Amethis completes first closing of Amethis MENA Fund II (AMF II) at US$101mn

30 Aug 2021

Amethis, the investment fund manager dedicated to long-term responsible investing across the African continent, built in partnership with the Edmond de Rothschild group, is pleased to announce the first closing of Amethis MENA Fund II at US$101mn (EUR85mn). 

The Fund, which will target majority and minority investments ranging from EUR5-15mn in fast-growing small-to-medium sized enterprises in Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan, is Amethis’ second SME MENA fund and fifth overall fund. It succeeds AMF I, formerly known as CNAV II, a Maghreb SME fund that Amethis took over in 2018 and successfully turned around. 

AMFII has benefited from the support of leading development finance institutions: the European Investment Bank (EIB), Proparco via FISEA+ (the AFD Group fund advised by Proparco and part of the Choose Africa initiative), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). 

It has also gathered a large range of qualified private investors, together with its partner the Edmond de Rothschild Group, representing altogether one-third of the first closing. 

Co-Founders Luc Rigouzzo and Laurent Demey stated: “The launch of Amethis MENA Fund II is an important strategic milestone for Amethis that builds on our strong presence in Morocco and existing strategy of backing successful entrepreneurs across the African continent. Amethis strongly believes in SME investing, and AMF II is the third SME vehicle managed by Amethis, alongside its larger mid-cap pan-African funds.“

To date, AMF II has invested in one company, Magriser, a leading distributor of micro-irrigation systems in Morocco, with several other transactions currently at advanced stages and expected to close over the coming months. Within Amethis, the Fund will be closely led by a team led by Wilfried Poyet, Adnane Zerhouni and Toufic Khoueiry who have hands-on experience across the region’s major markets. 

Wilfried Poyet commented, “AMF II brings a real solution and a deeply entrepreneurial DNA to the development of SMEs, as well as a response to the succession issues that managers encounter.” 

Adnane Zerhouni stated, ”AMF II will support our region’s SME entrepreneurs. The potential for development is certain, and we aim to help our partners benefit from identified growth levers.” 

Toufic Khoueiry commented, “The MENA region enjoys a dense fabric of high-quality SMEs operating across exciting sectors. Through AMF II, we will seek to partner with growth-minded founders, providing effective support locally and beyond.” 

AMF II’s final closing is scheduled for July 2022, with several investors currently in due diligence. 

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