Our services

Our offering and expertise includes:

  • Project management of transactions from initiation to close: acquisitions, ventures, disposals, BEE, debt financing, corporate and debt restructuring
  • Financial modelling, valuations, desktop research, business and financial reviews
  • Information documents and analysis for external parties (e.g., disposals, financing)
  • Information documents for internal approval processes
  • Scoping and managing due diligence processes, including data rooms for disposals
  • Negotiation and drafting of terms and agreements
  • Interaction with and co-ordination of investment banks, lawyers, accountants, tax advisors and other transaction parties
  • Overseeing regulatory processes
  • Monitoring conditions precedent and ensuring that transactions are fully implemented
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Outsourced Corporate Finance

We provide expert resources as well as executive input and oversight on Corporate Finance.

  • Distinct from a typical Investment Bank function:
    • Resources are located on site, are involved in the business and are driving transactions
    • Outsourcing provides capacity and support to CFO and/or existing internal corporate finance resource when short-staffed
  • Distinct from the internal CFO/FM role:
    • We provide dedicated focus
    • We act as an independent arbiter and provide expertise during the transaction process

Value and benefits we provide in corporate finance:

  • Proactive transaction sourcing and evaluation
  • Ownership, accountability and project management throughout transaction lifecycle – external services typically engage and disengage through the cycle
  • Dedicated focus – transacting is a winding, frustrating journey – momentum can be lost quickly and/or deal fatigue sets in
  • “Independent” arbiter and expert – not conflicted to do a transaction at any price but also inclined to find a “fair” deal for all parties
  • Experience managing the people dynamics within the company and with the other side
  • Targeted and cost-effective use of external experts (tax, DDR, legal)
  • Maintain institutional memory
  • Standardised methodology and transaction templates
  • Experience of reporting requirements for CFO/CEO, exco, investment committee, board


We can help you simplify your corporate structure and maximise benefits through Divisionalisation.

Commercial merits:

  • Provides flexibility to alter business groupings as developments arise
  • Centralisation and sharing of resources, including funding, IP, products, people
  • Facilitates shared services and cost efficiencies
  • Simplifies BEE ownership structures and ratings processes
  • Simplifies legal corporate structure
  • Significantly reduces statutory and regulatory costs
  • Minimises need for cross-guarantees on debt funding with businesses in one legal entity

Substantial tax benefits and simplification:

  • Avoids trapping tax losses (e.g., central/head office under-recoveries, new ventures)
  • Restructuring historic, non-tax deductible (non-productive) interest
  • Incubation and IP development tax efficiently
  • Interest on internal loan funding to acquire businesses into divisionalised entity will be deductible for tax purposes
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