SAVCA 2021 Conference Sponsors

We'd like to thank our sponsors for their contributions to the 2021 Conference!

Lead Sponsors

With over 150 years of experience and industry knowledge, Webber Wentzel is the leading full service law firm on the African continent with a dominant private equity team. We combine the collective knowledge and experience of our firm to provide clients with seamless, tailored and commercially-minded business solutions within record times. We value excellence and innovation and we work with our clients to help them achieve success in whatever they do.

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 act for local and international private equity and venture capital houses looking to raise funds for deployment in South Africa and in Africa generally, and also for limited partners looking to invest in those funds. Our network of relationships with other firms allows us to form Africa-focused funds domiciled both locally and abroad.  Our team of more than 40 leading lawyers and tax advisers act for general partners, limited partners, investment funds, management teams and portfolio companies, advising them on all aspects of private equity transactional matters.  We continue to develop and refine transactional techniques which have become accepted best practice in the private equity market.

We continue to be involved in the highest profile transactions including advising Actis in its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Octotel for ZAR 2.3 billion, as well as a significant minority stake in RSAWeb. We are acting as lead counsel in respect of the establishment of Metier Sustainable Capital International Fund II LP, an Africa focused private equity fund established to make investments in energy efficiency, renewables, water and waste management businesses and projects in Africa.  We are consistently recognised as leaders in the field – over the years Private Equity Africa Awards  has named us "Africa Legal Advisor of the Year" and most recently "Funds Legal Advisor of the Year" for the fourth time.

Turning risk into a path for growth
Willis Towers Watson (WTW) 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.
WTW’s M&A team bring a unique combination of risk expertise and deep understanding of human capital and organisational culture to your deal. We draw on experience from more than 2,000 M&A and private equity transactions every year globally, as well as our proprietary research, to help our clients achieve both short and long-term success.
Trusted advisor
WTW is a trusted advisor to a high-profile and blue-chip client base. Our M&A team have earned the trust of these clients over many years and many transactions. The team are well known for their ability to execute a transaction smoothly, ensuring that our clients obtain the best possible terms and W&I coverage for their transaction.
Deal experience
Our team members have successfully advised on and facilitated the completion of more transactions in Asia Pacific (measured both in deal size and volume of transactions) than all other insurance advisers combined, and by significant margin. Given our volume, we generate significant leverage with the global M&A insurance market.
Claims management
The WTW transaction team that structures the insurance is also directly responsible for managing all insurance claims for the multi-year policy period. Our approach is to actively manage claims in a hands-on manner.

Virtual Platform

We’re proud to work with key partners to represent and promote Jersey as a forward-thinking international finance centre. We champion the competitive position of Jersey's finance industry, both locally and internationally, supporting the highest regulatory standards and the most attractive products and services to suit the needs of global investors.

Jersey’s relationship with Africa is broad, deep, and based on shared interests. Over many decades, we have built strong connections with Africa by supporting both inbound and outbound investment for private and institutional investors.

Through sourcing overseas capital securely and efficiently, Jersey can play a vital role in supporting economic growth and job creation in Africa. What's more, our Island offers the right environment to act as an investment gateway for African investors to the UK, European and global markets.

For more information, please speak to a member of our team or visit our website

Institutional Investor Sponsor

With over R500 billion in assets under management across retail and institutional businesses, Sanlam Investments is one of South Africa's largest asset management companies.

We offer active management, index-tracking, alternative investments, sustainable and impact investing, multi-management and international investments. Our funds cover the full range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, and alternatives.

A core component of our alternatives division is our private equity offering which specialises in impact investing. For all private equity deals, we apply the filter of job retention or job creation and the potential for above-average returns and growth. We look for quality businesses that need capital and have the management expertise to propel them to the next level.

Our business purpose has evolved beyond just wealth creation. We aim to ensure long-term sustainability for local and international investors and future generations through our investment philosophy and strategies.

We are pioneers in alternative investing and are committed to delivering above-average returns while making a tangible difference in people's lives.

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Ata Capital is a leading private equity investment management firm that invests our own and our clients’ capital into private businesses in order to generate financial returns and drive transformation. We invest in sustainable businesses that are making a difference, and we seek investment opportunities that can contribute to the growth of national economies. Under the leadership of our new CEO, Mamedupi Matsipa, we’re working towards a brighter economic future built on tangible stakeholder impact.

Knowledge Hub

We are present in seven countries in Africa: Kenya (Nairobi), Malawi (Lilongwe), Mauritius (Moka), South Africa (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam), Uganda (Kampala) and Zambia (Lusaka).

We work closely with our alliance firms in Ethiopia (Aman Assefa & Associates Law Office) and Nigeria (Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie).  These are two of the leading corporate and commercial law firms in their jurisdictions.

We have developed a best friend relationship with one of Mozambique’s strongest law firms (Taciana Peão Lopes & Advogados Associados) and regularly work with leading law firms in other countries such as Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Zimbabwe.

We have a comprehensive database of all the law firms we work with in the rest of Africa covering such countries as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and French-speaking West Africa.

We are representatives of Lex Mundi, a global association with more than 160 independent law firms in all the major centres across the globe. Lex Mundi gives us the ability to connect our clients with the best law firms in each of the countries represented.

As Africa’s largest law firm with over 600 specialist practitioners, ENSafrica is described by Chambers Global Guide 2021 as “a notable presence in the PE market”. We have the capacity to deliver on your business requirements across all major industries and we offer the full spectrum of private equity and venture capital advice throughout Africa.

Advert Sponsors

Benchmark International specializes in growth and exit strategies to the middle-market, employing over 250 Dealmakers, Researchers and Analysts across 8 global offices throughout the US, UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Leading Growth. Igniting Impact.

Edge Growth specialises in growing small businesses. Impact is achieved by addressing growth constraints like access to finance, market and skills. Main service areas:

  • Ventures: Growth through investment
  • Access: Growth for value chain SMEs through corporate ESD
  • Accelerate: Scaling businesses to full potential

Medu Capital is a professional investment management company with a focus on private equity. Since its inception, Medu Capital has raised over R2 billion of capital for respective investments in diverse sectors including retail, transport, technology and education. We partner with entrepreneurs to grow and develop privately owned businesses.

RealFin has been a trusted partner to some of SA’s leading traditional and alternative investment fund managers for more than a decade, providing industry leading advisory and independent administration services throughout the evolution of the domestic asset management landscape. Partner fund managers range from large corporates to boutique fund managers. Our funds include, hedge funds, private equity, trade finance, unlisted property and infrastructure. Our approach is founded on a partnership basis, with RealFin providing the platform to allow fund managers to focus on investment management with RealFin taking care of the rest. Our long standing existing relationships are testament to our approach.

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.

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Supporting Organisations

Sponsorship Manager:

Juanita Males

+27 11 463 5085