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4 May 2012

South Africa’s Ethos ups stake in Transaction Capital

Johannesburg-based private equity firm Ethos has increased its investment in Transaction Capital, the financial services company led by the founder of South African retail giant Massmart.

4 May 2012

BTG Pactual launches $1bn Africa private equity fund

Brazilian financial services giant BTG Pactual has launched a $1bn private equity fund to invest in Africa, making it the largest investment vehicle focused on the emerging continent and the biggest ever raised to invest outside of Brazil.

1 May 2012

Zimbabwe’s Takura Capital inks first investment from new fund $

zimbabwe_sq Takura Capital, a Zimbabwean private equity firm co-founded by UK development finance institution CDC, has sealed its first purchase from its new fund after buying a majority stake in bulk and pre-packed dry foods business Agricom Trade Exchange.

17 April 2012

Actis to deploy $300m annually in Africa

Emerging markets-focused private equity firm Actis hopes to invest $300m a year in Africa, the majority of which will target opportunities in larger markets such as South Africa.

17 April 2012

Ariya Capital, Element Power target Africa’s solar sector

UK and Botswana-based private equity firm Ariya Capital has partnered with project developer Element Power Solar to identify renewable energy opportunities across Africa.

17 April 2012

Private equity-backed Cobalt down $900m following Angola scandal

Riverstone and Carlyle-backed Cobalt International Energy lost around ten per cent of its value following revelations that three of Angola’s most senior officials held concealed interests in the group’s oil venture in the country.

17 April 2012

UK government-backed CDC drawn into Nigerian money laundering scandal

money-laundering UK government-owned development investor CDC has been drawn into a Nigerian money laundering scandal after it emerged it had invested in three companies linked to a convicted fraudster.

13 April 2012

South Africa pension fund could commit $3.8bn to African PE

The Public Investment Corporation, South Africa's $125bn government pension fund, could invest up to $3.8bn in African private equity as it seeks higher returns outside of its domestic market.

13 April 2012

Emerging markets threaten to lure LP commitments from established regions $

A considerable majority of global LPs have said they expect their private equity commitments to emerging markets to increase over the coming two years, while only 26 per cent of them said they planned to up their allocations to developed markets.

12 April 2012

South Africa’s Imbewu Capital invests in Erbacon services unit

South African private equity firm Imbewu Capital Partners is said to have bought a controlling stake in BO’s Hire and Sales, the industrial support services arm of construction group Erbacon, for around ZAR30m ($3.8m).

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