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Two Rivers Development, Nairobi, Kenya

Listed Real Estate in Eastern Africa and Beyond: What Next?

East African property markets have demonstrated desirable levels of resilience over the past few years.

Waitresses place a series of orders at the Orbit Place Java House, a chain of Kenyan cafes

East African assets attract private equity interest

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

Prem Watsa, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Fairfax

Canadian insurer Fairfax said to raise about $500M for new Africa fund

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General, Pension Commission of Nigeria (Pencom)

Africa still attractive to investors, says PenCom Head Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

Portfolio flows into Africa may be falling but this marks a readjustment in the way investors interact with the continent, says Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Head of Nigeria’s National Pension Committee (PenCom).

Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (L) and Natalie Kolbe, Partner & Co-Head of Private Equity at Actis

An Enabling Enterprise Environment And Accountability Are Key For Nigeria's Long Term Future: Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria's Minister Of Industry, Trade & Investment And ACA Co-Founder & Former CEO

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, hosted over 200 senior public and private sector decision makers in Lagos at Heritage Place in Ikoyi to share Actis’ perspectives on the Africa opportunity and potential for Nigeria.

Novare Lekki Mall (Illustration)

Nigerian property crash attracts brave investors betting for the long-term

A property market crash in Nigeria offers opportunities for brave investors betting that Africa’s most populous nation will deliver high returns when it climbs out of recession.

David Morley, Partner & Head of Real Estate, Actis

Actis raises $500M for largest ever real estate private equity fund targeting sub-Saharan Africa

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, recently announced that it has reached final closing on its third opportunistic private real estate fund, Actis Africa Real Estate Fund 3 (“ARE3”) with commitments totaling more than $500m, comfortably exceeding its original $400m target.

"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.

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.

African M&A deal volume at a seven year high, says Mergermarket

African M&A deal volume at a seven year high, says Mergermarket

A steady increase in African deal flow and interest from overseas investors since the financial crisis points to the increasing maturity of African countries as a destination for M&A.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Africa: Firmly on the map

A number of new real estate fund platforms focused on Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have emerged in recent years, giving credence to the continent’s ability to attract larger capital commitments from global investors.

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.

Ikeja City Mall, Lagos, Nigeria

Private equity firm Actis exits its investment in Nigeria's Ikeja City Mall

Ikeja City Mall in Lagos has been sold for an undisclosed amount to two South African property funds, Hyprop Investments Limited and Attacq Limited.

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.

Adiba Ighodaro, Partner, Investor Development, Actis. Credit: privcap.com

US pension funds embrace private equity in Africa

That Missouri’s 111,000 retired state workers receive some of their pensions thanks to Africa consumers may seem unlikely.

Garden City (Illustration)

Kenya's $540M Garden City opens

Garden City, East Africa’s first integrated residential, retail and office development, officially opened last night with the announcement of a new Business Park.

Natalie Kolbe, Partner, Actis

Emerging markets private equity firm Actis buys stake in South African furniture retailer Coricraft

Buyout firm Actis has bought a significant minority stake in South African furniture retailer Coricraft, it said on Tuesday, marking the latest deal by the private equity investor to tap Africa’s fast-growing consumer industries.

Afriflora, a rose farm in Ethiopia, attracted a $200M investment from private equity powerhouse KKR last year.

From milk to roses, private equity investments in Africa on the rise

From milk churning in Zimbabwe to rose growing in Ethiopia, private equity investments in Africa have returned to pre-crisis levels and should keep rising as funds seek bumper returns in far-flung markets.

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.

Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria (Reuters/Joe Penney)

Why office space in Lagos is more expensive than New York (Infographic)

When you think about the most expensive offices space in the world, cities like New York and London,with their reputations as global financial centers, spring to mind.

Kenya's Two Rivers Development will be the largest lifestyle center within Sub-Saharan Africa (ex. South Africa).

Private equity firms backing surge of retail developments in East Africa

East Africa’s shopping landscape is slowly changing with the construction of multi-million dollar centres in prominent cities.

Solar Farm

Private equity firm Actis to set up $1.9B pan-African renewable energy business

Actis, the UK-listed private equity group, is to set up a $1.9bn renewable energy business in Africa, in an attempt to tap the continent’s resources and meet its growing demand for electricity.

How To Get Private Equity Exits in Africa Right

How To Get Private Equity Exits in Africa Right

Private equity (PE) as an asset class has received reasonable prominence in Africa in recent times.

Garden City Mall, Nairobi, Kenya (Illustration)

The scramble for Kenya's growing middle class: Blitz of mall developments hits Nairobi (Photos)

Nairobi’s shopping landscape is changing drastically with the ongoing construction of several malls and hotels within the city – all scrambling for the attention of the city’s growing middle class.

Royal Gardens Mall, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

Five private equity funds targeting real estate investments in Nigeria (Photos)

Africa focused Private Equity (PE) has developed impressively over the last two decades, in terms of volume, quality of transactions, and performance.

Actis Capital

Private equity firm Actis said to prepare $1B sale of South Africa's Actom

Actis LLP, a U.K.-based private-equity firm, is preparing to sell its stake in South Africa’s Actom Pty Ltd. in a deal that could value the business at more than $1 billion, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Ceddi Plaza, Abuja, Nigeria

New generation of Nigerian consumers is drawing retailers from all over the world

At the turn of the century well-off Nigerians struggled to shop in style. Most had to jostle in local markets to buy food or travel to the UK, US or Middle East to replenish their wardrobes.

Palms Shopping Center, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

Global brands and mall developers eye Nigeria's fast-growing market

The appetite of Nigerians for modern retail is growing faster than developers can build space, with international brands clamouring for places they can open stores.

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.

Miguel Azevedo, Head of Investment Banking, Citigroup Africa

Citi's Head of African Investment Banking Miguel Azevedo preaches Africa's growth story

Because Miguel Azevedo spends two weeks each month traveling on the African continent, Citigroup’s head of African investment banking must get special permission from his firm to fly to countries affected by the Ebola crisis.

William Lauder, CEO, Estee Lauder Companies

Luxury heavyweights eye Africa's newly affluent

Sub-Saharan Africa was dismissed for decades by the luxury industry, and has attracted the attention of international heavyweights only in the past two years.

Nigerian Real Estate

High stakes for high reward? Real estate funds come to Africa

High stakes for high return, if you can stick it out for the long term – investors are buying into a boom in sub-Saharan African real estate.

To make it big in Africa, a business must succeed in Nigeria, the continent's largest market

To make it big in Africa, a business must succeed in Nigeria, the continent's largest market

IN 2001 MTN, a fledgling telecoms company from South Africa, paid $285m for one of four mobile licences sold at auction by the government of Nigeria.

Alexander Forbes, Sandton, South Africa

South Africa's Alexander Forbes raises $345M in IPO

South African pension manager Alexander Forbes on Friday priced its initial public offering at the middle of its planned range on Friday, raising 3.7 billion rand ($345 million) ahead of its return to the Johannesburg exchange.

Edward Kieswetter, CEO, Alexander Forbes

Alexander Forbes IPO Suggests Valuation of Almost $1 Billion

Alexander Forbes Ltd. will price its initial public offering at as much as 8.05 rand ($0.75) a share, valuing Africa’s largest independent retirement-fund administrator at about 10.5 billion rand.

Julio Portalatin, CEO, Mercer

Marsh & McLennan to Buy 34% of Alexander Forbes of South Africa

Marsh & McLennan Cos (MMC) will buy a 34 percent stake in South Africa‘s Alexander Forbes Ltd. (AFB) as Africa’s largest independent pension-fund manager prepares to sell shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange next month.