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DCE Partners Limited

Welcome to DCE.
We invest in the world's most exciting markets.

About

Our business.

DCE is a sector focused investment company backing entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Our approach.

Our approach is to restrict ourselves to inefficient markets (delineated by geography or asset class or both) where it is possible to know more than others through sustained effort of analysis. We think comfort is expensive – and that discomfort is where exceptional returns are made. This is particularly true in markets where, by definition, they display illiquidity and occasional volatility. Our view is that unleveraged and expertly researched and executed investments offer the best route to high returns without commensurately high risk. The quid pro quo is that this takes staying power, resolve and patience.

How we add value.

We look to drive growth and profitability in each one of our businesses in our own specialised way. We do this by combining the following in each business we invest in: attracting world-class talent; developing operational and strategic partnerships; partnering with leading investors; and ensuring strategic and operational excellence.

Our team.

European office

Chris Coe

Partner

Chris is based in the UK office. Prior to DCE he spent several years as an investment banker at UBS Australia, and then joined Minerva Capital as co-head of its London office. He has Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Australian office

William Digby

Partner

William is based in the Australian office. Before DCE, he was CEO of SKD P/L, a datacentre business in Australia. He was formerly a Green Beret Commando with the Australian Army Special Forces. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Oxford University.

Advisory

Simon Freer

Simon specialises in information and communications technology. Simon Freer is an established private equity investor. He is the former global head of TMT at international investment firm 3i Group brining 10 years of expertise in fund raising, transaction structuring and execution. Prior to 3i, Simon was a management consultant at Andersens.

Advisory

Duncan Simpson-Craib

Duncan is an experienced asset manager with a background in technology. Duncan is in charge of mergers, acquisitions and strategic growth at Safika Holdings. He is also the chief executive and chairman of the iOCORE group of companies (previously Intec) which has a diverse portfolio of investments, including IGR, Glucode, Marine 3 Technologies and WSC Consulting Prior to Safika Holdings.

Advisory

Kevin Harris

Kevin is a private equity investor based in South Africa. Kevin currently manages a range of private investments in his personal capacity. The portfolios range from traditional listed assets to private equity investments, with a particular focus on the property, energy and technology sectors in Africa.

Advisory

Rob Hersov

Rob is a senior executive, private investor and entrepreneur. Rob currently serves as Managing Partner of merchant bank Sapinda, chairman of the VistaJet Advisory Board, chairman of Adoreum Partners, chairman of Taggstar, chairman of Medikidz, and non-executive chairman of AIM-Listed Paragon Entertainment.

Advisory

Jeremy Ord

Jeremy is a senior executive, investor and entrepreneur. Jeremy is currently Executive Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Dimension Data Holdings PLC. Previously he was a Non-Executive Director of Paracon Holdings Ltd. Former Non-Executive Director of Datacraft Asia Ltd. Council Member and Member of the Board of Governors of the South African Foundation.

Advisory

Andrew Love

Andrew brings African energy, mining and business operations expertise. Andrew Love is a Chartered Accountant and a former senior partner of one of the largest insolvency and restructuring firms in Australasia with experience in this field for over 35 years. He is currently a consultant to Ferrier Hodgson after being a senior partner for over 30 years and is a Non-Executive Director of Champion Iron Ltd Joint TSX ASX listed Iron Ore Company.

Advisory

Adrian Mackenzie

Adrian is an experienced private equity investor. Adrian is a former Managing Partner of CVC Capital Partners, a leading global private equity firm. Adrian spent 17 years working with CVC in London, Hong Kong and Australia investing in a range of different businesses across various sectors and geographies.

Advisory

R. Todd Ruppert

Todd is a senior executive, private investor and entrepreneur. Todd is the Founder and CEO of RTR International, Inc. a firm with diversified interests globally in the arts, film, distribution, merchandizing, and private equity. In 2012, after a 27 year career, he retired from T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm with over US$600 billion under management.

Values

Our core values as a firm.

For us, investor value continues to stem from:

Knowledge
Investment decisions based on substantial proprietary investment research.
Alignment
Compensation which truly aligns our interests with those of our investors.
Integrity
Thoroughly truthful communications.
Focus
A resistance to new strategies and markets if at the cost of existing ones.
Accountability
Conflicts of interest resolved in favour of our investors every time.
Courage
Determination to be innovative: questioning accepted wisdom & creating new ideas.

Strategy

Our investment strategy.

DCE has a clear strategy to deliver value to our investors.

#1
Develop strong strategic and operational partnerships.
#2
Attract leading international investors.
#3
Focus on innovation and operational excellence within each of our investee companies.
#4
Maintain a presence across different regions and countries.
#5
Continuously explore new business opportunities.
#6
Take measured risks.

We are invested across a number of sectors.

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Marketplaces and e-commerce

Online retail, retail marketplace, digital content, horizontal classifieds, real-estate classifieds.

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Financial services

Consumer payment services, financial service infrastructure.

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Technology and other online services

Online food delivery, transport and taxi platform, online travel, video on-demand, online education.

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Consumer facing

Quick service resteraunts, online discounts.

Investment

Our portfolio.

We have a portfolio of great companies led by extremely talented entrepreneurs and management teams.

Contact

Company contact details.

We are a London headquartered fund (authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager with registration number 604544). We also have an Australian office based in Melbourne.

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European office

207 Regent Street
Mayfair, London
W1B 3HH
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7125 0084
Fax: +44 20 3514 3378

Australian office

272 Coventry Street
South Melbourne
3205
Australia

Phone: +61 3 9002 4222
Fax: +44 20 3514 3378