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AGF Service Providers
Awards 2019

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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 2019 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 4th edition of the prestigious Awards has opened for entries in the build up to the Awards night in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The AGF Service Providers Awards are a recognized symbol of excellence, we are the only international awards in African Fund Services.

The 2019 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 Gala Awards Dinner. The black-tie event and ceremony will be hosted on October 24th at the Radisson Blu Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

We will also invite companies 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 distributed free of charge.

This year, it’s not only about winning trophies. Save the date for the AGF Private Equity Fund Operations Forum, which will be happening on the same day as the Awards!

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: September 1st, 2019.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2018 to June 2019.

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 2018 to June 2019.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only.
  • Deadline for submissions: September 1st, 2019.
  • 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 2019 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. 

Categories & Entry Forms

Below are the individual award submissions



The Awards are open to companies providing services to the African asset management industry (traditional and alternative assets).

Entries will be judged on many factors including commercial success and business growth; sales/market share figures; demonstration of product innovation; future development possibilities; and positive customer feedback.

Please note that the judging period is from July 2018 to June 2019.

  • Submissions will be accepted via the online entry system only
  • Deadline for submissions: September 1st, 2019
  • All information submitted will be for the use of judging and will remain confidential

It is FREE to enter! Entrants can enter multiple categories.

NOTE: A separate entry must be supplied for each award.


The categories for this year are: Status Action
Best Advisory Firm - Fund Structuring Not on file
Best Advisory Firm - Private Equity Not on file
Best Independent Advisory Firm Not on file
Best Investment Survey Provider Not on file
Best Tax Advisory Firm Not on file
Best Accounting and Audit Services Not on file
Best Banking and Custody Provider: Global Custodian Not on file
Best Banking and Custody Provider: Sub-Custodian Not on file
Best Placement Agent Not on file
Best Transition Manager Not on file
Best Derivative Clearing Provider Not on file
Best Securities Lending Provider Not on file
Best Transfer Agent and Shareholder Services Not on file
Best Depository Solution Not on file
Best Brokerage Services Not on file
Best Prime Broker - Capital Introduction Not on file
Best Prime Broker - Technology Not on file
Best Regulatory Hosting Platform  Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Hedge Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Investment Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Under $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Over $20bn Private Equity Funds Not on file
Best Fund Administrator - Real Estate and Infrastructure Funds Not on file
Best Investment Administrator - Pension Funds Not on file
Best Collective Investment Scheme Trustee Not on file
Best Middle-Office Solution Not on file
Best Fund Rating Service Not on file
Best Index Provider Not on file
Best ETF Provider Not on file
Best Third-Party Fund Distributor Not on file
Best Legal Service - Investment Funds Not on file
Best Legal Service - Private Equity Not on file
Best Offshore Law Firm Not on file
Best Offshore Law Firm: Client Service Not on file
Best Fund Accounting and Reporting Software Provider Not on file
Best Portfolio Management Software Provider Not on file
Best Private Equity Software Provider Not on file
Best Data Management Solution Not on file
Best Risk Management Solution Not on file
Best Tech Infrastructure Provider Not on file
Best Research and Data Provider - Capital Markets Not on file
Best Research and Data Provider - Private Equity Not on file
Best Marketing and Communications Consultancy Not on file

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. 

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.

EVANS OSANO, Director, Financial Markets, FSD Africa</

EVANS OSANO

Director, Financial Markets, FSD Africa

Evans is Director, Financial Markets at Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Africa where he leads leads capital markets development initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa. He also sits on the board and investment committee of the African Local Currency Bond Fund (ALCBF). Evans has over 20 years global experience in investments, financial markets and development finance. This spans sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa (MENA), North America, Europe and South Asia covering over 30 countries.

FADI BASSIR, Investment Executive, Africa Funds, Funds and Capital Partnerships, CDC Group

FADI BASSIR

Investment Executive, Africa Funds, Funds and Capital Partnerships, CDC Group

Fadi Bassir is an Investment Professional in the Funds & Capital Partnerships team at CDC Group Plc, where he is responsible for sourcing, executing and managing fund investments in Africa. Fadi has invested in and managed funds across the VC, SME, mid-cap, large-cap, credit, real estate and infrastructure categories. He has been at CDC since 2015. Prior to CDC, Fadi worked in the corporate finance practice at Ernst & Young (EY) in London. Fadi graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Engineering (M.Eng) and is Chartered Accountant (UK).

HURLEY DODDY, Co-CEO, Emerging Capital Partners

HURLEY DODDY

Co-CEO, Emerging Capital Partners

Hurley Doddy is a Managing Director, Founding Partner, and Co-CEO of Emerging Capital Partners (ECP). As Co-CEO, he is responsible for providing overall leadership and strategy for the firm, including management of the investment staff. With 30 years of private equity and finance experience, Hurley provides a breadth of finance and transaction experience and is active in all phases of the investment process. He serves on ECP’s Executive Committee and on the Funds’ investment committees. Prior to joining ECP in 2000, he was an Executive Director at Sumitomo Finance International in London, where he managed the operations of a $200m equity risk arbitrage book, creating arbitrage and convergence strategies. Mr. Doddy’s career in finance began at Salomon Brothers in 1984, lasting over 14 years with assignments in New York, Tokyo, and Sao Paulo. Mr. Doddy received a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from Princeton University and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. He is Chairman of the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA), and has served on the boards of Oragroup (West and Central Africa), Celtel International (Pan-African), Charaf Corporation (Morocco), Agromed S.A. (Tunisia), Continental Reinsurance (Nigeria), All Africa Airways (Mauritius), Air Ivoire (Cote d’Ivoire), Société Internationale de Plantations d’Hévéas (SIPH) (West Africa), and Maarifa Education (East Africa).

JOSEPH ROHM, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Adventis

JOSEPH ROHM

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Adventis

Joseph is currently Managing Director and Co-Founder of Adventis, which is an Africa focused investment manager. He is also Portfolio Manager for The Africa Financial Sector Deepening Fund. He has 18 years of investment experience and previously managed the Africa public equity portfolios of Investec, which was the largest Africa Fund globally. He also sat on the Investec Investment Forum and the Investec Africa Macroeconomic Forum. Before that he was Portfolio Manager of the T Rowe Price Africa and Middle East portfolios, and was a Senior Emerging Market financial analyst at T Rowe Price, based in London, UK. Before that he was a Global financial analyst at ABN AMRO, based in Amsterdam, Holland. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce from the University of Cape Town, and a Master in Business Administration from the Netherlands Business School. He holds the UK Investment Certificate (CFA Level III).

RORY ORD, Head of Unlisted Investments, 27Four Investment Managers

RORY ORD

Head of Unlisted Investments, 27Four Investment Managers

Rory heads the R1.5bn 27four Black Business Growth Fund, a portfolio of private equity funds investing in the South African mid-market. The BBGF is focused on providing strong returns through growing its underlying investee companies, facilitating job creation and transformation. Rory is acknowledged as an expert in the field of unlisted investments, and has trained corporate and public sector institutional investors across several countries. He is a Director of SAVCA and also sits on the industry promotion, research and transformation subcommittees. In 2010 he initiated industry wide performance reporting for the South African private equity industry. In 2012 he created and was lead author on the first of a series of Bright Africa reports on African investment markets, including the state of unlisted investments and deal making across the continent. He also co-authored The Search for Returns with the African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (AVCA), and the inaugural report into the state of private equity in East Africa with the East African Venture Capital Association (EAVCA). Rory has spoken on the subject of unlisted investments at industry events in the US, UK, Europe and across Africa, and has advised SAVCA, AVCA and EAVCA as well as the largest institutional investors on the continent on their unlisted investments.

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.

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.

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