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Afri-Spective: An Inside Look at Private Equity in Africa

Africa’s Private Debt Goes Digital

31 May 2018

Africa is home to an increasing number of growth companies in need of capital. Before these businesses start tapping into sources of finance to expand operations, they must evaluate the type of  funding that suits their particular needs. There are a numbe…

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Legal and Regulatory Trends Shaping Private Equity investments in Nigeria 2018

16 May 2018

Raising a private equity fund in frontier markets is tough business. There are a number of considerations, particularly for first time fund managers, which range from fund formation to growing an investible pipeline, investing and monitoring and exit – al…

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How the African Development Bank Boosts the Private Equity Industry through its “High5s” Priorities

02 May 2018

According to data from the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association concerning returns to Limited Partners (LPs) over a 10 year horizon, small-to-mid cap private equity funds (i.e. those with fund sizes below US$150mn) have delivered returns…

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Brexit: Risk or Opportunity for African Investors?

18 April 2018

With less than a year until the end of Article 50 talks between the UK and EU – the future remains uncertain. Recent progress is welcome but detailed negotiations on the big issue – the UK’s future relationship with the EU, including market access – have…

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Blended Finance – A tool for driving private equity investment in Africa

21 February 2018

The 2017 African Economic Outlook predicts that Africa’s average growth is expected to reach 4.3% in 2018. The private equity (PE) and venture capital industry in Africa continues to witness strong performance across diverse sectors. Returns to investors …

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Leapfrogging 2.0: How Africa leads the way

07 February 2018

The subject of Africa ‘leapfrogging’ developments through technology is not a new one, and it has been written about extensively. There is no doubt amongst most commentators that it is the mobile revolution that has catalysed this phenomenon, particularly…

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Dealmaking in Africa: The top challenges investors face

24 January 2018

When it comes to deal sourcing, Africa is no different from other regions in the world – investment practitioners on the continent encounter numerous friction points when sourcing investable opportunities. The reasons for this are both general and speci…

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Leaner, fitter private equity firms are set fair for a positive 2018

22 January 2018

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start — it is a chance to put new plans into action and do some fresh thinking. It is not difficult to start the year in an optimistic mood, although the question is: is it justified? The African private equ…

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Deal Origination 2.0 - Digital deal sourcing and the future of African private equity

28 November 2017

Deal origination is a labour-intensive process, especially when conducted through traditional methods such as accessing business owners in the immediate network, screening inbound leads, engaging with investment intermediaries, and proprietary research fo…

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Investment Funds: The South African Headquarter Company Regime Hurdle

18 September 2017

With the increasing appetite for investments into African jurisdictions, the South African private equity landscape needs to adapt in order to attract direct foreign investment and to facilitate the seamless investment and divestment in and from these j…

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Nigeria’s FX Window: Boosting investors’ renewed confidence?

22 August 2017

Nigerian law guarantees investors the unconditional transferability of proceeds of their investments in Nigeria in convertible currency, provided that inflow and repatriation are effected through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) authorised dealers - subject …

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East Africa: A Rising Hub

03 August 2017

Being local is key. Simply put, it helps us to identify great businesses, work in partnership with investee companies, and manage risks. That philosophy has always been core to the investment thesis across each of the markets we work in and Africa is no e…

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CDC Group: Investing to transform lives

06 July 2017

In February, AVCA spoke to Clarisa De Franco, Head of Africa Funds, and Jeremy Cleaver, Portfolio Director, about CDC Group’s investment strategy over the next five years and the importance of development finance to Africa’s growth. We asked them to sha…

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Mauritius, the International Financial Centre of Excellence

21 November 2016

Mauritius has emerged as a tried and trusted international financial centre of substance in cross-border investments. Its competitiveness among global players has been sharpened by the sound legal and regulatory framework and attractive fiscal and non-fis…

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Building Africa – The Power of Private Investment

09 November 2016

I recently read a story in a local Tanzanian paper on how little progress there has been in African governance over the last decade, as cited in the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). There was progress, the article said, just not very much …

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Brexit: What does it mean for African private equity?

24 October 2016

Markets were thrown into a state of turmoil on Friday, 24th June, 2016, following the surprise outcome of the referendum that saw the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). Notwithstanding the outcome of the referendum, the UK has yet to commence the …

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We are proud to announce that the Nigerian Stock Exchange @nsenigeria has joined #AVCAAfrica | Nigeria is set to s… https://t.co/tRyd3yWFox

Congratulations to @AfricInvest_Grp for winning the Small Cap Exit of the Year award @PEAfrica_ awards for… https://t.co/oFdhtfDOez

#AVCAAfrica member African Infrastructure Investment Managers is the continent's most experienced #equity investor… https://t.co/vfw7BN0BME

Verod Capital Management's vehicle for investing in education drives impact across K12-education in West Africa thr… https://t.co/Y954mI59AG

Amethis Finance was presented with the Mid Cap Deal of the Year award @PEAfrica_ 7th Awards! Amethis acquired a min… https://t.co/dpe4bcqm7M