Corporate Advisors

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Brait Mauritius Limited (BML) has engaged the BSAL Group to collectively act as independent Corporate Advisors to BML. The BSAL Group comprises Brait South Africa Proprietary Limited, registered and regulated by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority of South Africa under license FSP No: 820, and its subsidiary Brait Advisory Services UK Limited, registered and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom under license FRN No: 753548.
 
The BSAL Group, which has offices in both South Africa and London in the United Kingdom, has been providing advisory services since 1991 and assists BML and the Brait SE Group with accounting, administration, corporate finance, investor relations, treasury management and general corporate secretarial services.
 
The team at the BSAL Group includes:
 
John Gnodde

Chief Executive Officer

John joined the BSAL Group in April 1995 and has been responsible for numerous investments in consumer products, retail, construction, pharmaceutical manufacture, beverages, resources, media, mobile telecommunications and recruitment outsourcing. John has represented Brait on the boards of over 25 private and public companies and currently holds board positions in Brait South Africa, Virgin Active, Iceland Foods and New Look. Prior to taking on the role of CEO of BSAL Group in 2011, John was CEO of Brait Private Equity as well as a Principal for Brait III and IV. He has managed Brait I, II and III and led the fundraising and investment programme for Brait IV. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining the BSAL Group, he served in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs International in London.
 
Bruce Baisley

Deal Executive

Bruce joined the BSAL Group in March 2001 and has been responsible for investments in technology, manufacturing, health and fitness, retail and consumer businesses. He currently holds board positions in Brait South Africa, Consol, DGB, Virgin Active and Premier. Bruce was previously a director of Pepkor and New Look. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting (Honours) from the University of Natal as well as Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) from the University of South Africa, and is a chartered accountant CA (SA), having qualified at Deloitte in Durban. Prior to joining the BSAL Group, Bruce travelled and worked abroad, returning to South Africa in late 2000.
 
Rolf Hartmann

Deal Executive

Rolf joined the BSAL Group in September 2003 where his responsibilities have included managing investments in tourism, consumer products and outsourcing in listed and unlisted entities. Rolf is currently a director of Brait South Africa, Premier, Iceland Foods and DGB. Rolf, a chartered accountant CA (SA), previously worked at Insinger de Beaufort corporate finance in London, after qualifying at Deloitte in Johannesburg. Rolf is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours).
 
James Newman

Deal Executive

James joined the BSAL Group in July 2010 and has been responsible for investments in health & fitness, financial services, manufacturing, property and mining services businesses. James oversees the capital and treasury functions. He currently holds board positions in Brait South Africa, Virgin Active and Consol. Before joining the BSAL Group, James was based in the United States where he worked at Century Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with majors in Accounting, Finance and Philosophy) from Assumption College in Massachusetts, and is a CFA® charterholder.
 
Warren Brockway

Deal Executive

Warren joined the BSAL Group in February 2014 and has been responsible for investments in retail, consumer and health & fitness businesses. He previously worked at KPMG corporate finance in Johannesburg, after he completed his articles in their financial services division. Warren holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Accountancy), from the University of Johannesburg, and is a chartered accountant CA (SA) having qualified at KPMG.
 
Ori Sachs

Deal Executive

Ori joined the BSAL Group in October 2015 and has been involved in capital and treasury functions as well as investments within the consumer, alcoholic beverages and technology-enabled sectors. Prior to joining, Ori worked in investment banking at Rand Merchant Bank within the Corporate Finance and Leveraged Finance divisions. Ori is a CFA® charterholder and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance and Accounting (Honours).
 
James Black

Deal Analyst

James joined the BSAL Group in October 2018 as an analyst in the investment team. Prior to joining, he worked in the corporate finance division of Deutsche Bank South Africa. James holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town.
 
Kathryn Paton

Analyst

Kathryn joined the BSAL Group in June 2006, working with both the finance and investment teams. Prior to joining, she was a management consultant with Braxtons. Kathryn graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance and Accounting.
 
Mark Parsons

Chief Financial Officer

Mark joined the BSAL Group in February 2009. Prior to that, he was a partner at Deloitte in the financial services audit division. Previously he worked at Commerzbank AG. Mark qualified at Deloitte as chartered accountant CA (SA) and is an associate member of the Certified Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA). Mark is a graduate of the University of South Africa, where he obtained a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours).
 
Kyle De Matteis

Finance

Kyle joined the BSAL Group in April 2017 as part of the finance team and is also involved in the capital and treasury functions. Prior to joining he worked in the Rapid Commercialisation and Capital Markets divisions with Deloitte. Kyle is a chartered accountant CA (SA) and CFA® charterholder and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance and Accounting (Honours).
 
Tanya Gibbs

Finance

Tanya joined the BSAL Group in September 2002 and has held various roles in the Finance team. Tanya qualified at KPMG as a chartered accountant CA (SA). She is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand, where she completed degrees in Commerce and Accounting.
 
Riana Smith

Finance

Riana joined the BSAL Group in November 2000 and holds the position of group accountant and has served in this role for the last 14 years. Before joining the BSAL Group, Riana was employed by Payloads, part of the Super Group.
 
Pranuksha Surjoo

Finance

Pranuksha joined the BSAL Group in April 2005. Pranuksha’s responsibilities include the management and administration of the Brait IV private equity fund. Pranuksha previously worked at Deloitte Consulting. Pranuksha is a graduate of the University of Natal and the University of South Africa where she respectively completed her degree in Commerce and Accounting (Honours).
 
Mark Beekhuizen

Chief Operations Officer

Mark joined the BSAL Group in December 1999 as a management consulting advisor to Brait’s private equity investments, thereafter, running IT and now also operations and compliance for the BSAL Group. Mark started his career in management consulting with the then Andersen Consulting and thereafter Deloitte. He later became Operations Director at IHD, a pharmaceutical distributor and just prior to joining the BSAL Group ran his own consulting company. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.