About Us

Southern Cross Mauritius

SC MAURITIUS is a licensed Financial Service Provider specialising in Finance, Insurance and Risk Management for African Corporates and providing solutions from carefully chosen financial service providers domiciled in the centre of best execution. SCM’s expertise and focus is in the highly specialized field of Liability Insurance with particular emphasis on providing Professional Indemnity, Directors & Officers, General Liability and Political Risk Insurance.

A broad client base spans Mauritius, the African mainland and the United Kingdom. With strong links to African Alpha Investment Partners (London), specializing in connecting African projects to global investors, SCM is uniquely placed to provide a full suite of services and solutions to entities wishing to tap into Africa’s wealth of opportunities.

The philosophy of Risk Management and Structuring within SCM’s proprietary Liability framework of Severity/Probability/Economic feasibility is deeply entrenched in the team. We strive to provide solutions and value added Risk Management as a pose to the all too common “coupon” issuing of policies prevalent on the island today.

Brad Koen,  is Chairman of SC Mauritius and also a director and co-founder of African Alpha Investment Partners  in London.  Prior to these roles he held the positions of Global Head of Global Markets, Global Head of Investment Banking Coverage, and Global Head of Business Development in a 20 year career at Standard Bank, focused on Emerging markets and in particular Africa.

John Austen​

CIS (Int) Dip Com Dir, Joint Managing Director

John Austen set up and headed a specialist Financial Lines division at a listed brokerage before starting Southern Cross in 2004. He has over the years been the broker and advisor to the likes of Standard Bank, the Central Securities Depository, Strate, Peregrine, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) and the Bond Exchange. Apart from his managerial role, John oversees the Professional Indemnity and Financial Lines aspects of the business.

Jonathan van Rensburg

BCom LLB (Wits)

Jonathan joined Southern Cross in 2019 after eight years as a practising attorney dealing primarily with professional negligence claims across a variety of professions. Jonathan is the Claims and Legal Manager and has extensive experience in broker PI claims and the requirements under the FAIS Act. In addition, Jonathan is an Account Executive on the Financial Institutions PI lines and the Attorneys PI and Cyber Liability lines.

Jame Skuse

CIMA CFA, Director

Jame Skuse obtained his BCom (Hons) in Finance from the University of Stellenbosch in 2006. He then worked in London for Japanese and American Investment Banks as a fund accountant before returning to South Africa where he trained investment advisors. After joining Southern Cross in 2009 he completed his CIMA and CFA charters. He is a founder and Director of SC (Mauritius) and is also responsible for the Financial Lines division of Southern Cross Risk Management as well as the affiliated wealth management business.

Brad Koen

Brad recently left Standard Bank, a South African headquartered bank focused on Emerging markets and in particular Africa, after a 20 year career focused on building Standard Bank’s Global businesses in their trading and sales operation (Global Markets) as well as Investment Banking Coverage, the Investment Banking arm that focuses on the Banks Core client base. Brad currently resides in London.

Brad’s most recent role as Global Head, Business Development, involved running a team of Investment Banker’s from London as a producer/ leader, covering some of the Bank’s most valued clients at strategic level, and delivering the full firms products and services to them.

He joined Standard Bank in 1992 after serving articles and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Delloitte Pim Goldby, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brad initially joined Standard Bank in Johannesburg as part of a small team recruited to build an interest rate derivative business, both trading as well as structuring client hedging transactions. Later he became Head of Interest Rate Products and then Head of Global Markets, the firms trading activities in foreign exchange, commodities, equities, credit, rates and the funding for the Standard Bank Group. HE also created the Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation businesses, to assist clients in raising capital from Global Investors. Under his leadership, Standard Bank has long been a leader in all of these products and the first bank to successfully lead the Republic of South Africa in a $1bn international bond offering.

In 2003, he moved to London as part of the Bank’s globalization strategy to globalize and build the Global Markets business across Standard Bank’s footprint in 30 emerging markets. In 2008, with the International business of Global Markets now larger than its home base, he passed on the Global Markets business to his successor and started a new initiative called Client Coverage designed to cover the banks clients globally at strategic level and deliver the entire firm to them, ensuring the bank both had strong domestic teams where it had a footprint, as well as teams in the major financial centers to support a cross border strategy of helping the bank’s clients connect emerging markets to each other. The strategy was
under-prinned by leveraging the Bank’s strengths of a large bank in Africa, their strategic connectivity to China via their largest shareholder ICBC, and its experience in Natural Resources. As part of this role, and in order to support the banks cross border strategy, Brad built teams with sector expertise in Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals, Power & Infrastructure and Telecoms & Media to support clients in these sectors with an emerging markets strategy, particularly as it relates to Africa. In this role, Brad held the position of Global Head, Client Coverage

In 2010, after merging the Sector Coverage teams into the Investment Banking Group, Brad formed a Global team of high level Investment Banking originators in a group called Business Development, to support the sector teams as well as pick up clients not covered by the sector teams, the role he most recently held.

Soon before leaving Standard Bank, Brad spent 8 months in Sao Paulo, running Standard Bank’s Brazilian subsidiary, as a special situation tasked with appointing a new CEO, and various teams of investment bankers in the bank following the departure of the then CEO. In June 2011, Brad returning to London to continue with the Business Development role and then attended the Wharton AMP program at the University of Pennsylvania before leaving the bank to embark on a new career focused on helping connecting Global suppliers of Capital, to African focused businesses seeking to raise capital.