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Reframing African Private Equity

James Rae, Associate, Funds&Asset Management, Herbert Smith Freehills
Feb. 28, 2024, 12:52 p.m.
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Broadly, it is common to state that private equity has not worked well in Africa. Private equity generated much hype in the noughties, a period of stagnation for global markets. Large buyout operations came looking for large ticket sizes in a market that was, simply put, not large enough to deliver the right portfolio or sophisticated enough to provide the right exits. A number of players made high-profile exits from the market, and the stain never washed out.

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