Group Corporate Finance Director Caban  Investments Ltd



James H Anderson was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow Academies.  He then studied at Aberdeen University, where he gained an LL.B in 1966, and then at Glasgow University in 1967 where after he obtained the institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland qualification in 1969.


He joined Unilever Ltd in London as part of the British Universities key intake for management program and was transferred to South Africa initially as Manager Internal Audit and thereafter promoted to the position of Financial Manager for an operating subsidiary, involved in all aspects of brand management, product development and financial control and reporting.


In 1972 he joined Western Bank as the Regional Accountant for Johannesburg, Northern Transvaal and Free State. He was tasked to integrate and standardize the Banks accounting and computer systems and to run the largest Regional administration. This was completed in three years and he was then promoted to Group Financial Manager. That year Western Bank was taken over by Anglo American and then by Barclays Bank. He was then appointed to work with Barry Swart of Barclays to integrate the two banks.


In 1975 he joined Ryan Nigel Ltd which was the top listed company on the JSE and was appointed Financial Director six months later. His responsibilities were expanded to include management of the Corporate Finance and Investment Divisions, which he ran for two years until the company was taken over by Standard Bank Ltd.


He joined National Acceptances Ltd as a director and founding shareholder, and was responsible for developing the Corporate Finance Division from inception, which specialized in mergers and acquisitions, company re-constructions, project finance and investments. This team grew to be one of the most respected corporate finance teams in South Africa.


He has been the Managing Director of Rand Reef Investments Limited since inception in 1983.  The company offers Financial, Marketing and Strategic Consultancy, and Corporate Financial Services to a wide range of individual and corporate clients.  Clients have included Murray and Roberts, Toyota, Barlows and certain substantial private groups.


He was senior Group Marketing Consultant for ABSA Merchant Bank (“AMB”) a division of the largest SA bank for five years, with a mandate to develop both local and international business in which period “AMB” grew substantially.


 Transactions included the purchase of Cutfin bank for ABSA, structuring and core acquisitions for DiData, E.D.S SA, Murray and Roberts, Bell listing, Winhold restructure. James was also the Merchant Banking adviser to the North West Government.


He re-commenced the Rand Reef Investments financial consultancy business in 1998, offering Consulting, Corporate Financial and Project Finance services including property, to listed clients, SME’s, and BBBEE clients.


The company also advises clients on funding, governance and strategy, including listings and turnarounds.


He is also an independent Non-Executive Director and has served on six listed company boards and other substantial Companies, on several occasions as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as acting Managing Director.


He is a DIP. Wits and is a member of the IOD and IASSA and a member of Johannesburg Rotary .