Litigation Funding

TEAM

Litigation Funding

LITIGATE WITH PURPOSE

MANAGEMENT

The founders built Taurus’ processes, agreements, network, and protocols by combining international precedents with local best practices. This valuable legacy is now part of the portfolio where the founders continue to build off strong relationships and foundations with an extended team of Investment Committee members and deeply experienced legal partners.

SIMON KUPER is a third-generation lawyer and obtained a Batchelor of Arts (Politics) and LLB degrees from the University of Witwatersrand. He was admitted as an attorney in 2008 following completion of articles at Moss Cohen & Partners. Simon then practiced at FSE Attorneys until 2015 with a focused practice of commercial and corporate insolvency litigation. Simon represented several corporate clients whilst in practice.

GARY SWEIDAN obtained a Batchelor of Commerce degree and Honours (Information Systems) from the University of Witwatersrand spent 15 years in various senior management and leadership roles in Data Pro and Vox Telecom. His contribution saw these businesses through their successful growth and consolidation phases during the rise of internet in South Africa from 2000. He then joined Discover Digital where he was the executive responsible for corporate finance. He brings a wealth of practical business and, both listed and unlisted, boardroom experience to the team.

ELAD SMADJA is the chief executive officer of Taurus. He joined Taurus in 2019 as an executive and augments the commercial skillset and acumen of the leadership team. He has over 14 years of operational experience in the financial services industry where he has grown and developed teams at African Bank, Discovery Life and SA Taxi. Elad is a qualified actuary and Chartered Financial Analyst with an MBA from Gordon institute of Business Science.

MURRAY KUIPER joined Taurus Capital in 2020 and is responsible for the financial operations of the business. After completing his accounting articles at EY, Murray gained financial and operational experience across mining, private equity and technology.  His involvement in an LSE listed mining house combined with operations at technology start-up, bring valuable experience to the team

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Taurus partnered with Capricorn Capital Partners in 2018 following demand for finance in other areas of the legal sector. It has three members that sit on the investment committee, Robert Fihrer, Mathew Kassel, and Marc Rosen.

ROB FIHRER co-founded Capricorn Capital Partners in 2003 and is currently the Chief Executive. He is responsible for the strategic development of Capricorn and investment execution and management. Prior to Capricorn, Rob spent 8 years at Sanlam Capital Markets in their investment banking team, where he was responsible for setting up a series of very successful proprietary hedge funds within Gensec Bank. In addition to managing the hedge funds, he also assumed the responsibility of managing the pension fund assets on behalf of the bank and its employees. Rob is on the Board of numerous companies, both listed and unlisted. He sits on the Board of Hollard Holdings and Anchor Group and is also the Chairman of the Hollard Investment Committee and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

MARC ROSEN joined Capricorn in 2021 with 10 years’ work experience in banking. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand with a BCom Accounting Sciences and BCom Accounting Honours, Marc completed his articles and CA (SA) at Investec through their CA Programme. Marc worked in various divisions, namely corporate finance and specialised finance. In 2016, he headed up a division called Integrated Debt at Investec – a division he built from the ground up and which to date has a R6 billion book value. This become a specialised business banking division focusing on working capital solutions called Investec For Business, where Marc was responsible for structuring deals and developing tailored solutions as Head of Business Development.

ADV NEIL LAZARUS SC qualified as an attorney in 1983. In 1984 he was admitted as an advocate and practiced at the Johannesburg bar. He was appointed as a senior counsel in 1998 served as an acting judge. Neil left the profession in 2000 to take up an executive position at an investment bank where he headed up the corporate finance team. He also served as a non-executive director of public companies to which he provided corporate finance and legal advisory services. He has sat as member and chairman of the investment and audit committees of a number of listed companies. Neil has resigned from all of his listed company directorships. Neil continues to provide advisory services both locally and internationally to listed companies and family offices and also focuses on his own private equity investments.

The combined team has the unique and very rare combination of legal and investment expertise which allows Taurus to source, assess, price, structure, and monitor these specialised investments efficiently. Limited partners can now access unique litigation opportunities with the comfort of requisite skills and responsibilities being present in the general partner to navigate investments.

LEGAL RISK COMMITTEE

ADV ROBERT LEVIN SC. Robert (Bobby) graduated with BA and LLB (cum laude) degrees in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He has an LLM degree specializing in Corporations and Tax (1968) from Tulane University and a Higher Diploma in tax law (1974). He was admitted to practice as an attorney, notary and conveyancer in 1971. He commenced practice as an advocate in 1973 and took silk in 1984. He has acted as a Judge in the Gauteng High Court since 1987. His practice was wide ranging but predominantly in the taxation and commercial sphere. He appeared regularly in the Court of Appeal and appeared in the Constitutional court. During his practice he, together with junior counsel, handled large scale, complex and significant taxation, corporate and public interest matters. He is retired from full time practice. Since 2017 he has acted, on brief, as an independent legal consultant to Taurus Capital.

The Legal Risk Committee is independent of the General Partner and Investment Committee. Its opinions and advice are paid for by the General Partner on an arms-length basis and has no stake in the outcome of any litigation investment.