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Private equity funds

As the fund manager of a private equity fund investing in companies located in developing and emerging markets, you benefit from our in-depth expertise in funds and co-investment.

Reliability, speed and a significant understanding of structuring are crucial to your success. As a development finance institution, we stand for dependability and long-term commitment. We also offer support for company analysis and for the introduction of and managing the leading environmental, social and corporate governance standards.

Our fund and structuring experts are here to advise and support you in developing your fund. As an active and successful co-investor, we can efficiently close capital gaps for your investments in portfolio companies or act as a sparring partner in relation to content. As a further example, in the environmental and social sphere we can take responsibility for certain areas of due diligence and implementation control.

DEG is a very experienced investor in developing and emerging-market countries, with a portfolio of more than 130 active fund investments and over 100 direct and co-investments.

We will help you to build up a strong and effective network. For this purpose we bring you together with appropriate decision-makers and potential investors. You can also count on the staff at our 20 locations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

DEG customer comments

Wen Ling Lim COO Integra Partners

We love our partnership with DEG. Together we support tech companies driving inclusive, responsible financial and digital health services in South and Southeast Asia.

Wen Ling Lim, COO of Integra Partners

What we offer


As a co-investor we supply our fund customers with capital for sustainable and impactful investments through equity investment and loans.

DEG finances only in emerging and developing countries. These are regularly defined in the OECD Development Committee (DAC). The current DAC list with our partner countries can be found here.

We provide you with support from the very beginning. Through our investment in your fund, we can offer you a stable capital base, as an anchor investor and signaller even in the first closing. If necessary, we can also invest in portfolio companies on equal terms as a co-investor.

At a glance:

• Capital investment in the fund

• Subscription generally as early as first closing

• Representation of investors and advice for general partner through seat on the fund's Advisory Committee

• Support also for challenges in your portfolio through our Business Support Services

• Investment possible as experienced co-investor in the fund's portfolio companies

• Fund investments starting from USD 10 million and a DEG share of <20% in the final closing

Advice plus support

If we invest in your fund, we provide additional support for you and the companies that you finance in order to further develop them in a targeted manner. In this way we can co-finance various accompanying measures.

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The BSS programme aims to enhance the sustainability of funds and the companies in which they invest, with regard to their environmental and social management, and to promote good business practices. Areas in which BSS can be supportive include, for example, corporate governance, risk management, resource and energy efficiency, as well as further training for employees and suppliers.

Common topics for Business Support Services:

Advising on environmental and social management in the financial sector

We invest in funds that have a high-quality environmental and social management system. As a result, they should be able to identify risks in the environmental and social sphere and to control them specifically. If there is a need for advisory when introducing a system of this type, DEG can finance a portion of the costs.

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Your challenge

We can also advise you in relation to other challenges. Together with you, we can develop solutions to boost the performance and positive development of the fund or the companies in which you invest.

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Sustainable growth in North Africa

Private equity company Mediterrania Capital Partners provides growth capital for medium-sized, high-impact companies. As an anchor investor, DEG strengthens the fund’s equity base.

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Capital for fintech start-ups in Southeast Asia

Together with DEG as anchor investor, the fund manager Integra Partners is investing with its Partners Fund II L.P. in companies in Southeast Asia that drive transformation and inclusion in the financial services sector.

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Further examples of private equity funds financed by DEG

DEG: EUR 15 million for African tech fund

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DEG: USD 29.5 million for investment in renewable energy

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DEG: USD 20 million for financing tech companies in Ukraine

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