Alexander von Mellenthin

Founded European/African corporate finance and investment company Mellenthin & Co. in 1998   (succeeded by Melcofin & Co. in 2010) and Paarl Equity in 2005 – a private equity platform for wealthy families.

Director of companies and also on the back of his involvement with African/European business and European African association, Paris focused on different African markets. Has been advising large South African corporates, well known South African and European family investors and larger European and Indian groups in Africa and in Europe in FMCG and infrastructure related sectors.

Over 20 years of Investment Banking experience in Europe and Africa. Further to having obtained his ‘Bankkaufmman’ in Germany undertook a 2 year management trainee programme at Commerzbank (Frankfurt). Was a manager at Standard Merchant Bank (Johannesburg) and a senior Corporate Finance/banking member at S.G. Warburg & Co. (London) and subsequently board member of Yamaichi Europe (London).

Was appointed a member of Baden Badener Unternehmergespräche In Germany in 2006.


Nick Matthews

Previously a Partner at KPMG where Nick served on the firm’s Global M&A Executuve Committee, Nick headed the Mergers and Acquisitions team in South Africa for over ten years. Nick advised on broad range of mid-market transactions in sectors including industrial, manufacturing, automotive, retail, and financial services.

Nick has advised on both the sell side and buy side for a broad range of local and global clients in South Africa, Germany, Australia, France, Singapore, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana on assets in South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, Swaziland, east and west Africa.

Nick resigned from KPMG in May 2018, and has formed an alliance with Melcofin.

Nick recently published a book, ‘Closing the Deal’ which is a handbook for maximizing value from sale processes.


Dietrich von Stackelberg

Economist by background, Dietrich has been involved in the financial services industry for almost 30 years, with wide-ranging experience in investment and commercial banking as well as asset and wealth management business. This has included assignments in Japan, Taiwan, the UK, Germany and South Africa.

Dietrich headed Dresdner Kleinwort’s activities since 2002 in Southern and Eastern Africa focusing on Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Finance and Asset Management.

Following an assignment as a financial consultant in Zimbabwe for the World Bank, Dietrich was until 2011 an Executive Director in the wealth management business of UBS in South Africa.


Ian Buchel

Ian Buchel has re-joined Melcofin and is in charge of technology and TMT/IT sector covering South Africa and other selective African countries.

Ian has 20 years M&A, corporate finance experience and used to be part of Cazenove in Johannesburg and was a shareholder and advisor to African IT tower business Eaton Towers.

Ian is also an advisor to Corniche Growth Advisors and which in turn is a strategic partner to Melcofin.


Sebastian Wagner

Sebastian Wagner is a cooperation partner with Melcofin, with a particular expertise in the energy   sector. Sebastian was an Investment Manager with ADC African Development Corp. (now part of Atlas   Mara Group), where he helped streamlining the portfolio through the exit of non-core investments in Central Africa.

Most recently, he worked with Trafigura and affiliated firms in Oil Trading, managing operations and pursuing pre-financing opportunities across Africa.