Grindrod Bank Corporate Finance

Grindrod Bank Corporate Finance

Our Corporate Finance and M&A team is the sub-Saharan African member firm of Oaklins, the leading global mid-market M&A advisor. We combine firm roots in the local market and collaboration on a global scale with a passion for excellence.

Our comprehensive range of advisory services includes M&A sell-side and buy-side, equity capital markets, listings and IPOs, valuations, fairness opinions and BEE. We are a JSE Sponsor and Designated Advisor.

Our Corporate Finance and M&A team provides its clients with the highest standard of independent, objective and innovative corporate finance advice and transaction execution services. As the Oaklins South Africa office we deliver a truly world-class depth of skills and expertise and the benefits of unparalleled global networks.


Our Corporate Finance division has extensive experience across a range of specialties. The division is made up of an expert team, skilled and with many years of collective experience in originating, negotiating, and executing corporate finance transactions. Grindrod Bank Corporate Finance, (leveraging off the skills of our Oaklins International Inc. team when required) is capable of providing its clients with the highest standard of independent, objective, and innovative corporate finance advice and transaction execution services, including but not limited to:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Raising
  • Listings and IPOs
  • B-BBEE Funding and Financial Structuring


We can represent clients on both the buy and sell-side. Our services include:

  • Identifying acquisition targets
  • Preparing companies for sale
  • Providing valuation advice
  • Strategy development
  • Facilitating negotiations
  • Deal structuring

Grindrod Bank Corporate Finance is the sole sub-Saharan African member of Oaklins International giving us the ability to bring in critical industry expertise where required and the ability to introduce foreign buyers, sellers and capital providers into a transaction.


Our team has expertise in both the public and private equity and debt capital markets. Our services to clients include advising on all facets of capital raising transactions including key aspects such as pricing and valuation of offers, transaction structures, approach and strategy. We have the relationships and networks to introduce and present clients to the full investor universe including institutional asset managers, private client fund managers and private equity investors.


Our Advisory team has vast experience gained from numerous listings and IPOs over many years and varying market cycles and the full capability to list companies on the JSE (both Main Board and AltX).

We provide both practical and strategic advice on the full listing process from valuing the company, restructuring, drafting all listing documentation and investor presentation materials, obtaining regulatory approvals and facilitating capital raising road shows and presentations that give our clients the critical exposure they require when going public to the broadest segment of the investor community.

Our Sponsor and Designated Advisor (“DA”) team consists of 6 JSE Approved Executives and provides a comprehensive service assisting clients listed on both the JSE’s Main Board and AltX markets to comply with the requirements of the JSE and the Takeover Regulations on an ongoing and transaction specific basis. Our team strives to provide clients with the highest levels of service and we tailor our services to meet the specific requirements of our clients adding value wherever we can.

Sponsor & Designated Advisor services include:

  • Advice on and assistance in complying with on-going regulatory obligations and requirements
  • Advice and assistance with Corporate Governance requirements
  • Drafting of all public announcements and corporate action circulars and submissions to the JSE
  • Liaising with the JSE on our clients’ behalf
  • Updating clients continuously on regulatory changes and easing their burden or compliance
  • Planning and assistance with investor relations and road show presentations
  • Advice and assistance with structuring transactions
  • Identification and initiation of opportunities as part of the broader corporate finance service offering
  • Assistance with cross border transactions,through our Oaklins International Inc. membership

At present, we provide sponsor services to ten companies listed on the JSE’s Main Board, one AltX and eight Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).


Our team has experience and expertise in facilitating, structuring, negotiating and funding B-BBEE transactions.


Oaklins is the world’s most experienced mid-market M&A advisor, with 700 professionals globally and dedicated industry teams in more than 40 countries worldwide. Oaklins member firms have closed over 1,500 transactions in the past five years.

Grindrod Bank is the sole Sub-Saharan African member of Oaklins International Inc. As the mergers and acquisitions market becomes increasingly global, Oaklins as one of the largest and most experienced global M&A and corporate finance advisory firms enables South African companies to access international buyers, sellers, funders and strategic partners.


Dino Theodorou 
Head: Corporate Finance 
Bcompt Hons/CTA, CA(SA)

Ethene Steenkamp 
Senior Executive 
BCom Hons, CA(SA)

Jannie Grobbelaar 
Senior Executive 

Yaron Zimbler 
BCom Hons, CA (SA), CFA

Jean de Wet 
BCom Hons (Investment Management)

Annerie Britz 
BCom Hons, CA(SA)



Corporate Finance Office 
Direct: +27 (0)11 459 1867 
Switchboard: +27 (0)11 081 1380 
[email protected]