About Orange River Advisors
Orange River Advisors is a boutique advisory firm that specializes in helping entrepreneurial organizations achieve their most important goals. Through its consulting services the firm provides expertise and bandwidth to help entrepreneurs finance, grow, or improve their businesses. The firm helps clients plan for their capital needs and buy or sell assets and offers tailored programs, seminars, and resources to solve common problems for entrepreneurs in a streamlined, high-value manner.
Roy Johnston, Principal
- Fortune 200 Corporate, VC & PE Experience
- Experienced Board Director
- Wide-Ranging Skills in Finance, Transactions, Project Management
- Attorney & Certified Mediator w/ Multinational Experience
For 16 years, I’ve helped organizations tackle their most important business objectives and improve their effectiveness. My diverse multinational background as a corporate attorney, project leader, and Board director in both Fortune 200 and small business environments has provided me with many opportunities to develop and apply my expertise in transactions, investment screening, portfolio management, and capital raising. It’s through those experiences that I continue to bring a unique perspective to Orange River clients today. Most importantly, I pride myself on bringing an unbiased “owner’s mentality” to my engagements.
My career started at Bowman's, a premier South African law firm with 300+ attorneys in 6 offices in South Africa and other African countries. At Bowman's, I practiced law with the firm's corporate and finance teams, representing clients in a variety of transactions such as a private equity firm's $300 million purchase of a mining business, the $420 million underwriting of a new light rail system, and the $370 million sale of a hospital group. Following Bowman's, I worked as counsel to a publicly listed mezzanine debt fund, Makalani Holdings, which managed $350 million in invested funds.
Wanting to broaden my understanding and experience in all aspects of what it takes to make a business successful, I obtained an MBA from Rice University, where I graduated in the top 10 students in the class. Prior to founding Orange River, I joined Waste Management’s (NYSE: WM) corporate venture capital and strategy teams, managing a portfolio of investments in the waste conversion, recycling, and logistics sectors. At WM, I screened investment opportunities, valued target businesses, negotiated and structured investments, executed growth plans for portfolio entities, and served on the Boards of two WM portfolio entities.
- Attorney, State Bar of Texas, ‘09
- Attorney, High Court of South Africa, ‘04
- Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, ‘08
- Master of Business Administration, Rice University
- Master of Laws, Tulane University, with distinction
- Bachelor of Laws & Commerce, University of Johannesburg, with distinction
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