Amethis Finance: Best Private Equity Impact Investing Team Sub-Saharan Africa 2020


Amethis was founded by Africa investment specialists with 20 years of industry experience. With over €725m under management dedicated to the continent, Amethis promotes Africa as a worthy frontier market. World Bank data backs that up, showing strong macro-economic fundamentals, improving political stability and structural growth over the last 25 years. Amethis is a leading private equity manager, with offices in Paris, Abidjan, Casablanca, Nairobi and Luxembourg — and an Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) to build regional champions with sustainable economic empowerment. The ESMS is a long-term bridge linking every stage of the investment process. It identifies specific ESG targets to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on poverty, economic growth and responsible consumption and production. Amethis works closely with investees to co-create positive returns at economic, environmental and social levels. Portfolio companies are monitored through calls and on-site visits to ensure strong ESG performance. Shareholder covenants give Amethis the right to walk away if a company fails to comply with its high standards or to mitigate any high residual risks stipulated in its ESG action plan. The judging panel applauds these strong ethical commitments and equally strong execution capacity. Amethis has raised €725m in equity and closed 25 equity investments since its inception. The judges unanimously declare Amethis Finance as the winner of the 2020 award for Best Private Equity Impact Investing Team (Sub-Saharan Africa).

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