Leaf Capital


Our corporate advisory services give you impartial, innovative and strategic advice that covers the financial advisory spectrum.


We are leaders at M&A and provide strategic advisory services

We provide strategic and tactical advice across a broad range of industry sectors. Our approach is to build long-term, value-adding relationships with corporates, individuals, empowerment groups, government institutions and other stakeholders in South Africa and internationally. Our work covers private and public companies across multiple sectors, with a focus on mid-cap transactions.

We deliver expert advice on:

Our financial advisory services help you optimise your debt and equity transactions

We provide independent advice on a wide range of debt and equity capital-raising transactions. We deliver optimal funding outcomes to you within your deal timelines. As an independent adviser, we use our banking relationships to focus on achieving the best possible results for you, while minimising the execution risk.

Our capital-raising services include:

We have the expertise and track record to provide Black Economic Empowerment  investment advisory services

We are uniquely placed to advise on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deals. We have advised on some of the earliest BEE deals through to more recent empowerment deals within the evolving empowerment initiative. We have relationships with leading empowerment organisations and understand how to optimally structure and finance BEE transactions.

Our BEE services include:

We focus on excellence in all that we do

We are proud of our ability to solve complex business problems and develop strategies to help you succeed. We do this by providing:


Selected Transactions

R 2.45bn

Corporate advisor to Mpilo 1 empowerment consortium


Advisor to Leaf Capital Private Equity on acquisition strategic interest in VHF Holdings (Pty) Ltd

£23.0/ R410m

Advisor to Atlantic Leaf on acquisition of British Capital property portfolio


Advisor to Atlantic Leaf on subscription for shares by Management Company and funding arrangements

Corporate Finance Team

Paul Leaf-Wright

Founder & Chairman

Paul Leaf-Wright Paul established Leaf Capital in 2004, together with Jacqui Hathorn.

Paul completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte and Touche in 1986. He subsequently held various roles in NBS Bank and BoE (subsequently Nedbank Ltd) which included financial and strategy director, head of treasury, director of property and asset finance, and head of wealth management.

Paul has also served on the boards of many listed companies. During his years in the banking sector his roles included running the bank’s private equity division, co-ordinating mergers and acquisitions of both the bank and third party deals, establishment of BEE companies and funding of a wide range of projects

Having established Leaf Capital, Paul remains a consultant to the Leaf Capital business units and serves as chairman of the boards of the companies making up the Leaf group. His primary role is that of CEO of Atlantic Leaf, the Mauritian based property company.

Lauren Knox

Corporate Finance

Lauren joined Leaf Capital’s Corporate Finance Division in 2012.

Lauren has 10 years of direct experience in capital raising and corporate advisory services. Her clients range from advertising multi-nationals to private fund managers and empowerment consortia, with a particular expertise in raising funding for a business through its life cycle.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management and is also a CFA® charter holder. Lauren was previously employed by Absa Capital in their Investment Banking Division, focussed on assisting South African listed property funds in raising equity and debt funding, credit ratings advisory and managing interest rate risk. She worked in London for Barclays Capital as part of their front office global graduate programme.

Simon Berrangé

Corporate Finance

Simon joined Leaf Capital in 2009.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree with Honours in Information Systems from the University of Cape Town and is currently furthering his studies as a CFA® candidate and has passed his level II examination.  Simon began his career in the Corporate Advisory division of a niche financial services company and is now an important member of Leaf Capital’s Corporate Finance team. Simon has significant experience in B-BBEE structuring, M&A, private equity and debt advisory. His sector experience includes gaming and leisure, QSR and food, aviation and technology.