M&A, Private Equity and Corporate Professionals
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Safiyya Patel is a partner and heads the Corporate Practice at Webber Wentzel. She specialises in general commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and transactions related to black economic empowerment (BEE) compliance and broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) compliance.
Safiyya has advised on transactions relating to joint ventures, company formations and reorganisations and has worked across the mining, financial, and construction sectors. Her expertise extends to media, telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology law. She has represented a number of international clients, local enterprises and various state-owned enterprises. Safiyya has co-authored a work on cyber-rights. In addition, she is an admitted notary public of the High Court of South Africa.
Her expertise has been recognised by international research organisations including Legal 500 (M&A), India Business Law Journal’s annual survey of the top international law firms for India-related work and Who's Who Legal (Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection) and is an Executive Committee Member of the Johannesburg Chapter of the Indian Bar Association.
Safiyya has B.Proc and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and has completed a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy and Regulatory Issues from the same institution.
Debrais an executive on the Corporate Finance team within Standard Bank’s InvestmentBanking division focused on east and southern Africa outside of SouthAfrica. She has over 13 years of M&A experience in the US andAfrica. Debra joined Standard Bank in 2010 on the Africa Advisoryteam. Prior to Standard Bank she worked with a special purposeacquisition company (SPAC) in Los Angeles, CA as the head of its M&Ateam. Debra began her corporate finance career at Citigroup in New Yorkthen in Los Angeles. Debra has an MBA from University of Chicago BoothSchool of Business and a BS in accounting from Babson College. She is aCPA in the US with experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Walt DisneyCompany prior to business school.
Joseph has worked for the last 20 years in private equity at 3i, Octopus, YFM, NBGI and Phatisa. He has led and completed a total of 25 investments and managed 12 exits, gaining significant investment experience in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Africa covering the food, healthcare, telecoms, marketing and support services sectors. Joseph has built, trained and managed successful investment teams and brings ‘best in class’ private equity management practices to support Phatisa and more specifically the AAF deal team. Prior to his private equity career Joseph had six years in the chemical industry with AstraZeneca and ICI.
Donna joined the JSE in August 2014 as Director of Capital Markets. In this capacity she is responsible for all primary and secondary market activity across all asset classes. This includes the sourcing of new debt and equity primary issues, the development and on-going management of all secondary market trading in cash and derivative markets (Equities, Bonds, Interest Rates, Commodities and Currencies). She also oversees the JSE wide Group Strategy and Business intelligence functions as well as new product and market development.
Prior to that, Donna spent 30 years at Citibank. She joined the firm in New York in 1985 as part of the Country Debt Restructuring Unit and followed on to occupy positions in NY as the head of the Treasury Marketing Unit; in Sao Paulo Brazil as the head of derivatives in the treasury, and lastly moved to South Africa in 1995 where Donna held several senior positions such as Head of Strategic Planning and Direct Equity Investments, Africa Division; Head of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa; Chief Operating Officer, Africa Division; and her last position of Managing Director, Chief Country Officer of Citi South Africa.
Jeremy Cleaver Portfolio Director, Intermediated Equity Jeremy joined CDC in 2011 and is a Portfolio Director responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring fund-of-funds investments in Africa. Read more... Prior to joining CDC, Jeremy worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Sydney as a private sector development specialist. Jeremy holds a BSFS from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School.
Hasnen Varawalla is the Co-Head of Banking for Barclays Africa based in Johannesburg in which capacity he oversees the corporate finance and M&A business.
He has 22 years of investment banking experience spanning London, Emerging Europe, Africa and Asia having advised on over 100 capital markets and advisory assignments.
Prior to joining Barclays he has worked at Renaissance Capital building their African investment banking business and at Credit Suisse. He also has been the Co-Chairman of the USD 630 mn Macquarie Renaissance Infrastructure Fund.
He started his career as part of the Tata Administrative Service. He has B. Tech. from The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, a PGDM from The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an MBA from The International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Joined Pioneer Foods in 2014 overseeing the M&A function within the Group, responsible for the acquisitive strategy of Pioneer Foods focusing on expansion into Africa as well as other complementary geographies.
Assisted Pioneer Foods’ entry into Nigeria and Kenya as well as expanding the Group’s footprint in the UK. Also acquiring recognised local brands including Futurelife. His career mainly focused on FMCG companies working at BidFood (Bidvest division) as well.
Began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers now PwC, holding qualifications as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Mamokete is the founder and CEO of Mamor Capital, a boutique transaction advisory firm focussing on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and facilitation of BEE transactions.
Prior to this role, Mamokete was the Executive Head in M&A division at Vodacom Group, responsible for evaluating and executing acquisition opportunities and any other corporate activity, in line with the Vodacom strategy. Her career journey includes working for Cazenove (SA) Corporate Finance division, National Empowerment Fund, Vantage Capital and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Mamokete’s career journey spans across corporate finance advisory, private equity investments, mezzanine and infrastructure project finance. Her experience in investment banking entailed sourcing new investment opportunities, analysis of investment proposals, recommendations of risk mitigations, deal structuring, and negotiation of financing agreements to facilitate deal closure and post investment management of deal portfolio. She was the winner of the Association of Black Securities Investment Professional (“ABSIP”) Project Financier of the Year (Individual Category) Award for 2014.
She is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bell Equipment Ltd; A Non-Executive director of Novate Advisory (Pty) Ltd; She is a member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa; A member of the International Women’s Forum South Africa (“IWFSA”); and a member of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (“ABSIP”).