As a small, dynamic team selected for experience, expertise and energy, Opes Capital brings both skill and enthusiasm to the table – helping ensure the best outcome for our clients.

The Opes Capital principals have a wealth of experience and with combined experience of over 50 years in the mining and finance industries, our team holds the skills to successfully manage and execute any transaction.

Phillipe Lalieu: Co-Founder
As co-founder of Opes Capital, Phillipe has more than 18 years’ corporate finance and business development experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas. After spending several years at Anglo Platinum as a manager in the Corporate Finance and Business Development department, Phillipe went on to jointly manage Invescape Growth Partnership in South Africa. He has also served as commercial director of ZYL Limited, an ASX-listed junior mining company with various anthracite assets in South Africa. 

Through his relationships with leading local and international merchant banks, and some of the largest international mining houses, Phillipe has extensive and invaluable corporate finance exposure and networks.

B.Com in Law, Finance and Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand
Robert van Zyl: Co-Founder
Robert, a co-founder at Opes Capital, has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Upon joining Cadiz Financial Strategists on their equity derivatives desk, he progressed from broking and executing trades to developing and structuring derivative products for the pension fund and institutional markets. After completing his double Master of Business Administration degree abroad, Robert returned to South Africa and joined US-based Kingdom Zephyr Africa Management team, where he managed their US$122 million private equity fund. 

In 2005 Robert went on to jointly manage Invescape Growth Partnership in South Africa. Robert also served as director of Segue Resources Limited and Minerals Corporation Limited, both ASX-listed junior mining companies pursuing mining assets in Africa.
  • B.Com Honours in Management Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch
  • Double Master of Business Administration degree from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and McCombs School of Business, University of Texas
  • Listed as a Top 10 derivative research analyst by the annual Financial Mail research rankings

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