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  • Investments : London remains on top of the world for global financial services says major report
    London has retained its top spot as the world’s leading financial centre, fending off stiff competition from New York and Asian cities, according to an authoritative study to be published today. The global financial centres index, compiled by think tank Z/Yen, will show the City leading the pack of 110 cities analysed for the 23rd edition of t
  • Investments : Ce que signifie la transformation du Groupe Saham en Fonds d’Investissement panafricain
    Alors que le landerneau économique marocain bruissait depuis plusieurs semaines de mille rumeurs quant à une possible fusion entre Saham et la BMCE, le conglomérat fondé par Moulay Hafid Elalamy a pris de court les observateurs du marché africain tôt ce jeudi 8 mars en annonçant sa transformation en fonds d’investissement continental et la
  • Investments : [Made In Afrique] Les talents d’Afrique: une opportunité pour les entreprises européennes
    L’Afrique est le continent le plus riche en termes de ressources à la fois naturelles mais aussi en termes de ressources humaines. En effet, la population Africaine va doubler d’ici à 2050. En ce qui concerne la jeunesse Africaine, celle-ci représente aujourd’hui le quart de la jeunesse mondiale et d’ici 2050, 4 jeunes sur 10 ser
  • Investments : Côte d’Ivoire: Amethis Finance invests in Afriwara group
    It is announced that Amethis Finance, an investment fund which operates in Africa, will invest a minor yet important amount in Afriwara, the main shareholder of Société Nouvelle de Confiserie de Vridi (Waraba brand), a large agro-industrial firm based in Côte d’Ivoire. The details of this transaction have not been specified but on its websi
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 46
    Sector-wise, deal activity in Africa last week was all over the map. Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial, Mobile, Tech and others all saw some activity and they ranged in size. We lead with Convergence Partners' deal for ESET Southern Africa. The ICT-focused private equity firm announced it is taking a significant minority stake in the soft
  • Investments : Saudi Arabia to become major actor in Africa’s private investment with its new sovereign fund
    Two weeks ago, at the Riyadh Carlton Ritz, in Saudi Arabia, the country’s government regrouped many investment funds managers, as well as investors, many of whom have assets in Africa, to introduce them its sovereign fund. Named Public Investment Fund (PIF), the entity intends to be one of the most important worldwide, with an estimated projec
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 43
    While there were no fundraising announcements in Africa last week, there were a few private equity deals. And a couple were in some of the more unusual sectors.  Throw in a trio of portfolio company-related deals, and you have the full range of transaction activity for the week. Quantum Global  Alternative Investment Management announced the com
  • Investments : En plein bras de fer avec Uber, Alphabet injecte 1 milliard de dollars dans Lyft
    Lyft n’en finit plus de gagner du terrain aux États-Unis. Le rival d’Uber outre-Atlantique a levé 1 milliard de dollars auprès de Capital G, fonds d’investissement d’Alphabet, la maison-mère de Google. Dans le cadre de ce tour de table, David Lawee, associé de Capital G, rejoint le conseil d’administration de la société. Cette opé
  • Investments : Des investisseurs constitués d'institutionnels et de banques financent le kényan M-Kopa Solar, à
    Des investisseurs constitués de banques et d'institutionnels ont accordé des financements à hauteur de 80 millions $, à M-Kopa Solar, une société kényane qui distribue de l'énergie électrique à la demande, via l'installation de kits solaires. Une part de ce financement a été obtenue via un prêt syndiqué de 55 millions $ mobilisés
  • Investments : AFRICA CAPITAL DIGEST Week 36
    Generally, it was a much quieter week over the last seven days for Africa's private capital markets compared to the prior week. But what it lacked in volume was compensated for by variety. The biggest deal of the week was a PIPE transaction. Britam Holdings, the announced that AfricInvest was investing $55 million to acquire an approximate 14.3%
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 36
    We're in the season of public holidays on several continents important to Africa's private capital markets which probably accounts for the lack of volume in deal activity last week. Of the deals that were done, there were certainly a couple of worthy of note. If you've been following the fortunes of Atlas Mara over the last couple of months, you
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 35
    African Rainbow Capital grabbed the headlines in Africa's private capital markets last week by unveiling its plans to list some of its portfolio on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in September. ARC Investments, as the listed entity will be known, will include almost half of ARC's financial services assets and all of the firm's non financial servic
  • Investments : Foreign investments for new projects in Africa rose by 40% in 2016
    Foreign capital for new investments in Africa soared by 40% in 2016 to $92.3 billion. This was disclosed by Financial Times in its 2017 report on investments in Africa. The document also indicates that the number of projects that received these funds decreased by 16% to 602. According to Adrienne Klasa, author of the report, this trend is to be a
  • Investments : Global PE firm Abraaj Group to raise new fund, according to SEC filings
    Global private equity firm, Abraaj Group, plans to raise a new fund, but have not disclosed a target, according to SEC filings. The buyout giant made its intentions clear after filing an application this morning, only months after AltAssets reported that the firm was targeting $8bn. It is not known whether it is the same vehicle, however. Th
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 33
    For the biggest private equity deal announced in Africa last week, we have Capitalworks to thank. The South African investor has agreed to buy listed poultry producer Sovereign Foods in an all-cash deal for R907 million or about $67 million. The offer, which is subject to approval by the Competition Commission, represents an almost 19% premium
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Weekly Review
    Technology and venture capital deals were a major theme in Africa's private capital markets last week.Throw in a couple of retail-related transactions and you pretty much have the week's activity in a nutshell. African Rainbow Capital has agreed to take a 20% stake in Rain, formerly known as Wireless Business Solutions until June this year. The S
  • Investments : Venture capital for Africa révèle les clés de réussite des startups du Continent
    La dernière livraison de la plateforme de connexion et de levée de fonds, Venture Capital for Africa, apporte une donne encore ignorée dans les performances de la jeune entreprise en Afrique : sa réussite repose d'abord sur le potentiel et la solidité de ses fondateurs. Intitulée «2017 Venture Finance in Africa», l'étude fait le zoom sur
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 30
    Deals in Africa tended to be on the small size last week. The agribusiness and power sectors saw most of the activity, although there were a couple of financial services sector items of interest. Sanlam Private Equity announced that it is acquiring a 60% interest in JAB Dried Fruit Products, a processor and distributor of dried fruits and nuts fo
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 29
    There were, for Africa, some big numbers flying about last week for private equity deals. Only one concerned a direct investment of capital, however, while the others related to deals that had been done or are about to be done. Milost Global, a New York-based private equity firm with $25 billion in committed capital, agreed to make its first inves
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 28
    This week, we're starting with some interesting fund news. Yeelen Capitalannounced that has held a €30 million initial close for the Yeelen Financial Fund, a new private equity investment vehicle fund focused on opportunities in the financial services sector in the WAEMU region. Yeelen was selected by the West African Development Bank earlier
  • Investments : London reinforcing its grip on being the 'tech capital' of Europe as record amount of start-up inves
    More than £1.1billion was handed to technology startups from January to June UK companies received more investment than Germany and France combined London has received more than twice as much funding as German capital Berlin By CHARLIE MOORE FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK PUBLISHED: 10:52 BST, 5 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 BST, 5 July 2017
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 25
    Dollar-wise, the two biggest private equity deals involving African assets last week involved exits-and they were companies that had operations in other regions in addition to their African businesses. In the first, having sold a significant proportion of its stake in Rocket Internet in late February this year, Swedish investment firm Kinnevik
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 24
    Dollar-wise, the two biggest private equity deals involving African assets last week involved exits-and they were companies that had operations in other regions in addition to their African businesses. In the first, having sold a significant proportion of its stake in Rocket Internet in late February this year, Swedish investment firm Kinnevik
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Review Week 22
    Last week was a quiet week for private capital investment activity in Africa. And, of the deal that were done, none were on the large side. In what we estimate to the the largest deal of the week, XSML Capital announced that it is backing KARE Distribution for its first Ugandan deal. Terms of the deal were nor disclosed. The deal caps a busy per
  • Investments : SoftBank Leads $502 Million Investment in U.K. Tech Startup
    SoftBank Group Corp. is leading a $502 million investment in Improbable Worlds Ltd., a London-based virtual reality startup, in one of the U.K.’s largest venture capital deals. The valuation wasn’t disclosed. But SoftBank is buying a non-controlling stake, which would mean Improbable is worth at least $1.04 billion. The deal would rank
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 21
    Tech deals were the flavor of the week in Africa's private capital investment world last week. There were three private equity transactions reported, for established companies and a startup. Google, Convergence Partners, the IFC and Mitsui & Company are teaming up to commit up to $100 million to CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest week 20
    Hopefully, small proves to be beautiful for the Africa-focused private equity investors making deals last week. Because, the common theme of the week was deals of the smaller variety. Not that they don't have big plans. They do. Fresh from holding a first close for its second fund in early April, Catalyst Principal Partners has completed the firs
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 19
    An exit and portfolio company deals were the main features of private equity activity in Africa last week. And not a fund raising announcement in sight, which, as you know, was unusual as far as 2017 is concerned. First the exit; GetSmarter, a provider of online executive education courses, has been acquired by 2U for $103 million, handing the c
  • Investments : Africa capital Digest Week 18
    Numbers were in short supply last week. By that we mean that all of Africa's private equity deals reported came without their financial terms being disclosed. But deals there were, in all the main sub-Saharan regions. In South Africa, Ethos Private Equity announced that it has led a deal in partnership with Nedbank Private Equity and the company
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 15
    Blame it on the time of year, perhaps, but actual deals were thin on the ground in Africa's private capital world last week. But funds and fund raising news bucked that trend and were once again at the forefront of the action. The only private equity deal of consequence was undertaken by a portfolio company. MédiS, a generic pharmaceuticals busi
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 15
    Once again, private equity fund raising hogged the limelight in Africa's private capital markets last week. It seems the continent is in step with the global trend in fund raising, which has got off to a quick start this year. While a nice challenge, how and where to put all this fresh capital to work is sure to press on the continent's investment
  • Investments : Investissement : « L’Afrique restera plus attrayante que les marchés développés ces dix procha
    Alors que se tient la 14e conférence annuelle de l'African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Avca), organisée du 3 au 7 avril à Abidjan, sa directrice générale Michelle Kathryn Essomé décrypte la métamorphose de ce secteur et ses défis. Après Lagos, Londres et Addis-Abeba, la conférence annuelle de l’Avca arrive à Ab
  • Investments : Enko Capital lance un fonds de dette dédié à l’Afrique
    La société de gestion d’actifs Enko Capital annonce le lancement d’un fonds de dette dédié à l’Afrique. Objectif : offrir aux investisseurs une exposition sur le marché de la dette africaine aux rendements élevés. Enko Capital lance Enko Africa Debt Fund (EADF), un fonds de dette dédié à l'Afrique avec 200 millions de dollars
  • Investments : AfDB: ‘There Has Never Been A Better Time For Africa To Attract Capital Investment’
    “There has never been a better time for Africa to attract capital investment for good bankable projects from sovereign funds, global pension plans and other available capital in the financial system” said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank at the “Investing in Africa” conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal in
  • Investments : 500 Startups stages event to expose Nigeria’s investment opportunities
    Determined to expose the investment opportunities in Nigeria, 500 Startups, in partnership with Ingressive and African Technology Foundation, is to host the inaugural Africa’s edition of ‘Geeks on a Plane’ programme in Lagos, the Nigerian economic capital, from the 20th-23rd of this month. In a statement made available to The Guardian yester
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 7
    A notable private equity exit, a significant capital raise and a number of smaller scale venture deals made the news in Africa's private capital deal world during the last week. Development Partners International or DPI scored the exit, selling their stake in Ghana's CAL Bank to newly-launched financial services platform, Arise for an undisclosed
  • Investments : China’s Investment in Africa: The New Colonialism? (Harvard Political Review)
    Africa is no stranger to exploitation. After decades of colonial rule under major Western powers, the continent was left with a legacy of harsh, imperialist rule that set it back years in modernization. As a result, it has become the focus of mountains of developmental assistance from countries hoping to foster social, institutional, and infrastruc
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 3
    We were reminded of possibilities of Africa's hospitality sector investment potential for private equity last week with the announcement of Quantum Global Africa Investments Africa Management's acquisition of the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra from Kingdom Holding Company for a total enterprise value of $100 million. The deal, which c
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 2
    The big ticket private capital news items in Africa since we last published two weeks ago concerned fund raises. Deal value (and volume) by comparison was comparatively slight. There were two major fund announcements over the period. In the first, Gulf Capital, one of the larger and more active alternative investment firms in the Middle East,
  • Investments : Aavishkaar to raise $150 million fund for Africa investments
    Aavishkaar is expected to start the fund-raising for Africa investments around the middle of 2017 and close it in 2018, says founder Vineet Rai Impact investment firm Aavishkaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) plans to raise up to $150 million to invest in Africa, said a senior executive. “We are looking to raise between $100 million and $
  • Investments : Le Canadien Fairfax vise un milliard de dollars en bourse pour investir en Afrique
    Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited a annoncé ce vendredi l'introduction en bourse sa filiale africaine Fairfax Africa pour laquelle environ 500 millions de dollars ont déjà été sécurisés. Lorsque début 2015, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited a pris une participation de 7,2 % dans Africa Re — un réassureur panafricain dont une quaran
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 49
    While neither won the award for the biggest transaction of the week, two infrastructure deals grabbed people's attention last week. The first had a claim to call itself "the biggest", in this case the biggest off-grid solar deal to date in Africa. Lumos Global, an off-grid solar company operating in Nigeria closed a $90 million round of debt and e
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 48
    Carlyle's dedicated sub-Saharan Africa fund has made its second deal of 2016 by agreeing to buy a majority share in CMC Networks, a South Africa-headquartered provider of managed connectivity services for an undisclosed amount. The transaction, which brings the total number of deals for the fund which closed at almost $700 million in 2014, gives 
  • Investments : Africa funds: Taking a calculated risk
    We have all heard the bull case for African investment. Many of its economies are among the fastest-growing in the world (from a glaringly obvious low base). About 40% of Africa is urbanised, which is a similar proportion to China. And there is a stabilising economic outlook — or so we were led to believe. This year, it has not seemed that way
  • Investments : Le fonds dédié aux entrepreneurs africains mis sur les rails à Abidjan
    Un milliard d’euro, c’est le montant visé — par effet de levier — par la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et la Commission Européenne (CE) pour financer environ 3 000 start-up et PME africaines via la nouvelle initiative Boost Africa lancée lundi à Abidjan en Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Investments : Les pays africains où il fait bon entreprendre en 2017, selon le Global Entrepreneurship Index
    La Tunisie, le Botswana et l’Afrique du Sud figurent en tête de liste des pays africains où il fait bon entreprendre, selon le «Global Entrepreneurship Index 2017», publié ce 13 novembre par le Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI, Londres). La Tunisie occupe le 42ème rang à l’échelle mondiale. Elle est ainsi mieux c
  • Investments : Black Lion Holdings’ Prince Alam-Sogan pushes investment in Africa
    After midnight, Prince Randy Koussou Alam-Sogan is often negotiating multimillion dollar projects with international investors to empower African nations to optimize their resources, fund their own growth and take control of their destiny. “We do deals while most people are asleep,” said the French-Beninese entrepreneur. As chairman and p
  • Investments : Africa Capital Digest Week 41
    Deal activity in Africa bounced back last week, featuring both acquisitions and exits by private capital investors focused on the continent. High-profile growth markets investor The Abraaj Group was among them, plonking down an undisclosed amount to acquire a minority stake in Indorama Fertilizers, the largest manufacturer of urea-based fertilize
  • Investments : Investors in Africa’s tech sector will win by solving real world problems, not just the digital on
    Technology investments are usually viewed through the lens of disruption where new ways of using data or delivering services are introduced and create new markets and/or displace existing businesses. But what if there was no real existing service and that which existed was both inefficient and poorly deployed? In this regard technology can also ac
  • Investments : Map shows VCs invested €23.8bn in European start-ups since 2014
    Mentorship-driven start-up accelerator TechStars has produced an investor map of Europe that counts 541 venture capitalists across the continent and some €23.8bn invested in European start-ups in the last two years. The map, a valuable resource for any entrepreneur or investor, allows users to drill down into the number of venture capitalists