Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) News

Jeff Schlapinski, Director of Research, EMPEA

Private equity investment in Africa heats up as pension funds stay local

African private equity is having its moment in the sun, with pension funds on the continent ready to invest in their own backyard as investment banks continue to retreat from lending and domestic strategies mature.

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.

Hurley Doddy, Co-Founder, Managing Director, & Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP)

Private Equity in Africa: Emerging Capital Partners' Hurley Doddy on myths of Africa & the arrival of PE megafirms

Fundraising in Africa reached a record $4 billion in 2014, but the demand for capital still far exceeds the supply, a panel of private equity executives told attendees of the Global Private Equity Conference hosted earlier this week by the International Finance Corp. and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

US private equity firm KKR made its maiden investment in Africa in 2014, spending $200M on a stake in an Ethiopian flower farm.

African private equity deals hit seven-year high

The value of private equity deals in Africa reached their second-highest level on record in 2014 as population growth and an increasingly stable political climate helped drive international interest in the continent.

Private equity

Private equity is an investment opportunity for growing African pension funds: Craig Metherell, Analyst, RisCura

African pension funds with growing asset bases, due to rising incomes, will need to look beyond traditional asset classes to diversify their portfolios. Given private equity’s long-term nature – the typical life cycle of a fund is 8-10 years – the asset class is an obvious choice.

Board Room

Private equity looks to African investors

Fundraising by Africa-focused private equity has rebounded after the global financial crisis, buoyed by support from the international development finance institutions.

Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Dangote Group

In Africa's oil capital, Africa's richest man built an empire on sugar

As Africa’s global business prominence continues to surge, so too does Aliko Dangote’s profile as one of the region’s most recognised entrepreneurs.

Private Equity

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.

Ethiopian Flower Industry

KKR To Invest $200M In Ethiopian Flower Business

KKR Buys Rose Farm Company in First Africa Deal.