Pallidus is a privately-owned investment banking firm founded in 2015. The founders were Stephan van der Walt, JD Symington, Le Roux van Zyl and Johann Enslin. From great ideas and small beginnings in JD’s dining room, the business developed into a diversified investment banking business with an amazingly talented team who can integrate various technical disciplines including general business, legal, regulatory, accounting, tax and common business sense whilst being able to deal with the complexities of people.

The name Pallidus is attributable to Dr Henry Symington (one of the company’s seed funders), a radiologist by profession. The globus pallidus is part of a complex structure in the brain called the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia coordinate with other structures in the brain to plan and implement goal-oriented behaviours. The main function of the globus pallidus is to control and regulate conscious movements. The globus pallidus is involved amongst others in the constant subtle regulation of movement that allows people to walk and engage in a wide variety of other activities with a minimal level of disruption.

To Pallidus, the globus pallidus is very relevant as we consciously assist our clients in moving forward to achieve their goals in an effective manner. We strive to do this in a manner which enables our clients to continue with what they are great at by delivering on our mandate with a minimal level of disruption.

Pallidus exists to create sustainable value by enabling our clients to achieve their purpose.

Pallidus is majority owned by its founding management team and employees.


We will not do anything we are not passionate about


We treat everyone with respect

Creativity and innovation

These are the lifeblood of our organisation


We believe that business can only succeed in a culture of trust


Acting without utmost integrity is unthinkable


We will not violate our values and beliefs for financial gain

Faith in God

Our faith in God gives us strength and keeps our dreams alive


We are humbled and grateful for our blessings

We’ve built our business principles with our values as their foundation:

Our clients’ interests always come first

If we serve our clients well, our own success will follow.

We are passionate about what we do

We believe that people who are passionate about what they do and have fun, are prerequisites for a great organisation.

We build long-term relationships

These form the cornerstone of our business and client selection, and we will not entertain a short-term gain at their expense.

Our assets are our people, capital and reputation

If any of these are ever diminished, our reputation will be the most difficult to restore. We are dedicated to complying fully with the letter and spirit of the laws, rules and ethical principles that govern us. Our continued success depends upon unswerving adherence to this standard.

We strive for excellence and take great pride in the professional quality of our work

We have an uncompromising determination to achieve excellence in everything we undertake. Though we might be involved in a wide variety and heavy volume of activities, if we had to choose, we would rather be the best than the biggest.

We go the extra mile

We believe in service that always goes beyond what is required or expected.

We stress creativity and imagination in everything we do

While recognising that the old way might still be the best way, we constantly strive to find a better solution to a client’s needs.

We make an unusual effort to identify and recruit the very best person for a specific position or job

While our transactions might be measured in hundreds of million or billions of rands, we select our people one by one. In a service business, we know that without the best people, we cannot be the best firm.

We offer our people the opportunity to move ahead more rapidly than is possible at most other companies

Advancement depends on merit and we have yet to find the limits to the responsibility our best people are able to assume.

We stress teamwork in everything we do

While individual creativity is always encouraged, team effort often produces the best results.

Our people are dedicated to the firm

Here, immense dedication and intense effort are the norm, not the exception.

The confidentiality of our normal client relationships is sacrosanct

Our word is our honour, and we therefore strive never to breach confidence or use confidential information improperly or carelessly.

Our business is highly competitive, and we aggressively seek to expand our client relationships

However, we must always be fair to competitors and must never denigrate other firms.

Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our business

We expect our people to maintain high ethical standards in everything they do, both in their work for the firm and in their personal lives.

Making a positive and sustainable difference

We believe that the long-term success of a business is intricately linked to making a positive and sustainable difference to our stakeholders and the environment we operate in.

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