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LP appetite for emerging markets wanes

According to a survey of LPs by placement agent Probitas Partners, declining interest in China is driving a drop-off across emerging markets.

Urbanisation prompts Abraaj to acquire dining chain from ECP

The firm’s $990 million Africa Fund III aims to benefit from the continent’s rapidly expanding middle class.

Abraaj prepares $800m Africa fund launch

The firm plans to target Asian investors for the first time.

Actis in $220m Africa energy deal

The UK-based emerging markets firm has added to its African energy portfolio by acquiring utilities in Cameroon.

Gresham books 2x return on Swift sale

The UK firm has now realised most of the investments in the £235m Gresham Fund III, after selling specialist oil and gas recruitment provider Swift to US firm Wellspring.

Outsourcing fund admin not always reliable

Despite often being required to use independent fund administrators, fund managers have to comb through the results to ensure reports from service providers are accurate.

Study: Transparency among Indian companies high

Indian companies are the most transparent among the BRICS, while Chinese companies are the least, according to a new study by Transparency International.

Five Minutes with Steve Costabile

Mexico is the most industrialised country in Latin America by percent of GDP and presents attractive opportunities for fund of funds managers, says PineBridge's head of private funds group, Steve Costabile.

Electra sells Lil-lets to trade buyer

The sale of the feminine hygiene brand, which is understood to have generated a ‘close to 1.5x return’, is Electra’s third exit this year after making 15x on Allflex and 3x return on Esure.

Private equity vets to launch African trade group

Founded by seven established private equity firms, the East Africa Venture Capital Association will launch on 7 November.

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