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Lead Sponsors


ENSafrica is Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 practitioners and more than 200 years of experience.

Our dedicated private equity team offers a comprehensive range of professional services in relation to all aspects of private equity and venture capital throughout Africa.

We are able to advise on the full spectrum of transactions which private equity participants engage in, because we specialise in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, international and local tax, exchange control, finance, securitisation and regulatory compliance.

Our key differentiator is our expertise in these areas, together with our ability to render legal services across Africa, and to draw on our firm’s experience in industry-specific areas, such as finance, mining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, retail, telecommunications, infrastructure, logistics and construction.

We also have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.


Ethos is an investment manager with private equity and mezzanine strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. The firm has an unparalleled record of successful, sustainable investing across multiple economic and political cycles.

Ethos has built a renowned platform over its 35-year history that has provided the scale to develop a multi-fund offering. With a constant focus on renewal, Ethos has innovated extensively around its business model, origination activities and sources of funding. The product offering has been expanded in recent years to include a Mid Market Fund, a Mezzanine Fund and an AI Fund.

Supported by a strong governance framework, the firm now has four differentiated fund propositions that are fit-for-purpose in a dynamic and evolving investment landscape. In addition, a permanent capital vehicle – Ethos Capital – was established in 2016 to supplement the firm’s traditional LP base. It also offers public market investors a unique opportunity to access a diverse portfolio of unlisted assets actively managed by Ethos.

With 34 investment professionals on the ground, Ethos is the largest private equity and mezzanine fund manager on the continent. The depth and experience of the team provide differentiated access to deal flow, disciplined and rigorous investment pricing, deal execution and structuring expertise, and an institutionalised approach to driving value creation programmes.


At FNB Business we understand that for the entrepreneur, the stakes are high and the sacrifices are personal. Entrepreneurs don’t just start businesses, they give of themselves to their business.

We believe in helping the business owners reach financial potential through our expertise, financial solutions and service ethics; offering end-to-end banking solutions, from transactional banking to innovative and structured financing and investment solutions.

The Mid-Market Structured Financing Solutions team pride ourselves in providing an investment banking client-service offering. We strive to provide funding solutions to ensure our clients’ long-term success including short-term and long-term debt financing, mezzanine and equity solutions.

Advisory provides clients with financial advisory services including holistic solutions on capital raising, structuring Black Economic Empowerment ownership transactions and other debt or equity restructurings.

Leverage Finance
Leverage Finance provides flexible, competitively priced senior term debt to fund business acquisitions, management buy-outs, management buy-ins and balance sheet restructuring.

Principal Investments
Principle Investments provides bespoke quasi-debt and preferred equity funding at both company and shareholder levels.

Private Equity
Private Equity, in partnership with RMB Corvest and RMB Ventures, provides private equity funding for mid-sized businesses.


Unexpected collaboration

Our integrated value creation platform is wider than you think. Harnessing deep insight across the deal cycle – from target identification and investment strategy, through exceptional deal structuring, incentive design and lawyering, to post-deal investment case delivery and successful exit positioning.

PwC delivers results beyond the expected.



Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets.

We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance.

Together, we unlock potential.

Welcome Cocktail (Wednesday)


Women want their financial services partner to assist them with their GROWTH, recognise their SUCCESSES, and partner with them to increase their ability to INFLUENCE and empower the community in which they operate.

This is why at FNB, we believe in helping business women reach financial potential through our expertise, financial solutions and service ethics; offering end-to-end banking solutions, from transactional banking to innovative structured financing and investment solutions no matter what phase their growing business is.


Jersey has been a leading international finance centre for more than 50 years. Thanks to a forward-thinking approach, we are at the forefront of wealth management, funds, capital markets and banking, plus our specialist areas of Islamic finance, fintech, philanthropy and sustainable investing.

Jersey provides secure platforms that support future African investment and encourage institutional investors to put their capital to work. With offices in Jersey, Dubai, Hong Kong and New York; representation in London; and virtual offices in Shanghai and Mumbai, we work with a range of global partners to create a safe and secure environment for investors.

Networking Night Market (Thursday)


  A South African operating model with 4 regional hubs.
  148 partners and 2169 colleagues.
  An African footprint of 30 practices servicing 54 countries.
  A global network of firms that operate in 152 countries with more than 207000 people.

KPMG is one of the world’s leading providers of Audit, Tax and Advisory services. Our network of firms operates in the same geographies as our clients and our people understands the local market wherever they are in the world. The KPMG network of member firms enhances the mobility of skills and knowledge we offer. The South African business operates out Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

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Ata Capital (Proprietary) Limited, is a majority black-owned and black-managed investment management company.

Our primary investment focus is on non-traditional asset classes. Our purpose is to attract and manage private and institutional capital and to structure innovative investments that generate superior returns for our investors, employees and shareholders.

We are a force for good and for transformation in our investee companies and society.

We pride ourselves with our experienced management team, strong track record and deal origination expertise.

Ata 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.

Institutional Investor's Lunch


27four manages the Black Business Growth Funds I and II, which invest pension fund capital into South African mid-market private equity through Black Private Equity Funds. Through 27four’s partnership with the Jobs Fund of National Treasury, we are catalysing job creation, transformation and economic growth through Black Business Growth Funding. 27four is a South African multi-manager investing across all asset classes, and has won multiple awards and recognition for its investment performance and transformation initiatives over its 13 year history.

Coffee Bar


With over 150 years of experience and industry knowledge, Webber Wentzel is the leading full-service law firm on the African continent. We provide specialised legal and tax services to the private equity industry in Africa, including in relation to fund formation, acquisitions and disposals (including bolt-on acquisitions) and management, shareholder and B-BBEE arrangements. We have been consistently involved in the highest profile transactions in South Africa and have extensive experience in the rest of Africa.



Bowmans provides bespoke upstream and downstream services to the private equity sector in Africa. Its clients include private equity and venture capital houses, investors, management, banks and financial institutions.

Refreshment Breaks


SANNE’s Private Equity business provides the full suite of fund- and corporate administration, depositary and portfolio monitoring services, with a global office network and capabilities spanning the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.


"Without Strategy Definition, Strategy Execution is aimless. Without Strategy Execution, Strategy Definition is useless."

Stratexe is a management consulting firm specialised in Strategy Execution and Balanced Scorecard.


Werksmans’, a leading corporate and commercial law firm with over 200 lawyers covering 22 areas of law are a team committed to providing solutions to the most complex of matters.

Charging Stations


A Fund Manager managing the R1.4bn Razorite Healthcare and Rehabilitation Fund, R1.25bn Razorite Fund II and R800mn RH Bophelo. Investing in healthcare infrastructure, providing accessible and affordable quality healthcare in SA.

What's Popping Sponsor


KPMG is one of the world’s leading providers of Audit, Tax and Advisory services. With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our member firms' successes thanks to our clear vision, maintained values, and our people.

Delegate Bag Inserts


Benchmark International is a Forbes top 50 M&A company specializing in growth and exit strategies.

We provide the lower-middle market with solutions for growing, transforming or exiting their businesses.



Phatisa is a sector-specific African private equity fund manager located in and operating across sub-Saharan Africa. Investment strategies focus on food and affordable housing, with assets under management totalling > US$400m.

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