Our history

70+ years of experience in growth markets

Actis was established in 2004 after spinning out from CDC Group, the UK Government's development finance institution, established in 1948 to promote private sector investment in former British territories. 

A track record of innovation and excellence 

Our heritage has provided us with a uniquely detailed knowledge of our markets and an unrivalled network of contacts and advisors.  Many members of the Actis management and investment teams previously worked at CDC Group and bring years of experience of investing across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Throughout its history, Actis has consistently applied an investment framework aimed at protecting capital and maximising returns through changing economic and market conditions.  Actis has raised US$14 billion since inception from over 235 institutional investors.

The UK Government founds CDC Group to invest development capital in the Commonwealth


Actis spins out of CDC Group as an independent private equity firm, 60% owned by Actis partners

Actis raises US$1.4bn in separate regional funds


Actis raises US$2.9bn for a global private equity fund, Actis Emerging Markets 3


Actis raises US$750m for its global energy infrastructure fund, Actis Infrastructure 2


Actis becomes a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)


Actis Partners acquire the remaining 40% from the UK Government

Actis raises US$1.147bn for its global energy fund, Actis Energy 3

Actis raises US$268m for its second African real estate fund, Actis Africa Real Estate 2


Actis raises US$1.7bn for its fourth global private equity fund, Actis 4


Actis announces the election of Torbjorn Caesar as the Firm’s new Senior Partner


Actis achieves A rating for PRI’s Reporting and Assessment framework  


Actis raises over $500m for third African real estate fund 


Actis closes fourth energy fund over the hardcap at US$2.75bn


Closed first Asia Real Estate fund