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TPG Hires Ex-Goldman Banker to Consult on African Strategy

Posted On: 24 Oct 2014  |  Source: The Wall Street Journal  |  Author(s): Simon Clark and Alec Macfarlane  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

TPG, the private-equity firm founded by U.S. billionaire David Bonderman, has hired Frederick Antwi, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who was raised in Ghana, as a consultant to devise a strategy for prospecting investment opportunities in Africa, a person familiar with the situation said. TPG is lagging its U.S. private-equity rivals Blackstone Group LP, KKR & Co. and Carlyle Group LP, which have already established teams for Africa...

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Buyout firms remain upbeat on Africa’s riskiest markets

Posted On: 16 Oct 2014  |  Source: Financial News  |  Author: Alec Macfarlane  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Some of the world’s leading private equity investors in Africa remain upbeat about putting money to work in some of the continent’s most impoverished markets, including some economies that have been ravaged by the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. Speaking at the Financial Times and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s Private Equity in Africa Summit in London on Wednesday, many guest speakers were optimistic about investing...

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Summary of EMPEA and FT’s Private Equity in Emerging Markets Conference 2014

Posted On: 15 Oct 2014  |  Source: King & Wood Mallesons  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Today the Financial Times and EMPEA joined forces and brought together an impressive line-up of distinguished speakers who provided insights into the latest trends and best thinking on private equity investing around the world. Much of the conference focussed on the "new normal" of slower economic growth in an age of global deleveraging. Whilst the speakers were generally upbeat on the role of private equity and its ability to outperform...

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PE fundraising and investment activity sees upturn in emerging markets

Posted On: 14 Aug 2014  |  Source: Private Equity Wire  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Emerging markets private equity (EM PE) fundraising and investment activity in the first half of 2014 showed positive signs of growth, as funds raised and capital invested increased year-on-year. Fund managers raised USD20 billion and invested USD14 billion through the first six months of 2014, corresponding to a 48 per cent and 28 per cent increase, respectively, compared with the same period in 2013, and on pace to surpass...

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African pension funds a new capital source for private equity?

Posted On: 30 Jul 2014  |  Source: FTSE Global Markets  |  Category: EMPEA in the News

Africa's growing pension funds are 'uniquely aligned' to unlock the continent's potential by providing capital to the private equity segment, says EMPEA, the emerging markets private equity association."African pension funds can play a critical role in the region’s private equity industry mobilising an estimated $29bn and driving economic development," says  research conducted by the Commonwealth, the Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership Secretariat...

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