Top Private Equity Firms in Kenya

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1) Phatisa

 Phatisa is a private equity firm that was established in 2005. It has offices in Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Mauritius, Zambia, and London. This private equity firm is sector-specific and only invests in food and housing.

The company has three funds under its portfolio: Food fund 1, Food Fund 2, and Housing Fund. These three funds total have more than US$ 400 million under their belt.

Physical address

 Longonot Place, 7th Floor, Kijabe Street

 Nairobi, Kenya

 Telephone +254 (0) 20 232 7657

2) AfricInvest Capital Partners

This company was founded in 1994 and is part of the Integra Group- an investment and financial services company based in Tunisia.

The company has 18 funds under its management worth over $ 1.5 billion. It credits its growth to the strong networks it has with local and international investors and partnerships with development finance institutions in the United States and Europe.

 AfricInvest has invested in key growth industries in Kenya, including financial services, agribusiness, consumer/retail, education, and healthcare.

Physical address

The Mirage Building, Tower 3, 8th Floor, along Chiromo Road, Westlands

 P.O BOX 273 – 00202

 Nairobi, Kenya

 Telephone : +254 0728 606 975, +254 0701 640 136

3) Catalyst Principal Partners

Catalyst is a local private equity firm that invests in the consumer goods and retail, financial and business services, industrials, manufacturing and value-add processing, technology, and telecommunications sector.

When investing in these sectors it focuses on sectors with attractive underlying fundamentals, which are driven by compelling demographic trends and urbanization, rising consumer demand, a deepening middle class, under-penetrated rural mass market as well as convergence and integration of the regional economies.

Physical address

Delta Riverside Office Park, 3rd Floor,

 Block 2, Riverside Drive

P O Box 1858-00606 Nairobi Kenya

Telephone: (+254) 20 429 6000, (+254) 709 655 000, (+254) 733 400 499

Email: invest@catalystprincipal.com

4) StratLink 

This private equity firm is solely focused on emerging markets and has offices in Nairobi, Karachi, and Dubai.

The company connects SME’s, startups, and high performing social enterprises to their extensive network of funds, investors, donors, and foundations.

To boot, the company has over a decade of experience in raising strategic debt and equity capital.

Physical address

Delta Riverside Drive, Nairobi

 Tel: +254 222 222

 Email: info@stratlinkglobal.com

5) GroFin

 Grofin was started in 2004 and has operations in 15 countries covering Africa and the Middle East. It specializes in the finance and support of small and growing businesses (SGBs). 

So far it has invested in over 700 SMEs, in effect, these businesses have sustained over 90,900 jobs. 

The key sectors and industries it has invested in are healthcare, education, agribusiness, manufacturing, key services (water, waste & energy), food & accommodation, construction, wholesale & retail, and professional services.

Grofin is supported by over 34 international development finance institutions, development organizations, foundations, large companies, and private funders who have committed funding of nearly US$ 500 million.

Physical Address

Second Floor, CVS Plaza, Kasuku Rd, Off Lenana Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Email: kenya@grofin.com

Telephone: +254 20 273 0280, +254 72 425 7020, +254 73 599 3499

6) Open Capital

Open Capital is a leading private equity firm that serves Sub-Saharan Africa.

 It has offices in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Since it began operations, it has funded over 600+ businesses. It has helped businesses; investors, development partners, and the public sector identify opportunities, build markets, and deliver unique solutions. 

Its partners include Boston Consulting Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, McKinsey, and The World Bank.

Physical address

Lenana Towers, Nairobi, Kenya

Email: contact@opencapital.com

7) Fanisi Venture Capital Fund

Fanisi Capital was founded in 2009 by the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Amani Capital Limited.

Its SICAV-SIF is a US50M fund that makes direct investments (private equity and venture capital) in businesses with potential for substantial growth.

The firm has made direct investments in high growth businesses across the agriculture, healthcare, retail & consumer, and education sector.

Physical address

14 Riverside Drive 66162

Nairobi, Kenya

8) East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

EAVCA is an umbrella organization that represents private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds in East Africa.

Its membership currently boasts of 65 companies, representing DFIs, PE and VC fund managers, asset managers, and advisory firms.

At its core, EAVC promotes East Africa as a private capital destination.

Physical address

4th Floor – Delta Suites

Waiyaki Way (next to Deloitte), Nairobi

Telephone: +254 (0) 717 665 342

 Email: info@eavca.org

9) AHL Venture Partners

AHL began its operations in 2007 and has largely been an early-stage investor. It has offices in Kenya, Nairobi, Abidjan, and Cote d’Ivoire.

So far it has invested over $60 million in 23 high growth companies.

On top of that, it has 13 impact funds spread across 27 African Countries. Its key sectors of investment are in the energy, financial inclusion, food, and agriculture sectors.

AHL makes minority equity, quasi-equity, and debt investments in companies. Furthermore, it prefers business models that have increased profits that create increased impact and vice versa. 

Physical address

Block B, ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands

10) Chandaria Capital

A subsidiary of the Chandaria group, this private equity firm was started in 2017. Its mission is to fund passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs and help turn their ideas into businesses that will transform Africa.

One of the brands it has funded is Savannah Brands which is a food and beverage company.

The company produces authentic Kenyan craft beverages with Kenyan Originals as one of their popular drink.

Physical address

Baba Dogo Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 722 225 999

Email: info@chandariacapital.com

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Anthony Kiratu is the Founder of Finsolutions. He is a financial analyst with over 5 years experience in research, investment advisory, valuation and financial modelling. Anthony is a member of the Institute of Certified Investment and Financial Analysts and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He is passionate about development of African Capital Markets through training of investors and dissemination of information for sound financial and investment decision making process. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Certified Investment and Financial Analyst course in the subjects of International Finance, Portfolio Management, Equity Investment Analysis, and Fixed Income Securities. Email: anthony@finsolutions.co.ke Contact: +254 780216631

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