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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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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

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ata

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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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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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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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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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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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