Kenny Curpen (Director)

Kenny Curpen joined ABAX in 2013, with the responsibility to promote the firm’s private wealth management solutions. He is also responsible for the formation of trust and foundation structures and the day-to-day administration of both trust and foundation structures. Prior to joining ABAX, Kenny held an Assistant Vice-President position with Deutsche Bank, Mauritius, where he was involved primarily in the setting up of trust structures in various jurisdictions. He also has previous experience as a corporate offshore administrator.

Nushrat Budullah (Director)

Nushrat is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom with over 10 years post-qualification experience gained in the finance and offshore sector in Mauritius. She is responsible for corporate reporting at Southey as well as overseeing the tax and compliance matters of the Group.

Prior to joining Southey, Nushrat was the Finance and Treasury Manager at the MIH Group. She is a member the International Fiscal Association as well as a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors

Barry Wickins (Chief Executive Officer)

Barry is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of broad financial, commercial and management experience, covering mechanical engineering and a wide range of manufacturing industries. He has held the position of CEO of Southey Group since 2001 and his qualifications include a B.Com (Rand), C.A. (SA), Advanced Management Diploma from UNISA and attendance at the Senior Executive Programme at the Harvard Business School.

Barry has served on the boards of listed companies in South Africa, including subsidiaries of the Dorbyl Ltd Group, originally part of the Dorman Long Group. He has also served as Managing Director of Babcock Africa in South Africa, which is part of London Babcock Plc.

Peter Ringelmann (Financial Director)

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal.  Initially joining the group as Financial Manager in 2001, he was appointed Director to the main board in 2003 and Financial Director in 2007.

Before joining the Southey Group, Peter completed his articles at Ernst & Young who transferred him to the USA for a period and he then returned to Corporate Finance in South Africa.

Peter has been part of Southey’s expansion into Africa over the last 14 years and has broad financial, commercial and general management experience in numerous African countries.

Paul Botha

BA LLB, HDip Tax, HDip Company Law

Paul Botha is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Metier. He is an Attorney and Notary Public, having been in private practice since 1986. In 1998 he established an advisory division for Brait and was its CEO until 2003.

Previously he was a senior commercial law partner in the Johannesburg practice of Bell, Dewar & Hall, where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions and cross-border work across a number of industries. Paul has an outstanding record in executing more than 250 corporate transactions, of which the majority have involved private equity transactions and the entrepreneurial multi-disciplinary assignments which Metier targets.

Paul is a committed and effective deal-maker and board member with a reputation for getting things done to the highest standards of professionalism. He represents LMCGF in several portfolio companies.

Thierry Dalais

BCom, BAcc, CA (SA)

Thierry Dalais is a founder and the Executive Chairman of Metier.

Thierry completed degrees in accounting and commerce at the University of the Witwatersrand and served articles at Deloitte where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. He was then employed at Merhold, initially in its trade financing division, and later in the investment and corporate advisory services arm where he was responsible for establishing and managing a successful principal investment portfolio.

In 1991, Thierry Dalais co-founded Capital Partners. For thirteen years he led the formulation of private equity investment policy and transaction structuring and following the business’ merger with Brait SA, acted as Executive Deputy Chairman from 1998 to 2003.

After moving on to co-found Metier in 2004, Thierry has driven the formation and leadership of its private equity efforts and been instrumental in raising capital commitments and attracting deal flow. He also sits on the boards of a number of Metier’s portfolio investments. Under his guidance, Metier is also set to take up new challenges in Africa.