Luc is managing partner of Vantage Mezzanine and a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee. His primary responsibility is the assessment, structuring, execution and post-transaction monitoring of the mezzanine fund investments. Prior to Vantage, Luc established Standard Bank’s mid-size private equity department in 2003, and thereafter headed up Standard Bank’s mezzanine finance department where he co-led several noteworthy transactions. Before joining Standard Bank, Luc spent time as a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. in Paris (1992) and with Accenture in Johannesburg (1993-94). After completing his MBA at INSEAD, he joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in Washington DC. At the IFC, Luc spent time working on advisory and investment projects in a diverse range of countries including Brazil, Gabon, Poland, Romania, Bosnia and Moldova.
Luc returned to South Africa in 1998 and joined Brait, one of South Africa’s leading private equity firms. As a deal executive, he was responsible for investments in the building materials, logistics, fine chemicals and luxury tourism sectors. Luc subsequently spent two years in Poland as the founder and CEO of a start-up employee benefits firm before returning to South Africa in 2002. Luc has an MBA from the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France. He studied for his undergraduate Economics degree at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris.
Richard holds a B.Sc. and B.Comm degree from the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa, respectively, and completed an Executive MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney in 2004. Richard commenced his career in the Gold & Uranium division of Anglo American, working in various roles in South Africa and Mali. Thereafter he joined Goldman Sachs International under the Investment Banking analyst training programme.
In 2000, he joined Credit Suisse First Boston’s Credit Risk Management Department as an Assistant Vice President where he was later promoted to Vice President in 2002. After working abroad for several years, Richard moved back to South Africa and joined the Corporate and Investment Banking division of the Standard Bank of South Africa as a senior manager where he was promoted to the position of Director of the Investment Banking division in Mauritius. Richard was a managing director of GEM Africa until March 2013, where after he joined AfrAsia in April 2013 as a managing director until joining MRI as CEO with effect from November 2013.
Syd has more than 40 years’ of South African gold, uranium and base metal experience in both shallow and ultra-deep level mining environments. He has carried the General Manager appointments for the Black Mountain, Kloof and West Driefontein mines and has also been appointed to various positions within JCI Limited, First Uranium Corporation and Gold One International Limited, including those of Consulting Engineer, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director.
He is currently fulfilling the role of CEO at JSE listed Bauba Platinum Limited. Syd is a registered Professional Engineer, and a Fellow of both the Southern African and Australian Institutes of Mining and Metallurgy. He is also a Past President of The Association of Mine Managers.
Chris is a water/civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience and specialises in water and wastewater engineering, as well as conventional civil engineering.
Chris holds a BSc (Civ) Eng degree and a post graduate diploma on Engineering from the University of Cape Town, a post graduate diploma in Sanitary Engineering from the IHE in The Netherlands and has completed Advanced Wastewater Treatment studies at the University of Cape Town. Chris is also a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa.
Chris gained experience while working for the City of Cape Town Waterworks Department (7 years), Arcus Gibb Consulting Engineers water department (8 years), and Watermark Consulting Engineers (6 years) and now owns C-T-P Consulting Engineers on the West Coast of South Africa. Experience includes water and wastewater treatment and infrastructure design, process design, affiliated mechanical and electrical engineering, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. Chris has worked on multi-disciplinary projects throughout Southern Africa including Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Sao Tome, Seychelles and China.
Roed started and owns a successful petroleum products supply company selling mainly bulk liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in Southern Africa.
Quinton is a registered financial advisor with the Securities Institute of London and the Financial Services Board in South Africa. He has successfully achieved certificates in Investment Advice and Investment General Exams of the Institute of Stockbrokers.
He began his career in the financial services industry when he joined Peter George Portfolios (Pty) Ltd, members of the South African Bond Market Association. Thereafter, Quinton joined a South African Corporate member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Here he worked as portfolio manager and developed a substantial private client base. Later, he joined DC Palmer Securities and initiated their online stock broking. He played a significant role in building the online business of the company.
On September 1, 2000, Quinton launched Trinity Holdings (Pty) Ltd, an investment management company registered with the Financial Services Board. Currently, Quinton is the CEO of Trinity Asset Management, notably one of South Africa’s largest gold and resource fund managers.