About Us

Itai Capital is an investment holding and boutique advisory firm founded by Ernest Kwinda in 2016. Ernest co-founded Proximity Advisory (previously Identity Advisory) as an independent advisory offering of Itai Capital. In 2022, Proximity Advisory activities merged into Itai Capital in order to pursue a single brand strategy. Itai Capital’s primary focus is on principal investments and on a selective basis advisory on corporate finance transactions.

Our Value Proposition


  • A highly experienced team, with significant experience in the resources sector
  • Extensive local and regional knowledge
  • Involved in a number of high-profile transactions having worked for several leading local & international banks & co-advisory roles


  • Independent advice with limited potential for conflict
  • Dedicated advisory business with no funding or any other investment banking product linked to it
  • In the event of a potential conflict, the same will be brought to the attention of the client and will be resolved promptly


  • Access to the required structuring expertise through our partners


  • Members of the team have collectively advised on a significant number of B-BBEE deals concluded in South Africa
  • Deep understanding of the various innovative structures and techniques employed in structuring B-BBEE transactions


  • Majority black-owned with level 2 BEE shareholding


  • Our approach is anchored in walking the path with our clients and making available the skills of senior dealmakers to guide in the process

“Itai Capital has successfully worked alongside established investment banks and advisory firms”

Itai Capital seeks to partner with companies who share the same value system and who aim to foster inclusive growth for South Africa. Our approach is to identify value accretive and impactful opportunities and by leveraging our readily available network of financiers and equity providers to unlock opportunities that meet our investment criteria.

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