Aureos launches debut central Asia fund

Aureos Capital, an emerging markets private equity firm, is raising a $100m fund for investments in central Asia as it seeks to capitalise on the region’s thriving SME sector.

Emerging markets private equity firm Aureos Capital has launched a $100 million (€74 million) fund that will target investments in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. The fund will also look at deal opportunities in the Kyrgyz Republic, Georgia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


The fund will have a target internal rate of return of 20 percent and will seek to make investments in the $2 million to $10 million range.


The region has a thriving SME segment, driven by GDP growth, strong energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, and regional economic integration.


Founded in 2001, Aureos has raised nearly $600 million for investments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The firm currently manages 19 private equity funds and has a network of 24 offices.