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DealMakers Annual Gala Awards

Over the years, DealMakers has made a number of special and unique awards to individuals or firms in recognition of their achievements with the industry. 

2023 Awards (Sandton Convention Centre - 13 February 2024)

Special Recognition Award 2023

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Every now and then DealMakers will announce a SPECIAL RECOGNITION award for a deal or a company that it feels warrants recognition for any multitude of reasons. In 2023 there was one such deal.

The Independent Panel singled out this transaction for its importance for our wildlife. While not qualifying for Deal of the Year,
they believed that its impact, in terms of protecting the white rhino species, is commendable and worthy of special recognition.

In early 2023, African Parks announced that it would acquire the captive rhino breeding operation known as the Platinum Rhino
Conservation Enterprise (previously Buffalo Dream Ranch) from John Hume, a South African conservationist, and would relocate
and rewild over 2,000 captive-bred Southern white rhinos.

The team at African Parks, headed by CEO and co-founder, Peter Fearnhead, were away doing what they do best - saving our wildlife - so were unable to attend the event. Their legal representatives on the deal, CMS-RM Partners, accepted the award on their behalf.

2019 Awards (Sandton Convention Centre - 18 February 2020)

DealMakers of the Decade 2010 - 2019


Gold Medal Award

by Deal Value - JPMorgan

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by Deal Flow - Investec Bank

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Legal DealMakers of the Decade 2010 - 2019

by Deal Value -Webber Wentzel

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by Deal Flow - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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2018 Awards (Sandton Convention Centre - 19 February 2019)

DealMakers Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Egan

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This was second time the Lifetime Achievement award was given. The award is made in celebration of the vision and endeavour of an individual within the mergers and acquisition industry. Respected and admired throughout the industry, this is a well deserved award to a remarkable lady.

Marylou Greig - DealMakers and Pat Egan

DealMakers Outstanding Achievement Award

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr in recognition of 10 years as top Legal Adviser by deal flow 2009 - 2018

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2016 Awards (Sandton Convention Centre - 15 February 2017)

DealMakers Hall of Fame


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This was the first award of this nature made by DealMakers and the induction of SABMiller into the DealMakers' Hall of Fame could not have been more apt. SABMiller is one of the truly positive stories of South Africa and is certainly one of the most successful of the country's foreign ventures

Shaun Cabrita and Keith Doig received certificates in recognition of the part played in building a global brewer from Rob Wessels (head of the DealMakers Independent Adjudication Panel) and Marylou Greig

2015 Awards (Sandton Convention Centre - 16 February 2016)

DealMakers Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Katz

The introduction of a Lifetime Achievement award has been in the pipeline for several years. The award is made in celebration of the vision and endeavour of an individual within the mergers and acquisition industry. It seems fitting, therefore, that the first award is being made to South Africa's M&A doyen...

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Michael Katz and Marylou Greig - DealMakers

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