Our Team

Executives

Stephan van der Walt
Managing Director
B.Com Acc (cum laude), B.Com Acc (Hons) (cum laude), CA (SA), JSE Approved Executive
Managing Director: Pallidus Capital & Pallidus Holdings

Stephan is a co-founder of the Pallidus Group. He began his career in corporate finance in 2005 after spending four years in the banking and capital markets division of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Stephan has advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions, BEE transactions, corporate restructurings, equity and debt raisings, venture capital raisings and rights issues, and has an in-depth knowledge of the accounting, legal, tax and regulatory environment that impacts on transactions.

He is frequently quoted in the press on BEE and M&A matters, and has made presentations in Parliament regarding BEE. Stephan is a JSE Approved Executive and was also responsible for the establishment of 4 Africa Exchange Proprietary Limited.

Email Stephan at stephan@pallidus.co.za.

JD Symington
Executive Director
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA), JSE Approved Executive
Executive Director: Pallidus Capital & Pallidus Holdings

JD is a co-founder of the Pallidus Group and was previously employed at Nedbank Capital. JD obtained first place in the country for his second SAICA board exam and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Honours (CTA) degree from the University of the Free State. In addition, he also completed Level I of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme, as well as the JSE Sponsor Development Course in 2012 and has since been awarded JSE Approved Executive status.

Throughout his career, JD has advised on a number of corporate finance transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, BEE transactions and listings, and has an in-depth understanding of the South African and Namibian market and agricultural sector.

Email JD at jd@pallidus.co.za.

Le Roux van Zyl
Executive Director
BA LLB LLM (cum laude), JSE Approved Executive
Executive Director: Pallidus Capital & Pallidus Holdings

Le Roux is a co-founder of the Pallidus Group and an admitted attorney, having completed his articles at Bell Dewar Inc. Following completion of his articles, Le Roux was employed by Royal Bafokeng Capital, QuestCo and PSG Capital.

Le Roux is also an JSE Approved Executive and has many years of experience in corporate finance, primarily in mergers and acquisitions, listings, delistings and capital raisings.

Email Le Roux at Lr@pallidus.co.za.

Corporate Finance

Tertius Pelser
Associate
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA), CFA

Tertius qualified as a chartered accountant in 2014 after completing his articles in the Banking and Capital Markets division of PwC Sunninghill. At the start of 2015 he went on a short term secondment to New York City. He specialised in financial service clients throughout his articles. He is a CFA Charterholder and joined Pallidus Capital in August 2015.

Email Tertius at tertius@pallidus.co.za.

Johan Toerien
Associate
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA)

Johan qualified as a chartered accountant after completing his training with Deloitte Pretoria in 2014. During his time at Deloitte he gained experience in the mining, telecommunications, automotive and property industries.

He was seconded to the Deloitte San Jose office in the US from January to May 2015. During this time he serviced numerous clients in the technology industry.

He joined Pallidus Capital in August 2015.

Email Johan at johan.toerien@pallidus.co.za.

Christoff Botha
Associate
B.Acc, LLB, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA)

Christoff completed his B.Acc LLB degree at Stellenbosch University and qualified as a chartered accountant after completing his training contract with Deloitte Pretoria in 2014.

He went on a secondment to Deloitte San Jose in the US in 2015, and then joined Deloitte Gauteng as an audit manager. During this time he gained extensive experience in the property, automotive, construction and logistics industries, and he served on a number of multinational audit teams. He joined Pallidus Capital in April 2017 as an analyst.

Email Christoff at christoff@pallidus.co.za.

Dawid Kriegler
Associate
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA), Passed Level III of the CFA exam

Dawid completed his studies at Stellenbosch University, where after he completed his articles at Baker Tilly Greenwoods from 2010-2012. He focused on the agriculture, manufacturing, mining and logistics industries.

Dawid then became head of dealing at SA Stock Brokers, where he gained valuable experience in the hedge fund and asset management industries.

He has passed the CFA Level III exams and joined the Pallidus Capital team in April 2017.

Email Dawid at dawid@pallidus.co.za.

Rikus Bezuidenhout
Associate
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA(SA)

Rikus obtained his Certificate in Training Accountancy at the University of Johannesburg and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2015.

He completed his articles in the Financial Services, Insurance and Investment Management division at PwC Sunninghill. Rikus was appointed as Assistant Manager in January 2016 and was the lead audit manager on engagements such as Momentum Outcome Based Solutions, Standard Bank Exchange Traded Funds, Indwe Broker Holdings and Novare Collective Investment Schemes and Hedge Funds.

Rikus was part of a select few in the Asset and Wealth Knowledge Management group within PwC during his year as assistant manager, which focused on valuation projects and advising within the group. He has also completed Level I of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

He joined Pallidus Capital in November 2016.

Email Rikus at rikus@pallidus.co.za.

Leanie Pretorius
Analyst
B.Com Acc (cum laude), B.Com Acc (Hons), CA(SA)

Leanie completed her studies at the University of Pretoria and qualified as a chartered accountant after completing her training contract with Standard Bank in 2018.

She was then retained as a senior analyst in Commercial Banking. During her time at Standard Bank she gained experience in the agriculture, mining, oil & gas and renewable energy industries.

She joined Pallidus Capital in July 2019.

Email Leanie at leanie@pallidus.co.za.

Venture Capital

Rolandi van der Westhuizen
Chief Operating Officer
Board Director: Section 12J Association of South Africa
B.Com Acc, B. Com Acc (Hons), M.Phil (Acc Sciences)(cum laude), CA(SA)

Rolandi qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002 after completing her articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her clients included various pension and provident funds. She continued her career in the financial industry and was appointed as the chief financial officer of the Public Investment Corporation, where she gained valuable industry experience.

During her time at the Public Investment Corporation, she also served on the boards and/or audit committees of various companies. Prior to joining Pallidus, Rolandi was employed in the academic environment, specialising in financial accounting.

Rolandi joined the Pallidus team during August 2017.

Email Rolandi at rolandi@pallidus.co.za.

Carina Grobbelaar
Principal: Venture Capital
B.Com Acc (cum laude), B.Com Acc (Hons) (cum laude), CA(SA)

Carina qualified as a chartered accountant after completing her articles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  After her articles she was retained by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in a managerial role in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Returning from the UK, Carina gained valuable experience working in the structured solutions team of a niche investment banking firm where she was involved with the deal initiation, structuring and project management of various investment products and bespoke solutions for South African corporates, as well as foreign companies and high net worth individuals.

Carina combines her knowledge and experience in accounting, legal, tax and exchange control implications with structuring, to ensure the most optimal transactional outcomes.

Carina is currently completing her M.Com (Tax) through the University of Cape Town.

Email Carina at carina@pallidus.co.za.

Luke Symington
Venture Capital Analyst
B.Com Invest and Banking, B.Com (Hons) Invest and Fin. Economics, passed Level I of the CFA exam

Luke completed his undergraduate studies in investment management and banking at the University of the Free State in 2015, where he graduated with eight distinctions. He then obtained his honours with specialisation in financial economics at the University of the Free State in 2016, where he finished top of his class.

Email Luke at luke@pallidus.co.za.

Tiaan Prinsloo
Venture Capital Analyst
B.Com Invest, B.Com Invest (Hons), CFA

Tiaan studied at the University of Pretoria where he obtained an honours degree in Investment Management in 2014. He started his career at Business Partners Limited as an investment officer, specialising in SME funding.

Tiaan is a CFA Charterholder and joined Pallidus Capital in June 2018.

Email Tiaan at tiaan@pallidus.co.za.

Debt Solutions

Louis du Plessis
Managing Director: Pallidus Debt Solutions
B.Com Acc, B.Com (Hons), CA(SA)

Louis is a co-founder of Pallidus Debt Solutions. He started his banking career 12 years ago and previously worked at Nedbank and Standard Chartered Bank. In 2013 he joined Rand Merchant Bank and was an executive member of the Trade and Working Capital division.

He has extensive experience in banking and trade finance across multiple jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa and has worked on some of the most innovative structures used in the market today.

Email Louis at louis@pallidus.co.za

Daniël Boeyens
Executive Director: Pallidus Debt Solutions
B.Com Acc, B.Com (Hons), CA(SA)

Daniël is a co-founder of Pallidus Debt Solutions and previously worked for Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank in the Mining and Resources Finance division. He has 12 years Banking experience with a focus on the structuring and implementation of project, acquisition and corporate debt facilities for numerous corporates in South Africa.

Daniël also has debt advisory experience and implemented a wide array of Investment Banking debt products in his time at Nedbank.

Email Daniël at Daniel@Pallidus.co.za

Exchange Services

Johan Fourie
Head: Exchange Advisory Division
BA LLB (cum laude), JSE Approved Executive, 4AX Issuer Agent Representative

Johan is an admitted attorney, a member of the Law Society of South Africa, a JSE Approved Executive and 4AX Issuer Agent Representative. Johan has extensive experience in the South African regulatory environment and has advised on a range of corporate finance and structuring transactions for both listed and private companies, including but not limited to listings, capital raisings and fundamental transactions.

Johan’s areas of expertise includes the Companies Act, Financial Markets Act and Takeover Law. He also has an in-depth knowledge on the interpretation and application of the Listings Requirements of the JSE and 4AX and has gained significant experience in assisting clients with their ongoing listing obligations  from both a JSE sponsor and designated advisor perspective and 4AX issuer agent perspective.

Prior to joining Pallidus Capital, Johan was employed by Sasfin Capital and PSG Capital Stellenbosch, the respective corporate finance divisions of Sasfin Bank Limited and PSG Group Limited.

Email Johan at johan.fourie@pallidus.co.za.

Jacques Botha
Principal: Exchange Advisory Division
B.Com Financial Management, B.Com (Hons), M.Com (Finance), JSE Approved Executive, 4AX Issuer Agent Representative

Jacques is a corporate financier with extensive experience in the listed environment, providing advice on the interpretation and application of the Listings Requirements of the JSE and 4AX and numerous corporate finance transactions, including but not limited to listings, capital raisings and fundamental transactions.

Prior to joining Pallidus Capital, Jacques worked in the Issuer Regulation Division of the JSE, Avior Capital Markets (Pty) Limited and UBS Securities (Pty) Ltd.

Email Jacques at jacques@pallidus.co.za.

Fintech Development

John Cass
Executive Director: Pallidus Fintech
B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Computer Science (Hons, cum laude)

John is a co-founder of Pallidus Fintech, and has a diverse background in finance and technology in various operational and leadership roles spanning a 20-year career. A lifelong investor, John is currently focused on developing technology solutions for the financial services industry.

He has served on the boards of a number of impact investment and venture capital businesses that manage their own portfolios of private equity investments.

Before entering the financial services space, John was one of six partners in a large, multinational information technology services business. As co-head of the SAP professional services consulting division for South Africa, he had overall P&L responsibility for a team of more than 120 consultants across several lines of business that include project management, technology, advisory, managed services, and enterprise resource planning.

John has served as management consultant and technical advisor on more than 30 project engagements in South Africa, the UK, the US, and Dubai.

Email John at john.cass@pallidus.co.za.

Finance, Legal & Operations

Charlé Viljoen
Legal and Compliance Manager
LLB, LLM

Charlé is an admitted attorney and a member of the Law Society of South Africa. After completion of her articles at VDT Attorneys, she was employed by Glyn Marais Inc.

Charlé specialises in corporate law and has advised on corporate finance transactions for both listed and private companies, including fundamental transactions, and attended to various intermediate and large Competition Commission filings.

Charlé joined Pallidus Capital in August 2016.

Email Charlé at charle@pallidus.co.za.

Mark Edmayr
Intern
B.Com (Management Sciences), B.Com (Hons) (Economics), M.Com (Economics)

Mark is a trained economist, who completed his Master’s at Stellenbosch University in 2018. While studying he gained valuable experience at various technology start-ups, working at Custos Media Technologies and PaywithShepherd. Mark joined Pallidus Capital in 2018 and has begun working towards becoming a CFA Charterholder.

Email Mark at mark@pallidus.co.za.

Karen van Greunen
Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Karen joined our team in July 2017. Karen has 24 years of varied experience in administrative, customer services and executive office management roles. She finds the corporate finance industry interesting and challenging and assists the Pallidus team to bring out the best in themselves as well as their clients.

Karen is responsible for the executive team and the day-to-day administrative functions of the business; she is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the Pallidus offices.

Email Karen at karen@pallidus.co.za or contact her on +27 (0)87 357 9750.