Private Equity


Habito, an app that helps you find the right mortgage, raises £18.5M Series B led by Atomico

Habito, an app that helps you find the right mortgage, raises £18.5M Series B led by Atomico

Habito, a London startup that is bringing the entire mortgage process online, has raised £18.5 million in Series B funding. Atomico, the European VC firm founded by Skype’s Niklas Zennström, led the round, with participation from existing investors Ribbit Capital, Mosaic Ventures, and Revolutionary (Ad)Ventures. It brings the total raised by the U.K. company to [...]

#SAAS Algolia lève 53 millions de dollars et se lance à Londres

#SAAS Algolia lève 53 millions de dollars et se lance à Londres

La startup française Algolia boucle un tour de table de série B mené par Accel auprès des fonds SaaStr, Alven Capital, Point Nine Capital et Storm Ventures mais aussi de plusieurs prestigieux business angels, à l’instar de Clark Vallberg, le CEO d’InVision.
Jackpot pour Algolia ! La startup française vient de boucler un nouveau tour de table [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 21

Tech deals were the flavor of the week in Africa’s private capital investment world last week. There were three private equity transactions reported, for established companies and a startup.
Google, Convergence Partners, the IFC and Mitsui & Company are teaming up to commit up to $100 million to CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company building wholesale metro fibre optic networks [...]

Africa Capital Digest week 20

Africa Capital Digest week 20

Hopefully, small proves to be beautiful for the Africa-focused private equity investors making deals last week. Because, the common theme of the week was deals of the smaller variety. Not that they don’t have big plans. They do.
Fresh from holding a first close for its second fund in early April, Catalyst Principal Partners has completed the [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 15

Africa Capital Digest Week 15

Once again, private equity fund raising hogged the limelight in Africa’s private capital markets last week. It seems the continent is in step with the global trend in fund raising, which has got off to a quick start this year. While a nice challenge, how and where to put all this fresh capital to work [...]

Les fonds d’investissement ou la bonne recette de l’africapitalisme

Les fonds d’investissement ou la bonne recette de l’africapitalisme

Que de chemin parcouru en moins de 15 ans ! Il suffit de regarder en arrière alors que la 14e conférence annuelle de l’African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) se déroule à Abidjan pour s’en convaincre. Partie de zéro, l’activité des fonds d’investissement sur le continent est de nouveau en croissance et renoue progressivement avec les [...]

Investir en Afrique subsaharienne: risque ou opportunité?

Investir en Afrique subsaharienne: risque ou opportunité?

La crise que vivent de nombreux pays subsahariens en raison de la baisse du prix du pétrole et du gaz offre plus que jamais de réelles opportunités d’investissement. C’est notamment le cas en Angola et au Mozambique

Investir en Afrique subsaharienne n’est pas sans risque. Secteur financier quasi inexistant ou à peine naissant, contrôle du mouvement [...]

Africa Capital Digest Week 14

Africa Capital Digest Week 14

Fund raising news dominated the headlines in Africa’s private capital world last week. Both fund launches and partial closes. And in various shapes and sizes for various asset classes.
The biggest private equity fund making news last week came courtesy of Catalyst Principal Partners. The Nairobi-based fund manager held a first close for its second fund, touching [...]

Africa Capital Digest week 13

Africa’s private equity market watchers got a jolt on Friday. Not an unwelcome one, you understand, in fact rather the opposite. The biggest transaction in some time was announced by The Carlyle Group who have agreed to acquire Royal Dutch Shell’s onshore assets in Gabon in a $587 million deal. The transaction is being executed through Assala Energy, [...]

AfDB: ‘There Has Never Been A Better Time For Africa To Attract Capital Investment’

AfDB: ‘There Has Never Been A Better Time For Africa To Attract Capital Investment’

“There has never been a better time for Africa to attract capital investment for good bankable projects from sovereign funds, global pension plans and other available capital in the financial system” said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank at the “Investing in Africa” conference hosted by The Wall Street Journal in London on [...]