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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.

17 April 2012

UK government-backed CDC drawn into Nigerian money laundering scandal

money-laundering UK government-owned development investor CDC has been drawn into a Nigerian money laundering scandal after it emerged it had invested in three companies linked to a convicted fraudster.

13 April 2012

South Africa pension fund could commit $3.8bn to African PE

The Public Investment Corporation, South Africa's $125bn government pension fund, could invest up to $3.8bn in African private equity as it seeks higher returns outside of its domestic market.

13 April 2012

Emerging markets threaten to lure LP commitments from established regions $

A considerable majority of global LPs have said they expect their private equity commitments to emerging markets to increase over the coming two years, while only 26 per cent of them said they planned to up their allocations to developed markets.

12 April 2012

South Africa’s Imbewu Capital invests in Erbacon services unit

South African private equity firm Imbewu Capital Partners is said to have bought a controlling stake in BO’s Hire and Sales, the industrial support services arm of construction group Erbacon, for around ZAR30m ($3.8m).

10 April 2012

InReturn Capital invests in Reltex Tarpaulins Africa

shake East African growth investor InReturn Capital has made an investment in Reltex Tarpaulins Africa, a supplier of relief materials to the humanitarian sector, alongside the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries.

10 April 2012

Tiger Global takes stake in ‘Nollywood’ film distributor

Hedge fund and private equity investor Tiger Global has bought an $8m stake in iROKO Partners, an Anglo-Nigerian company set up by a Manchester University graduate that distributes ‘Nollywood’ films over the internet.

4 April 2012

South Africa’s Ethos offloads remaining stake in Holdsport

Johannesburg-based private equity firm Ethos has sold its remaining 12.4 per cent stake in JSE-listed Holdsport, following the IPO of the South African sports retailer in the second half of last year.

4 April 2012

Sir Bob Geldof’s Africa fund to receive $50m from CDC

africa-grow-green-shoot The UK Government’s development finance arm plans to invest $50m in Bob Geldof’s pan-African private equity fund 8 Miles.

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