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2 March 2012

South Africa’s PIC to invest $670m across the region

South African state-owned investment group Public Investment Corporation Limited could invest up to up to ZAR5bn ($666M) throughout Africa, in private equity, infrastructure and property.

24 February 2012

Ciel Group prepares second Africa fund with Kibo I almost fully committedp

Ciel Group is preparing to raise its second Kibo fund after its investment in Ugandan healthcare group IMG pushed its first fund near to closure, AltAssets has learned.

24 February 2012

SEC probes Oppenheimer Holdings private equity fund

courthouse_lrg A private equity vehicle controlled by Oppenheimer Holdings is under investigation by US regulators, who are looking to ascertain whether or not the fund overstated the value of one of its portfolio companies.

20 February 2012

Private equity firm ECP granted exclusivity over purchase of Addax and Oryx division

Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has been granted an exclusivity agreement by Addax & Oryx for the purchase of its supply, storage and distribution business.

20 February 2012

Congolese call centre First & Future secures backing from XSML

call-centre_lrg First & Future, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first independent call centre, has secured financial backing from Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML’s Central Africa SME Fund.

20 February 2012

Impact investor Acumen Fund to expand into West Africa

Acumen Fund, the impact venture capital firm that invests in companies serving low-income consumers, is expanding into West Africa, with new investments in companies supporting land rights and agriculture in low-income communities across Ghana.

20 February 2012

CDC announces $40m investment in African banks and microfinance

The UK’s development finance institution CDC has announced $40m of investment into African banks and microfinance.

13 February 2012

ECP takes on Lionstone founder to lead Nigeria operations

Amaechi-Ndili-2_sq Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has hired Amaechi Ndili to lead the firm’s Nigeria operations.

13 February 2012

Bob Geldof’s 8 Miles raises $200m for African private equity

africa-tanzania_sq African private equity firm 8 Miles has completed a first close of its first fund, with commitments of $200m.

9 February 2012

African agriculture investor EmVest inks funding from Truestone

Sub-Saharan African agriculture investor EmVest Asset Management has received its first allocation from Truestone Impact Investment Management, which focuses on delivering market rate returns from social and environmental investments.

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