Dave is a founding Principal of Paean. He was formerly head of private equity at Nedbank Private Equity, having previously established and been head of BoE NatWest Equity Partners, the private equity division of BoE NatWest Merchant Bank. He has more than 28 years’ merchant banking experience in private equity and in corporate finance at Hill Samuel Merchant Bank, Credit Agricole Indosuez and Ridge Corporate Finance. With a grounding in private equity from NatWest Equity Partners (now Bridgepoint Capital) in London, Dave has led many of Nedbank's and BoE's investments. He served articles at Kessel Feinstein (now Grant Thornton).
He has been instrumental in the sourcing of deals, selecting and structuring investments, undertaking due diligence investigations, leading strategy workshops of investee companies, adding value to those companies and realising them. He has served on the boards of directors both as chairman and non-executive director of a number of investee companies and currently serves as the chairman of the board of The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA).
Dave has a Bachelor of Accounting Science Honours degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal), a Master’s degree of Business Administration from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, he is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and a Chartered Management Accountant of England.