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Orange & Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange, Vodafone are reportedly seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange Telecom and Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65 percent of Etisalat Nigeria following the departure of the UAE-based Etisalat Group from its Nigerian business, reports Brandish citing unnamed sources.

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

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split company. Credit: qz.com

Kenya telecoms regulator says has no intention to split Safaricom

Kenya’s telecoms regulator said on Tuesday it had no plans to break up any company in the sector.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom

Vodafone slams proposed split of Kenya's M-PESA as 'ridiculous'

Safaricom Ltd, East Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company, would have to reconsider future investment in Kenya if proposals to break up the company are implemented.

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

Private equity firm TA Associates announces minority investment in Interswitch

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, announced on Monday it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company.

Marlon Chigwende (L), former Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa at Carlyle; Kayode Akinola (R), Director, Africa at KKR. Credit: LinkedIn

Former Africa heads at Carlyle and KKR to set up private equity firm Arkana Partners

Kayode Akinola quits KKR to start firm with Marlon Chigwende. New firm to target investments of less than $100 million in equity.

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.

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Fashion-conscious Lagosians switch to online shopping

Three years ago, MallforAfrica joined the raft of Nigerian tech start-ups attracting private equity and venture capital backing.

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.

Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando

Helios Investment Partners enters agreement to acquire 49% of Oando Gas & Power in $115.8 million deal

Oando has announced the execution of a definitive agreement with Helios Investment Partners to acquire 49% of the voting rights in Oando’s midstream business subsidiary, Oando Gas and Power Limited (OGP).

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.

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Online shopping startup MallForAfrica partners with e-commerce giant eBay

American eBay sellers will soon gain access to Africa’s biggest consumer markets.

Interswitch: Africa’s first ‘unicorn’? Credit: eyefortravel.com

Interswitch: Africa's first 'unicorn'?

An integrated digital payments and transaction processing company in Nigeria has travel companies queueing up, writes Sally White.

"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.

Tope Lawani, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Pan-African private equity firm Helios completes deal to acquire UK's Crown Agents

Helios, the pan-African investment firm, is set to deliver a postcolonial turnround with a deal for key divisions of Crown Agents — a company which was once a pillar of the British empire.

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.

Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & CEO, Interswitch

Nigerian fintech company Interswitch could become Africa's first startup to IPO at $1B+ valuation

Africa’s first billion-dollar tech IPO on a major exchange may be imminent.

Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & CEO, Interswitch

Helios said to be working with Citigroup to sell Nigeria's Interswitch

Helios Investment Partners, an Africa-focused private equity firm, is preparing to sell Nigerian payments-processing group Interswitch Ltd. in a deal that could value the company at more than $1 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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.

Orange to sell 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios

Orange to sell 70% stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios

Orange confirmed an agreement to sell its 70 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya to Helios Investment Partners for an undisclosed sum.

L-R: Charles Ifedi, CEO, Verve; Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & MD, Interswitch; Akeem Lawal, Director, Interswitch. Credit: financialtechnologyafrica.com

Nigeria's Interswitch launches Verve payments service in Kenya

The Nigerian company Interswitch is to launch its Verve payments cards in Kenya, a move that should cut banks’ costs and threaten the dominant positions of Visa, MasterCard and the M-pesa mobile money service.

US President Barack Obama (L) and M-KOPA Solar representative. M-KOPA, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the global leader of “pay-as-you-go” energy for off-grid customers.

The African tech startup scene has been transformed in just four years

Last month DEMO Africa took place in Lagos, Nigeria, with 30 tech startups pitching to an audience of investors.

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.

A man walks past the Orange shop on Koinange Street in Nairobi. Credit: businessdailyafrica.com

Private equity firm Helios launches bid for France Telecom stake in Telkom Kenya (Orange Kenya)

Helios Investment Partners is the latest suitor said to be gunning for some or all of the 70 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya owned by France Telecom.

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With a billion Africans set to shop online, a new wave of start-ups is looking to cash in (Infographics)

Africa’s middle class is rising and they have money to spend. About a third of the continent spends between $4 to $20 a day—a group that is expected to grow to 42% by 2060, according to data from the Africa Development Bank. That’s more than a billion people.

Wale Tinubu, CEO, Oando

Vitol partners with private equity firm Helios in $276M deal to buy 60% of Oando's downstream business

Nigeria’s Oando has agreed to sell a 60 percent stake in its downstream business to Vitol and Helios Investment Partners for $276 million, the energy company said on Tuesday.

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.

Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director, Interswitch

Nigeria's Interswitch considers IPO dual-listing on London Stock Exchange & Nigerian Stock Exchange for Africa expansion

Interswitch Ltd., which processes payments for banks and owns a brand of debit cards in Nigeria, is considering initial public offerings in London and Lagos next year as it plans an expansion into new African markets.

There's plenty to go around. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Normally risk-averse US pension funds are starting to bet big on Africa

Private equity firms see Africa as the next big thing. But now US public pension funds are starting to look at the continent too.

Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer, New York State Common Retirement...

New York pension fund to invest up to $5.4B in Africa

The New York State Common Retirement Fund, one of the largest U.S. Pension funds and worth about $180 billion, plans to invest as much as 3% of its assets in Africa in the next five years to diversify its portfolio and boost returns.

Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga

21 Nigerian tech CEOs at the top of their game

Here are 21 of the country’s tech entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are making serious waves in the tech space.

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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.

Chris Folayan, a co-founder of MallforAfrica. Credit Thomas Patterson for The New York Times

Order from Amazon & Macy's in Nigeria: MallforAfrica now delivers over 120 global online retailers to Nigeria

Last year, when Tunde Adebayo needed three inflatable bouncy castles for KidzPlay, his event-planning business in Lagos, Nigeria, he turned to an online shopping service called MallforAfrica.

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.

Private equity firm Phatisa's $246M agriculture fund invests in Kenya's General Plastics

Private equity firm Phatisa's $246M agriculture fund invests in Kenya's General Plastics

Phatisa’s $246 million African Agriculture Fund has invested in General Plastics, a Kenyan manufacturer of packaging products, the private equity firm said on Wednesday.

Tope Lawani, Co-Founder & Partner, Helios

Private equity firm Helios to sell half its stake in Kenya's Equity Bank

Africa focused investment firm Helios will sell half its stake in Kenyan lender Equity Bank, or 12.22 percent of the bank’s shares, to Norway’s Norfininvest AS, the lender said on Friday.

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Helios raises $1.1B for largest ever Africa-focused private equity fund

Helios Investment Partners said it has stopped taking contributions for its third and largest private equity fund for African investments after exceeding a $1 billion target.

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.

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.