Chris Staines

Director, Corporate Finance

BDO Cape Town

+27 (0)21 417 8800

+27 (0) 21 417 8732




Chris is a UK trained Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience specializing in M&A, The sale of private companies, Tech Start-ups, Capital Raising, Strategy and Business Planning, and Post Investment Implementation.

He founded Freeplay Energy PLC in 1994, raised over R150m in equity and debt capital, and grew the business to revenue of over R400m, trading on 3 continents. Freeplay Energy listed on London’s AIM Stock Exchange in 2005.


  • CA(SA)


Chris won the BBC Design Awards for the Wind-Up Radio in 1997, was voted Western Cape Exporter of the Year in 1998, and was voted Top Ten Entrepreneur in the World in Business Week Magazine in 2000.

He is author of “How to Value and Negotiate the Sale of a Business” and “A Licence to Print Money – an Inventor and Investors Guide.”