Our team

Danie van Huyssteen BCom (Law), BCompt (Hons), LLB, CTA, HDip Auditing, Chartered Accountant (SA)

Director, Avatar Investments Limited

Danie was adviser to Martin Sanderson in the sale of his company’s shares to the AAM Group, Australia, in 2007 and met with Adrian Durrant when he visited Johannesburg in 2011. In 2014 they founded Avatar Investments Limited.


He specialises in local and inward listings on the JSE Limited, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and raising capital in the form of listed equity and senior debt. In this context, he looks to optimise the business value, in terms of the weighted average cost of capital through the various business cycles; with the aim of maximising equity value.
Danie has 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, with a focus on advising JSE-listed companies. He started his career with PwC, within the audit, transaction support and corporate finance practices, before founding his own company in a joint venture with BDO Spencer Steward. Over this time, Danie has been involved in corporate finance transactions within the tourism, property and infrastructure sectors; representing in excess of USD 2 billion in transactions.


Dr. Adrian Durrant FHEA FRGS

Director, Avatar Investments Limited

Adrian is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd, that has a close network of trusted members with expertise and proven experience in technical, business and investment projects, worldwide. He has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Martin Sanderson, for over 30 years.


Adrian has lived and worked in the UK, India, Africa, Australia, Holland, the US, Germany, Spain and Italy. His expertise and experience covers large-scale infrastructure projects, energy, natural resources, business and financial services.


In addition to engineering, Adrian has international business performance improvement experience with KPMG Management Consulting and has also worked in financial services; having advised on an investment portfolio of some USD 2.5 billion.


Martin Sanderson

Director, Avatar Investments Limited


Martin is a Director of Avatar Investments Ltd and has known and worked with his co-director at Avatar, Adrian Durrant, for over 30 years.
He was the Managing Director of Aircraft Operating Company (AOC) for some 25 years and served on the boards of a number of other companies covering activities in exploration, aviation, IT, engineering, and property investment. His diverse business experience led him to operate internationally on projects  throughout Africa and as far afield as Spain, Norway, Seychelles, India, Canada and Brazil. Clients include recognised international companies and international aid agencies.
His experience includes contract negotiations, project management and financial modeling. He has acted as a consultant to Anglo American, the World Bank and the AAM Group. 
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