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18 January 2013

Former Actis dealmaker’s Catalyst fund seals second investment

chai bora_sq Catalyst Principal Partners, the East African private equity firm set up by former Actis dealmaker Paul Kavuma, has sealed its second investment by buying a controlling stake in Tanzanian packaged tea company Chai Bora.

16 January 2013

StanChart PE, Ashmore invest in West African can maker GZI

gzi_sq The private equity arm of Standard Chartered Bank and Ashmore Group, the emerging markets-focused investment manager, have invested in Nigeria-based aluminium can manufacturer GZI.

10 January 2013

West Africa-focused Cauris Management invests in Banque Atlantique

Cauris Management, the first regional private equity fund manager established in Francophone West Africa, has agreed to invest FCFA 4.1bn ($6.3m) in Banque Atlantique, the regional banking group, through Atlantic Financial Group.

9 January 2013

EMPEA CEO Sarah Alexander leaves for Abraaj Group $

The Abraaj Group has named Sarah Alexander as a managing director following her announced exit from the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, where she currently serves as president and CEO.

9 January 2013

Templeton fully divests 2005-vintage emerging markets fund

Templeton Emerging Markets Group has confirmed it has fully exited all 12 investments held in its Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund II, which was launched in 2005.

4 January 2013

Actis collects almost $750m for fourth global fund $

Emerging markets private equity firm Actis has gathered about $750m towards its latest global fund, putting it more than a third of the way towards its reported $2.2bn target.

2 January 2013

LPs urged to get in early to catch Africa’s private equity boom $

A focus on domestic consumption themes has seen US institutional investor UTIMCO take the lead in a number of new markets, including Africa’s fast developing private equity scene.

20 December 2012

CDC commits $20m to Phatisa’s Pan African Housing Fund

shelter-afrique_sq UK development finance institution CDC has committed $20m to African private equity firm Phatisa’s Pan African Housing Fund, a vehicle that claims to be the first and only private equity fund dedicated exclusively to housing development in Africa.

19 December 2012

African PE firm Phatisa agrees Feronia palm oil stake deal

Africa-focused fund manager Phatisa has agreed to buy a stake in Feronia, a large-scale palm oil producer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

18 December 2012

XSML’s Central Africa SME Fund invests in Bamara Transports

xsml_sg Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML has invested in Bamara Transports DJ, a road transport company in the Central African Republic, through its Central Africa SME Fund.

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