Expect the Unexpected

The Team

Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Unity is strength... When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

 

Partner

Andrew Lianos – andrew@rivergroup.ca

Andrew is a chartered accountant, certified management accountant, Registered internal auditor and JSE qualified executive who started his professional career in 1989 with Grant Thornton International.

Andrew entered the corporate finance industry in 1994 by joining Deloitte &Touche Corporate Finance. In 1996 he joined Merrill Lynch Corporate Finance, and was part of the team that founded Labyrinth Corporate Finance during 1997. He was intimately involved in a number of JSE listings during the bull market of the late 90’s, and also has substantial transaction experience in the resources, food- and leisure industries. Andrew serves on the boards of a number of public companies.

Andrew resigned his position with Labyrinth in 1998 in order to co-found the River Group. He has since been involved in a
number of successful cross-border restructurings and resources transactions in Canada, the Central African Republic, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa.

Andrew is an Approved Executive of the JSE, shares the responsibility for the JSE Sponsor business and works out of the Pretoria and European Offices.

Andrew shares the responsibility for the Dar es Salaam office that was launched in October 2011.

 
 

Partner

Estine van der Merwe – estine@rivergroup.ca

Estine is a commercial lawyer who specialised in Corporate Law at a South African Law firm for three years. She read for and completed her LMM (Cum Laude) in Corporate Law in 2004 and joined River Group in November 2004 in the Corporate Sponsor and Designated Advisor division. 

Estine is an Approved Executive of the JSE and shares responsibility for the JSE Sponsor business.


Partner

Casper van Wyk - casper@rivergroup.ca

Casper is a chartered accountant who started his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand in 1991. He joined Genbel South Africa Ltd in 1994 as an investment analyst in the underwriting and corporate finance department. During the next five years Casper was involved in numerous structured transactions on behalf of Gensec, with a specific preference for the technology- and financial services industries. He was involved in the first offshore financings in the South African information technology industry, and has served on the boards of public companies. Casper resigned his position at Gensec during January 1999 in order to join the River Group.

Casper was seconded to Vancouver for 18 months in June 2001 to assist with the substantial international transaction flow in the Group. He has been involved in a number of public cross-border transactions.

Casper is an Approved Executive of the JSE and he works out of the Pretoria office.