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Verdant Capital opens Lagos office and hires IK Izedonmwen

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Ikponmwosa (or Ik. for short) joined Verdant Capital in August, to open Verdant Capital’s Lagos office. Verdant Capital’s office in Lagos is the firm’s fifth office in the continent, the others being Johannesburg, Accra, Kinshasa and Ebene. The physical presence in Nigeria is expected to increase the amount of business the firm executes in Nigeria, a market where Verdant Capital has been active at different stages in the cycle. Ik has over 18 years investment banking experience in West Africa. Prior to Verdant Capital, Ik performed similar roles at firms including Citi, FBN Capital / FBN Quest Merchant Bank, and... View Article

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Patrick Ball joins the Johannesburg team as a Director

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Patrick has joined the Johannesburg team as a Director. Patrick has over 14 years’ experience in investment management in both global private equity and microfinance investing. Patrick has worked at leading global investors including Doughty Hanson & Co, Deutsche Bank, Developing World Markets (DWM) and Incofin Investment Management. Patrick brings a broad range of skills and experience to Verdant Capital, including investment banking at Bear Stearns in New York and London, and as CFO of FINCA’s microfinance bank in the DR Congo. Patrick will be dedicated full-time to the Verdant Capital Hybrid Fund upon its first close. Verdant Capital is... View Article

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Verdant Capital has hired Brett Roberts as a Director and Head of M&A.

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Brett is an experienced M&A banker who has worked at bulge bracket investment banks in London and Johannesburg including Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In a 21-year career, Brett has also worked in M&A at Rand Merchant Bank, as an M&A specialist at Vodacom, and earlier in his career as an equity research analyst and as a strategy consultant. Brett has experience transacting in a range of sectors, including telecoms, mining, financial services, media, technology, healthcare, and industrials. Brett started work last month and reports to Edmund Higenbottam, Managing Director of Verdant Capital.

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Verdant Capital finished in the top three in DealMakers Africa corporate finance league table for East Africa

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  Verdant Capital finished in the top three in DealMakers East Africa corporate finance rankings. Verdant Capital, a specialist financial advisory firm operating on a pan-African basis, in 2018 completed high profile transactions in Southern Africa, Central Africa and East Africa. In East Africa Verdant Capital achieved its highest ranking, finishing second by deal volumes and third by deal value. In a competitive market for mergers and acquisitions advisory in Africa, the firm is differentiated by its global reach. Verdant Capital is the IMAP partner firm for Africa and, along with its partner firms in Morocco and Egypt, have eight... View Article

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Verdant Capital joins IMAP

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Verdant Capital has joined IMAP, the leading global M&A partnership, becoming the second partner firm in Africa. The IMAP partnership was established in the early 1970s and has over 500 M&A professionals spanning five continents. IMAP was ranked 8th in the global mid-market M&A league table in 2017 (source: Thomson Reuters). The partnership offers clients buy and sell-side M&A advisory on a global basis as well as related debt advisory and corporate finance services. www.imap.com. Becoming a partner of IMAP provides Verdant Capital’s M&A business with a global reach which is perhaps unparalleled in the middle-market in Africa. Going forward, all... View Article

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Verdant Capital has won the prestigious award Best Capital Raise in Africa, 2016

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Elsewhere in the financial services sector, Verdant Capital has won the prestigious award Best Capital Raise in Africa, 2016 from Acquisition International for its ZAR 450 million capital raise for Trustco Group.  The award is in recognition for the complexity of the transaction combining senior and subordinated tranches, as well as its size versus market benchmarks, as one of the largest transactions in the Namibian history.  Separately, Verdant Capital has also been shortlisted for the African Banker award for Financial Inclusion, 2017

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Verdant Capital opens office in Kinshasa

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Verdant Capital, head-quartered in Johannesburg, is opening its fourth office, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. DR Congo is the seventh largest economy in Sub Sahara Africa and has a population of over 77 million. Imran Patel, has joined Verdant Capital as a Vice president, to open to the firm’s office in the country.  Imran Patel, based in Kinsasha, has 15-years experience in investment management and business strategy.  Following many years working for a leading North American hedge fund, Imran returned to DR Congo, the country in which he was raised.  In addition to financial services, Imran has extensive experience in sectors... View Article

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Verdant Capital awarded Africa M&A Deal of the Year by Acquisition International

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Verdant Capital has been awarded the prestigious Africa M&A deal of the year (2016) by Acquisition International, for its USD 51 million sale of Greenbelt Fertilisers to Yara International. The transaction, which is one of the largest transactions in the fertiliser sector in Africa in recent times, completed in May 2016 following COMESA competition authority approval. The transaction is part of a broader global trend whereby the largest upstream producers are buying up regional fertiliser blending and marketing businesses. Over the last five years there have been 30 such transactions globally (about a quarter of which in Africa) for a... View Article

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Verdant Capital awarded the accolade of Best Corporate Finance Firm in South Africa

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Verdant Capital has completed four cross-boarder transactions in 2015. In recognition of the strength of its cross border franchise, Verdant Capital was awarded the accolade of Best Corporate Finance Firm in South Africa, 2015 by Acquisition International. Following its transaction in agri-chemicals in South Africa last quarter, the sale of Greenbelt Fertilisers is Verdant Capital’s second transaction in the agri / fertilisers sector this year alone. Over the last two years Verdant Capital is perhaps the most active firm in Africa in this sector.

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Verdant Capital opens Ghana Office

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Verdant Capital has opened an office in Accra, Ghana, and now has a total of three offices (Johannesburg, Ebene, Accra). The Accra office will be led by Kwabena Appenteng, Vice President. Kwabena has extensive corporate, entrepreneurial and corporate finance experience in Ghana and beyond, including as Senior Private Sector Officer at US AID. Save Save

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