Who We Are and what we do

ACCESS TO A NETWORK OF BUSINESS EXPERTS

The Unleash Network was created in recognition of the need for a team of qualified business experts, possessing wide-ranging skills and experience, to assist clients with realising opportunities and solving problems encountered throughout their organisations’ lifecycle.

LEADERS FROM A VARIETY OF BUSINESS DISCIPLINES

Strategy & Direction

The Unleash Network, upon analysing a business operation, will be able to guide your company through the lifecycle stages, Start-Up, Growth, Revitalise, Sale, Distress, Business Rescue and Liquidation. The guidance could include digital transformation & cybersecurity, organisational training and international expansion, amongst others.

Deals & Acquisitions

Our team will quickly get to the essence of a deal and recognise the underlying value or potential problem areas. We have worked on numerous due diligence assignments across South Africa, Africa and abroad and we able to deliver rapid, clear and precise findings and recommendations for clients.

We are particularly skilled at providing innovative and practical solutions, backed up by solid financial and legal rationale.

Restructuring & Turnarounds

We are a team of qualified experts who will support clients going through periods of distress and change. The team brings deep acumen learnt over many years and offers a variety of specialised business, financial, legal and reputation advisory services to bring about a successful turnaround.

There is no substitute for experience when dealing with the diverse challenges that surface during the turnaround of a distressed company. This is particularly true when that experience is combined with a deep understanding of the subject matter.

HOW WE ADD VALUE

At Unleash we deliver creative, considered, responsible and deliberate solutions.

The combination of solid theory, practical experience and detailed application, coupled with our care for people, sets our offerings apart from our competitors.

The delivery of service will be undertaken by the Unleash Network of professionals supervised by the executive team of Alastair Macduff, Elmar Burger, George Rautenbach, Quintin Van Der Walt and Richard Malcolm

THE UNLEASH WAY

The Unleash Way, developed over many years, identifies the key elements of a business.
  • Appointment – Agree on deliverables and outcome
  • Discovery – Deep-dive into the organisation via financial reviews, senior management Interviews and facility walk-around & participation in key operational activities
  • Findings – Consolidate and assess findings
  • Report Back – Highlight observations and put forward recommendations

OUTCOMES

We leave behind a sustainable business with robust corporate governance in place, fully enabled with:
  • Cash flow management.
  • Leadership development and improvement.
  • Financial reporting that is relevant to managing the business and responding to the challenges the business faces.
  • Management of debtors and creditors to maintain liquidity and business momentum.
  • Futureproofed digital capabilities, secured from penetration and able to weed-out ill-intentioned transactions and activities.
  • An engaged and upskilled workforce.
  • A streamlined, simplified business operation that eliminates unnecessary overheads and delivers profitability.

WHERE CAN WE GO TOGETHER

Unleash offers more than just a service. We provide thought leadership, practical hands-on experience, entrepreneurial flair and a drive for developing the performance of our clients. We are passionate about unlocking the potential of private business using a pool of Unleash experts who embark upon an ALL-stakeholders-benefit approach.

In addition to our consulting services, we provide Independent Non-Executive directors drawn from the Unleash Network who are all seasoned professionals with operational experience in running companies at the highest level as CEOs or CFOs. We bring the acumen and strong independence needed to enhance the performance of the board of directors.
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Our Network Team

We have a great team of people who can assist you in all aspects of your business

Richard Malcolm

Founder/CEO

Richard has over 2 decades-worth of experience in establishing businesses in Africa as well as a deep understanding of the African financial services regulatory environment and the practical workings of fintechs & insurtechs within the context of traditional financial services operations. He is well acquainted with cross-border money movements, both formal and informal.
Alastair Macduff

Founder/CEO

Alastair heads-up and directs the Unleash Consulting network following his on-the-ground experience in Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and decades-worth of activities in business leadership, turnaround and creation.
Ida van der Walt

Executive Director

As a US-based Chartered Accountant, Ida’s perspective is both global and local since she brings with her valuable grass-roots accounting and book-keeping experience along with her CFO skill-set.
Quintin van der Walt

Marketing Director

Quintin’s Chartered Accounting qualification and his CFO experience affords him the ability to surgically assess and model business’ financial dynamics. His asset management specialisation brings an additional layer of financial strength to the commercial operations he scrutinises.
George Rautenbach

Additional Director

George is a seasoned, internationally orientated Attorney who, with an MBA, is able to assess pragmatic and good-match Legal/Financial approaches to challenges and opportunities.
Elmar Burger

Founder/CEO

Elmar is a corporate management consultant specializing in distressed businesses. With business rescue experience in South Africa and distressed financing sourcing he understands what businesses running into difficulty require. Elmar is uniquely located in Namibia to merge local industry knowledge with global expertise.
Lawrence Trent

Founder/CEO

Lawrence is an Accountant by profession but has had many different working lives during his career, encompassing retailing, cinema exhibition, advertising & marketing, and IT Consulting and Advisory.  
He is currently involved in helping companies and organisations to improve their Cybersecurity Posture through the implementation of Corporate & IT Governance structures and frameworks.
Tony Ekron

Executive Director

Tony jumped into computing when the sector was still in a fledgling stage. He has become an expert in all facets of the digital landscape and is particularly adept at curtailing digital mischief and ensuring digital infrastructure is fully protected. Tony’s base is both South Africa and Germany, giving him a strong international perspective.
Bruce Berry

Marketing Director

Bruce has extensive, Africa-wide Development Bank experience, including the training and upskilling of bank and commercial personnel at all levels of organisations.
Paul Eloff van Marle

Additional Director

Paul is a qualified Financial Advisor, Practicing Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator. During his legal career, he practiced as an Advocate as a member of the KZN Bar Association, a commercial litigation attorney at prestigious law firms in Pretoria and Mbombela and as an arbitrator and mediator in various matters ranging from negotiating commercial transactions and labour relations matters. Paul also covers Financial Advice and Estate Planning.
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Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Commercial

Legal & Compliance

Technology

Upskill & Training

Pan-Africa

  • Backoffice Support
  • Deals
  • Strategy
  • Turnarounds
  • Business Rescue
  • Liquidations
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Legal Obligations Review
  • Company Restructuring
  • Debt Management
  • Company Registrations
  • Secretarial Services
  • Digital Transformation
  • Cybersecurity Review
  • Red Team Penetration Assessments & Cyber-Attack Simulations
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
  • Remote Worker Enablement
  • FICO Anti-Financial Crime Applications
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Financial Analysis & Interpretation 101
  • Managing Problems & Non-Performing Projects
  • Intro to Cybersecurity
  • Intro to the Business Rescue & Liquidation Processes
  • Cross-Border & Domestic Money Movements
  • Fintech & Insurtech Operations
  • Financial Regulatory Environment
  • New Co Setup, Including Local Non-Executive Directors
  • Sourcing of Local Business Partners

Digital Transformation

  • Automate repetitive tasks
  • Configure real-time dashboards
  • Work with users to overcome their biggest hurdles

    Roadmap: Locate & Plot ➤ Destination & Route ➤ Team Buy-In ➤ Go!

Deals

  • Valuation of Companies
  • Financial Analytical & Modelling Services – Project-specific
  • Private Equity transaction Advisory
  • Due Diligence Services
  • Family Wealth ManagementAccounting & Book-keeping 

Bakcoffice Support

  • Accounting & Book-keeping
  • Interpretation of monthly results – for board/directors
  • Cash management including debtor collections
  • Budgeting services
  • Tax advisory  

Into To Cybersecurity

  1. Foundations of Cybersecurity
  2. Practical Applications
  3. Daily Operational Tasks
  4. Penetration Testing
  5. Additional Cybersecurity Tools

Business Fundamentals

  1. Business Acumen
  2. Know Your Numbers
  3. Marketing 101
  4. Managing People
  5. Business Improvements Programme
  6. Negotiations During the Turnaround and Business Rescue Proceedings
  7. Selling a Business During Business Rescue

Applications

  • Business risk assessment via integrated monitoring systems
  • KYC throughout the relationship lifecycle
  • Transaction monitoring via supervised and unsupervised machine learning
  • Tax compliance and reporting
  • Alert and case management
  • Risk and compliance cockpit

Strategy

  • Business Strategy Consulting
  • Health-Check Services
  • Non-Exec Board Members
  • Outsourced CFO Services
  • Outsourced Ops, etc Strategist
  • Specialist Industry Knowledge:

Construction, Facilities management, Property, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Software, Tourism & Game lodges, Insurance services, Motor vehicle services, Agriculture – vineyards, etc.

Into To Cybersecurity

  1. Foundations of Cybersecurity
  2. Practical Applications
  3. Daily Operational Tasks
  4. Penetration Testing
  5. Additional Cybersecurity Tools
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