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20 February 2012

CDC announces $40m investment in African banks and microfinance

The UK’s development finance institution CDC has announced $40m of investment into African banks and microfinance.

13 February 2012

ECP takes on Lionstone founder to lead Nigeria operations

Amaechi-Ndili-2_sq Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has hired Amaechi Ndili to lead the firm’s Nigeria operations.

13 February 2012

Bob Geldof’s 8 Miles raises $200m for African private equity

africa-tanzania_sq African private equity firm 8 Miles has completed a first close of its first fund, with commitments of $200m.

9 February 2012

African agriculture investor EmVest inks funding from Truestone

Sub-Saharan African agriculture investor EmVest Asset Management has received its first allocation from Truestone Impact Investment Management, which focuses on delivering market rate returns from social and environmental investments.

8 February 2012

Nairobi-headquartered InReturn Capital backs Horizons Office

East Africa-focused private equity firm InReturn Capital has entered into a partnership with Horizons Office, to finance the expansion of Horizon's serviced offices business.

31 January 2012

Emerging Capital Partners sells stake in African home builder

Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has netted a 1.5 times return after selling its 24.9 per cent stake in Batim Africa, an Ivory Coast-based company specialising in land development and housing construction.

30 January 2012

Ethos buys South African corporate clothing company Kevro for $108m

Johannesburg-based private equity firm Ethos has bought South African corporate clothing company Kevro for ZAR850m ($108m).

27 January 2012

IFC, UK government establish fund of funds for green projects in emerging markets

The IFC has partnered with the UK government to establish the IFC Climate Catalyst Fund, a private equity fund of funds focused on growth capital investments in resource efficiency and low-emission companies in emerging markets.

27 January 2012

Duet, Vasari partner for Ethiopia’s largest private equity deal

brewery_sq UK-based asset management firms Duet Group and Vasari have partnered with the TIRET Group, an Ethiopian endowment fund, in the brewery sector, in what will become the largest private equity investment in Ethiopia to-date.

27 January 2012

Africa-focused forestry fund closes on €160m

forestry2_sq Global Environment Fund, US-based sustainable forestry fund set to tap into Africa-based opportunities, has exceeded its target with a final close of €160m.

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