Nomonde Mdingi, 30

Nomonde Mdingi started her career at FirstRand Bank where she completed her articles and qualified as a CA(SA). After articles she joined RMB’s Investment Banking Division as a deal maker in leveraged finance. She is well known for her debt advisory, debt arranging and debt funding capabilities for investment holding companies and BEE groups, as well as corporate BEE transactions. She is a senior deal maker for investment holding companies with an aggregate asset value of more than R150 billion and prides herself on structuring deals that create value.

In her five-year career as a deal maker, she has led or co-led many landmark transactions in South Africa. Some of her notable transactions are the acquisition of Hastings PLC by Rand Merchant Investments Holdings (2017); the R16,4-billion Vodacom/Yebo Yethu BEE scheme (2018), which was the largest BEE empowerment transaction in the ICT sector; the R16-billion CIVH debt restructuring (2019) (the largest transaction of its kind in the SA debt market); and the RMB Holdings unbundling of FirstRand shares (2020).

She is a recipient of various accolades and honours, including being on the 2015 SAICA APC honours roll. She recently won the RMB Founders Award, which is the highest deal-making honour awarded to an individual who has displayed outstanding service and exceptional deal-making above and beyond the call of duty. She was the first African female to win this award in the history of RMB.

She is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow and a McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders Alumnus. As a mentor to many young women, she encourages them that it is possible as young black females to thrive in a male-dominated industry: investment banking.

She is a mother of one and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Law with Unisa.

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