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20 August 2012

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Capital loses head of investments

masdar_cinneide_170sq Alex O’Cinneide has left Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Capital, where he has served as head of investments for the state-backed fund manager since January 2007.

14 August 2012

African Development Corporation takes majority stake in BancABC

African Development Corporation, a listed financial services group focusing on investments in sub-Saharan Africa’s banking and insurance markets, has become the majority shareholder in BancABC as a result of the underwriting of its recently finished rights offer.

10 August 2012

MENA’s venture industry grows despite region’s macro challenges $

While the Middle East and North Africa’s VC industry is still in the early phases of development, the rise in activity reflects increased optimism for the region, as venture capital activity in MENA increased by 28 per cent in 2011.

31 July 2012

African Venture Capital Association launches advocacy body

avca_wifa_170sq The African Venture Capital Association has launched the AVCA Legal & Regulatory Committee to lead advocacy and educational initiatives that impact the industry.

30 July 2012

Ciel Capital hits fundraising trail for second Africa fund $

Josep Oriol Ciel Capital - AltAssets Private Equity News Mauritius-based Ciel Group has hit the fundraising trail for its second African private equity fund, AltAssets has learned.

30 July 2012

Private equity boss shot dead in office killed by former business partner $

Julian Williams Basileus Capital - AltAssets Private Equity News The head of a South African private equity firm shot dead in his boardroom was killed by a hedge fund boss who then turned the gun on himself.

27 July 2012

Private equity CEO shot dead in office by suicidal gunman $

Julian Williams Basileus Capital - AltAssets Private Equity News The head of a South African private equity firm has been shot dead in his office by a gunman who then killed himself with the same weapon.

26 July 2012

Ciel Group nets 82% IRR from first Kibo Fund exit $

news_exitsign.lrg_ Mauritius-based investment firm Ciel Group has made an 82 per cent IRR from its first ever exit by selling its stake in insurer Swan Group, AltAssets has learned.

18 July 2012

Actis exits Banque Commerciale du Rwanda

rwanda5_sq London-based emerging markets investor Actis has sold its stake in Banque Commerciale du Rwanda to Kenyan regional bank I&M Bank and French and German development finance institutions Proparco and DEG.

10 July 2012

Intel Capital inks first investment in West Africa

The venture capital arm of chipmaking giant Intel and Africa-focused private equity fund manager Adlevo Capital Managers have partnered for a growth investment in cloud-based mobile software company Rancard Solutions.

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