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Imara's roots go back more than two generations in both South Africa and Zimbabwe. This time line provides a chronology of our recent history:

1938 Formation of S.P. Reid (Pty) Ltd - South Africa
1954 Formation of Edwards & Co in Harare
1989 Stockbrokers Botswana and BSE established
1990Imara professionals advise on the establishment of Swaziland's Stock Exchange and Swaziland Stockbrokers
1994 Acquisition by Robert Fleming UK of 50% of Edwards & Co
1996 Stockbrokers Malawi Ltd and Malawi Stock Exchange established
2000 Sale of Robert Fleming UK to JP Morgan
2002 MBO of Edwards & Co from JP Morgan
2002 Formation of Imara in Botswana
2003 Acquisition of S.P. Reid & Mackeurtan (Pty) Ltd and The Janus Corporation (Pty) Ltd by Imara
2003 Acquisition of Anglo African Global Fund, subsequently rebranded Imara Global Fund
2003 Launch of Asset Management businesses in Botswana & South Africa
2004 International Financial Services Centre status granted
2004 Acquisition of Rice Rinaldi broking book in South Africa
2005 MOU signed with Stockbrokers Zambia & Namibia Equity Brokers
2005 Launch of the Imara African Opportunities Fund ("IAOF")
2006 Acquisition of interest in Imara Capital Zimbabwe
2006 Imara listed on OTC market of the Botswana Stock Exchange
2006 IAOF listed on Dublin Stock Exchange
2006 IAOF registered in Botswana
2006 Imara listed on the VCM of the Botswana Stock Exchange
2006 IAOF granted local asset status in Botswana
2007 Launch of the Imara Africa Series:
  • Nigeria Fund
  • Zimbabwe Fund
2007 Imara Global Fund registered in Botswana
2007 MOU signed with Mac Capital Dubai
2007 Launch of Imara Africa Securities
2007 Imara Capital SA / Zingwenya BEE transaction
2008 Launch of the Imara East Africa Fund
2008 Launch of the Imara Equity Fund in South Africa
2008 Launch of Imara Trust Company (Mauritius) Limited
2009 MOU signed with Chapel Hill Denham in Nigeria
2009 Launch of the Imara Resources Fund
2009 Acquisition of interest in Stockbrokers Zambia
2009 MOU signed with NIC Capital Limited in Kenya
2009 Formation of Imara Beresford International Limited in Mauritius
2009 Acquisition of interest in Capital Securities (Pty) Limited in Botswana
2009 Launch of Imara Securities Angola SCVM in Luanda
2009 Acquisition of interest in Stockbrokers Zambia
2009 Imara Beresford International Limited ("IBI") formed in Mauritius
2009 Acquisition of interest in Capital Securities (Pty) Limited in Botswana
2010 Launch of Imara Flame Lily PCC
2010 Stake in IBI increased to 30%
2011 Imara Africa Securities becomes a division of Imara S P Reid in SA