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Lead Sponsors

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Ethos is an investment firm managing private equity and credit strategies in South Africa and selectively in sub-Saharan Africa. With 33 years history, we have an unparalleled record of successful, sustainable investing across economic and political cycles. Pioneering spirit Founded in 1984, Ethos was instrumental in establishing the asset class in the region, concluding the first buyout (1984); first public-to-private deal (1992); first BEE deal (1994); and, first international fund raising (1996). With R8.5bn (US$805 million) in commitments, Ethos Fund VI is one of the largest pools of third-party capital in Africa. Specialising in control and joint-control acquisitions and expansion capital, in medium-to-large businesses; to date we have made 105 investments and exited 94. Innovation bias

Ethos recently launched Mid Market and Mezzanine funds. In parallel, we listed Ethos Capital on the JSE which provides shareholders with a unique opportunity to invest into Ethos-managed funds; it also diversified our sources of funding. We are continuously assessing opportunities to launch new fund and investment strategies. Driving innovation, while addressing investor needs, is core to our long-term success. Investing for growth In September 2017, Ethos announced that RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers will invest behind Ethos’ growth strategy in a series of transactions resulting in them acquiring a combined stake of up to 30%. This investment includes a BEE component, ensuring that 25% of the company continues to be owned by a broad base of historically disadvantaged shareholders (including Black Ethos executives, staff and the Ethos Educational Foundation Trust). Ethos partners and executives continue to hold the majority of Ethos shares.

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Lead Legal Sponsors

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Bowmans is a leading Pan-African law firm. Its track record of providing domestic and cross-border legal services in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution, spans over a century. With 400 specialised lawyers, Bowmans is differentiated by its geographical reach, independence and the quality of legal services it provides. The firm delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from six offices in four African countries.

Bowmans works closely with leading Nigerian firm Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie and Mozambique-based boutique firm, Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados. It also has strong relationships with other leading law firms across the rest of Africa. Awards include African Legal Adviser (DealMakers – 2014 to 2016) and South African Law Firm of the Year (Who’s Who Legal - 2016). Bowmans was the only firm to be ‘highly commended’ in the category of African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice in 2017. The firm is well placed to assist private equity sector clients navigate the complexities of investing in Africa.

Members of its Private Equity Sector Group have advised on some of the largest private equity transactions undertaken in the region to date and have been involved in the formation of a number of Africa-focused private equity funds. The firm specialises in downstream structuring and forming private equity funds whose geographic mandate is focused within Africa. It has a long history of advising private equity funds on all aspects of their downstream mergers and acquisitions activity. Bowmans private equity specialists are commercial and innovative in finding solutions that balance the needs of different interest groups. Its clients range from private equity and venture capital houses to investors, management, banks and financial institutions, throughout Africa and worldwide.

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ENSafrica is Africa's largest law firm, with over 600 practitioners, and 100 years of experience in high-level, complex commercial work. The firm's focus is on what's best for the client and striving for excellence, in offering and service. ENSafrica is committed to providing clients with cost-effective outcomes by ensuring work is done at the right level, and in the manner that best suits clients' preferences and pricing structures.

While many recognise the unique opportunities for trade, investment and growth that Africa represents, predicting in-country and across-region risks is not easy, particularly given the rate of exponential change impacting multiple indicators, whether economic, political, technological or social. ENSafrica is an independent law firm, with fully integrated offices across Southern, West and East Africa and Mauritius. The firm offers clients many years' accumulated know-how and experience, whether doing business in-country or cross-continent, helping to minimise risk and leverage business opportunities across Africa.

ENSafrica offers a comprehensive range of private equity and venture capital professional services throughout Africa. The firm's private equity and venture capital team provides seamless, innovative structuring and transactional advice, and is made up of specialists in M&A, international and local corporate tax, exchange control, banking and finance, securitisation, valuations and regulatory compliance. The combination of the team's expertise in these areas, its on-the-ground presence across Africa, and its ability to draw on the experience and expertise of the firm's other professionals in relation to industry-specific transactions, means that clients receive the most appropriate all-round advice to suit their needs.

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Hogan Lovells is a leading international law firm bringing together professionals from across the world to advise clients on their inbound, outbound and pan-African investments. Our lawyers are considered trusted advisers with the experience, knowledge and local understanding to navigate complex and challenging business issues. With a dedicated Africa team that stretches across 50 offices, we work with our clients and local partners to deliver the best possible results and provide the highest quality service.

Jeff Buckland heads up the private equity practice in our South African office, supported by a highly collaborative team of over 30 experienced private equity, M&A and funds lawyers from our offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

We offer sophisticated solutions-oriented advice for the full fund life cycle, including advice on fund structuring and formation in multiple jurisdictions; co-funding for an acquisition of a portfolio company involving senior, mezzanine and shareholder (management) debt; structuring and implementing fund acquisitions (including cross-border transactions); structuring and restructuring portfolio companies; structuring and implementing fund disposals and exit strategies; and the dissolution of funds.

Our private equity team has assisted investors, sponsors and management teams with every type of investment fund in most sectors and in multiple jurisdictions, providing pragmatic and seamless legal advice on every aspect relating to investment funds. Together with our global M&A colleagues and our dedicated Africa practice, we have advised on deals around the world with a total transaction value exceeding US$500 billion over the last three years.

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Webber Wentzel provides specialised legal and tax services to the private equity industry in Africa, including in relation to fund formation, acquisitions and disposals and management arrangements. We have been consistently involved in the highest profile transactions in South Africa and have extensive experience in the rest of Africa. Our experienced platform is enhanced by our collaborative alliance with Linklaters, our associate membership of ALN (Africa Legal Network) and our network of best friend law firms across the African continent.

Recent accolades:

  • Private Equity Africa GP & Advisor Awards
    • Funds Legal Advisor of the Year 2017
    • Deals Legal Advisor of the Year 2016
    • Funds Legal Advisor of the Year 2015
    • Deals Legal Advisor of the Year 2014
  • Ranked in the top band for Corporate/M&A (Private Equity) - Chambers Global 2017
  • Ranked in the top band for Tax - Chambers Global 2017
  • Ranked in the top band for Investment Funds and Tax - Legal 500 2017
  • Lead legal advisor on Private Equity Deal of the Year (for the 6th consecutive year) - DealMakers Awards 2016

Co-Sponsors

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At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory, tax and legal services. As the largest provider of professional services in Africa, we have more than 400 partners and over 9 000 staff on the ground in 66 offices, serving some of the continent’s largest businesses across all industries.

So, whether your goal is to grow, expand, restructure, or improve your core business, our specialist tax, legal, corporate finance, deals, transaction services and capital markets teams are ready to assist. If you operate in South Africa, elsewhere in Africa or further afield, we’ll add value to your business.

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With more than 100 years of combined M&A and insurance experience, RCA is the market leader in advising on and negotiating insurance and alternative risk transfer solutions for M&A transactions. With a wealth of experience in Africa and across the Asia Pacific region, the RCA team members have advised on and closed more transactions in South Africa and Asia Pacific than all other insurance advisers combined.  The RCA team have closed more than 450 transactions across a number of jurisdictions.

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With over R440 billion in assets under management, Sanlam Investments’ active management business is one of the largest in South Africa.

The Sanlam Investments business is diversified across a broad range of multi-specialist investment businesses, including conventional asset management and alternative investment solutions. We’re developing and growing economies in Africa through our diverse range of alternative investment capabilities, including private equity, commercial and retail property, listed and unlisted credit, hedge funds and Africa. With a footprint in 35 African countries, we know that when it comes to managing risk for growth and investment success, it’s important to maintain caution while acting boldly.

We offer award-winning performance via our pooled life and segregated portfolios that we structure to match the risk profile and preferences of large institutional clients. Portfolios are managed by extensively experienced, multi-specialist investment teams who share rich and diverse skills and backgrounds.

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Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI) is the largest private alternative investment manager in Africa with over *$4 billion (R54 billion) under management in infrastructure, private equity and impact funds.

Our 93 investment professionals in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Abidjan, Lagos, Nairobi and Bogotá manage 21 active funds investing in more than 160 portfolio companies and seven fund of funds.

We choose to make a positive social impact across Africa by going ‘Beyond the Obvious’ to uncover opportunities that others may overlook. We aim to deliver higher returns by mobilising capital intelligently to both participate in and catalyse significant African growth opportunities.

*Attributed to Old Mutual Alternative Investments at 30 June 2017 

Lead Media

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POWER 98.7

POWER 98.7 is a commercial talk radio station licensed by ICASA in December 2011, with the last frequency in Gauteng under the existing spectrum planning. The station, owned by MSG Afrika Group, launched on 18 June 2013 and is the only radio station that holds the license to broadcast to the entire province. Through the four frequencies; 98.7, 103.6, 104.4 and 107.2, the station also spills into other in-land provinces.

The station consists of a loyal listener base who are decision makers, conversation starters, affluent and influential upper class across entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Since the launch, POWER 98.7 was named the second most influential media platform in business in the Agenda Setting Media (ASM) analysis which was commissioned by Media Tenor SA. It emerged one of Google’s top 10 trending search lists of 2013 in the Zeitgeist ranking, as searched by South Africans. The station was the most awarded at the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards walking away with six accolades.

With the main studios in Houghton Estate, POWER 98.7 also has two remote studios, based at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and at the Mall of Africa, both launched in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

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Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers.

We enable professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, and media markets to make the decisions that matter most, all powered by the world's most trusted news organisation. 

We’ve been invested in Africa for almost 150 years. With offices in seven African countries, employing nearly 300 people that service clients in more than 25 countries on the continent, our mission is to empower Africa's success by providing governments, financial institutions, universities and corporations the tools to move from aid-based economies to self-sustaining knowledge-based economies.

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Ata Capital (Proprietary) Limited, established in 2012, is a majority black-owned and black-managed investment management company. Ata Capital’s primary investment focus is on non-traditional asset classes that deliver a unique proposition and superior returns to investors.

Ata Capital is rooted in the principles of innovation, excellence and social development. We pride ourselves with our experienced management team, strong track record and deal origination expertise. Ata has successfully raised and deployed two BEE value funds and is currently inviting commitments for Ata Fund III, which will target deep value investment opportunities seeking to drive superior long-term returns for its investors.

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At CDH we believe the right partnership can lead to great things. The partnerships we cherish and value most are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients and our people. We are a full service corporate and commercial law firm and provide experienced support wherever in the world you conduct business.

We offer an authentic knowledge-based and cost-effective service for clients looking to do business in Africa. Our Africa practice brings together the resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent. With first hand, in-depth experience, our Africa lawyers offer sector-specific insights and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an exceptional integrated service

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Deloitte Africa’s comprehensive network across multiple markets on the continent employs the highest level of professionals, committed to delivering innovative, value-added solutions to complex business problems.

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Ethos is an investment firm managing private equity and credit investments in South Africa and selectively in sub-Saharan Africa. With 32 years history, the Firm has an unparalleled record of successful, sustainable investing across economic and political cycles.

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Kwande Capital is a young, dynamic company that invests in medium sized companies with strong market shares in the energy, oil & gas and related infrastructure sector.

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RH Managers, manages the R1.4 billion Razorite Healthcare and Rehabilitation Fund, R500 million RH Bophelo Fund and MEGA Fund. Focusing on investments in healthcare infrastructure, providing accessible and affordable quality healthcare in SA.

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SAVCA is the industry body and public policy advocate for private equity and venture capital in Southern Africa, representing about R170 billion in assets under management, through 160 members.

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Ansarada Material Information Platform is one place for companies to improve how they operate and simultaneously get ready for success in any material event. Ansarada helps advisors and investors identify prospects, raise their potential and nurture them through preparation and execution of deals like debt and equity capital raising, refinancing and M&A.

Ansarada Virtual Data Rooms have helped the world’s leading investors, advisors and corporates close over 20,000 deals. The data and experience from these deals has been used to design AI and machine learning tools that remove unnecessary risk, stress and time when preparing for and executing material events.

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At CDH we believe the right partnership can lead to great things. The partnerships we cherish and value most are those we have forged through time and experience with our clients and our people. We are a full service corporate and commercial law firm and provide experienced support wherever in the world you conduct business.

We offer an authentic knowledge-based and cost-effective service for clients looking to do business in Africa. Our Africa practice brings together the resources and expertise of leading business law firms across the continent. With first hand, in-depth experience, our Africa lawyers offer sector-specific insights and knowledge of regulatory nuances to provide an exceptional integrated service

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Allen & Overy is a leading international law firm with over 5000 people in 44 offices, based in 31 countries around the world. This network now includes Johannesburg.

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Peopleshopping – specialist recruitment firm.

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Since 1996, Sanlam Private Equity continues to be an active partner to high calibre entrepreneurs and management teams across a diverse spectrum of business.

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Convergence Partners is a pan-African ICT-focused private equity player with a proven track record of delivering enhanced investment returns while underpinning Continental development.

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