John Blake, Partner
John Blake, B.Sc & B.Comm, has 14 years corporate finance and private equity experience in emerging markets. He has executed transactions in Africa, China and India. John was the Africa manager for a London listed Sino-India based private equity fund and subsequently a partner in an emerging market focussed private equity fund in China, Africa and India.
His consulting and project-based experience is complimented by a history of entrepreneurship by starting, building and exiting two successful technology start-ups. John has executed transactions in the technology, industrial, media, renewable energy and natural resource sectors.
He is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is currently learning Mandarin.
Paul Harrison, Partner
Paul (B.Econ) has over 15 years asset management and investment banking experience. He has a proven track record in capital raising, structuring and deal origination with a particular focus on emerging markets. After spending 16 years abroad, primarily in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States with JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank Group, Pacific Investment Management Company, State Street among others, Paul returned to Cape Town in 2010 with the primary objective of facilitating cross-border transactions into Africa. In 2011, Paul was the founding partner of a UK based private equity fund. To date Paul has consulted to several boutique asset management firms within South Africa and the UK.
Michael Anderson, Partner
Michael Anderson CA (SA) has 20 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, a Director of Companies and as a consultant.
Michael has a good understanding of business strategy and corporate finance together with an ability to grasp the fundamentals of any business or sector. He has served in a number of executive positions, including five years at the European office of Ogilvy & Mather (WPP Group), where he was responsible for financial management and acquisitions of a portfolio covering 27 countries.
Michael served for six years at Old Mutual Plc. as the Chief Financial Officer for their South African Property and Asset Management Group. More recently Michael established and managed the asset management and corporate finance function for Dubai World Africa.
Michael has executed transactions in the financial services, banking, media, agricultural and property sectors. He is registered as a Chartered Accountant with the South African Public Accountants’ and Auditors’ Board.