Helios Investment Partners
O’Melveny represented Helios Investment Partners (Helios), a leading pan-African private investment firm, in the raising of its third Africa-focused fund, which hit its hard cap at US$1.1 billion in February 2015, well ahead of the fundraising schedule. Continued strong support from existing investors, who represent over 60 percent of the capital committed to Helios Investors III, L.P. (Helios III), coupled with commitments from other leading global institutional investors, enabled Helios to raise what is the largest fund dedicated to African private equity. In fact, the US$1.1 billion final close of Helios III broke Helios’ own record for the largest Africa-focused fund ever raised. The diverse investor base for Helios III includes sovereign wealth funds, corporate and public pension funds, endowments and foundations, funds of funds, family offices, and development finance institutions across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Africa.