Current Affairs

CDC announces two new senior appointments

26 February 2018

CDC Group plc, the UK’s development finance institution, has appointed Tenbite Ermias as its new Head of Africa and Chris Coles as its new Chief Investment Officer. Tenbite Ermias, Head of Africa Tenbite joins on 26 February 2018 and will be responsible…

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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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Investec portfolio company secures global investment from Virgin Group and Smollan

30 January 2018

Investec Asset Management portfolio company wiGroup, a mobile transacting software company, has secured an equity investment from two leading global companies to fast-track its entry into emerging and developed markets. The Virgin Group’s global investmen…

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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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DPI builds Francophone African higher education platform

12 January 2018

Pan-African private equity specialist DPI, has been instrumental in creating KMR Holding Pédagogique, the leading state-recognised higher education platform in Francophone Africa. This is because of rapidly growing demand for quality degrees and strong j…

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African fund managers continue to capture opportunities amidst rising currency and geopolitical risk

07 December 2017

The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) has launched the inaugural edition of its special research reports, Volatility and Uncertainty: How private equity in Africa navigates through turbulent times, which explores how the Africa…

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Investec makes follow-on investment in Mobisol

30 November 2017

Investec Asset Management (Investec), through its African private equity capability, has made a follow-on growth equity investment alongside its consortium partners into Mobisol, one of Africa’s leading providers of off-grid solar home systems (SHS). Inv…

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AVCA Regulatory Update: MiFID II – What does it mean for you?

30 November 2017

What is MiFID II? Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II is the sequel to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (I) which was introduced in 2007. This legislation, due to come in force in January 2018, provides an EU framework for…

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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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Round-Up: Inaugural AVCA ESG Practitioners' Roundtable

23 November 2017

Following the inaugural AVCA ESG Practitioners' Roundtable which took place on Monday 16th October 2017, led by the AVCA Sustainability Committee, we are pleased to announce the formation of an industry initiative to drive the adoption of Environmental, S…

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AVCA boosts Board and Advisory Committees with high profile appointments

06 November 2017

Monday, 6th November 2017, London: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) today strengthened its leadership as Paul Botha, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Metier and Danladi Verheijen, Managing Director at Verod Capital M…

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Investec completes buy-out of Botswana-based retailer

25 October 2017

Investec Asset Management, through its Africa Private Equity capability, in a consortium with RMB Ventures, local partners, and senior management have completed a buy-out of Kamoso, a Botswana-based retailer and consumer goods company. The transaction is …

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FMO signs MOU to increase funds for energy sector

24 October 2017

FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and Shell Foundation, a registered charity in the United Kingdom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join forces on increasing the flow of funds for impact finance in the energy sector. They agreed to a broad coo…

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Expression of Interest: The UK's role in the Ethiopian Manufacturing Sector

17 October 2017

In partnership with the British Department for International Trade (DIT), Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Business Council for Africa-Invest Africa (BCA-IA) is undertaking a project looking at…

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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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