Team

Team
Firstrivercapital Jason Hamilton

JASON HAMILTON, DIRECTOR
ACMA (UK), CGMA, BCom (Hons)

+27 (0) 82 887 8322
jasonh@firstrivercapital.co.za

Jason has over 15 years of experience in the banking and financial services sector, where he focused on corporate, leveraged and acquisition finance. He has concluded numerous transactions during his career, with a key focus on mergers, acquisitions, corporate debt and SME finance across a wide spectrum of industries including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, healthcare, FMCG, wholesale, retail, franchising, renewable energy, financial and business services.

Prior to joining First River, Jason was Vice President of Corporate Debt and Leveraged Finance for Absa in the Western Cape region and was responsible for the corporate debt, acquisition finance, leveraged finance, franchise finance, ESD solutions and client acquisition teams. During his tenure at Absa he was also the national team leader (Vice President Debt Finance) responsible for the debt and leveraged finance team nationally, where he gained experience in specialised and structured funding solutions focusing on the Southern African investment and business banking market. Jason started his banking career at Standard Bank and held positions in corporate finance, equity and leveraged finance.

Jason holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) in Management Accounting and is also a qualified Associate Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA, UK). He is also registered as a Chartered Global Management Account (CGMA). He successfully completed executive development programmes at Said Business School, Oxford University (Private Equity Programme) and Stern Business School, New York University (Advanced Valuation Programme).

Jason is an elected member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) Thought Leadership and Business Ethics Committee and past member of the CIMA Southern African Regional Council (2006-2010).

He has delivered guest lectures to various local and international institutions related to strategic management, corporate governance, corporate finance, development finance and capital raising. He is an academic facilitator on the Said Business Schools Oxford Strategic Alignment Programme, Facilitator for the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) International Affairs Programme and Faculty at USB Executive Development.

Firstrivercapital Brett Hamilton

BRETT HAMILTON, DIRECTOR
MBA, SMDP

+27 (0) 83 451 2767
bretth@firstrivercapital.co.za

Brett is a visiting faculty member at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), where he teaches Corporate Finance, Decision Analysis (Managerial Statistics) and Strategic Management (Applied Governance) on the MBA programme – as well as short-term classes for various academic institutions in South Africa and abroad.

Prior to his academic interests, Brett gained extensive management experience through numerous entrepreneurial endeavours in media, FMCG, agriculture and property development. He has managed businesses to success and has held senior management positions in these industries. Brett’s consulting activities range from conducting market research and feasibility studies, developing business plans, capital budgeting exercises, strategy facilitation and development, business valuations and corporate governance and ethics advisory.

His research activities focus on scholarly and practice-based problems in strategy, finance and management.

Brett received his Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) and has further completed the Senior Management Development Programme at the University of Stellenbosch Business School – Executive Development. He also successfully completed a Post-graduate Programme in Data Science and Business Analytics at the McCombs School of Business (University of Texas), an Advanced Valuation Programme at NYU Stern School of Business, and is currently pursuing a Post-graduate Diploma in Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Philosophy.

First River Capital Kreneshin Naidoo

KRENESHIN NAIDOO, DIRECTOR
CA (SA), BCom (Hons)

Kreneshin is a visionary financial and ICT industry leader and influencer of business transformation and success; he leverages essential knowledge and capacity gained across a progressive and achievement driven 19-year career.

Kreneshin has worked for key role players within their respective industries: Internet Solutions (a division of Dimension Data), Cayenne Capital, Praxley Capital, Standard Bank, Vunani Capital and Deloitte and Touche.

He built diversified financial and managerial capacity via roles covering: Audit Senior, Investment Banker, Head of Equity & Leveraged Finance, Senior Manager for Corporate Finance, Business Operations Executive and two Directorships [Cayenne and Praxley].

Respected for his accomplishment in initiating and leading innovative programmes and processes to deliver maximum revenue for the business and client alike, Kreneshin deploys his years of expertise in areas including: Strategic Corporate Transactions & Advisory Management, Large Commercial Transaction Negotiation & Deal Structuring, Raising of Capital, Private Equity Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions and Optimised Risk and Change Management.

He holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting and is a Chartered Accountant.

Kreneshin is a core participant in securing top-down management of business prosperity, as well as encouraging bottom-up participation to facilitate continuous industry growth.

First River Capital Wayne Tomlin

WAYNE TOMLIN, ASSOCIATE
M.Sc. Engineering, MBA

+44 (0) 7482 346 575
waynet@firstrivercapital.co.za

Wayne is a dynamic and results driven strategy expert with a proven track record, international experience and 20 years’ experience, Wayne has excelled in numerous industries including banking, manufacturing, healthcare and utilities (water, electricity and rail).

Early in Wayne’s career, working as a strategy consultant at PwC Consulting, he learnt the strategy trade, the art of options development and analysis, company valuations, compiling information memorandums and financial modelling. This lay the foundation to further refine his skills when he was headhunted for a role in the financial services sector before starting his own consulting business as well as subcontracting to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on several projects.

The projects Wayne has led have resulted in financial turnaround, raising of capital and a 10-year resource plan. In addition to this, Wayne has held a senior strategy position within a utility company in the United Kingdom for the last 4 years.

Wayne’s success is as a result of the key skills he has been able to develop through his career. His repertoire includes options analysis, corporate strategy development, financial turnaround implementations, information memorandum development, financial and business modelling.

First River Capital Celia Van Niekerk

CELIA VAN NIEKERK, ASSOCIATE
BCom (cum laude), BCom (Hons) (cum laude), SAICA (AGA), SARIPA (BRP)

+27 (0) 82 305 6308
celiavn@firstrivercapital.co.za

Celia has a wealth of experience spanning over 30 years across various industries and sectors. This has included financial management in Commerce, credit risk management in Investment banking as well as Corporate and Business Banking. She has held various senior roles in the Credit departments of Absa Bank, as well as Standard Bank and Rand Merchant Bank respectively. She has therefore been exposed to a broad range of clients ranging from large listed entities to SME clients across multiple industries, and also including clients operating in the Wealth and High Net Worth portfolios. Her experience includes project finance transactions, mergers, acquisitions and other structured finance transactions.

Most recently, she has particularly excelled in the debt restructuring and turnaround management domain, where she held the position of Principal: Business Support at Absa Bank and was responsible to manage the upper value range of the Bank’s distressed clients across all industries (Commercial Property Finance, Agriculture, Commercial and Wealth) on a country-wide basis

She is well-known in the restructuring industry and is a member of various industry bodies and has concluded various business turnarounds with success.

She is familiar with the formal Business Rescue process as well as creditor comprises by way of a Scheme of Arrangement, and other informal turnarounds.

She is well versed with managing multiple stakeholder relationships and managing difficult negotiations. Celia has an exceptional handle on legal agreements, and a sound understanding of the Companies Act (including Chapter 6), as well as general legal principles.

Celia holds a Bachelors of Commerce (cum laude) in Accounting, Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting and Business Management, and is a registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (AGA). She is an accredited Business Restructuring Professional with the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA).