Dr David Bate is Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board and CEO.
David is a Canadian who has lived in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive investment banking experience, mostly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He was previously Head, Corporate Finance, for ABN AMRO for Sub-Saharan Africa and also worked for the Royal Bank of Canada in Asia.
David has acted as an advisor on numerous benchmark investment banking
transactions in Africa and the Middle East, including the largest telecommunications concession in Africa (at the time), largest private equity transaction in Africa (at the time), largest LBO in Africa (at the time), largest foreign direct investment and public private partnership transactions in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (to date), largest tourism public private partnership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (to date) and largest private sector infrastructure project in Africa (to date).
David has been involved in other high profile investment banking mandates across a range of sectors and geographies, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity raisings, corporate restructurings, privatizations and public private partnerships.
David holds seven academic qualifications: a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Management from Capilano University; a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in France; and a Doctor of Public Administration from the University of South Africa.
David speaks English fluently and French moderately.