Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2005 (Revised December 2005)

Actis & CDC: A New Partnership

by G. Felda Hardymon and Ann Leamon


The senior managing partner of Actis, a leading private equity investor in emerging markets, must decide whether to go into the market to raise money. Actis was spun out of CDC, a 50-year-old division of the U.K.'s Department for International Development, and is guaranteed a substantial flow of capital under the terms of the demerger agreement. Actis management has to decide whether to focus on developing relationships with its chief limited partner and honing its internal processes or to go out into the market to raise funds.

Keywords: Private Equity; Partners and Partnerships; Emerging Markets; Financial Services Industry; United Kingdom;


Hardymon, G. Felda, and Ann Leamon. "Actis & CDC: A New Partnership." Harvard Business School Case 805-122, March 2005. (Revised December 2005.)