Actis Umbrella Fund LP

South Africa, China, Indonesia, India, Rwanda, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, 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 CDC 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 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 CDC committed capital to the business or project.

For funds, this is the date that CDC 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 CDC has committed to the business or project (it may be a combination of equity and debt).

For funds, this is the total amount that CDC has committed to the fund.


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


Investments made by this fund

  • Active
  • Exited
Investment name Country Region Sector Start date Status
Seven Energy (Formerly Exoro Energy/Gulf of Guinea Energy Limited)

Seven Energy is an upstream oil & gas company based in Nigeria but with ambition to expand in Western Africa. Seven Energy has a large interest in the undeveloped onshore Uquo Field to the east of the Niger.

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Nigeria Africa, West Africa Others February 2007 Active

Inpac is the largest paper packaging company in Northern China; a one-stop service, fulfilling paper and packaging requirements with a just-in-time (4 hour) capability between order and delivery.

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China Rest of the World Manufacturing April 2007 Active