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Although emerging markets are still a risky bet for LPs and GPs, Africa seems to be attracting a growing influx¬†of capital. Last week, CNBC reported, “PE funds invested $8.1 billion in African companies over 2014, the second highest total ever after the $8.3 billion in 2007.” Although the $8.1 billion pales in comparison to US-focused investments, the increase in Africa-focused funds and deals¬†is not insignificant. Much of the focus has been on the telecommunications sector.

It remains to be seen if the¬†dollars will continue to flow to Africa and other emerging markets in 2015.¬†Bain’s recent Global Private Equity Report¬†expressed doubt and suggested, “at a time when political, economic and social uncertainties are running high‚ÄĒas they are in most markets around the world today‚ÄĒPE investors are reflexively taking steps to reduce their risk exposure.”

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