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Welcome to the first issue of The Deal Leader for 2023.

We hope you have enjoyed a restful break and are ready to take on 2023.

We live in unpredictable times, making it all the more opportune to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to growing your business. One way is finding an investor with the capital to help grow your company or help you derisk so you can enjoy or reinvest some of the earnings from years of hard work.


There are essentially four exit strategies available to you:


  • A strategic buyer looking at a specific trade or industry;

  • A financial buyer, essentially a private equity firm;

  • A management buyout (MBO); or 

  • Approach an experienced high-net-worth individual.

But what is the outlook for mergers and acquisitions in 2023?

Our Corporate & Advisory CEO Andrew Bahlmann kicked off the year with an interview on CNBC Africa's Power Lunch with Fifi Peters to discuss his outlook for M&A in 2023. Watch the interview here:

In the latest episode of Due Diligence with Micahel Avery, Andrew looked back on the activities in 2022 that now set the scene for what we can expect in the M&A sector in 2023. Listen to the interview by clicking on the image below.

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If you haven’t listened to Andrew's interview at the end of last year, take a listen now to learn more about what you, as a business owner, should consider when attracting a foreign buyer. Listen to the interview by clicking on the image below.

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How to Find an International Buyer for your Business

Many South African business owners assume that our country is not attractive for international companies to invest, however, we've experienced the opposite. We saw a surge in foreign interest in 2022 and this momentum is set to continue in 2023. In our newsletter article for this month, we look at what’s driving this foreign interest and the Deal Leaders approach and process in finding these buyers for our clients.  

Read the article: How to Find an International Buyer for your Business by Deal Leaders Deal Associate Janine Wright.

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What Buyers Look for in a Business

Use these 11 points as a checklist to get your business sale-ready for the best possible deal when the time comes. Read more about each of these points.

Welcome to the team, Andrea

We welcome the newest addition to the Deal Leaders team, Deal Associate Andrea Reinecke.

Andrea holds a BSc Financial Mathematics, an FRM, and is a Certified Director through the Institute of Directors. She has completed her MPhil in Corporate Strategy at GIBS and is awaiting her results. She has extensive experience in private equity and the financial services sector, and has served as a non-executive director on several Boards. Andrea is strategically orientated and has a passion for business.

Deal Leaders Book Club

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Start the year off with this excellent read by the co-founder and former president of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Horst Schulze – Excellence Wins.


“Let Schulze's incredible story help you unleash the disruptive power of your true potential, beat the competition, own your career trajectory, and experience the game-changing power of what happens when Excellence Wins.”

We wish you all the very best for 2023. If you want to discuss your exit strategy options, don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking the CONTACT US button below.


Warm regards,

Rick, Andrew & the Deal Leaders team


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