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Nairobi, Kenya. The East African country is attracting private equity interest. Credit: Alamy/Financial Times

Private equity looks to East Africa for investment opportunities

Buyout groups investing in Africa are turning east and shunning the oil-rich western part of the continent as they grapple with the effect of low commodity prices on private equity’s final frontier.

Bob Diamond, Chairman of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

Bob Diamond sells $200M Atlas Mara stake to boost holding in Union Bank of Nigeria

Atlas Mara raising $200 million to increase Union Bank stake. Fairfax Africa partners with firm by purchasing shares and bond.

Jabu Moleketi, incoming Chairman, Vodacom

Vodacom names Moleketi as Chairman

South Africa’s Vodacom Group said on Thursday it has appointed non-executive director Jabu Moleketi to succeed Peter Moyo as the mobile phone network operator’s next chairman.

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage licence

EFG Hermes eyes acquisition in Nigeria, Kenya brokerage license

Egypt’s EFG Hermes wants to enter Nigeria through an acquisition and expects to get regulatory approval to start a brokerage business in Kenya this year as part of a big push into frontier markets, a senior executive told Reuters last week.

Africa's consumer data opportunity is being tackled by startups

Africa's consumer data opportunity is being tackled by startups

The Peter Drucker management aphorism, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” is a favorite of Yannick Lefang, the founder of Kasi Insight, an integrated marketing research firm operating in seven African countries.

Shoprite Holdings - An African consumer powerhouse

Shoprite Holdings - An African consumer powerhouse: Peter C. Thoms, CFA, Founder, Africa Capital Group

Shoprite Holdings Ltd., the South Africa-based supermarket chain, is our single largest holding in the retail industry in our Africa investment strategy.

Examining the State of Hotel Development in Africa

Examining the State of Hotel Development in Africa

A total of 365 hotel chain development pipelines were reported in Africa in 2016, with 64,231 rooms.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South Africa falls into second recession in a decade

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa's economic growth in 2016 was driven by East Africa

While the continent’s major economies were hit by the fall in commodity prices in 2016, Africa retained its position as the second-fastest growing continent globally recording an average of 2.2% GDP growth.

Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

Barclays to surrender control of Africa unit with £1.6bn sale

Barclays has been given regulatory approval for the sale of its remaining stake in its Barclays Africa Group, according to a unit of the business.

Nairobi to Mombasa high-speed railway opens

Nairobi to Mombasa high-speed railway opens

East Africa is now more accessible than ever. After two years of construction, Kenya’s largest infrastructure project since independence, a $3.8 billion Chinese-built high speed railway, is up and running.

Novare Lekki Mall (Illustration)

African Property Delivers for Private Equity Investors: Derrick Roper, CEO, Novare Equity Partners

In Sub-Saharan Africa, private equity funds offer investors access to competitively priced assets that have strong growth potential in a region where stock exchanges are still developing.

Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, Convergence Partners

Convergence Partners, Google and the IFC commit $100 million to pan-African wholesale broadband provider CSquared

Convergence Partners recently signed an agreement with Google, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital announces final close of African Rivers Fund at $50 million

XSML Capital, the fund manager active in Central & East Africa, last week announced its final close of the African Rivers Fund at $50 million.

Igho Sanomi, Founder & Chairman, Taleveras Group

How 42-year old Nigerian oilman Igho Sanomi built a commodities trading giant

Igho Sanomi, 41, is the founder of Taleveras, a $2 billion (revenues) international commodities trading company active over a wide spectrum of global energy markets including crude oil and refined petroleum products, natural gas and power.

Nairobi, Kenya

Private equity set to boom in Africa, says Baker McKenzie & the Economist Corporate Network

Africa looks set for a bright future on the private equity front with activity on the rise, according to a new report which predicts that around a billion dollars could be invested in the next five years.

afaricom hopes to spread across Africa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Safaricom is planning to expand M-Pesa mobile money across Africa

Safaricom is planning to take its successful mobile money service M-Pesa across Africa after building a dominant home base in Kenya and presence in its East African neighbors.

Lake Victoria

Britain's Equinox to invest $250 million in Kenya biogas power project

Britain’s Equinox Energy Capital is close to concluding a $250 million (£194 million) fundraising round to invest in a project in western Kenya to produce electricity from invasive lake weed water hyacinth.

Gerald Gondo, Business Development Executive, RisCura Africa. Credit: afsic.net

African fixed income investments coming into their own: Gerald Gondo, Business Development Executive, RisCura Africa

Given the continued global search for yield and growth in an increasingly low-yield world, debt markets in Africa should and will attract increasing attention from institutional investors.

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets

Rate cuts & healthy FX reserves pave way for next bull run in Africa's markets: Ryan Hoover, Portfolio Manager, Africa Capital Group

The sorry state of South African governance may be dominating headlines, but a closer inspection of Africa’s financial news reveals a heartening trend in the continent’s frontier economies.

Media Eghbal, Head of Countries' Analysis, Euromonitor International. Credit: LinkedIn

Top 3 Largest Markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (Audio): Media Eghbal, Head of Countries' Analysis, Euromonitor International

Sub-Saharan African economic growth is expected to pick up in 2017 after reaching the lowest level in 22 years in 2016.

African private equity exits hit record high in 2016

African private equity exits hit record high in 2016 (Report): EY & AVCA

The number of exits achieved by PE firms in Africa is trending upwards, evidenced by a record number of exits in 2016.

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Nigeria's Cars45 closes $5M round to digitize Africa's used autos markets

Africa’s startup boom is moving into the used-vehicle space. Nigeria based Cars45.com raised a $5 million Series A round from the Frontier Cars Group, a holding company whose backers include Balderton Capital, EchoVC, TPG Growth, and NEA.

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, incoming COO, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina is Named Chief Operating Officer for Africa50

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank, 23 African countries, and two African Central Banks, has appointed Carole Wamuyu Wainaina as Chief Operating Officer.

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa’s top tech entrepreneurs. Credit: infodev.org

World Bank launches program, XL Africa, to support Africa's top tech entrepreneurs

With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help 20 selected startups attract early stage capital of between $250,000 and $1.5 million.

Mthuli Ncube, Head of Quantum Global Research Lab

Here are the top & bottom 10 investment destinations in Africa, according to Quantum Global (Infographic)

Botswana is the most attractive economy for investments flowing into the African continent, according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab.

Shoprite

Africa growth to rebound in 2017: Africa Capital Group (Infographic)

After the U.S. election in November, many Africa investors became concerned that a move toward a more isolationist trade policy in the U.S. would hinder business, trade and capital flows to and from Africa.

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO, WorldRemit

WorldRemit Africa revenue to double by 2020 on mobile money, says Founder & CEO Ismail Ahmed

Higher-paid African expatriates sending cash to home countries. Money-transfer company has Facebook backer Accel as investor.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The Case for Bargain Hunting in South Africa

Charles Roth, of Thornburg Investment Management, has made the case that markets have over-reacted to the recent political shake-up in South Africa, driving asset prices below their underlying value.

Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group

Africa's richest man promises to list refinery on Nigerian Stock Exchange

Aliko Dangote, the founder of the Dangote Group, has promised to list his Dangote Refinery on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Mezze on the deck - Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. Credit: starwoodhotels.com

Marriott International Opens First Property in Kenya

Marriott International, Inc. on Monday announced its first property in Kenya with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South African Stocks Poised for Long-Term Gains Despite Zuma's Maneuverings: Ryan Hoover, Portfolio Manager, Africa Capital Group

Late last month, South Africa’s increasingly unpopular president, Jacob Zuma, unceremoniously sacked his well-regarded Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

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.

Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

Catalyst Principal Partners completes first close of second fund with over $100 million in commitments

Catalyst Principal Partners has completed a first close of its successor private equity fund, Catalyst Fund II LP (“Fund II”) at $103 million.

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk status

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to "junk" status

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to sub-investment grade on Friday.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes in recent years. Credit: Rogan Ward/Reuters/Al Jazeera

S&P downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded South Africa’s rating to junk status.

Pravi Gordhan, South Africa's former Finance Minister

South Africa's President Zuma sacks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in major cabinet reshuffle

Major cabinet reshuffle comes as calls for South African president to quit grow.

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede,Nigeria, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Council

The Nigerian Stock Exchange gets green light for public listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has been given a green light by its members to become a publicly listed company, it said on Thursday.

Lamin Manjang, Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)

Kenya sets sights on green bonds after mobile phone issue

Kenya aims to issue its first ‘green’ bond this year, the initiative’s backers said on Friday, bolstering the nation’s reputation for financial innovation after the government launched the world’s first mobile phone bond earlier this month.

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

Peter Baird, Managing Principal, African Private Equity, Investec Asset Management

Investec Hires Baird To Lead Africa Private Equity Efforts

International asset manager Investec Asset Management has named Peter Baird as managing principal for its Africa-oriented private equity funds.