The Team

The principals are experienced dealmakers with proven capacity to add value. They possess, through their extensive corporate finance and private equity experience, the necessary skills to negotiate, structure and implement transactions, and to provide ongoing strategic and financial advice to investee companies.

They see exceptional deal flow courtesy a wide network in the South African business community built up over years of activity in the private equity, trading and corporate finance arenas within pre-eminent local and international financial services providers.

Their private equity experience cover all spheres of private equity investments including turn-around situations, early-stage investments as well as mature investments. They are also experienced in the relating structuring of debt and equity finance so as to best suit the requirements of the specific investment.

The principals have close working relationships with leading BEE parties who they will partner in transactions in order to comply with the specific requirements of any given situation.

The team also has extensive experience in managing a listed arbitrage hedge book involving identification of opportunities and execution of complicated trading structures.

The team comprises:

Paul Pretorius (B.Comm Hons, CA(SA))


Prior to co-founding Activa in January 2008, Paul has spent just more than two years in the Investment Banking division at Coronation Capital involved in various private equity and trading transactions.


Prior to Coronation, Paul spent more than 7 years with N M Rothschild & Sons where he reached the position of Associate Director in the Corporate Finance division. At Rothschild Paul has been involved in various corporate finance advisory roles including, Mergers & Acquisitions, Listings, Capital Raisings, Restructurings, Valuations, Fair & Reasonable opinions and BEE transactions.


Before joining the Rothschild group Paul spent about four years in the management advisory and corporate finance divisions of Price Waterhouse Coopers of which he spent two years in the Netherlands.

Geert Doyer (B.Comm Hons, CA(SA))


Prior to co-founding Activa, Geert has spent the previous ten years in the Private Equity environment.


Geert spent more than seven years in the Investment Banking division of Coronation Capital. At Coronation Geert has been involved in various Private Equity transactions (acquiring, managing / monitoring and disposing) and managed the arbitrage trading hedgebook.


Before Coronation, Geert spent two years with Ethos Private Equity.


Geert matriculated at the Hoerskool Carolina in 1990 with seven distinctions.


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