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CDI announces new African Partner: Africa Merchant Capital Advisory Limited


CDI Global is pleased to announce its new partnership with Africa Merchant Capital Advisory Limited.

Africa Merchant Capital Advisory Limited (AMC Advisory), led by Cobus Visagie and Milko Skoro with offices in London and Africa, is an independently owned corporate finance advisory firm with a dedicated focus on the high growth private markets of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The team, CDI Global Africa, draws from multi-disciplinary professional experience including corporate finance, merchant banking, consulting, advisory and personal investing gained from global banks to Private Equity Funds. Their corporate finance team advises on private and public middle market transactions with access to a range of different investor types from private equity funds, endowments and pension funds to family offices and Development Finance Institutions.

Cobus is the Group Chief Executive Officer and co-founded Africa Merchant Capital in 2012. The Africa Merchant Capital Group is a privately owned boutique merchant bank, providing corporate finance advisory, trade finance and asset finance solutions for mid-market businesses active in Sub-Saharan Africa. His professional experience includes corporate finance advisory, merchant banking, business consulting and auditing, as well as personal investing in Africa. Cobus qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in South Africa, spending the last 5 years of his time in the Global Risk Management Services division. Cobus also pursued a successful professional rugby career, representing South Africa and playing professionally in both the Southern and Northern hemisphere.

Milko is the Managing Director of AMC Advisory. Milko is a seasoned investment professional and has held leading roles in various Africa-focused private equity funds, with AUM in excess of USD 4 billion, over the last 20 years. Prior to joining AMC, Milko was the Managing Director for Structuring at Quantum Global, across 7 fund verticals, and prior to that he was a Senior Banker at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Principal at the National Empowerment Fund of South Africa. Milko has advised private equity companies and corporate clients on both acquisitions and disposals across the Energy, TMT, Logistics, Healthcare and Hospitality sectors. Milko holds an MBA and a MAP from the University of the Witwatersrand.

AMC fills a finance gap in the African private capital markets which is too small and insignificant for global financial institutions and too substantial to be funded by the local finance providers.

The services provided include:

  • Capital Raising
  • Buy-side Origination
  • Bespoke Transaction Execution
  • Commercial due diligence
  • Transaction Project management
  • Financial modelling

Africa Merchant Capital Advisory approaches its services by taking the time to gain a deep understanding of their clients’ objectives. Typically, capital raising is achieved through either a discreet mandate approach or a broad market sweep to targeted funders and investors who participate in syndications, co-investment or club deals.

Typical clients will have:

  • Significant operational exposure to Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experienced, passionate and driven management team
  • Proven products and services with identifiable competitive advantages
  • Operating in high-growth sectors and countries
  • Transactions sizes of USD 10 million and over
  • Strong revenue growth year-on-year
  • EBITDA profitability
  • Clearly defined growth plans and forecasts
  • Reasonable transaction expectations of owners and management

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CDI Global’s international reach provides distinctive advantages for multi-national clients. CDI Global has successfully partnered and collaborated with clients around the world, in vertical sectors that span virtually every major industry.  Our executive team works collaboratively to meet your strategic goals and our success is built on the long-term relationships we develop, providing broader insight and opportunities for our clients. We are committed to conducting all of our business activity with confidentiality, respect and integrity.

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