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Benchmark International is a global mergers and acquisitions firm, specializing in mid-market company transactions. From 14 offices across the world, our unique and dynamic sell-side advisory offering presents clients and acquirers with unparalleled global coverage, enabling access to both local and international opportunities through our exclusive databases and business intelligence facilities.
With over 300 dealmakers and analysts across 3 continents, Benchmark International has handled engagements in excess of USD 8.25 billion across multiple industries worldwide, and was recognised as the International Mid-Market Corporate Finance Advisory of the Year in 2021 at the ACQ Global Awards.
Congruent with SAVCA’s 2022 conference theme of Fluidity, Benchmark’s core competencies include a deep understanding of the flow of markets, the ability to understand changing and shifting transaction objectives, and to create agile and adaptable strategies to achieve successful outcomes.
We aim to connect the right people with the right opportunities, and having concluded almost 200 deals in 2021 alone, we are trusted by shareholders of mid-market companies to deliver sustainable solutions for growth, wealth diversification, and exit. Testament to this success is that Benchmark International has been acknowledged as a Forbes Top 50 M&A adviser for achieving fair, authentic and mutually beneficial results.
If you’re looking to transact in mid-market companies, we invite you to tap into our global expertise and partner with us for attractive deal-sourcing or equity disposal opportunities.
Harith General Partners
Harith General Partners (Harith) is the leading pan-African investor and developer for infrastructure across the continent. Boasting a 15-year long track record of sustainable stakeholder value creation, capital mobilisation and a cumulative investment team experience of more than 200 years – Harith invests in five core infrastructure sectors: energy, transport, digital infrastructure, health, and water and sanitation.
With north of $US1,3 billion total assets under management, Harith manages the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 1 (PAIDF) and PAIDF2, which has invested in flagship mega infrastructure projects. These include the Lake Turkana Wind Power in Kenya, the largest wind farm in Africa comprising 365 wind turbines – each with a capacity of 850kW – and a high voltage substation; the Henri Konan Bédié Bridge – a 6,7 km urban expressway that connects the north (Riviera) and the south (Marcory) of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire; Lanseria International Airport, second largest airport in Africa's economic hub of Johannesburg, South Africa, amongst others.
ounded in 2007, Harith general partners is a leading Pan African investor and developer for infrastructure across the continent.
Norsad Capital is an impact investor and private credit provider, and we offer flexible debt financing solutions to profitable growth-stage companies in Africa that deliver desirable social impact. Our investment coverage is sub-Sahara Africa, and our principal operational area is the Southern Africa region.
We are a pure-play private credit firm and we partner to create industry champions by providing our clients with the flexible capital required to address growth funding constraints and enable them to scale and grow sustainable businesses. We target companies that can generate positive impact and deliver strong financial returns – “profit with purpose”.
For over 30 years, Norsad has invested in African businesses that clearly have positive impact and we have invested over USD450 million in more than 150 companies in various sectors in the region.
In 2022 Norsad Finance rebranded to Norsad Capital.
Verdant Capital is a leading investment bank and investment manager operating on a Pan-African basis, specialising in Private Credit and Private Equity. It boasts offices in Johannesburg, Ebene, Accra, Kinshasa and Frankfurt. It is licenced by the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius and authorised by the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP 44608).
Verdant Capital is the manager of Verdant Capital Hybrid Fund, a fund investing hybrid capital into inclusive financial institutions on a pan-African basis.
Verdant Capital is Africa Global Funds' Best Independent Advisory Firm - Pan Africa - in 2021 and 2020 and Private Equity Africa's Local Financial Advisor of 2021. Verdant Capital ranked joint first in Pan-Africa (excl. SA), joint first in East Africa, and second in West Africa in Dealmakers Africa M&A Rankings 2021 according to deal flow.
Verdant Capital is the IMAP partner firm for its region. IMAP, with 40 partner firms in 40 countries, with 500 M&A bankers, and completing over 250 M&A transactions per year, is the World's largest M&A partnership. www.imap.com
Ashburton Investments is the FirstRand group’s trusted asset manager.
We bring a solutions approach to meeting our clients’ varied investment needs, using a range of investment capabilities and solutions and a strong focus on managing risk and volatility.
Our money market, fixed income and private market offering, together with our liability driven investing capabilities, provides investors with the tools they need to enhance their current portfolio construction and manage their liabilities.
Jersey Finance, which is run as a not-for-profit organisation, was formed in 2001 to represent and promote Jersey as an international finance centre of excellence.
We champion the competitive position of Jersey's finance industry, which both locally and internationally, supporting the highest regulatory standards and the most attractive products and services to suit the needs of global investors.
Funded by members of the local finance industry and the Government of Jersey, we have a global presence with offices in Jersey, Dubai, Hong Kong and New York; representation in London, Johannesburg and Shanghai; with a virtual office in Mumbai.
With over *R540 billion in assets under management, Sanlam Investments is one of South Africa’s largest asset management companies. We leverage areas of competitive advantage to develop and grow high-quality investment solutions that are differentiated but relevant within a changing asset management landscape. In doing so, we remain responsive to our clients’ changing needs.
As the South African asset management arm of the Sanlam Group, the depth and breadth of our expertise spans active management, index tracking, alternative investments, responsible investing, multi-management and international investments to create more optimal portfolios for our clients.
Our purpose has evolved well beyond just wealth creation; we are anchored in a greater purpose. At the heart of our purpose is our journey towards long-term sustainability for South African investors and future generations, our economy and our planet.
*Assets under management as at January 2021.
Willis Towers Watson
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, to help our clients achieve both short and long-term success. Given our volume, we generate significant leverage with the global M&A insurance market.
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27four Investment Managers
27four is a leading, independent South African financial services group. 27four has been servicing retirement funds, corporate and individual investors on investment strategy design and implementation, policy decision making, risk management and the selection of asset managers for over 14 years.
27four has extensive experience in the areas of hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure and investing on the continent with a dedicated alternatives team whose sole responsibility is to identify unique sources of alpha uncorrelated to conventional returns that can enhance portfolio returns and reduce overall portfolio risk.
The firm is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor.
Tel (toll-free): 0800 000 274
LinkedIn: 27four Investment Managers / Black Business Growth Fund
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RealFin has been a trusted partner to some of SA’s leading alternative asset fund managers for more than a decade. RealFin is the provider of choice in the domestic alternative investment industry, offering a complete service offering to fund managers.
Our clients have ranged from larger institutional players to smaller boutiques.
In an ever-changing legislative environment, specialist skills are required to ensure compliance. To this end, it is the vision of RealFin to be a provider of choice in the domestic alternative investment industry, by ultimately offering a complete service offering to alternative investment managers.
Stream (Convey and Co-Create)
For more than 40 years, Control Risks has been helping clients prepare and assess their investment risks and opportunities in Africa. With eight offices across five countries on the continent supported by an experienced team of over 400 staff and consultants and an extensive on-ground network, we can provide the support our clients need.
KPMG refers to one or more of the member firms of KPMG International Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. KPMG in South Africa together with the practices in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Mauritius and Mozambique operate on an integrated basis to give clients enhanced access to a diverse pool of regional expertise in the Southern Africa region.
With over 400 lawyers, Bowmans delivers integrated legal services to clients throughout Africa from eight offices in six countries. Bowmans’ advice uniquely blends expertise in the law, knowledge of local markets and an understanding of clients’ businesses. Clients include corporates, multinationals, state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and governments.
ENSafrica is Africa's largest law firm. We are renowned for providing expert legal advice to our private equity clients, who include leading local and international private equity and venture capital funds, private equity fund managers, investment firms, financial institutions, corporates and retirement funds. Our comprehensive private equity and venture capital offering includes particular strengths in M&A and Tax, and we have been recognised through awards such as the DealMakers Private Equity Deal of the Year and the SAVCA Private Equity Deal of the Year.
USAID INVEST Initiative
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance. USAID's Southern Africa Regional Mission and USAID's INVEST initiative are partnering with the private sector to help increase the flow of private capital towards investments that generate positive social, economic, and environmental impact in Southern Africa.
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RH Managers (“RH”), FSP 44811, is a fund manager with R3.5 billion assets under management. RH focuses on investments in healthcare infrastructure, providing accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the Sub-Saharan Africa population. In addition to affordability RH has prioritised enterprise development supporting women and historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs.
Ince Pty (Ltd)
Ince is South Africa’s leading investor marketing, digital and advisory company.
Our strategic advisory services help clients connect with their shareholders and stakeholders in South Africa and beyond – including Mauritius and the United Kingdom. We also equip investors with the tools and information to make better investment decisions.
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Tamela Capital Partners
Tamela Capital Partners is an independent fund manager and is one of the few credit-oriented alternative asset managers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Tamela Mezzanine Debt Fund I, which reached final close in 2021, is a c.R1 billion fund that provides mezzanine debt to mainly mid-market companies for expansion and growth. The Fund provides growth and expansion funding of between R50 million and R200 million to companies in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Lesotho.
Ascension Capital is a South African black owned private equity fund manager with a unique value proposition and proprietary deal flow. Considerations that inform our investment thesis include investing in businesses which enhance basic human needs (such as food security, healthcare, energy, water and sanitation) with a strong emphasis on technology.
Phatisa is a leading African private equity fund manager. Established in 2005, the firm focuses on investments across the African food value chain, plus affordable housing.
By balancing commercial returns with impact objectives, Phatisa positively affects the lives & livelihoods of African people, whilst attracting institutional & development investors to the continent.
In short, Phatisa provides more than capital.