The Firm

  • About Us

    Perspective ( noun. combining diverse viewpoints in pursuit of truth ) is an investment management firm ( noun. a collaboratively owned group of passionate people sharing a common vision ) based in Cape Town, South Africa. The firm was founded in January 2017 by Daniel Malan and Sean Neethling, and is focused on the principles of long-term investing on behalf of our clients.

    Our commitment is to establish a resilient enterprise with purpose and heart that creates exceptional long-term value for all our current and future clients and stakeholders.

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  • Our Culture

    Our culture ( noun. the way we do things ) and investment approach are interdependent and of equal importance. Our team lives and works in integrity ( noun. acting the same way when nobody is watching ) with the firm’s purpose of creating exceptional long-term value for clients. We provide competent professionals with the freedom and respect to authentically express their skills and make meaningful contributions to our business.

    We value curiosity ( noun. an obsession with figuring out how things really work ), independent thinking and candour ( noun. saying it like it is ) in the persistent pursuit of delivering superior investment returns. We celebrate our successes with passion and learn from our mistakes with humility ( noun. without excuse or ego ). Our only rule is to act in the best interests of our clients at all times.

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  • Our Story
    Aspen Forest
    Aspen Forest

    Everything at Perspective has a personal story and ours starts in an aspen forest on the west coast of Canada.

    Our origin:

    Emanating from a single seedling and interconnected underground, aspen forests have a fast growth rate and can grow to cover many hectares. The root system is long-lived; one colony in North America is estimated at over 80,000 years of age. An aspen colony can survive complete destruction of the above-ground infrastructure, because they can regenerate from the root system.

    New stems in an aspen colony appear up to 40 metres from the parent trees, so that the newer trees don’t ever grow in the shade of the parent trees. In order to survive the harsh northern hemisphere winter climate, the trees lose all their leaves in winter, while the bark is photosynthetic, meaning that growth is still possible after the leaves have been dropped.

    The lifecycle of the aspen forest links directly to the way we go about developing our client portfolios, our firm and stakeholder relationships in the face of cyclicality and constant reinvention. The root and nervous systems that anchor us is our long-term approach and core cultural values. We build resilient portfolios of robust assets on a durable firm structure.

    Our name:

    To us, to have Perspective is to have a point of view while remaining open-minded, intensely curious and respectful of the different views of others. It is to recognise the value of all perspectives, particularly those that differ vastly from our own in the pursuit of knowledge and exceptional investment returns.

    Perspective matters because we recognise that true insight can be found anywhere and we change our minds when the facts change.

    Daniel Malan shares his perspective:

    I gained my investment and business experience since 1996 in the global investment industry; covering stockbroking, advice, settlements, trading, investment analysis, portfolio management, client & media relationships and business management. I continually sought mentorship and through this I established a global network of treasured long-term relationships.

    I first met Jean-Marie Eveillard in July of 2012 and I cannot think of a better role model for any investment professional. His exceptional long-term track record spans over 5 decades and speaks for itself. Yet, he is also one of the most sincere, humble people that I have ever met. His support for and patronage of Perspective is inspiring.

    I began working alongside Sean Neethling in 2011. While we have different backgrounds and orient from different perspectives, we have found a powerful alignment in what we believe to be the core ingredients in investments, business and what matters most in life. We share similar core values: integrity, authenticity, curiosity and a passion for the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. We have a vision for creating a world-class client-centric investment management firm.

    In early 2015, I took a year to visit many people in my global network, re-read all the investment journals I had kept since 1996, re-read many of the articles and books in my library and objectively review the case study of the most important investment and business decisions I had made in my career to date. I also continued to do research and to manage my own and family life savings. It was a humbling and extremely valuable experience. I gained a deeper understanding of my decision-making processes: in investing, in business and in life. Amongst many other important things, I learned the value of working without distractions in an inspiring environment filled only with highly professional people that I like, respect and admire for their ability to think and act independently and freely speak their minds in pursuit of a shared goal without conflicting interests.

    As an investor, I further distilled my investment approach of thinking as a sensible business person would on a truly long-term basis. Being grounded in this mindset led to eliminating a significant amount of unnecessary and irrelevant distractions. Only a few things really matter and it is far more productive, efficient and rewarding to focus my time and energy on solving for those.

    Perspective is the result of a deliberate detailed design over a 3-year period. Many important stakeholders in Perspective have committed to our vision, including my two co-founder shareholders, Sean Neethling and Jean-Marie Eveillard, and our independent chairman, John Rainier.

    Breathing life into a new venture in a highly regulated, complex industry in South Africa is not easy, simple or quick. We could not have done this without the time and energy of every one of our incredible stakeholders. Thank you to all of you. When we first introduce Perspective only a fraction of our fast growing ecosystem is visible.

    We are committed to practising a stakeholder business approach, whereby each of our stakeholders rank equally and whose opinions and perspectives matter.

    Our firm is still young, in its seedling phase, however our team is highly qualified, motivated and experienced and our leaders have been working together for many years. Our ecosystem of stakeholders and relationships is already well developed.

    Perspective is exciting, vibrant, confident and ambitious, but also honest, curious and humble in our pursuit of creating exceptional long-term value for our clients.

    We are confident in our investment and business approach and abilities and we relish the challenge to compete with the very best and exceed the expectations of our clients.

    Thank you very much for your time and attention. Give us a call. Walk with us. Invest with Perspective.

    Our work and our story continues...

  • The People
    Daniel Malan

    Daniel Malan

    B.Com, CFA Co-Founder, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

    Daniel Malan

    Daniel has 23 years of investment industry and business management experience across multiple asset classes and geographies. In 2015 he began the formal process of creating our firm. Resolute in his open-minded curiosity about the way things really work, his ambition is to establish an ethical, sustainable business based in South Africa. As a result, the firm is grounded in and surrounded by people and processes that are unwavering in their purpose and dedication to making a meaningful impact for all our clients and other stakeholders. Daniel believes in doing things properly or not at all.

    Daniel is a co-founder and shareholder of our firm and holds the CFA designation.

    After receiving his B.Com Degree from Stellenbosch University in 1994, he worked as a private client stockbroker with SMK Securities in Cape Town before joining Brockhouse & Cooper, as a dealer in Montreal, Canada. In 2000, he joined Investec Asset Management as a dealer and investment analyst in London and then Cape Town. He was part of Regarding Capital Management between 2003 and 2015 where, as Chief Investment Officer, his key responsibilities included custodianship of the investment process, investment research, portfolio management, business management, and client and media relations.

    Sean Neethling

    Sean Neethling

    M.Com (Finance) Co-Founder, Director & Portfolio Manager

    Sean Neethling

    Sean has 17 years of relevant industry experience across listed and unlisted credit and fixed income markets. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Information Systems as well as postgraduate Finance Honours and Masters’ degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is currently a PhD Candidate at UCT studying the correlation of listed asset prices in local and global debt and equity markets.

    Sean is a co-founder and shareholder of our firm and provides a healthy dose of scepticism, candour and uncommon sense to the firm’s investment team.

    Sean began his career in the banking division of the FirstRand Group in 2003 as a credit analyst covering unlisted middle market companies in South Africa. His responsibilities were broadened to managing a portfolio of distressed credit and special situations, and in 2008 he moved to the group’s boutique leveraged finance team where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and turnarounds. In 2011 he was contracted to the investment and wealth management business of Absa where he consulted to executive and private banking clients. Sean joined Regarding Capital Management as a credit analyst and portfolio manager in 2012 with dedicated research responsibilities in credit, fixed income, currency, convertibles and preference shares. He co-founded Perspective after spending a year as an investment analyst and portfolio manager at Sanlam Investment Management.

    Jean-Marie Eveillard

    Jean-Marie Eveillard

    Shareholder

    Jean-Marie Eveillard

    Jean-Marie has over 50 years of investment experience. In 2003 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Morningstar for building one of the most successful long-term records in the global investment business.

    Jean-Marie serves as a board trustee to First Eagle Funds in New York. He is an external shareholder and patron of our firm with no operational or executive responsibilities.

    John Rainier

    John Rainier

    B.Com, LLB Independent Non-Executive Chairman

    John Rainier

    John has 30 years’ investment industry experience, specialising in general property investment and management. He served as the Managing Director and later as a Non-Executive Director of JSE listed Allan Gray Property Trust* from 1996-2013.

    * Later renamed Fountainhead Property Trust before merging with Redefine Properties in 2015.

    Mikael Liefferink

    Mikael Liefferink

    B.Ing (Civil Engineering) Investment Analyst

    Mikael Liefferink

    Mikael completed his civil engineering degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2010. He grew up in an entrepreneurial family and has 6 years business experience working specifically as a civil project, design and site engineer with DRA Projects SA until April 2017, when he joined Perspective. He has worked as the lead civil engineer on various multifaceted large-scale mining projects across numerous continents within diverse and complex project teams. Mikael also has 5 years of part-time sales and marketing experience, having worked with Lexus South Africa, Kras and Amazen as a brand ambassador and sales representative. He passed the FSB Regulatory Level 1 RE5 exam.

    Mikael is responsible for investment analysis and approaches everything from first principles.

    Khangelani Ncalu

    Khangelani Ncalu

    Clan name: Cwerha, Gxarha, Vambane, Mahlahlana Office Administration

    Khangelani Ncalu

    Khangelani has 6 years business experience as the general manager of an established restaurant. He joined Perspective in March 2017 and is responsible for office administration & logistics, executive assistance and the end-to-end visitor experience.

    Khangelani is fluent in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu and seSotho and believes that individuals can co-exist and work for the same goal without boundaries and barriers if people have mutual respect and regard for each other.

If our approach and culture resonate with your thinking and you would like to find out more about what we do and how we do it, please contact us. We would like to meet you.

Our Investment Approach

  • Overview

    We invest as a sensible business person would in managing ( adjective. principled and pragmatic stewardship of investments ) their own affairs, by applying a long-term ( noun. a full business cycle of five to ten years ), independent and pragmatic ( adjective. in touch with reality ) approach ( noun. what we do and how we do it ).

    As discerning ( adjective. setting and maintaining an extremely high standard ) long-term investors, our aim is to capture the full benefits of capital compounding in combination with human enterprise and ingenuity. We look to invest ( verb. creating exceptional long-term value for our clients ) in the equity and debt of sensibly priced, durable companies run by competent and ethical leaders whose long-term goals and incentives are aligned with those of our clients. Our team-based approach combines diverse contributions from multiple perspectives to identify the most compelling investment opportunities for our clients.

    We manage risk ( verb. losing money ) by not overpaying for assets and by not selling indiscriminately. We diversify our portfolios to balance our best thinking against the possibilities that life happens and that we could be wrong.

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  • Business Principles

    Thinking and acting like a sensible business person leads to sound investment decisions.

    Buying cheaply and owning for the truly long-term produces exceptional investment returns.

    As stewards of other people’s life savings, our thinking will only be shared with our clients.

    Clients deserve consistently honest, authentic and straightforward communication.

    Focusing on what matters most delivers the greatest value.

    People and culture are critically important in building a successful business.

  • What Makes Perspective Different

    There are eight equally important factors that align your interests with ours.

    Investing as a Sensible Business Person Would

    We are long-term investors and think about capital allocation in the same way a sensible business person would in managing their own affairs. We look to invest in companies where the economics of the business and management incentives are clearly understandable and aligned to our approach of ownership over at least a five- to ten-year period.

    Culture

    Our team live and work in integrity with the firm’s purpose of creating exceptional long-term value for you. Our culture places competent, curious, passionate people in an environment where trust, accountability and candour gives us the bedrock on which to deliver exceptional investment returns for your benefit.

    Focusing on What Matters Most

    Our firm is deliberately designed to focus only on what matters most. The portfolio managers invest their time managing your life savings. The analysts invest their time analysing your companies. The client service specialists invest their time serving your needs. All our non-investment functions are outsourced to carefully selected top business partners.

    Majority Employee-owned & Managed

    Perspective will always belong to and be managed by the people who work in the firm. Our commitment is to remain true to our long-term investment and business management approach.

    Investment-led

    Our primary purpose and measure of performance is delivering exceptional long-term investment returns. The profitability of the firm is an outcome of delivering this performance, never a goal in itself. The dominant component of our incentives, financial and otherwise, are therefore directly tied to your long-term investment returns.

    Fully Invested Alongside You

    We invest 100% of our investable savings on a long-term basis alongside your investments in our publicly available funds at the same fees.

    Zero Conflicts of Interest

    We do not trade in assets for our personal accounts and we do not invite, create or tolerate any other conflicts of interest with you.

    Low Total Fund Costs

    We charge a competitive professional fee that is sufficient to maintain and invest in our firm’s ability to add real value to you. Long-term investing results in exceptionally low portfolio turnover, which serves to meaningfully reduce both your direct and indirect costs, such as brokerage commissions, market impact and opportunity cost.

If our approach and culture resonate with your thinking and you would like to find out more about what we do and how we do it, please contact us. We would like to meet you.

The Funds

Perspective Balanced Prescient Fund

Bespoke Portfolios

We manage bespoke equity, fixed income and balanced portfolios for qualifying investors.

Please contact us for more information.

Contact Us

info Tel: 021 418 0686

Unit 22, Victoria Junction, Prestwich Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

If you are driving a vehicle, please enter through Gate 5 from Prestwich Street (opposite Beluga restaurant / The Foundry).

If you are arriving on foot, please go to Gate 4 and press the “Perspective” button on the doorbell.

Downloads

Information pack:

Download complete information pack (pdf, 100kb)

Individual downloads

About Perspective (pdf, 100kb)
What makes Perspective work for you? (pdf, 100kb)
Who are our people? (pdf, 100kb)
Contact Details and Map (pdf, 100kb)