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Actis invests $750m on infrastructure across emerging markets

By Princewill Ekwujuru

Actis, a private equity investor in emerging markets has  announced the investment of about   US$750m in it’s infrastructure 2nd  fund.  A report said that this pan-emerging markets fund will focus principally on opportunities in power generation and transport.

Paul Fletcher, Senior Partner at Actis said, “the need to build infrastructure in emerging markets is one of the great investment themes of our time – power, roads, ports, airports and bridges – these are the means through which these countries will continue to grow and prosper.”

Actis’s presence on the ground across Africa, China , India , Latin America and South East Asia gives the fund an unrivalled presence in its target markets. The firm’s local knowledge and relationships are invaluable for sourcing investment opportunities, developing local partnerships, and managing political and regulatory risk.

The infrastructure team comprises 14 people, based in Singapore , Mumbai and London . It is led jointly by Partners Michael Till and Torbjorn Caesar. Each team member averages 10 years of infrastructure and 11 years of emerging markets experience. They have a blend of expertise in infrastructure investing, operations, project finance and project development, having completed investments in over 20 countries in the fund’s target regions.

Infrastructure is a key pillar of Actis’s investment strategy alongside private equity and real estate.  This announcement follows the news that Actis closed its US$2.9bn private equity pan-emerging markets fund, AEM3 in November last year.

Actis is a leading investor in emerging markets, investing exclusively in Asia, Africa and Latin America . Actis has specialist teams dedicated to private equity, infrastructure and real estate and has a track record built on growth capital and leadership in control investing across its markets. Actis has over 100 investment professionals in nine offices worldwide who currently manage funds of US$4.8bn and a portfolio of around 60 investments on behalf of more than 100 institutional investors.


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