Sanlam UK

Who are Sanlam?

From modest beginnings in 1918 as a small life insurance company, Sanlam has grown to be one of the largest financial services groups in South Africa. The group comprises a number of business entities focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on wealth management and protection, investment management and ancillary financial solutions.


They have expanded beyond their borders and now have business interests elsewhere in Africa, India and Europe. Listed on the JSE Securities Exchange, as well as the Namibian Stock Exchange, the company grows from strength to strength with assets under management of over £40billion with an AA National long term rating from Fitch International. Want to know more about Sanlam?

Sanlam UK

Sanlam UK is part of the Sanlam global financial services group and firmly establishes the group in the UK. Within Sanlam UK, we have leaders in investment expertise, financial planning, product innovation and customer service, as well as technical and training specialists. 

All our businesses have these qualities in common:


Innovative thinking. We’re never satisfied with the status quo. If we’re going to do well on your behalf, we recognise the need to constantly push ourselves.

Excellent customer service. There’s no offshore outsourcing, no push button menus, just people who’ll listen carefully to your questions and answer them in language you understand.

High quality advice. We hire the brightest, best qualified people - each an expert in their own specialism. From tax and investment, to legal and skills trainers, they have the know-how to create a solution that meets your needs.


Sanlam in the UK has developed through holdings in several companies involved in financial services. Merchant Investors was purchased in 2003, now known as Sanlam Investments and Pensions, specialising in niche financial products.  In 2008, Sanlam acquired a majority stake in the financial planning firm Buckles which has become Sanlam Private Wealth. 

As well as these core companies, Sanlam UK also has an interest in the wrap provider, the Nucleus Financial Group

Sanlam UK’s vision  is to be a leader in wealth management. 

We lead with courage, serve with pride, care because we respect others and act with integrity and accountability.  We are ambitious for you.


LUKAS VAN DER WALT

LUKAS VAN DER WALT

Executive Biography of the Chief Executive Officer of Sanlam UK

Born in South Africa, Lukas studied at the Rand Afrikaans University and UNISA where he graduated in Accounting in 1983. Lukas has worked for Billiton Aluminium in The Hague, where positions held included Head of Human Resources & Commercial Affairs and Divisional Finance Director. Lukas was Head of Corporate Finance for Sanlam Limited, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Sanlam International and Head of Business Development for Sanlam Limited. In March 2004 he took up the position of Chief Executive of Merchant Investors Assurance Company. In 2008 Lukas was appointed Chief Executive of Sanlam UK Limited to oversee the group’s growing portfolio of financial service businesses in the United Kingdom. Lukas lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.