Peter Schmid

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Partner: co-Head, Private Equity



“Actis is about global opportunity plus great people – it’s simple, but incredibly powerful.”

Peter relishes the adrenalin buzz and high pressure of the deal-making but he really enjoys watching the transformation of the portfolio companies and their management teams, once the benefits of private equity have positively transformed the business.

Peter grew up in South Africa and has worked in emerging market private equity for 24 years; originally Head of Actis’ South African office, he then assumed responsibility for the African and Latin American private equity businesses before heading Actis’ Private Equity activities for five years..

Peter joined Actis in 2004 from Ethos Private Equity where he spent eleven years, originating and leading ten MBO / LBOs including two of the largest private equity deals in Africa to date, Waco International, while at Ethos; and Alexander Forbes at Actis. Prior to joining Ethos, Peter spent three years as a corporate finance adviser for Anglo American plc in South Africa and three years at Price Waterhouse.

Peter holds a degree in Commerce and Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand and is a Chartered Accountant.