Alexandra Burger and Lyra Consulting offer business development consulting services in South Africa with an international outlook
Lyra Consulting has the advantage of an international network of industry specialists with exceptional know how, skills and expertise to advance competitiveness.
Peter is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa who has specialised in criminal matters where medico-legal and pharmaceutical expertise is necessary, as well as commercial matters involving fraud.
Peter holds a degree in pharmacy obtained at Rhodes University and is registered to practice in South Africa and in Virginia, USA as well as an MBA from Stellenbosch University, a postgraduate diploma in labour law awarded cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, an LL.B from the University of South Africa and lastly a Master of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Forensic Science awarded by the University of Cape Town where he lectures part time.
Peter’s legal practice concentrates on litigation in medico–legal and criminal matters both in the High Court as well as the Supreme Court of Appeal. In criminal matters he has dealt with matters involving white collar crime, charges under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA) and forensics including cell-phone triangulation.
Peter is also experienced in cannabis regulation in South Africa/ Sub-Saharan Africa.
Peter is also a practising pharmacist, has experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing and advises on restructuring of pharmacies to enhance workflow and productivity.
Alexandra Burger, is an Attorney, Notary and an ex banker with over 16 years of experience in Financial Services, international business and legal advisory and practice. Alexandra has acted in Management, Advisory and Business Development roles.
Her areas of expertise includes Investment Banking, Legal Advisory, Private Equity, Investment Funds and international company and trust structuring (Fiduciary services).
Alexandra has significant entrepreneurial expertise having created various enterprises from Fiduciary services to international trading companies. She provides valuable advice and structured solutions to entrepreneurs, corporates, finance houses and international funds. She specialises in cross border transactions including the provision of legal transactional advice and drafting of commercial agreements.
Building new businesses in innovative industries is a passion of hers. Alexandra has expertise in capital raising in various industries including Technology, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Products. She structures funds and has arranged listings in property, private equity, structured products, and specialised opportunities. Alexandra designed investment products in Renewable Energy, Trade Finance, Venture Capital and Socially Responsible Investments (SRI).
Siyabulela has vast experience in financial management, having attained his qualifications in commerce and tax from the University of Cape Town. He has over 10 years of corporate experience in the financial and the pharmaceutical industry.
He has worked as a Business Development Consultant for a multinational company in the finance and banking sector and in this position he was responsible for widening the company’s footprint in Southern Africa. He also worked for a number of years for a JSE listed entity with a network in several jurisdictions including London and Mauritius.
In these position he had gained invaluable experience in compliance, foreign exchange, private banking, wealth management and tax.
His tax exposure expands over several tax disciplines within the financial and pharmaceutical industry. In his tax positions he has been responsible for, amongst other things, the submission of VAT returns, taxation of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) as well as calculating the tax liability of these companies, one of which is a South African holding company with several CFC’s in the United Kingdom. In his capacity as a tax consultant Siya has also successfully appealed against SARS submission objections.
Aside from his experience in finance and tax, Siya has a growing interest in the agricultural sector, especially the role that technology is playing in the health and safety of livestock. His interest is in understanding the intersection between finance and the agricultural industry.
Siya has a Masters degree in Philosophy of Taxation Law specializing in International and South African Corporate Tax. He also has a Post graduate degree in Taxation Law and a Bachelor of commerce, all of which were obtained at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Siya has obtained a VAT qualification from the University of South Africa.
Yetunde is a qualified legal practioner and astute researcher with a specialization in Oil and Gas laws and regulations in West Africa. Her comparative research study of the Nigerian and South African mining and natural resources laws on land pollution and rehabilitation ( closure ) challenges afforded her comprehensive knowledge of the South African mining and minerals regulations. She provides research services covering local compliance and regulatory frameworks in West and South Africa.
After completing her “A” levels at D’overbroecks College, in Oxford, England; Yetunde proceeded to obtain her LL.B degree from the University of Buckingham, England. She obtained her Masters in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University Of Dundee, Scotland, and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar (B. L), as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
She has worked with law firms in Nigeria, and attorney firms of Bowman Gilfillan, and Smith, Ndlovu and Summers in South Africa.
Yetunde’s legal experience also includes legal drafting and contract reviews, editing research papers and the facilitation of company registration in Nigeria.
Johan, is a qualified international tax lawyer and has been a tax practitioner for more than 26 years, now registered as a Master Tax Practitioner. Johan practices independently as an international tax lawyer having negotiated some strategic associations with niche law, audit and professional services firms. He has held management roles at South African and international Law Firms and international Audit firms.
He has had many years of experience in the private-sector, having dealt with clients in most sectors of economy including Financial Services, Mining, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Utilities and Renewable energy, hotel and leisure and travel, IT and property.
Johan provides professional tax and fiduciary advisory services, tax efficient structuring, international immigration services, offshore transfers advisory, multi- generational planning and estate planning, setting up of family offices, international tax matters, South African Reserve Bank applications, confirmations and regularisations, African tax matters, commercial services and Africa-wide tax dispute resolution.
Johan is regularly and external examiner for the Master’s courses in tax at the University of Cape Town and the postgraduate diploma and text at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Elan is a contract management professional; his experience spanning business partnership, management, information systems and commercial engineering roles, befittingly complemented with an LLB from UNISA.
Elan’s working history has seen him operate within South Africa as well as in Australia gaining experience within leading industries including Financial Services, Telecommunications and Information Systems – and culminating in a diverse skill-set that has been honed for over 20 years.
Elan’s areas of proficiency are numerous and include contract management, navigating stringent compliance environments, commercial negotiation, managing third party service provider performance and successfully working with and in complex stakeholder matrices at all levels. He has an extensive, comprehensive understanding of technology commodities as well as a healthy understanding of - and passion for - the aviation industry.
Elan has experience across all spheres of technology including tech startups, marketing technology and cyber risk management. He adeptly structures deals and projects according to specified requirements and is able to integrate digital technology, thinking from a commercial perspective into multiple areas such as marketing, insurance, physical security and more.
Ryan is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in corporate finance, business operations, financial accounting, audit, and procurement.
With vast experience in the FMCG, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, exploration and mining industries, he has a demonstrated record of generating success and driving organisational efficiencies, accounting practices, and an efficient reporting structure pin pointing risk, cost, cash-flow and profit.
He has consulted broadly both in South Africa and Ireland and has dealt with multiple organisations throughout both Africa and Europe. His qualifications and wide-ranging organisational perspectives and results-driven approach has enabled him to proactively negotiate and manage client relationships in these regions.
He has been involved in a number of Acquisitions for a large JSE listed entity where he was involved in all stages of the process from the initial discussions through to the Incubation of the newly acquired entity and compliance to any terms of the agreements including profit warranties (if any), these stages include but are not limited to the due diligence, valuations, financial models and reports to both the clients and the group.