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14 June 2012

Actis hires Mark Ransford as West Africa director

Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis has hired former Kingdom Zephyr partner Mark Ransford as West Africa director.

13 June 2012

XSML backs Central African Republic’s first mobile broadband operator

Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML has invested in internet service provider Millenium Telecom, in a deal that will help finance the company’s plans to become the first mobile broadband operator in the Central African Republic.

12 June 2012

African retail growth boosting wider private equity opportunities $

Amanda Jean-Baptiste - AltAssets Private Equity News Retail projects in sub-Saharan Africa are helping create further opportunities for private equity as well as being successful deals in their own right, Actis real estate director Amanda Jean-Baptiste told AltAssets.

7 June 2012

Silicon Valley-style seed accelerator comes to Africa through Savannah Fund

A trio of venture capital veterans are bringing the Silicon Valley-style accelerator model to Africa by launching their debut $10m seed fund.

28 May 2012

Emerging Capital Partners backs Kenyan café Nairobi Java House

coffee-beans_­sq Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has invested in Kenyan café and restaurant operator Nairobi Java House.

23 May 2012

Actis exits Ghanaian shopping mall to Atterbury, Sanlam

Accra-Mall-Ghana_sq Actis, the London-based emerging markets investor, has sold its 85 per cent stake in Accra Mall to South African commercial and retail property developer Atterbury and financial services group Sanlam.

14 May 2012

Emerging market private equity moves to developed market model $

PaulFletcher_main_sq.jpg The model for successful emerging markets private equity investment has undergone “a profound shift” since 2004, according to Paul Fletcher, a senior partner at London-based emerging markets investor Actis.

14 May 2012

Aureos exits Zambia egg producer Golden Lay for $24m

eggs-10_sq Emerging markets investor Aureos has sold its stake in Golden Lay, a Zambia-based company involved in the production, distribution and sale of chicken table eggs, in a $24m secondary transaction to African private equity firm Phatisa.

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.

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