INTO AFRICA May 2019 Edition – Private Equity: Nurturing Africa

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of INTO AFRICA, a publication written by the professionals, for professionals, investors, policymakers … Advancing and providing fresh insight into Africa’s emerging markets through renowned thought leadership and peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing. The edition is titled: Private Equity: Nurturing Africa.

African private equity (PE) has remained robust with the total value of fundraising increasing to US$2.7bn in 2018 from US$2.4bn in 2017, indicating investors’ ongoing confidence in African PE, based on African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) data. While the value of PE deals dropped marginally in 2018 to US$3.5bn from US$3.9bn in 2017. Also, the total value of African PE fundraising between 2013 and 2018 was US$17.8bn.

Private Equity has maintained its key role in Africa’s economic transformation and sustainable growth by supporting small-medium enterprises as well as promoting impact and sustainable investment in Africa. Private equity has also helped innovative and dynamic African companies achieve their ambition who may otherwise be limited only by a lack of capital and experience.

SHELLEY LOTZ (Head of Regulatory Affairs: Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA)) opens the discourse by demystifying the private equity fundamentals as well as offer some insight of the South Africa private equity sector. ADAM BENNOT (Senior Associate, Unlisted Investment Services, RisCura) picks up the baton by exploring the private equity exits in Africa and revealed the myth around the exit option of the PE funds. Continuing the next lap, HEDWIG SIEWERTSEN Head of Inclusive Finance, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)) delves into the art of managing expectation in private equity investment in Africa. The Investment Consulting Unit (Aon Hewitt Limited (Mauritius)) offers insight into understanding the benchmarking and valuation of private equity in Africa.


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