Brendon was schooled at Durban High School in Durban, South Africa. He worked for Standard Bank for two years up to early 1997, where after he headed for London. He acquired a broad range of investment banking focused consulting experience over a six-year period in London working for JP Morgan Chase, West Landes Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Reuters.
After completing his MBA at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town in 2003, he headed for Thailand where he set up an entrepreneurial venture and then spent 2 years as an accounting and information technology business consultant at Diethlem Travel Group until October 2006.
Upon moving to Mauritius in November 2006, Brendon became a shareholder and was appointed Managing Director of Inter-Ocean Management Limited, a Mauritian offshore management company licensed by the Financial Services Commission in November 2006. He managed to return the business to profitability and grew the revenue base by 25% per annum up to 2012, in the process building up a valuable business network across a number of sub-Saharan countries. Inter-Ocean Management Limited was successfully sold to the Maitland Group, and rebranded Maitland (Mauritius) Limited in June 2012.
After completing his earnout at Maitland (Mauritius) Limited in 2014, Brendon, in partnership with Rudolf Pretorius and Zain Madarun formed Adansonia Holdings Limited. The group currently provides a number of value-add solutions to a range of corporate and private equity clients from the USA, UK, Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa.
Brendon serves, inter alia, on the boards/investment committees of:
- Denham Capital’s African mining platform and its portfolio companies
- Alphamin Resources Corporation, a listed TSX company
Brendon is a British citizen and is married to Henda with 2 children.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in the mid 1980’s, Rudolf spent twelve years with Rand Merchant Bank and the FirstRand banking group, before founding Treacle Private Equity (Pty) Ltd in 2000.
Treacle raised and managed two successful general South African focused private equity funds between 2000 and 2015.
Rudolf is currently resident in Mauritius where he is a director of Adansonia Holdings, and serves on the boards of various investee companies spanning the information technology and financial services industries in Mauritius, sub-Saharan Africa and the USA.
He also acts as independent non-executive director (and investment committee member) for a number of USA and South African based private equity funds that principally invest in Africa.
Rudolf is a South African citizen and is married to Alouette with 3 children.
Zain has over 10 years’ experience in the global business sector in Mauritius and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
She started her career with CIM Global Business, where she performed a team leader role in the Fund Administration department. The role consisted of net asset valuation calculations, ensuring regulatory and compliance aspects for the funds under her responsibility as well as attending board meetings and dealing with clients.
As part of Zain’s portfolio while at CIM Global Business, she administered The Carlyle Group, an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation, which entailed overseeing a team of 10 staff. This experience has aided Zain in acquiring a good understanding of the regulatory and operational aspects of funds, in particular private equity.
After spending 5 years with CIM Global Business, Zain joined Inter-Ocean Management Limited (now Maitland (Mauritius) Limited) as Manager of Corporate Services, and worked with Brendon. As part of her role, Zain oversaw a team of corporate administrators and senior corporate administrators and was responsible for the administration and execution of the full portfolio of companies and trusts. She also performed the Money Laundering Reporting Officer function of Maitland (Mauritius) Limited.
In 2015, Zain moved across to the Adansonia Group, specifically Adansonia Management Services Limited where she is the Managing Director. She oversees the day-to-day functioning of the business as well as being Company Secretary of Alphamin Resources Corporation, a TSX-listed entity which forms part of the Tremont Group.
Zain serves as a non executive director on the boards/investment committees.
Zain is a Mauritian citizen married to Ahmad and has 2 children.
Wickus graduated with a B. Com Law degree from the University of the Free State in 1997 and went on to obtain an LLB degree at the University of South Africa in 1999. During his LLB studies he was employed by the Department of Justice as a judicial assistant at the Free State High Court.
Wickus completed his internship at Naudes Attorneys (now Phatshoeane Henney Attorneys) in Bloemfontein and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2001.
Wickus was appointed director of Naudes when he moved to Johannesburg in 2006 to establish the firm’s offices in Johannesburg and specialised in local and international commercial fields, focusing on international trade and commerce.
Wickus had been involved in the structuring and implementation of various international fiduciary and trading operations since 2002, and he was a member of a management buyout of a private equity trading platform in Jersey, which relocated to Mauritius in 2016.
Wickus established the TWM Group private equity trading platform in 2019 in partnership with Adansonia Holdings Limited.
Wickus is a South African citizen and is married to Mari with 2 children.
Welcome to Adansonia’s Izindaba. Izindaba is the Zulu word for “NEWS” and we hope that you will find the articles contained in the newsletter of interest.
- Appointment of new Business Development Director – Wickus Smit;
- 9th Annual Adansonia CycleTourIleMaurice 2020 – Registrations for 2020 are open…..;
- TWM Capital Trading Platform – a scalable solution for trading businesses;
- Update on the new regulations under the Income tax Act;
- Mauritius Compliant with FATF recommendations and EU Tax Good Governance Principles;
- Mauritian Regulatory and Statutory Update
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