October 2012

EXCLUSIVE: KKR lures Helios partner to source first deals in Africa $

kayode-akinola_sq KKR has lured Kayode Akinola away from his role as a partner at Africa-focused private equity firm Helios to source the global buyout giant’s first deals in the region, two people familiar with the matter told AltAssets.

23 October 2012

Middle East targets overseas investors as part of recovery $

While the Arab Spring altered the political landscape of the Middle East, the repercussions are also still being felt in the region’s fledgling private equity space.

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