One of the leading independent financial advisers in South Africa

Rothschild & Co worldwide

With 4,200 financial services specialists in over 40 countries across the world, we provide independent advice on M&A, strategy and financing, as well as investment and wealth management solutions to large institutions, families, individuals and governments, worldwide.
Having been at the centre of the world's financial markets for over 200 years, our expertise, intellectual capital, and global network enable us to provide a distinct perspective and achieve outstanding results for our clients.

Our teams in South Africa provide expert advice to clients

Our services include M&A, Debt Advisory and Restructuring, and Equity Markets Solutions. Our experienced locally based advisory bankers also hold a leading position in providing advice on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) transactions - we were the first international advisory house in South Africa to implement an empowerment transaction - and a unique track record in navigating the complex South African environment, with deep understanding of local legislation and regulation.

As part of our network of advisory bankers on-the-ground in 59 locations around the world, we provide superior advice to a very broad range of clients including both local and multinational companies, and international investors, on both domestic and cross-border strategic transactions.

20 +

bankers based in Johannesburg

35 +

announced M&A transactions in South Africa in the last 5 years


by announced M&A deals since 2019

What we do

M&A and Strategic Advisory

We have a proven ability in executing large and complex M&A transactions in South Africa, including cross-border landmark transactions We have developed unique insights into the regulatory environment in which business operates in South Africa and are able to leverage relationships with key decision-makers to drive deals to completion. 

Debt Advisory and Restructuring

We have independent debt capital and restructuring experience having advised on a number of South Africa’s largest restructurings.  We have established relationships with relevant providers of capital, enabling us to develop optimal finance solutions.

Equity Advisory

We provide independent equity capital market advice, with access to a wide network of potential equity providers, and experience in securing strategic equity partners. We also provide Investor Advisory services to help clients develop and market their equity story, effectively engage with shareholders and investors, and respond to ESG challenges and opportunities. 

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment

We are the leading adviser on landmark B-BBEE transactions, with an unparalleled track record in designing sustainable ownership and funding structures, and unique insights in to the B-BBEE environment and regulatory landscape. We play an active role in the development of B-BBEE policy, actively participating in dialogue between government and business, and have an ongoing dialogue the authorities. 

Government and state-owned enterprises

We have a long-established track-record advising Government and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in South Africa. Our experience has allowed us to establish trusted relationships with key policy and decision makers, giving us unique insights into Government objectives, governance processes and regulatory environments.

Who we work with

Private equity

We are a leading independent adviser to private equity. Our approach to building long-term relationships with clients has seen us repeatedly advise many of the most notable private equity companies on major milestone transactions.

Families and entrepreneurs

Expert advice to families and individual shareholders. Our 200 years+ of continuous family control, places us in a unique position to understand the challenges faced by family and founder owned companies.


We are the trusted adviser to governments, having advised several nations through the global financial crisis in 2008, on issues ranging from restructuring national industries to economic support schemes and privatisations. Through our support of Business 4 South Africa we played a central role in the country's response to the pandemic and in developing the country's economic recovery plan. 

Our history in South Africa

The Rothschild family’s business interests on the African continent began in the 1880s, when Nathaniel, 1st Lord Rothschild realised the investment potential in the country’s gold and diamond mines. A visit to South Africa by his specialist agent convinced the London house that the market would best develop through partnership and amalgamation, and with Rothschild support, de Beers consolidated its position as the world leader in diamond mining.

Contact us

Martin_Kingston.jpgMartin Kingston

Executive Chairman, South Africa

Paul_Bondi.jpgPaul Bondi

Co-Head of South Africa
Managing Director

Giles_Douglas.jpgGiles Douglas

Co-Head of South Africa
Managing Director


more About our group


"We are like the mechanism of a watch... each part is essential..."

Salomon von Rothschild to his brother Nathan Mayer Rothschild, c.1818

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