Deloitte celebrates Reporting Accountants award at DealMakers Gala 2017

Professional services firm Deloitte went home with the Reporting Accountants awards by Deal Flow during the 16th annual DealMakers Gala Awards Banquet on 15 February 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A jovial CFO South Africa MD Graham Fehrsen handed the prize to Deloitte's senior manager Aubrey Sebothoma, together with DealMakers director Marylou Greig. KPMG won the Reporting Accounts award by Deal Value, just like last year.

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As an awards sponsor, CFO South Africa hosted a table with a number of remarkable CFOs, like Aarti Takoordeen (JSE Limited), Megan Pydigadu (Eazi Access Group), Wayne Koonin (Omnia), Lushen Pather (Sasfin), Pieter de Wit (Afrimat) and Aneesh Mayet (Oracle).

Top executives Mitesh Patel (Nkonki), Melle Eijckelhoff (CFO Enterprises) and Kamal Patel (Thomson Reuters) also joined the CFO table, while CFO SA's guest of honour Charl Keyter (Sibanye Gold) was seated at the main table.

All attending guests received a free CFO Magazine, which includes an overview of CFO South Africa's 2017 events and the much-anticipated Finance Indaba Africa.

Charl stole the spotlights when his company's acquisition of Stillwater Mining was celebrated with nothing less than the Deal of the Year Award. The Private Equity Deal of the Year went to the Actis (bottom photo) disposal of footwear giant Tekkie Town to Steinhoff, a deal that yielded the Individual DealMaker of the Year award for Piet Ferreira (former Steinhoff).

For the second consecutive year, law firm Webber Wentzel clinched the title of Legal Advisor of the Year 2016 - Mergers & Acquisitions by Deal Value. The company was also awarded Legal Advisor of the Year 2016 - General Corporate Finance by Transaction Value.

"DealMakers is an important barometer of South Africa's M&A and corporate finance market and we are honoured to be have been recognised at this year's awards," said Christo Els, Senior Partner at Webber Wentzel and long-standing member of the panel of judges of the annual CFO Awards.

"The fact that our firm is consistently recognised for its deal expertise is further reassurance to our clients that their high-profile and complex transactions are in the very best hands. We are grateful that our clients continue to place their trust in us."