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26 October 2012

EXCLUSIVE: KKR lures Helios partner to source first deals in Africa $

kayode-akinola_sq KKR has lured Kayode Akinola away from his role as a partner at Africa-focused private equity firm Helios to source the global buyout giant’s first deals in the region, two people familiar with the matter told AltAssets.

23 October 2012

Middle East targets overseas investors as part of recovery $

While the Arab Spring altered the political landscape of the Middle East, the repercussions are also still being felt in the region’s fledgling private equity space.

17 October 2012

US supports world’s newest country through development finance arm OPIC

South Sudan The US Government’s development finance institution OPIC is backing private investment in the world’s newest country, South Sudan.

9 October 2012

Actis closes second African real estate fund on $278m

London-based emerging markets investor Actis has closed its second African real estate fund with commitments of $278m.

6 October 2012

MENA banks on consumer growth to attract new investors $

Over and above the common issues shared by the private equity industry globally after the financial crisis, the Middle East has seen itself become less attractive as a destination for emerging markets investment.

4 October 2012

Citadel Capital consolidates following close of $3.7bn ERC deal $

Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital saw a 6.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter rise in invested equity for Q2 2012, as it begins drawing down funds following financial close on its $3.7bn petroleum refining investment.

4 October 2012

Surprise boost for South African energy tech from venture backers $

Fledgling energy-technology companies in South Africa have received a surprise boost in venture capital backing since the global financial crisis, new research has shown.

4 October 2012

Cathay Fortune, CDB partner for $850m Discovery Metals bid

Chinese billionaire Yu Yong’s private equity firm has teamed up with a fund backed by the China Development Bank to make an $850m bid for copper exploration company Discovery Metals.

2 October 2012

XSML invests in Congo river, road transportation business

xsml_sg Amsterdam-based emerging markets investor XSML has sealed its fifth deal in Congo DRC after investing in SOGETRA SPRL, a company involved in river and road transport in the country.

2 October 2012

Citadel Capital looks to Africa for infrastructure investments $

Egypt-headquartered private equity firm Citadel Capital is considering investing in Uganda's proposed $2.5bn oil refinery project as a part of a concerted infrastructure drive in the region.

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