Apis Partners closes Fund II at US$550m hard-cap
Fund II was oversubscribed, exceeding its US$400 million target and hitting its increased hard-cap
6 December 2019
Apis Partners, a global investment manager that supports growth stage financial services and financial technology businesses by providing them with catalytic growth equity capital, has completed fundraising for Apis Growth Fund II with US$550 million in limited partner commitments.
London, U.K. – Apis Partners LLP (“Apis Partners”) announced the final close of Apis Growth Fund II
(the “Fund”). The Fund closed at its increased hard-cap of US$550 million with total commitments of
US$563 million (including the GP commitment), exceeding the initial target fund size of US$400
million. Investors committing to Apis Growth Fund II include global banks, insurance companies,
development financial institutions, fund of funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and family
offices, across major global investor markets in the U.S., Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.
Apis Growth Fund II expects to make equity investments of between US$30 million and US$50
million into financial services with a focus on capital light financial services and financial technology
companies across the growth markets of Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.
Apis Growth Fund II will build on the successful financial services strategy and track record of Apis
Partners’ predecessor fund, Apis Growth Fund I which closed in 2016 with US$287 million of total
commitments, and will seek to partner with founders and management teams to invest in growth
stage companies in the financial services sector.
Apis Growth Fund II will invest in selected financial services and related business services, namely
in the sub-verticals of Payments, Credit and Savings, Insurance, Technology Enablers and Service
Providers, and Capital Markets. The Fund will back companies with innovative business models
adapted to local conditions and addressing a large portion of the unbanked or underbanked
Apis Growth Fund II has already invested in two companies: Tutuka, one of the leading global
emerging markets independent issuer processors; and Coda Payments, the leading South East
Asian multi-channel payment gateway. In addition, the Fund has signed a commitment to invest in
L&T IDF, a leading Non-Bank Financial Company (NBFC) focused on infrastructure refinancing in
“We are grateful for the continued support of our existing investors and are excited to welcome our
new investors to Fund II. This commitment brings with it the responsibility for us to continue to focus
on our investment activity and execute in our core areas of expertise” said Matteo Stefanel,
Managing Partner and Apis Co-Founder.
“We see this successful fundraising process as a clear endorsement by our investors of our deep
financial services expertise, and recognition of the strong potential in growth markets financial
services. This new fund will pursue our established strategy of investing in one of the most important
sectors, globally and in growth markets, namely financial services.” said Udayan Goyal, Managing
Partner and Apis Co-Founder.
The closing of Apis Growth Fund II follows an active and successful year for Apis, during which the
Firm completed 5 investments and a number of add-on acquisitions into portfolio companies. Apis
Partners has completed 14 investments to date in financial services across multiple sub-sectors.
About Apis Partners LLP
Apis Partners LLP (www.apis.pe) is a global investment manager that supports growth stage
financial services and financial infrastructure businesses by providing them with catalytic growth
equity capital. Apis Partners LLP’s team is comprised of 28 professionals with specialised expertise
in financial services and technology in growth markets, and it has offices or representation in
London, Lagos, Singapore, Mumbai, Nairobi, Johannesburg and New York.
Apis Partners LLP is highly conscious of the developmental impact that the provision of growth
capital for financial services in growth markets can achieve, and as such, financial inclusion is a core
tenet of Apis Partners LLP’s approach and investment mandate.
Apis Partners LLP is authorised and regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (auth. n.
628289). Apis Partners LLP is the manager of Apis Growth Fund I L.P., Apis Growth I (B) L.P. and
Apis Growth I Africa L.P., (collectively, Apis Growth Fund I) as well as Apis Growth Fund II L.P. and
Apis Growth II (B) L.P. (collectively, Apis Growth Fund II). As an exempt reporting adviser, Apis
Partners LLP is exempt from registration under the US Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
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