Financial service · Transaction & Corporate Advisory


Meet the Arbor Capital’s team of Advisory Experts.


Daniel Nell CPA (SA)

Chief Executive Officer

Corporate Finance, Deal Execution, Stakeholder Management

During articles at VNW&W (today part of PwC), Daniel gained M&A experience, successfully negotiating various acquisitions and concluding corporate finance activities on behalf of clients. He later established an investment holding firm, partnering with various private entrepreneurs, and successfully concluded various acquisitions in the chemical, motor industry, short-term insurance, infrastructure, logistics and commercial property sectors.
Daniel also served on several of the investee companies’ boards in various capacities ranging from Chairman, CEO and CFO over a period spanning more than 30 years. This provided him with extensive experience in business management, strategic decision making, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and corporate affairs.
Since 2011, Daniel has been an integral part of the Arbor Capital Corporate Finance team, where he acts as a transaction advisor focusing on M&A activity.

Willie Snyman CA (SA)

Chief Financial Officer

Corporate Finance, Business Reporting (measurement) and Business Optimisation

Willie studied at the University of Pretoria and obtained a B.Com (Hons) degree in 1988 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990. After serving articles at Ernst & Young and practising there for several years, Willie established an auditing practice in 1997, which was later sold into SNG Grant Thornton. In 1997, he established a successful consultancy business that procures government incentives for clients, which was later merged into Arbor Capital. He previously owned a number of industrial businesses and is also currently serving as director on a number of Agriculture-related businesses in South Africa and Eswatini. Willie has a true entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience in turning distressed businesses into sustainable ventures. He is also an approved executive with the JSE.

Koos van Ettinger


Facility Solutions & Structuring, Asset Finance, Treasury & Foreign Currency

Koos started his career at Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (“SBSA”) in 1966. His experience there spanned all aspects of banking, with special emphasis on the treasury division, where he specialised in foreign exchange and associated products. In 1979 he was appointed head of SBSA’s International Division, responsible for foreign exchange worldwide. In 1992 he left the bank to form Global Asset Management, specialising in foreign currency and treasury management. Over the years and under his leadership, the company has expanded into project and structured finance management, international trade-related finance, off-balance-sheet asset finance and property investments. Throughout this time, Koos has gained experience in developing and implementing creative financial structures for both local and international projects.

Marcel Hattingh PH.D.


Human Capital, Executive Development, Organisational Sustainability

Dr. Marcel Hattingh is a co-founder and CEO of CCI Professional – a consulting house that specialises in Industry 4 enabled human capital investment strategies. In addition to this role, he is also a co-founder of The Foundery, an executive member of Arbor Capital, and has continued to serve the Doxa Deo group in a leadership capacity since 2000. Before his current roles, Marcel co-pioneered the City Changers Institute (CCI) – a multi-disciplinary higher educational service provider, where he served as the Director. Marcel holds a structured and research-based Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University USA. With a core passion for creating sustainable organisations, his expertise ranges from mastery of leadership to organisational design, M&A human capital integration strategies, as well as various philosophical and spiritual fields. As a member of the Institute of Directors, Marcel continues to serve on various none- and full-profit boards, where he gained significant experience in governance level functioning. Marcel is certified with Xpand – a Northern European consultancy and a skilled neuro-leadership practitioner. Furthermore, he is licensed in AI meta-tools such as the NXTmove business analysis system and Shadowmatch.

“The Growth and Development of people
is the highest calling of leadership.”

Harvey S. Firestone

Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company