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 team in South Africa provide expert advice to clients

Our services include M&A, Debt Advisory and Restructuring, and Equity Advisory. 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 over 50 offices 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 +

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

21 +

US$bn of Financing Advisory in the last 5 years


by number of completed M&A deals since 2020

What we do

M&A and Strategic Advisory

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

Debt Advisory and Restructuring

We have extensive experience in debt capital raising, project financing and restructuring and have advised on a number of South Africa’s largest and most complicated transactions.  We have deep established relationships with all relevant providers of capital, enablign us to develop optimal finance solutions.

Equity Advisory

We are leaders in independent equity capital raising, with access to a wide network of potential equity providers, experience across multiple African exchanges, and proven 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 BEE 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 ongoing dialogue with DTI and BEE Commissioner

Government and state-owned enterprises

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

Who we work with

Private equity

We are the leading independent adviser to private equity. Our approach to building long-term relationships with clients has seen us repeatedly advise many of the world’s 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 world financial crisis, on issues wide ranging as restructuring national industries to economic support schemes and privatisations.

Photograph of the Kimberley diamond mine, 1872

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

Executive Chairman, South Africa

Paul Bondi

Co-Head of South Africa
Managing Director

Giles Douglas

Co-Head of South Africa
Managing Director


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

  • Johannesburg

    Global Advisory

    7th Floor, 144 Oxford
    144 Oxford Road
    Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196
    PO Box 411332, Craighall 2024
    South Africa
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