After matriculating in Durban, Farieza studied and qualified as an attorney, before completing a Higher Diploma in Taxation. Her varied career has taken her from law to structured finance, back to law and now to investments, and she believes that it’s vital for women to change things up. To her, moving out of your comfort zone is the quickest way to grow, learn and succeed.
What do you do at Investec?
I assess, negotiate and manage investments in Khulasande,
a black-owned and controlled private equity and investment vehicle, backed by Investec. I manage investments from a shareholder level and as a director on the boards of these companies, if required.
How did your career begin?
I started at Standard Bank as a legal advisor and was fortunate to be identified as an employee with potential to play a meaningful role in Standard Bank, because I was successful as a legal advisor but was also really good with people, plus I had commercial acumen. As a result, I was offered an opportunity in structured finance. So that’s where I headed: the only lawyer and female in a team of CAs, starting from the bottom up doing financial models.
How did your role at Investec evolve?
I joined Investec as a Legal Advisor and then spent nine years working very closely with a Private Capital team in the Private Banking Division. This team evolved from doing debt transactions to playing in the equity space as well, and I ended up evolving too. When the Khulasande opportunity came up, the business thought I would be a great fit because I had the commercial acumen, a legal background, equity transaction experience and I was also a black woman.