We are excited to announce the 5th annual

AGF Service Providers
Awards 2020

brought to you by Africa Global Funds

2020 Winners announced!

About the Awards

It is FREE to enter; there are 43 categories, all rewarding excellence in African Asset Servicing



About event

Be recognised and honoured in the African Fund Services space by participating in the 2020 AGF Africa Service Providers Awards. The Awards were created to honour and generate both industry and public recognition of the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of Fund Service Providers covering Africa. The 5th edition of the prestigious AGF Service Providers Awards are a recognized symbol of excellence as we are the only international awards in African Fund Services.

The winners will be invited to participate in the November issue (Special Edition) of Africa Global Funds magazine. The Awards issue will feature interviews, analysis, and/or opinion commentary with participating companies. The Awards issue will be distributed free of charge.

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 30th, 2020.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2019 to June 2020.

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 2019 to June 2020.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
  • Deadline for submissions: Extended: September 30th, 2020.
  • 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 2020 awards shortlist will be announced in 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. 

2020 Winners

We congratulate the following companies for taking the win!



Best Advisory services: fund structuring
  • SouthBridge
Best Advisory services: private equity
  • Dentons
Best Banking & custody provider: global custodian
  • AfrAsia Bank
Best Banking & custody provider: sub-custodian
  • Standard Bank
Best Brokerage Services
  • EFG Hermes
Best Capital Matching Platform
  • Neu Capital Africa
Best CIS Trustee Services
  • Standard Bank
Best Currency Broker
  • AZA
Best Data management solution
  • BNY Mellon, Data and Analytics Solutions
Best Derivatives clearing provider
  • Standard Bank
Best Fund accounting & reporting software provider
  • SS&C Advent
Best Fund administrator: hedge funds
  • Prescient Fund Services
Best Fund administrator: investment funds
  • Enwealth Financial Services
Best Fund administrator: private equity funds over $20bn
  • IQ:EQ
Best Fund administrator: private equity funds under $20bn
  • AXIS
Best Fund administrator - real estate & infrastructure funds
  • Intercontinental Trust
Best Independent advisory firm - Pan Africa
  • Verdant Capital
Best Independent advisory firm - South Africa
  • Bravura
Best Index provider
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices
Best Investment administrator - pension funds
  • Standard Bank
Best Investment Survey Provider
  • Alexander Forbes
Best Legal services: investment funds
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Best Legal services: private equity
  • Bowmans
Best Marketing & communications consultancy
  • Flow Communications
Best Middle-Office Solution
  • SS&C Advent
Best Portfolio management software provider
  • Fundamental Software
Best Prime broker - capital introduction
  • Investec
Best Prime broker - technology
  • Investec
Best Prime Services
  • Investec
Best Private equity software provider
  • SS&C Advent
Best Regulatory hosting platform
  • Afriwise
Best Research & data provider: capital markets
  • EquityRT
Best Research & data provider: private equity
  • RisCura
Best Risk Management Solution
  • FactSet
Best Securities lending provider
  • Standard Bank
Best SME Financier
  • GroFin
Best Tax advisory firm
  • Webber Wentzel

Judges

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



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.


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. 

Aubrey Hruby

AUBREY HRUBY

Co-Founder, Insider; Senior Fellow, Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, and Africa investment advisor

Aubrey Hruby is a Co-Founder of Insider and an investor in African start-ups. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and advisor to investors, she speaks and writes regularly on African business issues for the Financial Times and Axios. She has interviewed with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Radio, CNBC, CCTV, and Africa24. Aubrey sits on the board of Invest Africa USA, the private sector advisory board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and two dynamic Nigerian companies. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Leader at the Milken Institute. Aubrey teaches at Georgetown University and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). She earned a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA from Georgetown University.

Daniel Broby

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.

Dean Horton

DEAN HORTON

COO, African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Dean joined AIIM in 2013, working across transactions and asset management. Dean transitioned to the role of Chief Operating Officer, where he is responsible for the finance, compliance and governance functions as well as providing technical support to the investment professionals from deal origination to transaction execution and asset management.

Yusuf Chothia

YUSUF CHOTHIA

Manager of Enterprise Solutions, Futuregrowth Asset Management

Yusuf is responsible for a portfolio of projects, analysis and software development, and technology support. He is passionate about strategy, innovation, data transformation and change management. As an ambassador for effectivity and efficiency through a systems thinking approach, his focus areas are data-driven investment management and system optimisation enabled by governance, agile frameworks and business intelligence technologies.

Jenni Chamberlain

JENNI CHAMBERLAIN

CEO, Altree Capital

Jenni Chamberlain serves as Chief Investment Officer for Altree Capital and Portfolio Manager of the Africa Opportunities Funds including Altree Africa, Altree Credit and Altree Impact. Altree Africa is recognized as one of the industry’s pre-eminent Africa ex-South Africa investment funds and was voted Africa ex-South Africa Fund of the Year 2011.

Tim Staermose

TIM STAERMOSE

CEO, ST Funds Management

Tim Staermose has 24 years’ equity capital markets, and equity research experience. He worked at international sell-side equity brokerage firms in South Korea, and Hong Kong, including Banque Indosuez (now part of Credit Agricole), in the late 1990s and, Lehman Brothers in the early 2000s.