Helios garners $355m towards latest Africa fund


Africa-focused private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has raised $355m towards its Helios Investors III fund.

The vehicle has a target of $1.16.5bn, according to an SEC filing.

Lazard Freres and Co is listed as a placement agent, with $1.28m in commission listed to date. The fund has so far accrued 11 limited partners, the filing noted.

Helios has more than $1.7bn in capital commitments, targeting business formations, growth equity investments, structured investments in listed entities and large scale leveraged acquisitions across Africa. The firm also managed the $110m Modern Africa Fund on behalf of a range of investors which included the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation and several US corporations.

Established in 2004 and led by co-founding partners Tope Lawani and Babatunde Soyoye, Helios’

limited partners include several leading global investment funds, corporate entities, family offices, high net-worth individuals and development finance institutions.

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