Africa Service Providers
Awards 2017

brought to you by Africa Global Funds in partnership with SAVCA

Winners for 2017 have been announced!

We invite you to participate in 2017 Awards

It is FREE to enter and there are 32 categories, all rewarding excellence in African asset servicing.



About event

The AGF Africa Service Providers Awards were created to honor and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of fund service providers covering Africa.

The AGF Africa Service Providers Awards is the only international awards dedicated to celebrating excellence in African fund services.

The 2017 awards shortlist will be announced in mid-September.

After the shortlist is announced in September we will invite companies that make the list to participate in the special edition of Africa Global Funds magazine, which will be published in November. The Awards issue will feature interviews, analysis, and/or opinion commentary with participating companies.

The Awards issue will be published alongside our monthly magazine (which will also feature the results) and be distributed free of charge.

Please note, that every participating company will receive a complimentary 1-year digital subscription to our publication (worth $384).

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1.718.787.6105 or awards@africaglobalfunds.com

Deadline for submissions EXTENDED: September 15th, 2017.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2016 to June 2017.

Entry requirements

Entrants will be asked to submit a case study (up to 500 words) or statement that fulfils stated objectives of each award. Please note that the judging period is from July 2016 to June 2017.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
  • Deadline for submissions EXTENDED: September 15th, 2017.
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential.
Methodology

Submissions will be assessed by the appointed panel of judges. In assessing a submission, judges will be looking for the following, but not exclusive, attributes:

  • The entry fulfils the stated award criteria
  • Clear identification of the service objectives
  • Evidence of a satisfactory client outcome
  • Key differentiators of your service
  • The use of innovation and/or technology brought to the task
  • Levels of ongoing service and support to the client
  • Levels of Best Practice

Those judged best in their category will progress to the finalist stage. The 2017 awards shortlist will be announced in early September.

From the finalists, the judging panel will decide on the winning and highly commended entries.

NOTE: The judges' decision is final. The judges have the right to determine the standards of an award and to withhold an award in any category, if, in their view, the entries are not of sufficient merit. The judges also have the right to give a number of special awards.

Confidentiality

We recognize and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Entries are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organizations or individuals that have not won an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry. Therefore if you enter the Awards, but are not successful, this will remain confidential.

All entries and supporting material will be destroyed after the winners are announced.

The organizers reserve the right to use information contained in the winning entries (apart from contact details and any content marked not for publication) for subsequent publicity, promotions and other activities relating to the Awards.

Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective.  We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.

The Judging panel

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest. The list of judges will be announced shortly, and published on this page.

IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. 

2017 Winners, Congratulations!

Best advisory services: fund structuring
  • Dentons
Best advisory services: private equity
  • RisCura
Best independent advisory firm
  • EBS Advisory
Best tax advisory firm
  • Webber Wentzel
Best banking & custody provider: global custodian
  • BNY Mellon
Best banking & custody provider: sub-custodian
  • Standard Bank
Best securities lending provider
  • Standard Bank
Best brokerage services
  • Investec
Best prime brokerage services
  • Investec
Best fund administrator: hedge funds
  • Prescient Fund Services
Best fund administrator: investment funds
  • Maitland
Best fund administrator: over $20bn private equity funds
  • Trident Fund Services
Best fund administrator: under $20bn private equity funds
  • Axis
Best fund rating service
  • Global Credit Ratings
Best index provider
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices
Best legal service: investment funds
  • Webber Wentzel
Best legal service: private equity
  • Bowmans
Best offshore law firm
  • Harneys
Best offshore law firm: client service
  • Harneys
Best fund accounting & reporting software provider
  • SS&C Advent
Best portfolio management software provider
  • Eagle Investment Systems
Best private equity software provider
  • FIS
Best data management solution
  • Eagle Investment Systems
Best middle-office solution
  • SS&C Advent
Best risk management solution
  • UBS
Best research & data provider: capital markets
  • Exotix
Best marketing & communications consultancy
  • Frontier Funds

Judges

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest.

IMPORTANT: The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries. 

Judging guidelines

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective.  We select individuals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability and vision. We hold our judges to the highest standards of fairness, accuracy and integrity. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarize the judges’ comments and provide any additional input as required. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.



Rob Mirsky - Principal, KPMG

ROB MIRSKY

Principal, KPMG

Robert is the Global Head of KPMG’s Hedge Funds Practice and a Tax Principal in the firm’s New York Financial Services Practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in advising financial services companies and hedge funds. Robert attended Boston University where he received a BA in Political Science, and American University’s Washington College of Law (Washington, D.C.) where he received a JD. Rob is a Member of the New York Bar. He has worked with Big 4 firms in London, New York, Washington DC, Milan, Bangkok and the Cayman Islands.

Peter Harris, Advisor, Phatisa

PETER HARRIS

Advisor, Phatisa

Peter Harris qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA). He completed Articles with Deloitte in Cape Town and continued employment with Deloitte at both their Kimberley and Johannesburg offices, culminating as a Managing Consultant in the Special Services Group. Peter left the profession for commerce in 1997, initially joining Meadow Feeds, a division of Tiger Brands, followed by over ten years at AFGRI, fulfilling the roles of Group Financial Manager and General Manager Sustainability. Peter provides accounting, advisory and authorship services to a variety of private and public companies.

Thomas Venon, Founding Director, Eighteen East Capital

THOMAS VENON

Founding Director, Eighteen East Capital

Thomas is a founding director at Eighteen East Capital, an advisory company with a focus on impact investing and development finance, with offices in London and Cape Town. He has 17 years’ experience in the asset management industry. Recently head of institutional business at African Alliance Asset Management, he previously was a director at S&P Fund Research, and held senior positions at RBS/ABN Amro. He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne. In addition, Thomas founded the Africa Impact Report in 2011.

Oliver Hoffmann, Portfolio Manager, 27four Investment Managers

OLIVER HOFFMAN

Portfolio Manager, 27four Investment Managers

Oliver has worked in various equity investment related roles spanning sell-side and buy-side listed equity research, private equity and fund of funds management. Prior to joining 27Four Investment Managers, where he oversees the Africa ex South Africa fund of funds product proposition, Oliver was responsible for Sub-Sahara Africa banking research at African Alliance Securities. He has been involved in Africa ex SA capital markets over the past 8 years and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

DMITRY FOTIYEV

Managing Partner, Brightmore Capital

Dmitriy Fotiyev is a Managing Partner at Brightmore Capital, a multi-sector impact investment fund and advisory group empowering the new generation of African entrepreneurs. Brightmore Capital fills a financing gap for SMEs in some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic economies of the world and invests in a segment that is under-served by banks and other sources of private financing. The firm is a source of smart capital in the 500k to 5MM EUR range, bringing transformational expertise to the businesses it invests in. Prior to Brightmore Capital, Mr. Fotiyev worked at The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Fotiyev was a consultant at Accenture. Mr. Fotiyev has a deep understanding of the private equity industry and VC/PE investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. His focus is improving the lives of emerging consumers while generating strong investment returns.

Said DeSaque, Founder & CEO, DeSaque Macro Research

SAID DESAQUE

Founder & CEO, DeSaque Macro Research

Said DeSaque is Founder & CEO of DeSaque Macro Research, which was formed in 2012. He has over 30 years of experience working as a professional economist in financial services, primarily based in London. Prior to establishing DeSaque Macro Research, Said held positions as Senior Economist and Investment Strategist at US banks Robert W Baird and William Blair. He began his career as a graduate at PaineWebber in 1986, where he eventually became Head of the London Economics Department in 1996. Said has a keen interest in international relations, along with their implications for economic development and financial markets. His research interests include, amongst many others, the economic transformation of emerging and frontier markets, particularly in Africa, and its implications on global capital markets. He is a member of Chatham House, a leading independent global think-tank on international affairs and economics in London.

RAKSHA RAMKILOWAN

Fund Accountant, Phatisa

Raksha Ramkilowan qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA, CMGA). She completed articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in KwaZulu-Natal and then expanded her career into financial services with employment at the Hollard Group. She then took up a more specialised financial role at Ethos Private Equity at their Johannesburg offices, overseeing their three earlier funds, such as Sphere Fund I, Ethos Technology Fund and Ethos Private Equity Fund V. After a five-year career progression at Ethos Private Equity, she then left to join the team at Phatisa.

TANYA VAN LILL

CEO, SAVCA

Tanya joined SAVCA in March 2017, after a rewarding 10-year career at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) with her last role being Director of Academic Programmes where she also served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), an international academic association that represents the Executive MBA industry. Tanya is passionate about human and organisational development. During her time as a learning and development specialist focusing on management and leadership development, Tanya gained valuable experience working with various companies across a wide range of sectors. She holds an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma from GIBS where her MBA research focused on methods to develop a global mindset. Tanya also holds a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management from UNISA. Tanya is the mother of a teenage son and a sports enthusiast.

Daniel Broby, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde

DANIEL BROBY

Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Strathclyde

Daniel is a finance academic and formerly a senior figure in the fund management industry. He is Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation. In addition to previously managing African equity and fixed income funds, Daniel has held a number of executive level positions in the investment world. These include Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Portfolio Manager. Daniel has written numerous books and articles related to capital markets and has had two peer reviewed papers published on what the appropriate index is for African equity funds.

Sponsors and Partners

companies that support us



As a sponsor of the AGF Africa Service Providers Awards, you are supporting the only international awards dedicated to celebrating excellence in African fund services.

  • Do you want your company to be associated with recognizing excellence in the industry and gathering the industry elite for a high profile networking event?
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Our sponsorship packages are specially tailored to suit any budget and objective. Please download our Sponsorship brochure for the list of available packages. To find out more about supporting the continent’s premier Awards event - the AGF Africa Service Providers Awards please contact: Roman Onosovski