2022 Sub-Saharan Africa PE Breakfast


The Private Equity Breakfast is an annual event that is sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS. The event  will gather leading speakers from the private equity industry, management recruitment and legal fields.

The purpose of this event is to bring together investment professionals to discuss and share experiences and comments regarding the current industry climate and future developments.

Below you will find more details about the speakers and the agenda of the event. The event is free of charge for all participants but strictly by invitation.

Private Equity Breakfast

Johannesburg Marriott Hotel
Melrose Arch, 42 The High Street, Melrose Arch,
Johannesburg, 2076, South Africa

Event programme

Panel Discussion

Deepa Vallabh – Partner, Head of Africa: M&A, Co-Head of Corporate & Commercial, CMS South Africa
Michael Al-Nassir – Partner, Head of MEA, Head of Private Equity Practice APMEA, Pedersen & Partners

David Cooke – Partner, Private Equity, Actis
Emile Du Toit – Managing Director, Fund Raising and Liabilities Management, Harith General Partners
Grant Howarth – Principal, Metier
Johnny F. Jones – Partner, Vantage Capital
Natalie Kolbe – Managing Partner, Norrsken22
Mametja Moshe – Founder and CEO, Moshe Capital
Bruce Steen – Partner, Alterra Capital Partners

08:00 – 08:30 Registration, hot & cold drinks and snacks

08:30 – 10:00 Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Recent developments and trends in M&A in Southern & Sub-Saharan Africa – including deal-flow, valuations, fundraising, availability of credit for leveraged financing, exit strategies, co-investments;

  • High opportunity sectors and market segments – Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, eCommerce, FinTech, Life Sciences, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG), EdTech;

  • Value creation – portfolio management strategies, turnaround and change management,
    the importance of human capital in due diligence, succession planning and key talent retention, disconnect between deal valuations and company performance;

  • Influence of external factors and regulations – Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE); climate change and sustainability, digital transformation, high inflation and rising interest rates, rising global energy & food prices as a result of Ukraine invasion and sanctions/ embargos imposed on Russia, global supply chain bottlenecks and semiconductor shortage due to renewed China COVID-19 restrictions;

  • Fundraising environment – who are the main sources of inbound capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilateral, funds of funds;
  • Outbound investment destinations – what geographies have the highest potential for African PE firms and their portfolio companies (Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, USA?).

10:00 – 11:00 Networking