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Africa's growth-oriented focus and DFI-heavy investor base could make it more resilient than other PE markets and help the continent rebound from health crisis.
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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.
As political volatility and the downfall of Abraaj Group weigh on the region, some private equity firms are looking to niche strategies for success.
CDC, South Suez and 57 Stars discuss the risks – and returns – of investing in Africa.
From rising to falling star, Africa rewards those with discipline, patience and the skills to build a market leader.
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.
Several huge closes drove the average fund size to $778.8m in 2017, up from $564.2m the previous year.
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’.
Strong performance by privately held Dutch portfolio companies helped Cambridge Associates’ PE and VC index outperform listed comparables by 11ppt.
The trends to watch out for those investing in the continent.

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