Managing Partner and Wealth Manager
Rene Lans has been a wealth manager and financial adviser for almost 15 years. He believes in careful planning, complete trust and attention to detail – traits that have made him a trusted adviser to all his long-term clients. He relishes helping his clients succeed and seeing the huge difference he can make to the lives of them and their families.
Never one to miss the chance for a lively debate, everyone assumed he would grow up to be a lawyer. But a love for business prevailed, seeing him graduate with a B.Comm in Economics and an LL.B in Law. This unique combination of legal and business knowledge has stood him in good stead over the years.
Like many of his peers, he travelled to London for work experience in 1999 – getting his first taste of the finance world in the dealing room of HSBC – then returned to his homeland of South Africa where he took a role with the financial advisory – Dynarc. During this time, he obtained a postgraduate degree in Financial Planning at the University of the Free State, and learned all about being a financial advisor. Here he was also privileged to head up an equity fund on behalf of his employer, leading to an invitation to expand Dynarc in the UK in 2002. With his business partner Thomas Richter, this small business quickly grew its UK client base, and in 2004 the duo got the opportunity to purchase the company.
Further growing their operations, Thomas and Rene sold 50% of Dynarc to the well-known South African wealth manager, PSG Konsult, in 2007. Using the name PSG Consult, Rene and Thomas worked as wealth managers until 2012, when they repurchased all shareholding from PSG, rebranding it as London Private Wealth. Whilst in London, Rene became a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) – one of the only people worldwide to hold this qualification in both the UK and SA. This is what makes Rene so pivotal in advising clients who have affairs or assets both in the UK and South Africa.
The success of his business shows that through hard work and determination it is possible to achieve one’s goals even in unknown and challenging environments.
Rene lives in Thames Ditton with his wife Maryke, daughters Gabriella and Emily. When he isn’t providing wealth management advice for his clients, he loves beating his friends at squash or improving his golf handicap. He also loves flying and is a keen glider pilot.
B.Comm Economics (1996), North-West University
LLB in Law (1998), North-West University
Post-graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (2001), University of the Free State,