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Ethos pauses healthcare fundraise over pricing concerns – exclusive

The firm had been seeking $250m for the vehicle and was expecting to hold a first close in the second quarter of last year.

Danish pensions seed $740m sustainable development fund

The Danish SDG Investment Fund will invest in companies focused on renewables, water, financial services and agribusiness.

CDC to expand partnerships and co-investments with ex-Stan Chart hire

Stephen Priestley will lead a team in developing permanent capital vehicles and sunset funds focused on Africa and South Asia investments.

Investors venture into Africa’s start-up scene

More capital than ever is flowing to the continent’s entrepreneurs. With venture capital deal sizes increasing and international VCs joining local counterparts, is African VC reaching critical mass? Vicky Meek reports

Abraaj dismantling expected to begin in December

Colony Capital’s acquisition of the firm’s LatAm business is the most progressed of the sales processes underway for Abraaj funds, according to documents seen by PEI.

LeapFrog taps ex-Axa chief for impact leadership council – exclusive

Henri de Castries – who led the €1.4trn French insurance giant from 2000 to 2016 – will provide the firm’s board with new relationships and strategic guidance.

Africa ‘far ahead’ in ESG

Buttressed by a hefty proportion of capital and expertise provided by development finance institutions, African GPs are a force for sustainable change.

Where to eat, drink and raise capital in Johannesburg

The main LPs to meet? The most jaw-dropping view? Tanya van Lill, chief executive of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, gives the lowdown for first-time visitors.

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