Archive for July 2017

Africa Capital Digest Week 31

Africa Capital Digest Week 31

By acquiring Fertilizer and Inputs Holding from Louis Dreyfus Company last week, Helios Investment Partners is making one of Africa’s bigger private equity deals of the year. According to The Financial Times, people familiar with the deal value the transaction at being around $200 million, split equally between debt and equity. Helios plans to provide the firm, which posts about [...]

The biggest UK startup investments in 2017 so far

The biggest UK startup investments in 2017 so far

WIRED takes a look at which UK startups have raised more than £10 million this year
Even as UK startups face an uncertain future post-Brexit, there are some that are doing particularly well. Data released by Dealroom.co earlier this year showed the country’s startups had raised £818 million in the first quarter of 2017 - a slight [...]

Venture capital for Africa révèle les clés de réussite des startups du Continent

Venture capital for Africa révèle les clés de réussite des startups du Continent

La dernière livraison de la plateforme de connexion et de levée de fonds, Venture Capital for Africa, apporte une donne encore ignorée dans les performances de la jeune entreprise en Afrique : sa réussite repose d’abord sur le potentiel et la solidité de ses fondateurs. Intitulée «2017 Venture Finance in Africa», l’étude fait le zoom sur [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 30

Deals in Africa tended to be on the small size last week. The agribusiness and power sectors saw most of the activity, although there were a couple of financial services sector items of interest.
Sanlam Private Equity announced that it is acquiring a 60% interest in JAB Dried Fruit Products, a processor and distributor of dried fruits [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 29

Africa Capital Digest Week 29

There were, for Africa, some big numbers flying about last week for private equity deals. Only one concerned a direct investment of capital, however, while the others related to deals that had been done or are about to be done.
Milost Global, a New York-based private equity firm with $25 billion in committed capital, agreed to [...]

Télécoms et digitalisation, le grand gâchis africain ?

Télécoms et digitalisation, le grand gâchis africain ?

Vantée depuis des années pour sa vitalité et sa croissance exponentielle, les télécoms en Afrique sont à la croisée des chemins. Partagée entre grands opérateurs qui cherchent à consolider leurs marges et régulateurs souvent en panne de vision, la digitalisation de l’Afrique et la nécessaire démocratisation de l’accès au réseau souffre désormais d’un sous-investissement chronique. [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 28

Africa Capital Digest Week 28

This week, we’re starting with some interesting fund news. Yeelen Capitalannounced that has held a €30 million initial close for the Yeelen Financial Fund, a new private equity investment vehicle fund focused on opportunities in the financial services sector in the WAEMU region.

Yeelen was selected by the West African Development Bank earlier this year to raise, [...]

The Battle of Fintech vs Cybercrime

The Battle of Fintech vs Cybercrime

Bitcoin is now worth more than gold, and internet banking and mobile money usage globally has rocketed by 34% in the past six years. One thing has outpaced this growth, however: the rate of online fraud.
“Cyber fraud is growing even faster than the move to digital. According to the FBI, losses from online fraud have [...]

London reinforcing its grip on being the ‘tech capital’ of Europe as record amount of start-up investment flows in

London reinforcing its grip on being the 'tech capital' of Europe as record amount of start-up investment flows in

More than £1.1billion was handed to technology startups from January to June
UK companies received more investment than Germany and France combined
London has received more than twice as much funding as German capital Berlin

By CHARLIE MOORE FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK
PUBLISHED: 10:52 BST, 5 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:01 BST, 5 July 2017

Post Brexit vote London has reinforced its [...]