Peter Cameron Gordon
Peter Cameron Gordon
Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years of international experience in business, banking, corporate finance, and professional practice. He has a strong involvement in global markets, risk assessment, business recovery, wholesale and retail banking, African expansion, company turnarounds, consultancy, M&A, capital raising, corporate finance, management, and training.
Peter has run Crest Capital, a corporate finance and risk business, for the past 16 years. Within Crest he specialises in M&A, capital raising and business turnaround. He is a senior business rescue practitioner. Peter’s turnaround experience dates to 1992 when he joined NatWest Bank – London, tasked with sorting out financially distressed companies.
In 2010 he was appointed as Executive Chair of a failing listed financial services group that had been subjected to management fraud. More recently he has been involved in business rescues, capital raising and business disposals. He advises clients on corporate strategy, restructuring and risk evaluation.
Peter has worked extensively with SMME’s in the emerging market and has developed and run a mentorship programme for a ZAR250 million BBBEE investment fund covering around eighty investments across many industries with a countrywide team of thirty mentors. He has advised DFI’s and local banks on several significant development projects and investments. He has run training programmes for up-and-coming bankers and corporate finance aspirants.
Prior to forming Crest, Peter was an executive member of Absa Capital where he carried executive responsibility for all Absa’s foreign operations across Europe, the Far East and Africa, outside of South Africa. He was a main board director of all Absa’s foreign subsidiary banks and enjoyed a credit mandate at executive level. Prior roles at Absa included Head – Mining Finance Division, Head – Africa operations, a member of the Project Finance Team and client-facing responsibility for Absa’s distressed corporate debt. He was instrumental in expanding Absa’s sub-Saharan footprint working alongside the IFC.
Peter qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. He left the region in 1987 moving to London where he worked in the financial sector for 9 years before returning to SA. He chaired the board of Macquarie Securities South Africa Limited for 7 years prior to its delisting on the JSE and was a board member of Ascon Africa. His pro-bono appointments include past chair of The Thembani International Guarantee Fund, an NGO providing financial assistance to disenfranchised communities, and head of the finance committee at St Johns College – Johannesburg.
Peter has substantial industry experience across Africa, Europe and the Far East. He is a licensed Senior Business Rescue Practitioner and member of SAICA and the Turnaround Management Association.
Peter has been an integral part of the Engaged Team since the beginning of 2019.