ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

WE HAVE SPECIALIST EXPERTISE

Taurus Capital was founded in 2016. Its goal was to bring a robust litigation funding solution for high value commercial litigation claims to the local South African market.

 

In 2018 Taurus partnered with Capricorn Capital Partners and created further finance products and transactions for the legal sector.

 

Building on its success, Taurus created a dedicated litigation fund in 2020. As the general partner of its litigation funds, Taurus obtains investment from a diverse pool of HNWI and corporate private equity investors. These funds are advised by Taurus’s investment and legal risk committees.

 

Taurus is the leading litigation funding provider in South Africa.

MEET THE TEAM

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SIMON KUPER
EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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

 

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GARY SWEIDAN
EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

Gary Sweidan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an Honour’s degree (Information Systems) from the University of Witwatersrand and spent 15 years in various senior management and leadership roles at 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.

 

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SIMON KUPER
EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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

 

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GARY SWEIDAN
EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

Gary Sweidan obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an Honour’s degree (Information Systems) from the University of Witwatersrand and spent 15 years in various senior management and leadership roles at 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.

 

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ROB FIHRER
NON EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
MEMBER OF IC

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

 

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MARC ROSEN
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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 its CA Programme. Marc worked in various divisions, namely corporate finance and specialised finance. In 2016, he headed up Investec’s Integrated Debt division – a division he built from the ground up and which currently has a R6 billion book value. This became 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.

 

 

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ROB FIHRER
NON EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
MEMBER OF IC

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

 

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ELAD SMADJA
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

Elad Smadja is the chief executive officer of Taurus Capital. He joined Taurus in 2019 as an executive and augments the commercial skillset and acumen of the leadership team. He has more than 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 the Gordon institute of Business Science.

 

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ELAD SMADJA
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

Elad joined Taurus Capital in 2019. Elad is the CEO of Taurus Capital. He is an actuary and Charted Financial Analyst with over a decade of experience spanning the financial services industry. He is passionate about strategic business growth and new product development and brings a wealth of commercial and operation experience to the Taurus team.

 

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MARC ROSEN
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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 its CA Programme. Marc worked in various divisions, namely corporate finance and specialised finance. In 2016, he headed up Investec’s Integrated Debt division – a division he built from the ground up and which currently has a R6 billion book value. This became 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.

 

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MURRY KUIPER
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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 the mining, private equity and technology industries. His involvement in an LSE-listed mining house, combined with operations at technology start-ups, brings valuable experience to the team

 

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MURRY KUIPER
NON EXECUTIVE
MEMBER OF IC

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 the mining, private equity and technology industries. His involvement in an LSE-listed mining house, combined with operations at technology start-ups, brings valuable experience to the team

 

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Adv Neil Lazarus SC
NON EXECUTIVE
CHAIRMAN OF IC

Adv Neil Lazarus SC qualified as an attorney in 1983. In 1984, he was admitted as an advocate and practised at the Johannesburg bar. He was appointed as a senior counsel in 1998 and 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. He continues to provide advisory services both locally and internationally to listed companies and family offices, and also focuses on his own private equity investments.

 

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Adv Neil Lazarus SC
NON EXECUTIVE
CHAIRMAN OF IC

Adv Neil Lazarus SC qualified as an attorney in 1983. In 1984, he was admitted as an advocate and practised at the Johannesburg bar. He was appointed as a senior counsel in 1998 and 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. He 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 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

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ADV ROBERT LEVIN SC
MEMBER OF LRC

Adv Robert Levin SC graduated with BA and LLB (cum laude) degrees in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He has an LLM degree specialising in Corporations and Tax (1968) from Tulane University and a Higher Diploma in tax law (1974). He was admitted to practise 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 Constitutional Court. During his practice, he, together with junior counsel, handled large-scale, complex and significant taxation, corporate and public interest matters. Levin is retired from full-time practice. Since 2017, he has acted, on brief, as an independent legal consultant to Taurus Capital.

 

 

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ADV ROBERT LEVIN SC
MEMBER OF LRC

Adv Robert Levin SC graduated with BA and LLB (cum laude) degrees in 1964 and 1966, respectively. He has an LLM degree specialising in Corporations and Tax (1968) from Tulane University and a Higher Diploma in tax law (1974). He was admitted to practise 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 Constitutional Court. During his practice, he, together with junior counsel, handled large-scale, complex and significant taxation, corporate and public interest matters. Levin 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 it has no stake in the outcome of any litigation investment.

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