Stephan van der Walt

Managing Director

CV and Credentials

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.
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JD Symington

Executive Director and Head of Corporate Finance

CV and Credentials

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.
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Rolandi van der Westhuizen

Chief Operating Officer

CV and Credentials

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.
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Leana Strauss

Chief Financial Officer

CV and Credentials

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.
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Robyn van Heerden

Head of Legal

CV and Credentials

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.
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Kabelo Moja

Ascension: CEO

CV and Credentials

Kabelo is a qualified and admitted attorney of the High Court of the Republic of South Africa. In his prior position at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Kabelo was principally involved in the structuring of commercial and private equity transactions, negotiating and preparation of transaction agreements, and the provision of legal advisory services within the unlisted and listed investments space. Before the PIC, Kabelo gained valuable experience at the National Treasury of South Africa, Absa Bank Limited and at Hogan Lovells South Africa. He has dealt with corporate restructurings, mergers, corporate finance, litigation, a host of debt, equity and mezzanine funding and private equity across a diverse range of industries. Kabelo is also a member of the SAVCA board of directors
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Nhlanhla Madalane

Palamo: CEO

CV and Credentials

Nhlanhla Madalane is the co-founder and Managing Director of CLV Holding SA, an Energy commodity trading, finance and Investment business. He began his working career in 2002 training as an attorney with Botha Farrell and Parris attorneys. Nhlanhla possesses deep insight and understanding of the business and economics of commodity firms. He further has an incredible work ethic and the ability to solve business problems.
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