Ashley Benatar

Managing Partner - Ashburton Mezzanine

Ashburton Investments


Ashley has over 21 years of investment banking experience including Leverage Finance, Structured Finance, Mezzanine Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Private Equity and Corporate Finance.

Ashley is the Head of Mezzanine Finance at Ashburton Investments. The Ashburton Mezzanine Fund looks at investing between R75m and R225m into mezzanine debt investments to generate returns through a combination of cash and PIK pay interest coupled with equity related upside.

Prior to Ashburton Ashley was the Managing Director of Vantage Debt Capital Markets which focused on M&A advisory as well debt origination and issuances for corporates across Africa. Responsibilities include originating, structuring and issuing of structured debt instruments in the local and international debt capital markets. Ashley established the first ever Namibian and the first ever Botswana inward listed DMTN Programmes on the JSE.

Prior to joining Vantage Ashley was a Director of Investment Banking and a Director of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities at Russian based Renaissance Capital, a global investment bank dedicated to emerging markets. There Ashley headed up Investment Banking (non mining and metals) and the African High Yield Debt Capital Markets.

Prior to that, Ashley spent 6 years in the Leverage Finance team at Investec Bank, focusing on mezzanine debt , LBO and structured finance transactions.

Ashley was formerly a fund manager at Global Capital, an International Private Equity Fund. The portfolio he managed consisted of a diverse group of private companies in the manufacturing, telecommunications, IT, FMCG, healthcare and media industries.

Prior to that, Ashley worked in the Structured Finance team at Gensec Bank (now Sanlam Capital Markets).

Ashley was a founding shareholder of Hall Core, an African exploration drilling company. He was also the joint managing director of one of the largest commercial vehicle armouring companies in SSA.

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