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Hear from Bravura’s clients – Gary Stroebel, Ivan Epstein, Grant Dreyer, Gert Schoonbee, Natasha Sideris

A compilation of insights from a cross section of our clients in which they share their experiences of working with us. We hear from Gary Stroebel, the CEO of Future Media; Ivan Epstein, Co-founder and former CEO of Softline and Sage International; Grant Dreyer, Head of Business Development at Afrimat Limited; Gert Schoonbee of family-owned farm Schoonbee Landgoed; and Natasha Sideris, Founder of tashas boutique restaurant brand.

Published: 13 August 2021

Gary Stroebel, CEO of Namibian media company Future Media

Gary Stroebel,  CEO of Namibian media company Future Media, discusses Bravura’s role in working together to bring about the successful acquisition of family-owned media businesses. This was a complex undertaking in a regulated industry and small economy. The result is that Future Media is now in the unique position (in Africa) of owning four national radio stations.

Published: 7 July 202

Ivan Epstein, Co-founder and former CEO, Softline and Sage International

Ivan Epstein, Co-founder and former CEO, Softline and Sage International, and Executive Chairman, Tricolour Investments and Non-Executive Director, Cash Connect Group, discusses his relationship with Bravura which has endured for more than two decades.

Ivan says that evidence of a company having concluded a transaction and being willing to go back and do another transaction with the same team indicates a trusted relationship and successful transaction.

Published: 17 March 2021

Grant Dreyer, Head of Business Development at Afrimat Limited

Grant Dreyer, Head of Business Development and Strategy at Afrimat Limited, a leading black empowered open pit mining company listed on the Construction & Building Materials’ sector of the Main Board JSE Limited, describes his team’s experiences working with Bravura as a corporate advisor to facilitate a successful transaction amidst South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown period in mid-2020. Afrimat Limited purchased 100% of the shareholding of Coza Mining (Pty) Limited for a purchase consideration of R300 million. Bravura assisted the Coza shareholders to find Afrimat as the purchaser and acted as corporate adviser.

Published: 22 January 2021

Gert Schoonbee of family-owned farm Schoonbee Landgoed

Gert Schoonbee of family-owned farm Schoonbee Landgoed, discusses Bravura’s support as Exclusive Financial Advisor to the Gert Schoonbee Beleggings (Pty) Ltd group of companies in partnering in an innovative profit-for-purpose transaction.Schoonbee contributed two existing operational farms, and Thebe Investment Corporation (Pty) Ltd contributed equity for the establishment of additional citrus and grape developments. In addition, senior debt and mezzanine funding was raised to fund the developments. This resulted in the establishment of a Black-owned farming initiative, which comprises 208 ha of grapes and 175 ha of citrus.

Published: 15 January 2021

Natasha Sideris, Founder of tashas boutique restaurant brand

Natasha Sideris, Founder of the Sideris family-owned tashas boutique restaurant brand, shares her experience of working with Bravura.

Bravura acted as the Corporate Advisor in a transaction which saw the Sideris family acquire full ownership of the tashas brand which they had co-owned for more than a decade with Famous Brands.

Published: August 25, 2020