Top CFOs reveal their M&A dreams & nightmares - join us on 6 April 2016


Oceana CFO Imraan Soomra played a huge role in the acquisition of Daybrook Fisheries in New Orleans, growing the market cap of the Cape Town-based fishing firm with about 50%. DigiCore CFO Cobus Grove was instrumental in saving the vehicle-tracking company from demise and selling it to the US firm Novatel Wireless. Deon Fredericks rose through the ranks at Telkom, to eventually take over the CFO job in the most difficult of times and guiding the acquisition of Business Connexion through tricky turns. All the while, these three finance bosses also still had a normal business to run...

Our CFO event on 6 April 2016 at 16h00 at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, focussed on 'working ON the business when you're IN the business'. In this first of a two part M&A series we hear from Imraan, Cobus and Deon about the challenge of working on your business while remaining fully immersed in the business. Is there a clear distinction? How do you prioritise and what drives success?

We also get insights from deal makers and advisors on what CFOs should focus on, to be in the driving seat when M&A opportunities present themselves. Andrew Balnaves, executive vice-president at Standard Bank Corporate and Investments will shine his light on the buyer's side, while KPMG South Africa's head of M&A Nick Matthews will look on the seller side.

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