Christo Demetriades

Managing Director


  • Responsible for originating, managing and executing client engagements in the branded multi-unit retail sector.
  • Highly successful entrepreneur that has created, acquired, sold and taken public successful businesses.
  • During his more than 20-year career, been a successful CEO, COO, and CFO for numerous domestic and international businesses and successfully completed transactions on four different continents.
  • Excels in creatively identifying and closing financing solutions for products, real estate, growth and acquisitions.
  • Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the publicly traded company LeisureNet
  • Limited, focusing on leisure brands, including the health & fitness clubs, restaurant operations, private education, home fitness distribution and Imax Theatres.
  • Chief Executive Officer of Foodgro, an operator of more than 300 restaurants located in over 22 countries. Restaurant brands include Black Steer Steakhouse, Flame Burger, Bull-Dogs Pubs, Ristorante Italiano, Max Frangos Chicken, Mac Rib, Bourbon Street Café, and Planet Hollywood.
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cosmotrade International, the largest importer of polyethylene in South Africa.
  • Twenty years of experience in real estate management and development.  Provides international investors with custom personal financial services in commercial real estate specific investments; acquire, build and sell income-generating commercial real estate properties.
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of South Africa.