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4 April 2012

Ghana Stock Exchange, VCTF to set up alternative bourse for SMEs

Ghana’s Venture Capital Trust Fund and the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the listing of SMEs on the country’s bourse, signalling growing support for Ghanaian businesses.

3 April 2012

JSE-listed PSG Group eyes sub-Saharan Africa

Johannesburg-listed investment holding company PSG Group is planning on making the push into sub-Saharan Africa, in a bid to capitalise on the region’s growing wealth of investment opportunities.

2 April 2012

Aureos invests in West African IVF treatment centre

London-based emerging markets investor Aureos has completed a $5m investment in Therapia Health Limited, the holding company for The Bridge Clinic Limited, the first assisted reproductive centre in West Africa.

29 March 2012

Attracting domestic capital remains a challenge in Africa $

kenya-tree_sq A series of recent economic developments are not only boosting the risk-return profile of Africa and making the continent a more attractive place to invest, but are also creating capital for local banks and wealth managers to invest themselves. So why are African fund managers still struggling to attract capital from domestic investors?

22 March 2012

Citadel Capital ramps up Sudan agricultural platform $

Middle East and Africa-focused private equity firm Citadel Capital is looking to cultivate as much as 13,000 acres of land this year as part of its ongoing agricultural project in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

14 March 2012

US Department of Justice probes Oppenheimer Holdings over PE fund $

federal-court_lrg Oppenheimer Holdings has received an inquiry from the US Department of Justice seeking information regarding the valuation of a portfolio company in one of its private equity funds.

12 March 2012

Palestine Growth Fund nets $36m first close, makes first investment

flag_palestine_lrg The Palestine Growth Capital Fund has marked its first fund close of $36m by investing in herb and fresh produce exporter Thimar Agricultural Investment Company.

8 March 2012

Abraaj buys $125m stake in Moroccan insurance company Saham

Abraaj Capital, the Middle East’s largest private equity fund, has bought a $125m stake in Moroccan insurance holding company Saham Finances.

5 March 2012

African-focused ECP sells stake in Anvil Mining to MMG Malachite

Pan-African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has sold its 1.5 per cent stake in copper producer Anvil Mining to Hong Kong-based MMG Malachite.

5 March 2012

Johannesburg-based Ethos exits in ICT services provider Atio stake

South African private equity firm Ethos has sold its stake in ICT services provider Atio back to its original owners.

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