The factors affecting the selection of GPs in Africa

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Important considerations when selecting African private equity GPs

By investor group

By location

By location excl. DFIs

By location excl. FoFs

By location excl. DFIs and FoFs

When evaluating an African private equity fund manager, limited partners consistently cited track record and operational expertise among the most important considerations. Further consideration is given to the length of the relationship of the core team of the general partner, as well as involvement of experienced limited partners in the fund.

Willingness to invest in an African GP’s first fund

By investor group

By location

By location excl. DFIs

By location excl. FoFs

By location excl. DFIs and FoFs

The majority of the respondents expressed willingness to consider investing in a first-time fund manager in Africa, particularly if the team had other experience to draw on from time at other general partners or if the team could show experience in executing transactions on a deal-by-deal basis from investment through to exit.

Preferred location for African GPs

By investor group

By location

By location excl. DFIs

By location excl. FoFs

By location excl. DFIs and FoFs

60% of the respondents were of the opinion that African private equity fund managers should be based in the most significant target market in Africa, while a further 18% said that general partners should be based across different locations.

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