Jonathan Berman

Managing Director, Fieldstone Africa


Jonathan joined Fieldstone in 2006, and has nearly 30 years of investment banking experience, focussed mainly on emerging markets and the energy, infrastructure and commodities sectors. He has worked across much of sub-Saharan Africa, advising the firm’s public and private sector clients on corporate and project financings, funds, and strategic issues. Prior to joining Fieldstone he was Managing Director and head of Global Markets for Deutsche Bank South Africa, in which role he was also CEO of Deutsche Bank AG Johannesburg branch and responsible for business development across the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Before this Jonathan spent 17 years with Barclays, based successively in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Johannesburg. During his nine years in Asia, he completed many pioneering project, acquisition, export credit and capital market financings across the region, followed by three years as Director, Investment Banking for the US Power and Utilities sector. From 2001 to 2004 he founded and headed Barclays’ pan-African Merchant Banking business, which completed transactions in 12 countries across the continent and was named "Debt House of the Year" by Euromoney. During this time Jonathan represented Barclays in the establishment of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund. Jonathan was a non-Executive Director of the Bond Exchange of South Africa from 2003-9, and oversaw BESA’s merger with the JSE. He maintains a keen interest in local currency debt market development across Africa, having advised on or arranged significant issues in Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. He holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford University.
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