LITIGATE WITH PURPOSE
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
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.