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East African assets attract private equity interest

Family businesses seek sales amid growth in buyout groups in the region

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: forbes.com

Abraaj CEO says Africa is core to investment plan

Middle Eastern private equity investor Abraaj Group says Africa is core to its investment strategy, as it bets the continent’s rising middle class will consume more goods.

Arif Naqvi, Group CEO, Abraaj Group. Credit: Bloomberg

Private equity firm Abraaj is interested in buying Barclays Africa (Infographics & Video)

Abraaj Group, the private equity firm that invests across emerging markets, is interested in buying a stake in Barclays Plc’s South African business.

Africa's Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

Africa's Private Equity Promise And What It Can Deliver

The fundamental precept of Private Equity (PE) is to transform a company and improve it, thus allowing it to achieve its full capability by enhancing its operational structure.

Bright Africa 2016 - Private Equity: RisCura

Bright Africa 2016 - Private Equity: RisCura (Report)

The increase in private equity fundraising in 2015 is evidence of the strong interest in investing in Africa’s real economy, despite the recent challenges in which many African countries find themselves.

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group. Credit: M&A Advisor

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj readies Nigerian fertilizer and East African insurance deals

Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity firm, is in the final stages of approval for three transactions in sub-Saharan Africa and will probably make further investments in the region before the end of the year, partner Sev Vettivetpillai said on Thursday.

Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO, Abraaj Group

Abraaj-led group could bid for 35% of Barclays Africa

Buyout firm Abraaj Group is leading a group of investors planning to bid for a minority stake in Barclays Plc’s African unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

"Industries serving consumer staples and discretionary spending fetch the highest prices because of favorable demographics in the growing middle class," says Rory Ord, RisCura's Head of Valuations

Private Equity Firms Bid Up Africa M&A Prices on Record Funds

The prices private equity firms pay for stakes in African companies are the highest in six years, driven by record fundraising and competition for the continent’s expanding middle class.

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Africa: A land of opportunity for property investors

UAE investors have been urged to follow in the footsteps of the Majid Al Futtaim Group and the Landmark Group by pursuing property opportunities in East Africa.

Skyscrapers stand on the city skyline looking west from the Carlton Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Private equity firms builds war chest to invest in Africa (Infographic)

Private-equity companies amassed a $4.3 billion war chest for investment opportunities in Africa last year as the global commodity rout and weakening local currencies cut prices of potential target companies.

Nairobi is the most attractive city in Africa for foreign investment, says PwC.

Africa's big cities are investment bright spots, says private equity firms Abraaj and Actis

Like most emerging and frontier markets around the world, Africa’s largest economies have been affected by the drop in commodity prices over the past 18 months.

Sub-Saharan Africa & private equity approaches to enhancing economic development: ODI

Sub-Saharan Africa & private equity approaches to enhancing economic development: ODI (Infographic & Report)

Private equity has been the fastest growing flow to the region with a five-fold growth rate and more than $50 billion of inflows since 2008. Private equity now comprises approximately $12 billion annually and 20% of cross-border capital flows.

Big deal: Private equity firm Helios has invested in the petrol stations of energy company Oando.

Prospectors detect hidden gems for Nigerian private equity

Private equity (PE) investors, lured by the potential for rapid growth offered by industries serving Africa’s young, fast growing populations, are beating a path to Nigeria in search of bargains.

Seed funding for African tech startups is really taking off

Venture capital funding for African tech startups is really taking off - here's why

It is well established that VC investing globally is on the rise, but there is increasing evidence that more of this money is landing in Africa too, as the continent is now deemed a less risky place for investors to put their cash.

Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, a Partner at Abraaj, continues to see investment potential in Africa’s largest economy Nigeria. Christopher Pike/The National

Private equity house Abraaj buys majority stake in Nigerian mattress manufacturer Mouka

The Abraaj Group has acquired a majority stake in Mouka, a mattress manufacturer in Nigeria, as part of its plans to expand in Africa.

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Abraaj sells stake in Kenyan insurance company UAP Holdings to Old Mutual

Abraaj has exited the East African insurance company UAP Holdings through the sale of its 13.6 per cent stake, the Dubai-based private equity firm said today.

Eytan Stibbe, Managing Partner, Vital Capital

Private equity firm Vital Capital plans $500M Africa fund as demand booms

Private equity firm Vital Capital Investments LP is planning a $500 million investment fund that will focus on African industries overlooked by competitors.

Spanish billionaire Alberto Cortina. Photographer: Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images

Bob Diamond has a rival as Spanish billionaire Alberto Cortina eyes Africa bank deals

Ex-Barclays Plc Chief Executive Officer Robert Diamond has a rival: Spanish billionaire Alberto Cortina, who is building a banking presence in West Africa to take advantage of demand from sovereign and corporate clients.

Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim has partnered with TPG to invest up to $1 billion in Africa.

Private equity power house TPG and billionaire Mo Ibrahim partner to invest up to $1 billion in Africa

TPG, one of the world’s largest private equity firms with $70 billion in assets under management, plans to invest up to $1 billion in Africa in a partnership with Sudanese billionaire, Mo Ibrahim.

Private equity firm Abraaj's $990M Africa fund had more demand

Private equity firm Abraaj's $990M Africa fund had more demand

The Abraaj Group, an emerging-market private equity investor, had “substantially higher” demand for its third Sub-Saharan Africa fund than the $990 million actually raised, partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood said.

Arif Naqvi, Founder & CEO, Abraaj

Private equity firm Abraaj raises almost $1B African fund

The Abraaj Group, a Dubai-based private equity company managing about $9 billion across emerging markets, raised $990 million for its third Sub-saharan Africa fund as it seeks to benefit from the region’s economic growth.

Private equity firm Development Partners International closes 2nd Africa fund at $725M, 45% above target

Private equity firm Development Partners International closes 2nd Africa fund at $725M, 45% above target

Development Partners International, the private equity house, has closed its second Africa fund at $725m, 45 per cent above target, reflecting growing investor appetite to tap the continent’s expanding consumer class.

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Private equity firm Abraaj raises $1.3B for Africa investment

Emerging markets private equity group Abraaj has raised more than $1.3bn for two funds investing in Africa, the largest amount amassed for direct deals across the continent, people aware of the matter say.

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AfricInvest to exit its investment in Kenyan Insurance Company UAP Holdings

AfricInvest, a leading pan-African SME-focused private equity firm, is pleased to announce that its AfricInvest Fund II (“AFII”) and AfricInvest Financial Sector (“AFS”) Fund, along with two other investors, Aureos Africa Fund (managed by Abraaj) and Swedfund, entered into an agreement to sell their 37.3% collective stake in UAP Holdings Limited (“UAP”) to Old Mutual Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Old Mutual plc (“Old Mutual”) for KES 14.2 billion (approximately USD155.5 million).

Private equity investors are getting hot for Africa

Private equity investors are getting hot for Africa

When Paul Kavuma began approaching private companies in Africa a decade ago to suggest investing in their businesses and improving the way they were run, he was often shown the door.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Investors keep an eye on the big picture in Africa, in spite of short-term challenges

Concerns about the scale of the Ebola crisis and plunging commodity prices would have had investors fleeing Africa not that long ago. But dealmaking in the sub-Saharan region is buoyant as most investors set aside short-term worries and bet big on growth.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Increased confidence in West Africa-focused private equity

Although Africa still only makes up a small portion of the private equity market, interest is on the rise as a result of a burgeoning middle class and strong growth figures across the continent as a whole.

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M&A activity heats up in Africa as investors bet on growth

Concerns on the scale of the Ebola crisis, current levels of political unrest and plunging commodity prices would have sent investors rushing out of Africa not long ago.

Swiss Re Tower, London, UK: Swiss Re is one of many global insurance companies buying insurers in Africa.

As incomes in Africa rise, African insurers are in vogue and global insurers are buying in

A growing middle class in sub-Saharan Africa is enticing European and South African insurers to buy local firms focusing mainly on life insurance and pensions, in the face of mature markets and strong competition at home.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Private equity firms look to Ivory Coast for deals

Some of the largest private equity investors in sub-Saharan Africa are considering expanding into Ivory Coast, a country that is currently experiencing an economic renaissance after years of conflict.

Adiba Ighodaro, Partner, Actis

African Women to Watch: Private Equity (Video)

Private equity (PE) deals in Africa totalled $4B in 2013, almost quadruple the 2012 deal total, according to research from Preqin and Private Equity Africa.

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The Abraaj Group buys majority stake in leading South African FMCG manufacturer, Liberty Star Consumer Holdings

The Abraaj Group (‘Abraaj’ or ‘The Group’), a leading investor operating in global growth markets, today announced the acquisition, through its Funds, of a majority stake in Liberty Star Consumer Holdings (‘Libstar’ or ‘the Company’), one of the largest unlisted food and personal care manufacturers in South Africa.

A nurse wears a special uniform to be protected from the Ebola virus at a state hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, in August 2014.

Ebola a long-term 'blip' for Africa investors

When Africa investment consultant Melissa Cook landed in Abuja last week, Nigerian airport workers took her temperature for signs of Ebola.

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African pension funds a new capital source for private equity?

Africa’s growing pension funds are ‘uniquely aligned’ to unlock the continent’s potential by providing capital to the private equity segment, says EMPEA, the emerging markets private equity association.

Udayan Goyal, Founder and Managing Partner at Anthemis Group

Apis Partners launches private equity growth fund to invest in financial technology in Africa and Asia

Strong appetite for investments in financial technology has prompted the launch of a private equity firm dedicated to the sector in emerging markets.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, CEO, SoleRebels

10 Young African Millionaires To Watch in 2014

Building a million-dollar business is hard enough.

Ijeoma Agboti, Director, Abraaj Group

Abraaj's Director Ijeoma Agboti on Africa's Consumer Revolution (Video)

The Abraaj Group has invested over $2B in Africa. Why is the continent so appealing to investors?

Sev Vettivetpillai, Partner, Abraaj Group

Africa the big prize for Abraaj private equity group

After a deal-making spree in Africa in 2013 that included investments in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya, private equity group Abraaj is on track for an equally active 2014.

Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild

Rothschild fund raises $530 million to invest in Africa

Swiss private banking group Edmond de Rothschild (RLD.S) has raised $530 million for its first Africa-focused fund, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

Jacob Kholi, Partner, The Abraaj Group

Private Equity Investing in Africa: The Abraaj Group's Perspective (Video)

Private Equity Investing in Africa: The Abraaj Group’s Perspective