Ethene has in excess of 18 years investment banking experience. Prior to joining Grindrod Bank in October 2015, he was a founding member of Fairbridge Capital (Pty) Ltd, a corporate finance advisory and proprietary investment boutique. He has extensive experience in corporate finance, acquisition & leveraged finance and private equity. Ethene spent 5 years in London with Andersen Corporate Finance where he focussed on M&A advisory work in the mid-market and private equity space gaining extensive experience in MBO’s, LBO’s, corporate divestitures and corporate acquisitions. In 2002 he returned to South Africa, where he joined Ernst & Young Corporate Finance to help establish the M&A team and later became Director of M&A where he gained extensive experience advising on BEE transactions. In 2004 he joined Investec’s Growth & Acquisition Finance Team where he concluded a number of leading transactions. After Investec, Ethene co-founded and headed up ABSA Corporate & Business Bank’s Acquisition & Leveraged Finance team, which funded mid-market transactions in excess of US$200m.
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