Our Management Team

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

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.

JD Symington
Executive Director and Head of Corporate Finance
B.Acc, B.Acc (Hons), CA (SA)
JSE Approved Executive

JD is a co-founder of the Pallidus Group. He began his career in investment banking and corporate finance at Nedbank investment banking. JD has advised on numerous mergers & acquisitions, restructurings, BEE Transactions, capital raises, listings, delistings and other corporate actions in amongst others South Africa, Namibia, Australia and Europe. He has an in-depth and specialised knowledge of accounting, tax, exchange control, competition legislations, listings requirements and other regulatory implications impacting on corporate actions and transactions.

Le Roux van Zyl
Executive Director
BA LLB LLM (cum laude)
JSE Approved Executive

Le Roux is a co-founder of the Pallidus Group and an admitted attorney.

He has significant corporate finance expertise in mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings, BEE transactions, listings, delistings and capital raisings.

Rolandi van der Westhuizen
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Venture Capital
B.Com Acc, B. Com Acc (Hons), M.Phil (Acc Sciences)(cum laude), CA(SA)

Rolandi qualified as a chartered accountant 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 one of the largest asset managers in Africa, where she gained valuable industry experience. During her time there, she also served on the boards and/or audit committees of various companies. Prior to joining Pallidus Capital, Rolandi was employed in the academic environment, specialising in financial accounting. Rolandi serves as a director on the board of certain companies within the Pallidus Group, as well as on the board of the 12J Association of South Africa.

Leana Strauss
Chief Financial Officer
B.Comm (CA), B. Compt (Hons), CA(SA)

Leana is a chartered accountant with many years’ experience in corporate and investment banking, including financial reporting roles at Société Générale, Citibank and ABN Amro Bank.

In addition she specialised in financial modelling, valuations and feasibility analysis for a number of years at EY. Here she also gained experience in the power utilities, mining and government sectors before joining Pallidus.

Robyn van Heerden
Head of Legal
LLB (cum laude), LLM Mercantile Law

Robyn was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2009 after completing her articles at Gildenhuys Malatji Inc. She was subsequently appointed as an associate at the firm, practicing in its general and commercial litigation department.

She obtained her master’s degree in mercantile law with the University of Pretoria, with a focus on competition law, consumer protection and law of contracts. Robyn joined AFGRI as in-house counsel and worked there for nine years, during which her team won the African Legal Awards Legal Department of the Year (Small Team) four times.

Before joining Pallidus in 2020, Robyn moved to Philafrica Foods Group as head of legal in 2017 where she oversaw global legal, compliance and company secretary functions.