Taking Stock of 2012 and the Prospects for EM PE in 2013

As 2012 came to a close, EMPEA reached out to a number of the industry’s leading practitioners to solicit their reflections on the year gone by, and to glean insights on the prospects for emerging markets private equity in the year ahead. The Global Firms’ Views Paul Fletcher, Senior Partner,… Read More

The African Agriculture Fund Invests in Feronia (Sub-Saharan Africa)

The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), a private equity fund managed by Sub-Saharan Africa-focused firm Phatisa, has agreed to invest up to US$10.5 million in Feronia, a large-scale commercial farmland and plantation operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, through one of the fund’s subsidiaries. The subsidiary will invest… Read More

XSML Invests in Robusta Roasting Facility (Sub-Saharan Africa)

SME-focused private equity fund manager XSML has invested in Café Gbako, a coffee producer and retailer in the Central African Republic. XSML invested from its Central African SME Fund, which is targeting US$25 million in capital commitments. Café Gbako produces and exports Robusta coffee, and plans to use the… Read More

Shanduka Buys US$335 Million Stake in MTN Nigeria Unit (Sub-Saharan Africa)

South African investment holding company Shanduka Group has purchased a US$335 million minority stake in a Nigerian telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria, from three private investors including West Africa-focused private equity firm African Capital Alliance. Shanduka purchased the stake through its Shanduka Telecommunication (Mauritius) subsidiary. Additional details of… Read More

Venture Partners Botswana Exits Transport Holdings (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Venture Partners Botswana (VPB), a private equity and venture capital firm focused on Southern Africa, has exited from its investment in Botswana-based transportation and logistics company Transport Holdings. VPB invested in Transport Holdings in 2006 alongside South African conglomerate Imperial Group Holdings and earned a 10x cash-on-cash return multiple… Read More

Legal & Regulatory Bulletin – Issue No. 7, Autumn 2012

letter from the chairman This issue of the Legal and Regulatory Bulletin follows on a full week of very well attended and highly engaging EMPEA summits in London in late October. The topic of risk figured prominently during many of the sessions, with commentary ranging from tactical suggestions for identifying… Read More



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