EQUICAP (PTY) LTD (Equicap) is a Cape Town based private equity business in which RMB Corvest Limited ("RMB Corvest"), a member of the Rand Merchant Bank and FirstRand Group, owns 66% of the issued share capital.

Our principle objective is to provide leveraged finance to enable our co-investors to buy the companies they are currently managing through a management buyout ("MBO") or, alternatively, to assist a group of investors to acquire control of a target company through a management buy-in ("MBI") or leveraged buy-in ("LBI"). In addition to this, we also provide finance to fast growing companies which need development capital to finance their growth.

We can also assist successful entrepreneurs who have built up wealth in their company, to realise a significant portion of this wealth through a leveraged recapitalisation or straight equity purchase. In all cases Equicap will acquire an equity holding, the size of which will depend on the amount of funding provided and the risk profile of the investment. Equicap will also gear up its partners through which the partners will be able to acquire a significantly higher shareholding than their pro-rata portion of the funding provided.

The executive management of Equicap is highly experienced in the business of investment banking with its Directors collectively having in excess of 50 years experience in this field.

Via its relationship with RMB Corvest, Equicap has access to the corporate banking and investment skills of the RMB Corporate Finance, Structured Finance and Project Finance teams who are considered leading players in their respective markets in South Africa.