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CFA Charter-Holders

CFA charter-holders who attend the full conference earn two (2) CE credits, including one (1) SER

Lead Sponsors


Ethos Private Equity 1093909

Ethos Private Equity is a leading South African private equity investor.  We were 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).  We are currently investing Ethos Fund VI, with R7.9 billion of committed capital.

Our team consists of 24 dedicated investment prodessionals with over 140 years of private equity experience.  Ethos distringuishes itself in the South African market by combining financial discipline with value-enhabcing strategies, in partnership with portfolio company management teams.  This approach has resulted in an enviable track record of superior returns over our 30-year history. 

We specialise in control and joint-control acquisitions and expansion capital, in medium-to-large businesses in South Africa and selectively in sub-Saharan Africa.  To date, we have made 102 investments and successfully exited 88.

Our proved record of understanding businesses and effecting meaningful operational and strategic change as built Ethos' reputation as a constructive, valued equity partner.  Ultimately, we build better businesses.  For more information, visit


Nedbank Capital

Nedbank CapitalNedbank Capital is the investment banking arm of Nedbank Group, one of the four largest banking groups in South Africa. Our full spectrum investment banking offering stretches from debt advisory and long-term project financing to equity trading and research.

Nedbank Capital’s Private Equity offering is one of southern Africa’s leading private equity investors. Its core investment focus is to participate in ‘Management Buy-outs’ and ‘Management Buy-ins’ primarily of unlisted companies, which have an established track record of profitability and exhibit positive earnings growth prospects. In this regard, the team seeks to partner with entrepreneurs and management teams by investing from upwards of R30 million in individual transactions. Nedbank Capital Private Equity operates like an independent private equity fund manager that invests capital directly off the Nedbank Group’s balance sheet, giving it the advantage of not being constrained by the usual investment and/or disposal time horizon pressures.

Our Acquisition and Leveraged Finance offers a full-service solution that includes arranging, underwriting, structuring, funding and syndication of acquisition finance, leveraged debt and structured finance transactions.




Rockwood is an African Private Equity Fund Manager which focuses on taking substantial equity positions in medium to large companies with experienced management teams. Such companies should preferably have excellent profit histories and/or good growth opportunities as well as be number owe or two in their industries. Rockwood supports its portfolio companies’ ambitions to expand and increase their presence in sub-Saharan Africa through the provision of strategic input and financing. This has been achieved through organic growth, new contract wins and acquisitions in, for example Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Uganda, Angola, Ghana, Guinea and Kenya. The Rockwood team forms strong relationships with the management teams of its portfolio companies and works closely with them in determining their strategy and implementing value-enhancing initiatives. The Rockwood Private Equity team spun-out of Absa Capital in December 2013, supported by Harbourvest, Coller Capital and Sentinel Pension Fund.


Lead Legal Sponsor

Webber Wentzel

webberwWebber Wentzel is one of South Africa’s leading law firms providing clients with innovative solutions to their most complex legal issues. The firm’s collaborative alliance with Linklaters provides clients access to market leading support through Linklaters’ English Law, New York Law, Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone capability. Webber Wentzel draws on its network of best friend law firms and its associate membership of the Africa Legal Network (ALN) to supplement this offering with on-the-ground support



The Abraaj Group is a leading private equity investor, purpose-built for operating in the growth markets of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Turkey, and Central Asia. Employing over 300 people, Abraaj has over 25 offices spread across six regions with hubs in Istanbul, Mexico City, Dubai, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Singapore. The Group currently manages US$7.5 billion across more than 20 sector and country-specific funds, encompassing private equity and real estate investments.

Abraaj continues to support artists and cultural innovators by establishing the Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship, in partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA), London. Each year, for the next five years, Abraaj will support five outstanding scholars in their quest to study at the RCA’s Master’s program. Eligible countries for the scholarship include: Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, Kazakhstan. 



Maitland offers independent third-party fund administration globally to managers of pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. Our services extend across all fund types, strategies and investment styles. We operate at the highest technological and governance levels. We integrate best of breed technologies to provide automated front, middle and back-office administration services to our clients. In line with best practice, fund managers engage Maitland to obtain independent administration, access a platform for product construction and innovation, reduce technology investment and operational risk, and focus on their core business. Maitland has over US$200 billion in assets under administration.

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Maitland has a dedicated specialist team of professionals providing specialised private equity & real estate fund services.
The team comprises chartered accountants, company secretarial specialists, senior administrators and client implementation analysts who provide an end-to-end full-service private equity fund administration solution to General Partners, government offices, multi-national corporations, investment funds and financial institutions.


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SunGard’s Investran is an integrated application suite that automates front-, middle- and back-office processes for private equity firms, including general partners, limited partners, service providers, funds of funds and family offices. To meet the increased demands of investors and regulators, Investran helps transform data into information, enabling firms to increase operational efficiency, enhance reporting and improve performance, while reducing costs, errors and risk. SunGard can install Investran on-site or deliver the solution on a hosted, SaaS basis.

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Media Partner

CNBC Africa

CNBC Africa is the continents' leading business and financial news network providing fast, accurate, unbiased and actionable information to business leaders, investors and the financial services industry across sub-Saharan Africa.

CNBC Africa is the only channel in Africa broadcasting business news to 48 African countries, 24 hours a day.

Presented by experienced anchors and journalists from across the continent, it is essential viewing for those who want to understand the business of Africa.

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SAVCA Member’s Event Sponsor


Phatisa-new-logoPhatisa is an African private equity fund manager, operating across sub-Saharan Africa, with offices in Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, and Ghana, as well as London. The firm has two sector-specific funds under management, totalling more than US$ 285 million, focused on food and affordable housing. At the heart of Phatisa is development equity, as embodied in the unique formula of DevEq = PAT * x + i 2 ™; a balanced blend of private equity and development finance. 

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM lg CMYKKing & Wood Mallesons is a new choice of law firm bringing a fresh perspective to commercial thinking and client experience. Strategically positioned in the world's growth markets, 2,700 lawyers in more than 30 international offices are cutting through the challenges facing business, providing commercial solutions, and transforming the way legal services are delivered.
We are able to provide top quality legal advice, with genuine capability and real cultural understanding in each of the markets we operate.


ATA Capital


LP Master-Class Sponsor

Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE)

old mutual logo2111Old Mutual Private Equity (OMPE) is one of the largest and most established private equity managers in South Africa. OMPE has since 2004 successfully invested R6bn into 26 direct investments, and has to date returned R14bn to investors at a realized IRR of 36%. OMPE has been part of some of the premier private equity transactions in SA over the last ten years, including Pepkor, Life Healthcare, Actom, Idwala, Tourvest, Libstar, Shanduka and Primedia. OMPE also manages a range of private equity funds of funds that provide more affordable access to the private equity asset class.



Keynote Speaker Sponsor

Vantage Capital



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SANLAM Investments


Research Partner

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)

The Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership (MFW4A) is dedicated to supporting the efforts of African countries to 
strengthen their financial sector by coordinatating and facilitating financial sector development initiatives, promoting closer collaboration among development partners, and fostering exchanges among African stakeholders.

Initially welcomed by the G8 in the 2007 Heiligendamm Decleration, the MFW4A Partnership recognizes the rols of the financial sector in driving prvate investment, economic growth and employment creation.  Twelve founding multilateral and bilateral development partners support the Partnership with a shared common vision to overcome fragmentation, and increase efficiency and effectiveness to develop Africa's financial sector.

The Partnership aims at overcoming fragmentation, increasing aid efficiency, and addressing key constraints to efficient cooperation between African governments, development partners, the private sector and other financial sector stakeholders.  To help support the activities of the Partnership, a Secretariat was established in 2008, hosted at the African Development Bank (AfBD) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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Media Supporting Organisations

Africa Global Funds

Africa Global Funds (AGF) is the business strategy portal and digital publication for asset management professionals, service providers and investors worldwide, interested in the African continent.  AGF was created as a relevant and engaging resource that can provide readers with an insight of what is going on in the African asset management space.

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Catalyst is the only publication in South Africa targeted speficially at the growing private equity industry.  The magazine was launched in early 2005 as part of DealMakers.  Catalyst has the support of SAVCA and a number of the industry's major players, all of whom understand and respect the need to rpeserve Catalyst's editorial independence.

Each issue includes a wide spread of topics, including:

  • Industry trends and issues
  • The players - reviews of SA private equity and venture capital firms
  • Acquisitions
  • Exits
  • Fundraising
  • Personality profiles
  • Venture Capital in SA
  • Plus all the latest local and international news

The magazine provides a quarterly snapshot of the deal activity undertaken both locally and increasingly in the rest of Africa, culminating in an annual deal table from which the private equity deal of the year is selected by an independent panel.  The prestigious award of a 1oz gold medal is made at the annual Dealmakers Gala Dinner in February.

Catalyst provides unrivalled insight into the world of private equity in Africa.catalyst Logo

Private Equity Africa

Private Equity Africa is a London-based news source that focuses exclusively on Africa’s private equity industry, providing news, analysis and research. Our outputs include an online portal, a newsletter, a quarterly print journal and events. Subscribe at

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Responsible Investor

Focusing on business-critical news and data, Responsible Investor is the only dedicated news and events service covering responsible investment, ESG and sustainable finance for institutional investors globally.

Responsible Investor

With a subscriber base of 2000+, Responsible Investor provides direct access to the key decision-makers in the sustainable finance industry via its website, publications and events. If you want to experience the quality and breadth of Responsible Investor’s content before you commit to subscribing you can set up a 28-day free trial with at

Supporting Associations:

ASSA (Actuarial Society of South Africa)







EVCA master descriptorEuropean Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

The EVCA is the voice of European private equity. 

Our membership covers the full range of private equity activity, from early-stage venture capital to the largest private equity firms, investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, fund-of-funds and family offices and associate members from related professions. We represent 700 member firms and 500 affiliate members.

The EVCA shapes the future direction of the industry, while promoting it to stakeholders such as entrepreneurs, business owners and employee representatives.

We explain private equity to the public and help shape public policy, so that our members can conduct their business effectively. 

The EVCA is responsible for the industry’s professional standards, demanding accountability, good governance and transparency from our members and spreading best practice through our training courses.

We have the facts when it comes to European private equity, thanks to our trusted and authoritative research and analysis.

The EVCA has 25 dedicated staff working in Brussels to make sure that our industry is heard.


EAVCA-LOGOThe East African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association ("EAVCA") was founded in 2013 to represent the private equity industry in East Africa and provide a voice for industry players to raise awareness and engage on regional policy matters. The association offers training with more localized content, targeting junior team members. Furthermore the Association offers networking opportunities for members and the wider investment community and captures industry data and statistics.
EAVCA was founded by Abraaj, Actis, AfricInvest, Catalyst Principal Partners, Centum, Fanisi Capital and TBL Mirror Fund.