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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.

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.

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