Actis is a leading private equity investor in emerging markets

We are a pioneer in our field with a 60-year history of investing exclusively in emerging markets. We believe that by capturing and sharing knowledge across the firm and by building a diversified portfolio of investments, we are well positioned to achieve superior returns.

We have US$4.6 billion funds under management and have over 100 investment professionals located across the emerging markets working together to deliver what we call the positive power of capital.

Investment approach

Actis invests in growing companies with a proven track record in industries that are benefiting from the key drivers of economic change.

Much of the economic growth in emerging markets can be linked to the rise in personal wealth and consumption and increased investment in domestic infrastructure. Sectors that are typically stimulated by these drivers are naturally the sectors in which Actis invests.

We focus on transactions where we can proactively work with other shareholders to create value for the benefit of all parties. Whether the transaction is an acquisition of a non-core subsidiary, the provision of growth capital for a family business or an acquisition-led sector consolidation, Actis seeks an active role in assisting and empowering management to build world class businesses.

Actis invests in three assets classes:

Private equity

Actis provides a variety of funding solutions for companies. We provide equity capital for buyout and growth transactions, typically with a minimum investment size of US$50m. We may take a controlling or a minority stake depending on the particular needs of the business shareholders and managers.


Actis invests in infrastructure businesses in Africa, Latin America and South and South East Asia. We have a particular focus on power and transport. We will invest at all stages of the project life, from providing development or expansion capital to acquiring mature operational assets.

Real Estate

Nowhere is there a stronger demand for quality estate developments than in Africa. Our team of experienced real estate professionals is based in Johannesburg, Lagos and London. We typically invest equity capital in office, residential, retail and mixed use.

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