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Naqvi lawyer: US ‘political interests’ behind Abraaj charges

Barrister Hugo Keith QC says the US government's case is politically motivated due to the threat Abraaj Group and Arif Naqvi represent to US interests.

MENA generalists: are their days numbered?

As political volatility and the downfall of Abraaj Group weigh on the region, some private equity firms are looking to niche strategies for success.

Africa special: currency risk is the biggest concern for LPs

CDC, South Suez and 57 Stars discuss the risks – and returns – of investing in Africa.

African private equity: In search of a solid 3x

From rising to falling star, Africa rewards those with discipline, patience and the skills to build a market leader.

Actis: African recovery could whet LP appetites

Continued spending and economic growth in Africa could hint at a return for private equity fundraising in 2018, according to Sherif Elkholy, partner at Actis.

PE fundraising nears 2008 levels – updated

Several huge closes drove the average fund size to $778.8m in 2017, up from $564.2m the previous year.

Abraaj’s new head of impact: ‘We must be successful’

Kito de Boer, appointed managing partner to lead the growth market specialist’s impact investing business, told delegates in New York the firm must show other investors a ‘path to success’.

Non-US developed private funds beat public benchmark

Strong performance by privately held Dutch portfolio companies helped Cambridge Associates’ PE and VC index outperform listed comparables by 11ppt.

Africa: Five things you should know

The trends to watch out for those investing in the continent.

Old Mutual seeks $300m for international FoF – exclusive

The firm, one of Africa’s largest alternative asset managers, is raising its third fund of funds with an international focus.

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