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Private equity company Actis LLP will invest as much as $1.5 billion in African commercial property, hoping to profit from the region's growing middle class. London-based Actis plans to invest in shopping centers, office towers and industrial park projects.
Broll Property Group, based in the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Sandton and an affiliate of Los Angeles, CA-based CBRE, today has one of the largest commercial real estate management portfolios on the continent of Africa - 65 million square feet (six million square meters) in 15 countries.
In an unprecedented move, Johannesburg-based RMB Westport, South Africa's second-largest financial-services company, announced the property unit of its investment banking arm has raised $250 million to develop real estate in West Africa.