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11 May 2012

Development Partners International takes stake in Ghana’s CAL Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa-focused private equity firm Development Partners International (DPI) has bought almost a third of Ghana-based CAL Bank, in a $61.5m deal that will lift the bank’s capital base in line with central bank minimum capital requirements.

11 May 2012

Aureos exits South African brick maker SA Block

London-based emerging markets investor Aureos has sold its stake in South African brick and clinker aggregate manufacturing group SA Block to Afrimat, a black empowered open pit mining company listed on the Main Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

10 May 2012

African private equity body appoints Citadel MD to board amid relaunch

The African Venture Capital Association has appointed Egypt-based private equity firm Citadel Capital to its board as it looks to put the continent’s private equity industry on the map.

9 May 2012

CDC commits to Schulze Ethiopia fund following strategy overhaul $

CDC has become a cornerstone investor in emerging market private equity firm Schulze Global’s Ethiopia growth fund, marking the UK development finance institution’s first investment in the emerging East African country.

4 May 2012

South Africa’s Ethos ups stake in Transaction Capital

Johannesburg-based private equity firm Ethos has increased its investment in Transaction Capital, the financial services company led by the founder of South African retail giant Massmart.

4 May 2012

BTG Pactual launches $1bn Africa private equity fund

Brazilian financial services giant BTG Pactual has launched a $1bn private equity fund to invest in Africa, making it the largest investment vehicle focused on the emerging continent and the biggest ever raised to invest outside of Brazil.

1 May 2012

Zimbabwe’s Takura Capital inks first investment from new fund $

zimbabwe_sq Takura Capital, a Zimbabwean private equity firm co-founded by UK development finance institution CDC, has sealed its first purchase from its new fund after buying a majority stake in bulk and pre-packed dry foods business Agricom Trade Exchange.

17 April 2012

Actis to deploy $300m annually in Africa

Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis hopes to invest $300m a year in Africa, the majority of which will target opportunities in larger markets such as South Africa.

17 April 2012

Ariya Capital, Element Power target Africa’s solar sector

UK and Botswana-based private equity firm Ariya Capital has partnered with project developer Element Power Solar to identify renewable energy opportunities across Africa.

17 April 2012

Private equity-backed Cobalt down $900m following Angola scandal

Riverstone and Carlyle-backed Cobalt International Energy lost around ten per cent of its value following revelations that three of Angola’s most senior officials held concealed interests in the group’s oil venture in the country.

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