Tom EsplineTom Esplin

Managing Partner

Tom is an experienced and seasoned Financial Executive with a career spanning 40 years, assisting both small and large commercial enterprises.

Tom’s driving passion is to assist business owners to optimise their wealth creation and for their companies to achieve their full potential.

Tom has worked at Senior Management levels in high-growth entrepreneurial organisations (such as the Wagner Group) in addition to companies in distressed mode requiring fast and decisive turnarounds. In these senior roles, Tom has developed a specialised skill-set and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking which can add significant value to client organisations.

Experience is a great teacher and Tom regards himself at the pinnacle of his career with the desire and energy to impart his unique skills in the following areas:

  • Funding: putting together the right story and business plan (Information Memorandum) to obtain investment funding under the optimal terms and conditions.
  • Structuring: getting the organisational & personal structures right to both protect assets, optimise leveraging and minimise tax.
  • Company sale: optimising sale proceeds in a company exit via structuring, normalising and presenting the company in the best context.

Despite the plethora of tax accountants and management consultants in the field, the quality of advice they are providing to medium-sized enterprises is often not optimal. Invariably they lack the actual experience gained whilst working closely with industry leaders and experts in respective fields

Tom’s desire is not to grow a large and impersonal practice, but to engage with a select group of clients to achieve significant wealth creation over the medium term.

Andre BarkhuizenAndre Barkhuizen

Partner - CFO Services

Following a very successful career internationally in South Africa, he joined the institute of chartered accountants in Australia in 2010, paving the way for accelerated success down under.

He started his professional career in 1990 in public accounting in Cape Town, South Africa whilst simultaneously finishing his post graduate studies, obtaining an Honours Degree in Accounting Science in 1991 and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. During this period, he gained invaluable experience in public accounting and auditing.

He, as an alternative to compulsory military duty at the time, gained experience in taxation in the public sector and enrolled with the South African Revenue Services. During this time, he furthered his studies in Indirect Taxation and gained experience in various direct and indirect taxes, customs & excise duties.

In 1996, he joined the private sector as Internal Auditor and following intense process and systems experience, assisted with a SAP implementation. In the same year he was approached by Industrialist and philanthropist, Anton Rupert (founder of Remgro & Richemont), to serve on the boards and audit committees of Peace Parks Foundation and WWF, where he served until 2010, but still holds trusteeship.

In 2001 he was appointed as Chief Audit Executive of DISTELL Group Ltd, a large listed beverage company in South Africa. During the following years, he implemented Audit methodologies and practices that was described by KPMG as unparalleled as well as very efficient and extremely cost effective. He also served on the Audit Committee of the City of Cape Town in a non-executive position, gaining experience in the public sector and ploughing back experience obtained in commerce.

In 2013, he was appointed CFO of the Southern African operations of DISTELL, a business unit contributing 75% of the group results, with a turnover in excess of AUD2 billion. During this time he played an integral part in renegotiating and intrenching trade terms to grocers, trade marketing disciplines and superior financial results.

Planned years in advance, he spread his wings down under and joined a start-up Corporate Advisory firm, 180 Partners. Over the past number of years in Australia, he has been part of commercialising IP, financing, refinancing, business acquisition, business turnaround, business sales, business reengineering, systems re-implementation, organisation and process reengineering, IPO and outsourced CFO services.

He has earned the respect of his clients and the finance world alike and continues to build on the reputation based on integrity, value add and results.

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Tom Esplin

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