BA Value and Policy Studies, Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Finance and Investments), CFA®
Andrew is responsible for researching global companies and has been part of the team since 2012. He started his career in 2001 in investment operations and stockbroking in London and Edinburgh, and joined Collins Stewart as an investment analyst in London in 2004. Andrew also worked for Dawnay Day Principal Investments while he was in the UK. In 2009, he moved to Australia and joined Taylor Collison Ltd as an investment analyst, where he focused on the property and agriculture sectors. Andrew returned to South Africa in 2012 and joined SIM Global, now Denker Capital.
BARRY DE KOCK
Barry joined the team in 2015 as a junior analyst focusing on the financial sector. He started his investment career as a quantitative analyst at Riscura Solutions in 2012, and left as a product specialist to join SIM Global, now Denker Capital.
B. Accounting (Honours), CA(SA)
Ben is an equity analyst who focuses on the financial sector. He joined the team in 2014 after completing his articles at RSM.
CLAUDE VAN CUYCK
B.Comm. (Honours), CFA®
Claude co-manages the Sanlam Investment Management Value Fund. Together with Ricco Friedrich he founded SIM Unconstrained Capital Partners in 2011, which merged with SIM Global to form Denker Capital. Claude’s career in the industry started in 1993 when he worked for Karlein Investments, a private client investment company. In 1994, he joined Sanlam Asset Management as an equity analyst. After five years, he moved on to Gryphon Asset Management as an analyst and portfolio manager, where he was responsible for running unit trusts and pension fund portfolios. He returned to SIM (now Sanlam Investments) in 2002, where he became the head of equities. Under Claude’s management, the SIM Industrial Fund received both a Standard & Poor’s and a Raging Bull award. He also managed the SIM General Equity Fund for five years, achieving consistent top-quartile performance for each of the five years.
B.Compt. (Honours), CA(SA)
Douw manages the SIM Global Equity Income Fund and co-manages the Sanlam Global Best Ideas Fund with Pierre Marais. He joined SIM Global, now Denker Capital, in 2011, bringing with him extensive industry experience. He spent 15 years at Old Mutual Asset Managers (now OMIGSA) where he held several research positions, including head of the industrial sector research team, before assuming responsibility for the value equity style boutique in 2002. During his time at Old Mutual, he managed a range of unit trusts, including the Old Mutual Global Equity Fund, Consumer Fund, Value Fund and High Yield Opportunity Fund, in addition to various institutional portfolios. Douw also co-managed the Nedgroup Investments Equity Fund and co-founded Orthogonal Investments – a boutique asset manager managing domestic long-only balanced, bond and equity mandates.
B.Sc. Engineering., B.Comm.
Dylan is responsible for researching South African companies. He started his career at Sasol where, at the end of his five years with the company, he was a senior investment analyst focused on valuing and prioritising capital projects. He left Sasol for a career in the investment industry and joined Cannon Asset Managers in 2014 as an investment analyst, focused on South African equities. He was later transferred to Cannon’s parent company, Citadel Investment Services, where he covered global equity research, quantitative strategies and multi-asset class solutions. He joined Denker Capital in mid-2017.
M.Comm., CA(SA), CFA®
Jacobus is responsible for researching global companies. He started working for SIM Global, now Denker Capital, on secondment in 2006, and permanently joined the team in 2009. Jacobus started his career in 2001 at Ernest & Young, where he completed his articles. Between 2002 and 2003 he held various risk and capital management positions at RMB Treasury, after which he joined Rand Merchant Bank as an investment analyst on a proprietary Emerging Market Corporate Bond portfolio up until 2006.
B.Comm. (Honours), CA(SA), CFA®
Jan joined SIM Unconstrained Capital Partners, now Denker Capital, in 2011 to set up and manage the COGNITIO Hedge Fund, which was launched in November 2011. He has in-depth knowledge of the South African equity market, especially the financial and industrial sectors. After spending three years at Sanlam Asset Management as an equity analyst, Jan co-founded Gryphon Asset Management in 1998. In addition to co-managing the Coris Capital Money Market Fund and ABSA Dividend Income Fund, Jan also founded Gryphon Alternative Investments with the launch of the Gryphon Market Neutral Equity Fund in 2003. This low-risk product was one of the longest running hedge funds in South Africa by the time Jan left Gryphon in 2010.
B.Comm. (Honours), CA(SA), Higher Diploma in Education
Kokkie is responsible for managing the award-winning Sanlam Global Financial Fund. He established SIM Global in 2004, which merged with SIM Unconstrained Capital Partners to form Denker Capital. Before his time at SIM (now Sanlam Investments), Kokkie spent five years managing the local and global financial funds at Coronation Fund Managers and 10 years at Old Mutual Asset Management in various investment management roles, the last being head of the financial services sector. He has received the prestigious UK-based publication Investment Week’s Fund Manager of the Year award four years in a row (2010-2013) in the financials category. The funds that Kokkie has managed over the years have also receive a range of industry awards. These include a Morningstar award and Best Specialist Fund for the Sanlam Global Financial Fund, as well as a Personal Finance Raging Bull Award for the SIM Global Best Ideas Feeder Fund (the South African-registered feeder fund for the offshore fund).
Laura is responsible for researching banks and financial services companies and has been part of the team since 2004. She previously worked at Coronation Asset Management for eight years, three of which were spent as a research assistant to the financials team and Kokkie Kooyman when he was at Coronation. Laura joined SIM Global in 2004 to assist Kokkie in the newly established business.
Madalet joined the team in 2016 to head up the multi-asset class division. After completing her studies in engineering, she initially worked as a software engineer. In 2002 Madalet made the decision to start her B.Comm. studies. She kicked off her investment career at Investec Securities as a research assistant to top-rated investment strategist Brian Kantor. In 2008 she joined Element Investment Managers as an analyst responsible for fixed income, money market and property investments. Madalet joined Nedgroup Investments in 2010 and was responsible for managing the Nedgroup Private Wealth Bond and Property Funds.
Neal manages the SIM Global Emerging Markets Fund. He joined SIM Global, now Denker Capital, in April 2012. Neal started his investments career at Alliance Bernstein as an equity analyst from 2001 to 2007, moving from their Cape Town to London office in the process. In 2007 he joined GLG Partners in London as an analyst and portfolio manager of their consumer product. After two years he moved on to Carlson Capital, where he covered the Pan-European consumer sector in his role as equity research analyst.
Pierre co-manages the Sanlam Global Best Ideas Fund together with Douw Steenekamp. He joined the team in 2015. Pierre started his career as a product manager at Engen in 1992 and left in 1998 as strategic project manager. He moved to the investment industry in 1998 when he took on the position of equity analyst at African Harvest Fund Managers (now Prudential Portfolio Managers), and later portfolio manager for the African Harvest Balanced Fund. In 2007 Pierre co-founded Orthogonal Asset Managers, with assets totaling R4.7 billion. The business was sold to Citadel in 2011, and he became the in-house equity fund manager.
B.Bus.Sc., Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, CA(SA), CFA®
Ricco co-manages the Sanlam Investment Management Value Fund together with Claude van Cuyck. He co-founded SIM Unconstrained Capital Partners, which merged with SIM Global to form Denker Capital, in 2011. Ricco completed his articles at Grant Thornton in 1998, where after he started his investment career at Franklin Asset Management as an equity analyst. In 1999 Ricco joined SIM (now Sanlam Investments) where he spent two years analysing industrial stocks before taking up the position of head of small caps in 2001. Over the following five years the Sanlam Small Cap Fund won several awards for performance, including Best Performing Equity Unit Trust in South Africa. In 2006 Ricco took over the management of the Sanlam Investment Management Value Fund.
B.Comm. Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, CA(SA)
Richard is responsible for researching companies in the financial and industrial sectors and joined the team in 2011 from the audit firm RSM Betty & Dickson. He spent 11 years as a partner in the firm, and was responsible for servicing a diverse client portfolio on audit, consulting and accounting engagements.
Junior equity analyst
B.Comm., Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting, Postgraduate Diploma in Tax
Tapiwa is a junior equity analyst responsible for researching South African companies. He joined the team in 2017 after completing his articles at BDO.
Business development specialist
CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Program
Cathy joined the business development team in 2017 and is responsible for client servicing and client relationship management (CRM). Prior to this Cathy spent ten years at Sanlam Investments, starting off within the multi-manager business and later moving to the Institutional team where she focused predominantly on the CRM system. Her experience in the financial services industry includes ten years at JP Morgan in London before returning home to South Africa in 2006.
Marketing and communication manager
B.Comm. Marketing (Honours)
Caylin joined the team in 2017 and is responsible for the marketing and communication functions of the business. Her career started at Allan Gray in 2008, where she gained valuable client service experience. In 2009 she joined Ora Fund Managers where, at the end of her eight years with the business, she was the head of marketing and distribution support.
JACQUES DU PLESSIS
Chief operating officer
B.Tech. Financial Information Systems
Jacques heads up all operational and financial functions. He joined SIM Global, now Denker Capital, in 2009 from the Sanlam Investments finance department, where he started his career as a Sanlam bursary recipient and where he played an integral role for 13 years.
Liesl joined the team in 2006 and is responsible for updating financial models and assisting with research on global financial stocks. She has extensive experience in the asset management industry, starting in 1991. Liesl’s previous roles include manager for investment services at Metropolitan Asset Management and project coordinator for the operations team at Coronation Asset Management.
Portfolio research assistant
B.Comm., Diploma in Marketing and Business Management, CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Program, CFP®
Lindsay’s key responsibilities include portfolio analytics and assisting the portfolio managers with research. She joined SIM Unconstrained Capital Partners, now Denker Capital, in 2014 and was instrumental in the implementation of a new management information system. Lindsay started her career in the financial services industry in London in 1997, working in human resources at Citibank and at Merrill Lynch on the Y2K EMU Project. Upon returning to South Africa in 1999, she joined the Old Mutual Investment Group as a fund manager assistant before moving on to gain valuable experience as an investment performance analyst.
Professional Receptionist & PA Diploma
Mishka is responsible for all the office management and travel arrangement functions in the team. Before joining the team in 2010, she was the PA to the private equity team at Old Mutual Investment Group for eight years.
B.Comm., Higher Certificate in Financial Markets and Instruments, CFA Institute Investment Foundations™ Program
Nomawanda is responsible for portfolio administration and implementation as well as other operational tasks. She joined the business in 2012 after being co-owner and financial director of Myoli Promotions for five years. Before this, Nomawanda worked for SIM (now Sanlam Investments) for five years as a client service officer responsible for the accounts of large institutional clients.
B.Comm. Accounting, B. Accounting (Honours)
Stacy is responsible for updating financial models and assisting with research on global financial stocks. She is a Sanlam bursary holder and, after a short stint as an internal auditor at Sanlam, she grabbed the opportunity to join the team as a research assistant in 2011. She also worked as a financial controller at Sanlam while completing her honours degree and completed her articles at Mazars.