Actis Umbrella Fund LP

Nigeria, South Africa, China, Indonesia, India, Rwanda, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Thailand Financial services, Education, Others, Manufacturing, Food and agriculture, Other consumer services, Health, Business services

Actis is a leading investor in growth markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its three separate investment groups focus on energy and infrastructure; real estate; and general sectors, including consumer, education, financial services, healthcare, industrial, manufacturing, and retail.

Actis was formed in 2004 following a restructuring of British International Investment designed to bring more equity capital into developing countries and the two organisations have a shared history.

The London-based firm has offices across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This investment was made when British International Investment was named CDC Group. It was also was made under a previous strategy. We disclose information on all our current investments, but narrative information on our pre-2012 investments, when we introduced a new strategy, may be limited.

Key facts


Since 2012, we’ve only invested in Africa and South Asia. Investments outside these regions are from our pre-2012 portfolio.

Rest of the World

We have seven priority sectors. However, we continue to invest outside these sectors, largely in the most challenging regions, as new investment supporting any sector helps to underpin the private sector, and create jobs and livelihoods for people. For funds, the sectors listed here are those the fund has invested in so far.

Business services, Education, Financial services, Food and agriculture, Health, Manufacturing, Other consumer services, Others
Investment type

We provide capital in three broad ways: direct equity, debt, and intermediated equity (principally through investment funds).

Intermediated investment
Fund manager:
Actis LLP
Start date

For direct investments, this is the date British International Investment committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that British International Investment committed capital to the fund.

For underlying fund investments, this is the date that the fund invested capital into the business.e

April 2006

For direct investments, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that British International Investment has committed to the fund.


This is the investee company’s place of incorporation; or a fund’s jurisdiction.


Investments made by this fund

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  • Exited
Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Candax Energy Inc

Candax is an upstream exploration and production (E&P) company that buys and develops upstream oil and gas assets in North Africa.

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Tunisia Africa, North Africa Others August 2005 Active
Taizinai Biotechnology China Rest of the World Food and agriculture July 2006 Active
Sinai Marble Egypt Africa, North Africa Others June 2007 Active
Asia Pacific Exploration Consolidated (APEC) Indonesia Rest of the World Others October 2007 Active
LMKR Holdings Limited

LMKR Holdings is a provider of information management solutions to the oil and gas industry, with outsourcing expertise in developing and implementing advanced solutions for storage, processing, simulation and integration of sub-surface data relating to the exploration and production (E&P) of oil and gas.

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Pakistan South Asia Others October 2007 Active
Mivan Far East Limited India, Malaysia Rest of the World, South Asia Manufacturing December 2007 Active
Ambow China Rest of the World Education September 2008 Active
Teknicast Sdn Bhd

Teknicast is a niche aluminium die -casting business in Malaysia. It produces high precision aluminium products mainly for long term customers in the international oil and gas industry.

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Malaysia Rest of the World Others September 2008 Active
Plateno Group Ltd (formerly 7 Days Inn)

7 Days is one of the leading budget hotel chains in China. The company provides an affordable, yet quality, hospitality service to the growing number of leisure and corporate travellers in China.

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China Rest of the World Other consumer services October 2008 Active

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