Valuations & Business Modelling - Business Rescue & Restructuring
Cash Flow Assessments & Stress Testing - Growth & Crisis Scenario Analysis
Private & Commercial Capital Raising –
Debt & Equity Structuring – Working Capital Solutions
Confidential & Preliminary Information Memorandum (IM) – Deal Strategy –
Organisational and Post-M&A Structuring
Independent Business Review - Commercial Due Diligence –
Feasibility Assessments – Go-to-Market Strategy
Originating M&A Transaction Opportunities - Connecting Investors & Partners
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Our Commitment


We offer a dedicated and trusted service as your transaction adviser, with a passion towards delivering exceptional quality in every action and service we provide. 

Our proven expertise is in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals on both the sell-side and buy-side.

The focus is also on commercial and financial due diligence, as well as capital raising and structured finance, company valuations, business plan modelling, market entry, growth strategies and business restructuring.


We have very strong capabilities in performing intrinsic value Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Company Valuations and Business Plan Modelling.

This has allowed us to perform valuation modelling services to clients, with the focus being in stress testing the free cash flows through multiple scenarios. 

The key components we consider will be, growth assumptions, price sensitivity analysis, working capital, overdrafts and debt finance restructuring, shareholder loan structures, operational carve outs, expense items, capex and re-investment.

Project Management

We will spend the time and effort to work closely with you and your team, to establish a careful and deep understanding of you and your business. 

We pride ourselves in delivering hands-on support, and in the value contribution we bring to meet your desired outcomes.

Throughout, we believe in a tightly managed process with effective and practical counter-party negotiations, unbroken communication, and a commitment to achieve success.

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

~ Churchill ~

Our Approach & Services

Our approach in particular is to work closely with private sector owner-managed and family-owned businesses that have enjoyed a long track-record and shown strong performance.

Through a confidential and personalized process, we work with you in managing the valuations and business plans, the due diligence process, and essentially towards empowering the business with the investors and/or capital it requires.

Independent Corporate Finance Services – Key expertise:

  • End-to-end M&A support across the transaction lifecycle
  • Valuations of companies and group structures – sophisticated intrinsic value Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) modelling, including reasonability checks with comparative and implied multiple valuations.
  • Developing new Business Plans via integrated and dynamic financial modelling – modelling month-to-month operational cash flows and capital structure alternatives.
  • Cash flow assessments and review – Developing variable term cash flow models for stress-testing of working capital needs, repayment schedules and refinancing requirements.
  • Business rescue & restructuring support – evaluate risk and opportunities and develop company business plan and restructuring alternatives to maximise recovery and growth.
  • Debt and mezzanine finance modelling and complex scenario stress testing and sensitivity analysis.
  • Facilitate capital raising – leveraged finance buy-outs, BEE funding structures, debt, equity and working capital solutions financing among private, commercial and DFI lenders and investors.
  • Independent business review and Due Diligence services – financial and commercial.
  • Commercial strategy engagements – qualitative and quantitative analysis, feasibility reports and go-to-market strategy assessments.
  • Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) – extensive experience with BEE deals, structures and the prevailing BEE paradigm.
  • Project Management Office (PMO) Leader.
  • Trusted relationships with clients.
  • Negotiation and mediation support – protecting client interest and achieve the best price and structure through a negotiated settlements to provide long-term value for the stakeholders.
  • Managing complex situations – resolving difficult deal structures, finance arrangements and contractual agreements among a diverse stakeholder group to find profitable and practical solutions.

Our Relationships

We hold relationships with an extensive network of private equity capital, which includes family wealth and investment holding firms that can be introduced into the transaction. 

Within these networks there is significant Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) credentials with proven experience in executing successfully and most of all, adding value to the business.

These investors and entities in our network are highly credible, financially sound, and able to contribute own capital.

Our Sector Focus

Our proven capabilities and expertise are across a wide range of sectors – from food and related industries , industrial, manufacturing, construction, mining and metals, logistics, agro-processing, to energy and real estate. 

Within these areas we have executed the scope of our services on numerous buy-side and sell-side transactions, M&A deals, corporate and commercial strategy engagements, large scale project finance and property developments.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

 ~ Douglas Adams ~


Charlie P. Pistorius

Managing Director

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BS (Maths, Econ), BSc (Fin Maths) (Hons) (UP), MSc (Quant Fin) (Oxon), DPhil (Econ History) (Cand) (Oxon)

Charlie has the privilege of working with owner-managers, families and entrepreneurs as his clients in the expansion and evolution of their businesses, their acquisitions, their livelihoods, their legacies. Supporting these clients as a dedicated transaction and business advisor.

Charlie completed his B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Economics at the University of Pretoria (UP), followed by a B.Sc. (Hons) in Financial Mathematics at UP, going on towards reading the M.Sc. in Quantitative Financial Mathematics at Oxford University (Christ Church) in the UK, after which he continued as a reader of the M.Phil & D.Phil in Economic & Social History at Oxford University (Oriel College).

He then returned to South Africa to work with management consulting firms, and eventually for Ernst & Young (EY) as M&A senior manager and corporate finance strategy leader. He continued as an independent contractor back to EY, while also starting his own venture.

With a passion for the complexities and art of deal making, Charlie started Cardinal Transactions – a boutique corporate finance firm with focus in supporting entrepreneurs, offering specialised mergers & acquisitions (M&A) sell-side and buy-side services.

Before leaving the UK, Charlie jointly established The Oxford & Cambridge Alumni Wine Society, housed at the OC Club in St James, London, currently still co-presiding over it as one of the Founding Directors.

Charlie is primarily a family guy, dedicated above all to the pursuit of happiness of his wife and daughters, and thus his own. As a leisure, he can be found playing golf, or savouring the nuances of fine wines and the toasting of a hand-crafted cigar, or both.

Contact us

Charlie P. Pistorius

+27 72 355 9253