Telephone: 083 445 3465
Office: 23 Erica Road, Heatherlands, George, 6529
The InvestGardenRoute platform has been established by Leon van Wyk, a chartered accountant by training. His experience in accounting, financial management, strategy, management, corporate finance advisory and economic development consultancy stretches over three decades.
After obtaining a B Com at UCT in Accounting and Economics and qualifying as a chartered accountant with Arthur Young & Company, he spent four years with the IDC as an investigating accountant before joining RMB in corporate finance. In this period experience was inter alia obtained in engineering, agro-processing and food production, furniture manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, private hospitals, oil and gas, mining and mineral beneficiation, manufacturing (industrial products through to clothing and textiles), financial structuring, internal financial planning models, venture capital transactions, etc.
After a period in private practice as an accountant and corporate financier, a return was made to main-stream corporate finance as a partner in various practices undertaking JSE initial public offers, mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity transactions particularly for the SME sector, as well as serving as an accredited JSE sponsor executive and designated adviser. Additional sectors covered included real estate and commercial property, financial, construction, pharmaceutical and health products, beverages, IT and technology, renewable energy, etc including corporate restructurings, inward and outward investment, and empowerment transactions.
In 2006 he initiated a leveraged transaction to acquire a commercial property portfolio that was managed with partners until the management team disposed of their interests in 2010. Greybeard Business Catalysts was formed in 2010 and undertook a number of assignments with the objective to raise an investment fund. This project was shelved when Leon became a George Municipality councillor and Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance for the 2011-16 period.