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Helios wins three awards at the 2016 Private Equity Africa GP & Advisor Awards

Helios wins three awards at the 2016 Private Equity Africa GP & Advisor Awards

The Private Equity Africa Awards exclusively celebrated the achievements of GP Investors and Advisors in 2015. The final award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. Helios Investment Partners was honoured with three awards.

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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Helios Investment Partners

Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: Helios Investment Partners

In addition to the direct financing OPIC provides to many projects in emerging markets, the Agency also supports development by providing financing to privately-owned and managed equity funds investing in emerging markets.

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Bringing African Shoppers to the Global Mall

Bringing African Shoppers to the Global Mall

Last year, when Tunde Adebayo needed three inflatable bouncy castles for KidzPlay, hisevent-planning business in Lagos, Nigeria, he turned to an online shopping service called MallforAfrica.

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Helios wins PEI 2015 Firm of the Year in Africa award

Helios wins PEI 2015 Firm of the Year in Africa award

FIRM OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA
1. Helios Investment Partners
2. The Abraaj Group
3. Actis


Africa saw a surge of investment in 2015, with figures from African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association’s PE Data Tracker showing $4.3 billion was raised for the region last year, compared with $1.9 billion a year earlier. It was in this booming environment that pan-African giant Helios Investment Partners knocked Actis off the top spot it had held for three consecutive years. After closing its third fund on its $1.1 billion hard-cap, making it the largest ever fund dedicated to African private equity, Helios also made its first-ever Egyptian investment, backing electronic and payments platform Fawry.
Other notable investments included acquiring a 12.4 percent stake in Canadian oil and gas company Africa Oil Corp for $100 million and backing Crown Agents, specialist providers of financial solutions in emerging markets. The firm followed this up with the exit of outdoor advertising company Continental Outdoor Media, as well as offloading its shares in Equity Bank to NSSF Uganda.

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