who we are

Founded in 2004, and with offices in Johannesburg and London, Westbrooke invests and manages capital in multiple geographies on behalf of its shareholders and investors in Private Debt, Hybrid Capital, Real Estate, Private Equity and Venture Capital. We manage approximately R7bn of shareholder and investor capital invested predominantly in SA, the UK and the USA.

what we do

Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management was established as a multi-asset, multi-strategy manager of alternative investment funds and products structured to preserve and compound our clients’ wealth to cement their future prosperity. Our team is comprised of experienced entrepreneurs and investment professionals who apply a broad range of experience and skills to deliver investment opportunities which offer a simple investable outcome – predictable, sustainable, risk managed, long-term returns for investors in an increasingly complex environment.

entrepreneurial,
experienced and
aligned

Since inception, we have invested in and led over 180 transactions with a combined deal value of over R12bn. Over this period, our private equity assets have achieved an IRR in excess of 30%. We have a heritage as a shareholder and operator of assets, investing our own capital to develop and grow our businesses and assets.

We believe that our operational experience and expertise through multiple cycles and events over a number of decades gives us, and our investors, a competitive advantage. We are wholly committed to financial alignment. We invest materially alongside our clients and partners in all our funds and investments.

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Martin Sacks

Mark Matisonn

Robert Fihrer

Jarred Winer

Richard Asherson

Jonti Osher

Dino Zuccollo

Jonathan Loeb

Kate Langlois

Brent Blankfield

Carol-Ann Cheney

Hayley Shein

Sarah Hayward

Pinkie Nkokoto

Pinkie Nkokoto

Laura Hobbes

Allon Isaacman

Talia Lubbe

Duncan Le Grange

Jennifer Naidoo

Phawu Nyembe

Leon Richman

Ryan Rittoff

Lenelle van Dyk

James Lightbody

Emma Marais

Kieran McKenzie

Antimo Osato

James Stirling

Martin Sacks

Martin is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of the Westbrooke Group and is also Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Westbrooke’s subsidiaries and associates. Prior to founding the Westbrooke Group in 2004, Martin co-founded and led a number of businesses.

Mark Matisonn

Mark is the Managing Director of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management, an Executive Director of the Westbrooke Group and a Non-Executive Director of a number of Westbrooke’s subsidiaries and associates. Prior to co-founding Westbrooke in 2004, Mark worked in investment banking.

Robert Fihrer

Rob is a Non-Executive Director on the Westbrooke Group Board. Rob founded Capricorn Capital Partners with two other partners and is currently the CEO. He sits on the Board of Hollard Holdings and Anchor Group and is also the Chairman of the Hollard Investment Committee and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Jarred Winer

Jarred is a Co-Founder of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management and is a member of the Group’s Executive Team. Jarred has diverse experience investing in both public and private markets. Prior to joining Westbrooke, Jarred worked in investment banking at Standard Bank and Barclays. Jarred holds a BCom (Hons) from the University of Johannesburg, a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Corporate and Securities Law from the University of South Africa and a PMD from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

Richard Asherson

Richard is based in London and is the Managing Director of Westbrooke UK and a member of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Executive Team. Richard led Westbrooke’s Section 12J product offering and was previously a consultant in the Structured and Acquisition Finance Team at Investec. Richard holds a BBusSci (Hons) in Finance, Economics and Strategy from the University of Cape Town.

Jonti Osher

Jonti is the Head of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Private Debt and Section 12J businesses in South Africa and is also a member of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Executive Team. Jonti has previous experience in the Investment Banking division at RMB with a focus on corporate and investment banking credit and real estate credit. He completed his articles at First Rand Bank. A CA (SA), Jonti also holds a BAccSci and HDipAcc from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Dino Zuccollo

Dino is Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Head of Product Development and Distribution and is a member of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Executive Team. He is also the Chairman of the 12J Association of South Africa and has previous experience in Corporate Finance Investment Banking at Investec and Deloitte in both South Africa and the USA. A CA(SA), Dino also holds an MCom in Finance and a BAccSci (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Jonathan Loeb

Jonathan heads up Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s USA Real Estate business and is a member of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Executive Team. Prior to joining Westbrooke, Jonathan gained 13 years of corporate finance, BEE and property experience. Jonathan holds a BCom (Hons) in Finance from the University of Johannesburg, an ACMA from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an Advanced Diploma in Corporate Tax from the International Institute for Tax and Finance.

Kate Langlois

Kate is the Head of Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Wealth Partners business. Before this, Kate spent 8 years at Investec, where for 4 years she was part of Investec’s Financial Products team in the Corporate and Institutional Division as a pricing and product consultant. Kate holds a BCom (Hons) from Rhodes University.

Brent Blankfield

Brent is a Fund Manager in Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Private Debt business. Before joining Westbrooke, Brent spent 5 years at Investec where he specialised in leveraged finance. Brent was involved in numerous transactions incorporating leverage and management buyouts, capex or growth facilities and property finance. Brent is a qualified CA(SA) and also holds a BCom (Hons) from the University of Johannesburg.

Carol-Ann Cheney

Carol-Ann is Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Head of Operations. Prior to this, she gained experience as a Financial Manager and Business Co-Ordinator at PSG Wealth, Client Services Executive and Executive Assistant to the Head of Investment Administration at Sygnia Asset Management, as well as Audit Senior at multi-industry clients including Allan Gray. A CA(SA), Carol-Ann also holds a BBusSci (Hons) from the University of Cape Town.

Hayley Shein

Hayley is a Marketing & Operations Manager at Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management. Previously, Hayley gained experience in the UK in several managerial roles across various businesses where she has garnered experience with business operations management, customer relations, system development, marketing and website design/development, as well as staff management. Hayley holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of East Anglia.

Sarah Hayward

Sarah is a Financial Manager for Westbrooke’s Section 12J entities. With previous experience as a Liquidity Analyst at Sasfin Bank Ltd, Sarah gained exposure to trade, debtor and rental finance. Sarah holds an AGA(SA) and has over 11 years’ experience in financial and management reporting. 

Pinkie Nkokoto

Pinkie is a Financial Manager for Westbrooke’s Section 12J entities. Pinkie has 11 years experience in management and financial reporting, with more than 5 years experience at the Investec Property Fund. Pinkie holds an AGA(SA) and a BCom from the University of Johannesburg.

Laura Hobbes

Laura is an Operations Executive at Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management. Laura is a qualified CA(SA) and completed her articles at Deloitte in London. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning. Laura has spent the vast majority of her career to date in the wealth and financial planning industry with a specific focus on operations and project execution.

Allon Isaacman

Allon is an Investment Associate in Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Private Debt business. Previously, Allon completed his articles at EY. He then gained experience in corporate and investment banking at RMB. Allon is a qualified CA(SA) and holds an MCom in Local and International Tax from the University of Witwatersrand. He has also passed all three levels of the CFA exam.

Talia Lubbe

Talia is the Westbrooke Group Financial Manager. She is a qualified CA(SA) and completed her articles at KPMG. After her time at KPMG, she transferred to the IT Advisory division, focusing on system process analysis and IT audit, before transitioning to Nedbank where she was a Financial Manager in the Global Markets and Treasury Division.

Duncan Le Grange

Duncan is the Fund Manager for Westbrooke Stac. He joined Westbrooke after completing his articles and two years in EY’s Corporate Finance division and has experience in acquiring, building and managing private companies across a range of industries. Duncan is also a CA(SA).

Jennifer Naidoo

Jennifer is the Westbrooke Group’s Executive Assistant and is responsible for assisting the executives with daily administrative duties and completes a broad variety of office managerial tasks with a full range of organisational and clerical support services.

Phawu Nyembe

Phawu is an Investment Associate at Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management, with a focus on real estate transactions. Prior to joining Westbrooke, Phawu completed his articles at KPMG in the financial services division. He then joined International Housing Solutions (IHS) where he gained extensive experience in private equity and property. Phawu is a qualified CA(SA) and also holds a BCom from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a CTA from the University of South Africa.

Leon Richman

Leon is an Investment Associate at Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management, focusing on real estate private debt and hybrid capital investments across the capital structure. Previously, Leon worked at Investec where he gained experience in corporate finance and private equity. Leon is a qualified CA(SA) and also holds a BAccSci (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ryan Rittoff

Ryan is Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Head of Private Debt Deal Origination. He has been instrumental in investing c.R1 billion into asset rental transactions and to middle market companies. Prior to joining Westbrooke, Ryan spent 8 years at Bidvest Bank, and was Head of the Fleet and Asset Finance Sales Division. Ryan holds a BCom in Informatics and Economics from the University of Johannesburg.

Lenelle van Dyk

Lenelle is an Originator in Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management’s Private Debt business. Previously at Sasfin Bank and EOH Technology Rental Solutions, Lenelle has over 14 years’ experience in the finance and information technology sales profession. Lenelle holds a Higher Certificate in Accounting Science from UNISA, a CPPF from the Johannesburg School of Finance and a Marketing and Public Relations qualification from the Centurion Academy.

James Lightbody

Before joining Westbrooke UK as an Investment Associate, James founded and ran a software company. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at RMB in South Africa, focusing on a range of real estate and principal investment transactions. James holds a BBusSci from the University of Cape Town and is a CFA Charterholder.

Emma Marais

Emma is a Manager of Operations and Finance at Westbrooke UK. Prior to that, Emma spent 4 years at JTC Fund Solutions as a Fund Accounting Supervisor. Emma holds a BBusSci and BCom (Hons) in Taxation from the University of Cape Town and is currently studying towards her MCom in International Taxation. 

Kieran McKenzie

Kieran is an Investment Associate at Westbrooke UK. Prior to joining the team, he spent 3 years at Investec where he specialised in growth and acquisition Finance. Kieran holds an MSc in International Business from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business, as well as an MCom in Management from Stellenbosch University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Antimo Osato

Antimo is an Analyst in the Westbrooke UK investment team. Antimo trained and qualified as an attorney at Werksmans Attorneys in South Africa, gaining experience in mergers and acquisitions and international tax. Antimo holds BCom and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

James Stirling

James is the Head of Westbrooke UK’s Hybrid Capital business. With over 20 years’ experience in the UK M&A market, he was most recently Head of Growth and Acquisition Finance at Investec. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an MA(Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.

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