Sainesh Vallabh
Managing Executive M&A, Vodacom

Speaker Profile

Sainesh Vallabh, who has over 15 years’ of M&A experience, is currently the Head of Merges & Acquisitions for the Vodacom Group, a role he has held for the past 4 years. He was previously an investment banker at HSBC Bank plc, and Rothschild, where his primary focus was on the TMT sector across the African continent, Europe and Asia.

Those who have worked with him say he was critically involved at both principal and deal team level; his contribution was vital through his contribution was vital through his innovative and commercially sound approach to structuring the transactions. He has a deep understanding of what is required to get the deal done. He is well regarded by colleagues and peers alike. In his nomination, he was described as approachable, and as having great foresight and a good sense of humour.

Since joining Vodacom he has through his team, lead the execution of high-profile and landmark M&A and equity markets transactions, most notably:

·         Vodacom’s acquisition of 35% of Safaricom valued at R35bn which won the Brunswick/ DealMakers 2017 Deal of the Year;

·         The listing of Vodacom Tanzania on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange, the largest IPO in Tanzania to date; and

·         Vodacom’s R16.4bn BEE transaction which has been nominated for the Brunswick/ DealMakers Deal of the year for 2018

Sainesh has an Honours Degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Theory and Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with accolades in Corporate Finance and Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand.

Individual DealMaker of the Year:
2008    Paul Roelofse
2009    Ezra Davids
2010    David Lake
2011    Christo Els and Brad Webber
2012    Craig Brewer
2013    Ernie Lai King
2014    Cobus Human
2015     John Gnodde
2016     Piet Ferreira
2017     Neal Froneman

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