Private equity in Africa has come a long way since the early 1990s, which saw development financial institutions (DFIs) investing in government initiated development projects across the continent. The period that followed was characterised by the emergence of a limited number of South African focused PE funds, which over the next decade started to invest more widely across the continent. By 1997, there were 12 private equity funds that had collectively raised US$1bn to invest in Africa.
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Philippine’s Acudeen Technologies Wins Seedstars World Competition in Switzerland and Will Receive U
The Filipino startup, founded by Mario Jordan "Magellan" Fetalino III, was awarded the Seedstars trophy on stage by Pierre-Alain Masson, Co-founder at Seedstars Group and crowned the "Seedstars World Global Winner 2016" for their innovative solution that turns SMEs invoices into cash through discounting of their receivables, providing them with necessary working capital they are not getting from the banks.
Small and midmarket companies in the region for years have had limited access to financing, particularly bank loans, even in economies that are growing. But private-credit investors sense fresh opportunity as international banks pull back from the region amid stricter capital requirements and local institutions in recession-stricken countries such as Brazil divert more resources to contending with soured loans issued in more ebullient times.
Private Equity Africa’s first edition of the Annual Review Report includes in-depth views of how private equity in Africa links to global and emerging market trends. The publication also analyzes 2016 and historic deal-making, covering regions, sectors and key transactions.
Martina Fuchs, TV Host and Global Business Reporter for CCTV News (China Central Television) sits down with Robert van Zwieten in Beijing to discuss impact of regulatory and political changes on Chinese private equity industry and global emerging markets
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