Alternative Investment Awards 2017 25 & Associates Company: John Fogwell & Associates Contact: John-Ernest Fogwell Email: [email protected] Address: 1st Floor, Block 7, Sunwood Park, 379 Queens Cresent, Lynwood, Pretoria, P.O. BOX 715, South Africa Phone: 27783670333 AI170016 John Fogwell John Fogwell & Associates (JF&A) are a specialist trust formation and management company. We invited John-Ernest Fogwell himself to talk us through the firm and the range of services it offers. JF&A predominantly support medium sized corporate companies who wish to expand their business outside of their domiciled country with a specialisation in Africa. Most of the firm’s clients are SA & Mauritius based companies, although the firm has worked with companies as far afield as Australia and Canada as well. John-Ernest outlines how the firm works to support these clients through their work in Africa, drawing on the firm’s local knowledge and strong investment background. “Here at JF&A, we offer a combined investment advisory, corporate advisory and coaching service. Typically assisting them from setting up the optimal corporate structure for their African businesses, assisting in deal, labour and partner negotiations and then providing continuous support and coaching in the country of operation. Thus, our approach ensures that the client understands the local environment into which he invests.” In addition, JF&A also provides a range of investment options which John-Ernest is eager to highlight. “Alongside our advisory services, we also offer investment opportuni- ties through our Alternative Asset Portfolio. In this portfolio, we provide investors the opportunity to invest directly into finance opportunities, at higher yield, on the continent that would typically only be available to specialist financial services companies. Example is larger yellow metal finance opportunities, Lease and “rent-to-own” books and shorter terms debtor finance products. All our investments are offered on a Convert- ible Preference Shares basis with a fixed coupon. This allows our inves- tors to have a measurable yield, with none of the volatility associated with listed funds. We also offer a fixed exit strategy to our investors.” Looking ahead, the firm’s recent investment in an online gaming firm will provide many great opportunities for both JF&A and its investors, as John-Ernest concludes. “Recently JF&A have acquired a reasonable stake in a new online gam- ing company that is focussed on the African market. We are confident this will yield fantastic results for the firm. We are also in final nego- tiations to commence with a Build-Operate-Transfer/Sell product with two key partners within the mining sector. This product, we believe, will allow investors direct access to smaller brownfield mining opportunities without the risk of explorations style investments.” Best for International Trade Financing Services - Africa