Infrastructure Data Insight (Year-End 2019)

Infrastructure funds raised USD5.2b in 2019, led by closes for Actis and NIIF funds EM-focused infrastructure fund managers raised USD5.2 billion in 2019, led by commitments to two landmark funds: the USD1.2 billion Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund and National Infrastructure Investment Fund’s Master Fund, which reached a fourth close… Read More

Year-End 2019 Global Private Capital Industry Data & Statistics

EMPEA Members log in to receive exclusive access to the detailed report (PDF) and underlying data (Excel). EM-focused private capital vehicles raised USD78 billion in 2019, with a slowdown in pan-Asia and China-dedicated funds largely offset by increased fund closes from multi-regional GPs. Fund managers deployed record levels… Read More

Credit prepares to run with the sustainable investing baton

The ‘responsible’ movement has gained momentum in emerging markets, but credit may be on the verge of replacing equity as the main driver of change. In outlining a potted history, David Creighton of Convergence explains why The concept of sustainability is not new. Earlier forms of this movement emerged when… Read More

Apis Partners Reaches USD563 Million Final Close for Second Fund

Apis Partners, an Africa- and Asia-focused private equity fund manager focused on financial services and fintech opportunities, has reached a final close for its second fund with USD563 million in capital commitments. Investors in the fund include global banks, funds of funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, insurance… Read More

Norwest Reaches USD2 Billion Final Close for Fifteenth Fund

Global venture capital and growth equity investment firm Norwest Venture Partners has reached a final close for Norwest Venture Partners XV with USD2 billion in capital commitments. The fund will make seed-to-late-stage investments in consumer, enterprise, and health care companies based in North America, India, and Israel. Read More

Emerging Markets Funds: Not in Kansas Anymore

This article is not about the Abraaj Group, but as the Abraaj train wreck seems at last to be in the course of resolution it seemed a good moment to reflect on the current state of emerging markets funds, particularly those that are development institution backed. Before you read more… Read More

The Rise of Impact Investing: Making the Case to Fiduciary Managers

Impact investing is a powerful tool to eradicate poverty, promote economic development and address climate change. Equally, impact is now winning growing acceptance as an asset class among investors. However, many investment managers charged with a fiduciary duty to pension plans or other institutions continue to assume that impact is… Read More

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