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South Africa

Translink Corporate Finance South Africa
C15, Mainstream Centre
Main str, Hout Bay
Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 791 0439

Email addresses are of the form of “first name’s first letter”+”last name” For example John Doe’s email address is


John Blake, Partner

John has 15 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 focused private equity fund in China, Africa and India. His dealmaking 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. John has participated in various deals within the IT and the food sectors and is head of our IT and member of our food industry group.

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, among others at the European office of Ogilvy & Mather (WPP Group plc) and Old Mutual Plc. Michael has executed transactions in the financial services, banking, media, agricultural, mining and property sectors.

Cemre Asci, Associate

As an associate, Cemre provides analytical support in the execution of M&As, strategic JVs and partnerships. She has so far assisted clients across a wide range of industries on buy-side and sell-side assignments in South Africa and Turkey. Cemre has particular expertise in target screening processes, drafting of M&A documentation, building financial models, performing of financial analyses and valuations. Cemre holds a Bachelors Degree from the Political Science Department of Galatasaray University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is currently enrolled in an Mcom Financial Management Degree programme at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Joubert Steyn, Associate

Joubert has 20 years’ experience in industries ranging from public accounting, software, renewable energy, light industry insurance and most recently healthcare. He has performed C suite roles in finance, information technology, strategy and business development. On the entrepreneurial front he was the co-founder of a renewable energy start-up which he successfully exited. Joubert has performed turnarounds and gained extensive experience in corporate venturing and mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive board experience. Joubert has participated in various deals within the logistics sector and is member of our logistics industry group.

Paul Harrison, Associate

Paul began his investment career in London with JP Morgan as a fixed income trader. Then he became Vice President, Head of Business Development, at PIMCO in Sydney, Australia, responsible for the Asia Pacific Region. In London Paul was Director of the Asset & Liability Solutions division with State Street Global Advisors leading the group’s expansion into Israel and Southern Africa. Lately, Paul was Head of Distribution at Sanlam Multi-Manager International with primary responsibility for the African operations, including Hedge Fund Group Blue Ink’s offerings.

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