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Reece is the Managing Principal of Eaton Square and is focused on M&A and capital services. His industry expertise incorporates IT Services, Engineering (including Mining and Oil & Gas Services), Management Consultancies, Software and Technology and HR Services.
With over 20 years of corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions experience working in both global corporations and small and medium sized services businesses, Reece’s depth of knowledge is invaluable in assisting clients to navigate the complexities of M&A transactions.
Recent transactions have included:
- Sale of management consultancy to KPMG
- Sale of banking and finance consultancy to IT systems integrator
- Sale of management consulting firm to leading Korn Ferry
- Sale of Australian mining services firm to US based engineering giant
- Acquisition of Australian management consultancy on behalf of Arup
- Sale of operational mining services firm to SMEC
- Sale of specialist management consulting firm to Australian engineering firm
- Acquisition of local environmental consulting firm for US engineering company
Reece was also CEO of companies in which Eaton Square invested, including WDScott and Beaton Research and Consulting.
Reece has over 15 years of corporate strategy and M&A experience, including senior executive roles at IBM Corporation in New York, Royal Dutch Shell in London and John Fairfax Holdings.
Alex is a Principal of Eaton Square and based in Hong Kong with nearly 25 years of experience in Greater China and South East Asia.
Prior to Eaton Square, Alex co-founded a boutique advisory business that originated, lead and managed a variety of cross border, capital raising, M&A and advisory transactions for mid-market, family owned and corporate clients located mainly in the Asia / Pacific region from China south to Indonesia, and Thailand east to the Philippines and Taiwan. Industries ranged from consumer, hospitality and technology sectors to agribusiness, energy infrastructure, insurance and financial services. Focused mainly on private transactions Alex maintains a strong network of private equity, venture capital, family office and corporate investors in Asia and elsewhere.
Previously, Alex co-founded and managed the development of two financial information / data analytics businesses headquartered in Hong Kong that were focused on increasing global financial industry access to fundamental Asian company information through innovative data management and Internet delivery strategies.
Originally from Philadelphia, USA, Alex is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Andrew brings over 25 years of expertise having both professional firm and client-side industry experience. Andrew was formerly Vice President of consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) before heading up his own firm, as well as senior client-side roles with enterprises such as IBM, British Telecom, Shell, and SapientNitro.
Andrew is focussed on digital technologies & media, financial services, telecoms, mobile communications, government services, technology, retail, pharmaceuticals and education sectors.
As a seasoned business executive Andrew assists clients across the globe with new business models, entering new markets, succession planning, exit strategies and change management. Andrew’s record of outstanding success includes helping prestigious clients over a variety of sectors in implement winning strategies of internal and external change.
Andrew’s clients over the years have included Aviva, Cineplex, Research in Motion, First Niagara (financial services), Canada Post, Shell, Sunrise (Switzerland), Astrazeneca, Cable & Wireless, M-Web (South Africa), National Film Board (of Canada), Pfizer, Nortel, Columbia Basin Trust (BC, Canada), Ontario Government, and Alberta Tax & Revenue Authority.
Andrew holds a Masters degree from the University of Lancaster (United Kingdom), a first degree in business & finance (with distinction) and is a member of the chartered institute of marketing (since 1990).
Before establishing Aspire Capital, Anthony has been the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of a number of publicly listed companies including Home Building Society, Bell Direct and Sanford Securities. Anthony was a Senior Manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their risk management division which included a two year secondment to their London office.
Anthony has implemented financial and risk management systems to support business planning and drive business performance in a number of organisations. Anthony has experience in merger/acquiisiton integration planning, project management and implementation of performance management systems and business models/KPI’s.
Currently Anthony is fulfilling a consulting senior financial role with Migme Limited , a listed ASX company and has been extensively involved in capital raising activities and improving systems and process both from a operational and governance perspective.
He was the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Intercon Millar Logistics (IML) a key client of Aspire. IML provided transport, warehousing and 3PL services to the utilities and mining, oil and gas sectors. Following a successful business transformation program the business was sold to an ASX200 Logistics Company on behalf of the business owners in December 2013. Anthony ran the sales process from development of the information memorandum, to negotiation of the sale agreement through to the settlement of the transaction.
Anthony is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Institute of Company Secretaries in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University.
Bob is a Principal of Eaton Square and has over 30 years experience in the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cellular therapies, IT, medical device, diagnostic, healthcare services, life science and consultancy sectors. He has been a CEO for over 14 years and a Senior Executive and Corporate Officer in NYSE, LSE & ASX organisations since 1997.
Bob has grown two Strategy and Business Development consultancies and led a diverse range of M&A, Capital Raising and Corporate activities. He has also been SVP New Business & Collaborations for Benitec Biopharma the NASDAQ/ASX-listed gene therapy company, CEO of Cytomatrix (now Nohla Therapeutics based in Seattle) and was a Group Executive and Regenerative Medicine Division CEO for Allied Healthcare Group (now Admedus).
He has consulted in strategy and commercialisation for ASX-listed Mesoblast across its portfolio of Mesenchymal Precursor Cells. Bob is also currently a Director for Cyto Therapeutics Pty Ltd, the Australian subsidiary of San Diego based International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO). He was also the CEO & MD of Clinical Cell Culture, an ASX-listed stem cell therapeutic and device company (now Avita Medical), Sales & Marketing Director of the Corin Group Plc and European Managing Director of the Sun Healthcare Group Inc.
Bob has a BSc (Hons) in biochemistry from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Ashridge Management College in the UK. He has also participated in Executive/President programs in the United States at Yale and UCLA. Bob is a member of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Bob is a Principal of Eaton Square and is primarily focused on venture capital and developing investment opportunities in disruptive technologies and business models. Bob also brings more than 40 years of broad business, financial and technology experience to capital services and M&A transactions.
Bob has had a multi-faceted and quite unique career, during which he has been a CEO, COO, CFO, CIO and non-executive director of major companies, including major ASX listed companies, in the retail and wholesale financial services, property and technology sectors.
Bob has significant experience in leadership, strategy formulation, business transformations, governance of major projects and mergers and acquisitions. He has developed and led major business turnarounds and capital/M&A transactions in Lend Lease, State Street and Multiplex Group and significant technology transformation programs in CBA and Westpac.
His roles as CIO of both CBA and Westpac make Bob one of Australia’s leading technology executives of the last decade. Bob retains an ongoing involvement in technology, innovation and the digital economy through Mirin Group, which he co-founded in 2012 and as a non-executive director of Blue Chilli Technology. He is also an active angel investor in technology startups.
Outside of technology Bob’s senior executive roles have included Joint MD and CFO of Brookfield Multiplex Group, COO and CFO of MLC Group, and CFO of Lend Lease Corporation.
Chris is a Principal at Eaton Square with a focus on M&A and in particular private market transactions. He is an experienced business executive, senior advisor and management consultant with an extensive background in both providing and implementing strategic advice across a range of industries and geographies.
Chris has over 25 years of operational and management expertise in the professional services, technology and manufacturing industries where he has directly been involved in a number of mergers, acquisitions, business restructures and turnarounds including management buyouts, purchases and sales. He has held senior roles at PwC, Gartner, BlueAnt Wireless and BearingPoint/Pactera
His industry experience includes professional services, technology – products and services, supply chain management including retail and distribution, manufacturing, resources, financial services and telecommunications. He has significant experience in Australia and New Zealand as well as Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Korea, India and Japan.
Chris brings a range of expertise and skills in M&A transactions with a particular focus on working closely with and advising the business principals. Skills include: transaction strategy and preparation, business preparation and readiness, business restructuring, cost reduction, value maximisation, negotiation and due diligence, and post transaction transition and value delivery services. Most recently Chris led the successful MBO, restructure, turnaround and then sale of BearingPoint in Australia.
Chris has a B. Comm. from Melbourne University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Darren is a Principal of Eaton Square in Melbourne and is focused on M&A transactions within the engineering and professional services areas.
Darren has almost thirty years of leadership, consulting and engineering experience in infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and manufacturing industries across many countries.
He served as CEO of Golder Associates Australasia making it one of the top 10 engineering consultancies in Australia and at VP level with Golder Associates (top 5 global environmental consultancy) successfully negotiating and integrating many mergers & acquisitions within the Asia Pacific region whilst successfully growing the company to a top 10 engineering consultancy recognised by its clients for outstanding client service.
Darren brings a wide range of skills required for successful transactions including technical & commercial due diligence, global and strategic knowledge of engineering services, positioning of M&A deals within organisational strategies, practical deal management and co-ordination of stakeholders, governance and post deal integration.
Darren has twice been recognised as one of the top 100 Influential Engineers in Australia in 2011 and 2013.
David has broad multi-sector experience but has special interest in Food, Agribusiness and related activities. From sheep ships, natural and biologicals to new seed varieties, from the skylab spacecraft to ear implants, from waste water filtration to the disposable razor lubrication strip, from loyalty payment system to data analytics, big data software to IOT, from APVMA to ASIC, from small to large capital raisings, to R&D funding, from larger start-ups to mature businesses.
From graduating from University in the mid 1970’s until today David has worked with many growth businesses at operational, senior management, directorship and advisory levels. Working in food in the mid 1970’s, working in the US VC markets in early 1980’s, founding one of Australia’s earliest technology VC management businesses in the 1980’s (with Banker’s Trust and large super funds), creating a loyalty payment system software business and taking it to ASX and NASDAQ listing, operating a farm and for the last 5 years, advising the Australian Government on innovation commercialisation grants and supporting grantees, mostly related to Food and Agribusiness.
David has extensive public company and government experience, understand the challenges of developing opportunities, growth, capital markets, governance and getting businesses investor ready, whether for capital raising or sale.
Dean is a principal of Eaton Square. His major focus is on M&A transactions and capital raising within the IT&T sector.
With over 20 years experience in the IT&T sector, Dean has held leadership roles with IBM, SingTel Optus, ASX listed technology companies and PwC He specializes in M&A, corporate strategy, market research, technology partnering and business development.
During his career, he has developed and implemented corporate and business unit strategies that have delivered performance improvements in emerging ASX and global corporations.
Dean has provided corporate advisory services to leading IT&T clients across four continents including Telstra, AAPT, Swisscom and British Telecom. He has led buy/sell side mandates and advised on IPO’s during his career with PwC.
Dean holds a Bachelor of Business, AGSM MBA (Exec) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Securities Institute of Australia.
Erex Chen is a principal at Eaton Square. He is based in Shanghai China and specializes in inbound & outbound M&A advisory services for companies in the manufacturing, technology and chemical sectors.
Erex Chen has over 12 years of experience in the M&A and legal field and mainly represents multi-national clients for their China investment projects, mainly through M&A and equity investment. He brings prospective M&A projects to interested buyers and sellers, and facilities the communication by advising the proper deal structure. As a local legal professional, Erex Chen understands well the local Chinese business culture and can provide a perfect consulting and legal service to inbound and outbound investment projects.
Erex graduated from the East China University of Politics and Law with an LL.M degree. He speaks Chinese and English.
Gary is a senior executive with over 20 years of global experience driving sales, profits and market share. He is recognized for successfully leading strategies, global operations and sales/marketing in startup and Fortune 500 situations. He has extensive global executive experience leading initiatives from strategy to product/program management to business process outsourcing to cloud based technology platform enablement that have resulted in increases in sales, productivity, profits and customer loyalty.
Prior to joining Eaton Square, Gary was responsible for business/product strategy and development for selected internet and video products as a Senior Advisor at Comcast NBC Universal headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.
Additionally, Gary was the Vice President for Pactera Australia (formerly BearingPoint) based in Auckland and Sydney with responsibility for the telecommunications and financial services practices. Additional responsibilities as part of executive leadership team for Australia that included (consulting/BPO/ITO) sales across other vertical industries, corporate development and strategic initiatives for the firm.
Previously Gary was a Senior Advisor for MarketAccess Group a boutique investment and advisory firm, Global Practice Head for Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment for Tata Consultancy Services (United States and India), Chief Operating Officer for BearingPoint’s Infonova software business unit (based in Graz, Austria with Global P&L responsibility), Global Practice Head for Telecommunications at Unisys, Director of Utilities and Telecommunications/Media/Entertainment for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Director of Global Systems Integrators at Sybase.
Entrepreneurial Experience – Founding Managing Member of North Coast Angel Fund, Cleveland, Ohio, Member of the Ohio Tech Angel Fund, Columbus, Ohio.
Other – He is a veteran of the United States Air Force & Ohio Air National Guard, past two term President of the Cincinnati Chapter of American Diabetes Association, former Board Member of the Ohio American Diabetes Association. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at the International Hotel and Restaurant Association annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, a featured panelist at a Brookings Institute/Stanford University executive series and included in Harvard Business Quarterly magazine.
Graeme McKellar’s career of 22 years has its foundations in technology and software. He has commercialised software through sales into Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia while leveraging off-shore development teams in both South Africa and India.
Since 2008, when Graeme first helped a division of a government-owned enterprise successfully perform a management buy-out, Graeme has been advising and supporting leaders, directors and shareholders of various businesses across Southern Africa, Australia and the UK. In the boardroom, he has held executive and non-executive director positions, including a long running role as Chairman.
In 2009 Graeme co-founded a growth advisory business, Jala, focused on supporting and growing entrepreneurs and SME businesses throughout Africa. This business later joined forces with a Johannesburg-listed investment bank to win the program management role for Microsoft’s $50m equity equivalent investment into software technology businesses in South Africa. This Microsoft program involved identifying and selecting the technology businesses, redefining strategy and helping to leverage the funding to meet goals, improve operations and governance, enhance products and market internationally. Jala also setup an incubator for entrepreneurs.
Most recently, Graeme assisted the shareholders of an Australian-based mining software business to exit, after 19 years of operations, to an Australian listed company.
Graeme’s core experiences are with technology businesses, and he has a flair for software and the ability to help investors navigate value and opportunity in sometimes complicated technologies. In addition, Graeme has experience in the education, management consulting, financial services and energy sectors.
He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Originally from South Africa, Graeme has been living in Brisbane, Australia, since 2012.
Hanson Li is a principal at Eaton Square. Based in Beijing, China, he specializes in China-related M&A transactions, capital advisory services and public-private partnership (PPP) projects in Healthcare and Medical Technologies, Education, Cleantech, High-end Manufacturing and Insurance. He also regularly advises both local Chinese and multinational clients in matters covering China’s industrial regulations and reform agenda, governmental and international relations, and the dynamics of various international markets.
Before co-founding a China-focused strategy consultancy, Huatone China Strategic Investment Solutions, Inc. (“Huatone China”), Hanson had honed his leadership and business development skills across a number of industry-leading companies, including as a core executive at a Nasdaq-listed private healthcare management service provider in China, where his portfolio covered strategic planning, new business acquisition and investor relations; and as a director of strategy and operations at Lenovo’s (992:HK) Global Emerging Markets Group, overseeing strategic expansion across regional markets in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. He has also been appointed to various research and consulting positions in China and the US, by clients including the World Bank Institute, UNICEF, Massachusetts State legislature and various think tanks in China.
Among his other affiliations, he is a Research Fellow at the Sinosight Thinktank, a Beijing-headquartered policy and business strategy advisory with connections with China’s State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC), where his research focuses on China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative and more generally the policy & governance aspects of globalisation.
Hanson holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University School of Law, with a concentration on corporate and finance law, a Master of Science in political economy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor’s in international affairs (summa cum laude equivalent) from China’s Peking University.
Hendrik is a Principal with Eaton Square in Basel, Switzerland focussed on private equity projects and portfolio transactions.
Hendrik’s skills include matchmaking, advisory and investment administration. Previously he was Senior Manager at PwC and a Director at Bank J. Safra Sarasin. He has led international projects, in the areas of strategy, corporate finance and product development.
Hendrik Budliger studied business administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), and Innovation Management at the FH Kaleidos Zurich. He is also a certified Financial Advisor IAF.
Howard began his career as a mine and exploration geologist, mostly with BHP Minerals and focussed within Australia, South, and North America in bulk commodities, base and precious metals.
After 11 years in resources he became a mining analyst in the securities industry and made many industry contacts across that sector. During his 18 year career within this industry he had senior management roles including directorship’s and equity with a range of Australian based firms including Hartley’s and ABN Amro Morgan’s. He also established the Western Australian operations for McIntosh Securities as managing Director and subsequently Merrill Lynch.
As part of those roles he was actively involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as capital raisings for the small, mid-cap and large cap sectors. During that period he was also lead lecturer for FINSIA in mining investment in Western Australia and was a Senior Fellow of that organisation.
After leaving the Securities industry Howard retained a strong role in the equities industry establishing a number of successful ASX IPO’s within the mining and technology sector. Most recently he was founding Chairman of migme Limited, an ASX listed social media company with operations focused across South East Asia.
Howard is currently Chairman of an unlisted investment company with investments spread across the mining, industrial and rural commodities sectors in both listed and unlisted entities. He is also a Director of a Perth based technology company with operations in Singapore and a Director of a serviced CBD office company.
Howard has a wide range of skills including business advisory and management, strategic initiative, governance, capital raising and project review and development.
Jacob is based in Tel-Aviv and specialises in capital raising and M&A for Israeli technology companies, from early through late stage.
His primary areas of focus include:
- Cleantech, Energy and Agriculture Technologies
- Industrial Technologies
- Medical / Life Sciences
Educated in Commerce and Law Mr Bryce began his career as a corporate lawyer with Arnold Bloch Leibler in Melbourne and Clayton Utz in Sydney.
Jacob first came to Israel in 2000 during the then hi-tech boom to work as an analyst for an Israeli venture capital fund, “Eurofund”, representing the Federmann family (Elbit Systems NASDAQ: ESLT) and several large corporates including Deutsche Telekom, Bertelsmann, Daimler and Lockheed Martin. Despite unfortunate timing, the fund being launched just one year before the 2001 tech-crash, a series of successful exits safeguarded the performance of the fund, including Passave (sold to PMC-Sierra for $300M), Mobile Access (sold to Corning for $200M) and CyOptics (sold for $400M to Avago).
Jacob then completed his MBA (Marketing & Operations) in 2005 at The Wharton School in Philadelphia together with a MA (International Studies) at UPenn. During his MBA and for a couple of years afterwards, Jacob obtained first-hand experience working in industry, initially in operations strategy with Estee Lauder in New York and later in marketing and in retail strategy with L’Oréal in Paris.
Jacob speaks English as mother tongue, along with Hebrew, Russian, French and Italian.
James is a Principal of Eaton Square who had a 30+ year career in the financial services industry, before shifting his focus to corporate advisory roles, specialising in investment banking, M&A, private equity and venture capital.
His financial services career involved him in major corporate turn-arounds, expansion strategies, mergers, and large game-changing I.T. projects, as well as executive responsibility for management of cross-border regional activity, and large business units (10,000+ people).
For the past sixteen years his main geographic focus has been China, and he has resided in Beijing for most of the past nine years, where he acts as a “corporate matchmaker” working for Chinese clients who wish to acquire businesses or technologies from outside China, or clients from outside China who seek to enter the China market or find a Chinese partner or investor. He is now industry-agnostic but has a special continuing interest in financial services as well as the life sciences and green technology sectors.
He is (or has been) a non-executive Director of several listed and unlisted companies in Australia, mostly involved in I.T., financial services, or property development.
James has a BSc (Hons – Financial Services) from the University of Manchester (UK) as well as other formal qualifications in accounting and corporate governance.
James is a Principal at Eaton Square. He is focused on transactions in the IT sector with a specialisation is venture capital and early stage technology companies.
James spent 14 years in the IT Services industry across Australia, Asia and the USA, working as an executive for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) and as a Partner at Mirin Group.
James has extensive IT sector experience in IT strategy, service delivery, outsourcing, transformation and enterprise sales. Having lived and worked in Asia and Australia, with clients across the financial services, transportation, telecom, and technology sectors, James brings regional experience and a global perspective.
James is an angel investor in technology startups and founder of Sittr, a platform that helps parents find trusted, reliable childcare.
James has a Bachelor of Information Technology from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Jason has over 20 years’ experience working in the Mining, Civil Infrastructure, Pharmaceutical and Consulting Engineering industries in roles including technical, operational, and financial including multiple M&As in Australia and China.
Jason’s early career started as a Chartered Engineer managing the design and construction of major infrastructure projects, and quickly evolved to major project management and senior executive management roles with the likes of Parsons Brinkerhoff, Sinclair Knight Merz and Jacobs.
Jason has worked extensively in the areas of developing and managing diverse cross-disciplinary teams and projects, commercial and operational management, as well as bid management and strategy development.
Jason managed SKM’s Infrastructure Operations in China and Hong Kong (based in Shanghai) for 3 years.
Jason’s experience in M&As reaches to both buyer and seller side having worked on/for both sides of the equation which are highly beneficial for successful transactions. Jason has a strong grounding in alignment and cultural fit of organisations and extensive experience in post transaction integration. Jason’s corporate network extends to:
- Engineering and Infrastructure Companies
- Life sciences and biotechnology companies
- Mining and Oil & Gas services
- Professional services firms
Juerg is a Principal with Eaton Square in Basel, Switzerland focussed on large infrastructure, private equity and finance projects.
Juerg’s skills include structuring, financial modeling, tax and investment administration. Previously he has held executive positions in the financial and manufacturing industries. He has been CFO of both HSBC Switzerland and CIC Switzerland.
Jüerg has executed large transactions including one of the largest reverse takeovers in Germany. Juerg Hatz studied business and economics at the University of Basel. He is a certified public accountant and holds the CFA charter.
Joanna is a Principal in the Seattle office and has held Board, CEO, CFO, and COO positions in global companies across diverse industries including technology, clean tech, manufacturing, professional services (architecture, engineering, and consulting), health care services, and insurance.
Joanna’s broad-based business experience spans M&A, turnaround/restructures, and global operations in complex small and medium sized companies (both public and private) as well as a leading Fortune 50 company, including:
- Twelve years at Intel Corporation in executive positions in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Operations, and Human Resources
- Leading financial and operational strategy, reporting and oversight of a $900M growth business.
- Played key role in the acquisition of 16 companies comprising 4000+ employees across 13 countries. Participated in due diligence, deal term analysis, strategy design, key man retention, and post-deal integration with a focus on Human Resources / Compensation & Benefits.
- Guided a global manufacturing site selection for a green-field factory in Malaysia and negotiated a 5-year, $40M tax holiday by demonstrating strategic importance and economic contribution of resulting supplier ecosystem development;
Joanna’s executive roles included:
- Managing Partner / Chief Financial and Operating Officer at NBBJ, a leading $200M global architecture and design firm recently named one of the world’s top 10 most innovative architecture firms by Fast Company
- President & COO of Isonics Vancouver (division of a public company), a manufacturer of reclaim and test silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry. Brought in to turn around the company and position it for sale, ultimately fielding offers at 9x EBITDA. Increased average selling price 3.5x, revenues almost 4x, and achieved the company’s first profit.
- CEO of MicroGREEN Polymers, clean-tech start-up and manufacturer of the award-winning InCycle® coffee cup used by major airlines, where she stepped in after three months on the Board of Directors to lead an urgent turnaround/restructuring effort.
- Interim CEO of small health-care services firm. Quickly discerned key business drivers and challenges to reverse nine months of operating losses and develop a business model which delivered growth and profitability objectives.
- As a consultant help companies, often through interim C-level leadership, capitalize on core capabilities, reposition and move into new business models, lead organizational change, and ensure focused succession and exit plans are in place.
Joanna currently serves on three corporate boards – Delta Dental of Washington, a $1B dental benefits company, where she is a former Chairman; The Kleinfelder Group, a $350M global engineering consulting firm; Woods Bagot, a global architecture and design firm headquartered in Australia.
Joel Sykes is an Asia-based finance professional with over twenty years experience in investment banking and fund management, and with extensive recent experience in both distressed investing and resource finance. He is a founding partner at Macritchie Metals, with previous employers including Black River Asset Management, the Cargill-owned hedge fund group, Lehman Brothers, Nomura Securities and Baring Brothers.
Since 2010 Joel has been a partner at Macritchie Metals, which provides advice to mining companies, and to investors in resource assets, on finance, strategy and other aspects of their businesses with a particular emphasis on complex restructurings. Macritchie additionally invests its own capital in resource projects alongside sophisticated co-investors.
From 2004 to 2008 he ran Black River’s illiquid investment businesses, including structured credit and private equity, in Asia and Australia. A significant proportion of the portfolio he managed was invested in resource projects and companies at both the pre-production and production stage in Australia, Indonesia and China.
Prior to the Asian Crisis in 1998 Joel was a capital markets banker. From 1998 he focused on special situations and distressed opportunities in China, India and South East Asia making principal investments for Nomura and Lehman Brothers.
Joel was born in Australia and raised in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. He has a BA in history from King’s College London. Since 1993 he has been based in Asia and is a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong and Singapore. He holds British and Australian citizenship.
Jonathan is a Principal of Eaton Square and is focused on M&A and private and public market capital services for Healthcare, Engineering and Mining Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Resources & Energy.
Jonathan has 25 years of commercial expertise in different industries, overlaying operational and capital strategies and implementation. He has extensive capital market and industry networks in Australia, Asia and Europe and has direct experience as an owner and employer of a mid-sized financial services firm.
He has worked in Australia and Europe, with KPMG and Rothschild Asset Management and built PhillipCapital Australia’s corporate and fund management business between 1997 and 2013. This involved advisory, transactional and capital market services for over 100 companies, in private equity, M&A, initial public offers, reverse listings and secondary issues on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).
Jonathan provides extensive advice on pre-listing development, industry trends, Board director appointments, regulatory compliance and governance, valuation, stakeholder engagement, corporate structures, prospectus preparation, due diligence, capital raising and post listing shareholder value creation.
Jonathan has launched a number of investment funds, in private equity and listed companies, with direct involvement in construction, marketing, investment decisions and operations. He was a founding Director of Bioscience Managers Pty Ltd, an Australian based healthcare fund manager, with presence in Europe, North America and Asia.
Karl is a principal with Eaton square having recently joined after operating his own advisory firm Renewable Capital. In the past 7 years Karl has worked in the Cleantech sector offering strategic advice and capital raising both debt and equity. His clients include companies in the Solar, LED lighting, Sustainable infrastructure, waste management and water management industries.
Karl has been working in the Investment Banking sector in a strategic advisory and capital raising role for the past 25 years. Karl’s previous large corporate experience was originally as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Johannesburg, Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg, Deutsche Bank Sydney in project and leveraged finance, Head of Acquisition Finance at NM Rothschild Sydney and Director Debt Advisory with Grant Samuel.
Karl’s Education include a B Com (Honours) -University of the Witwatersrand, MBA – Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Master of Environmental Management – Macquarie University.
Karla is a Principal in Seattle and brings over 25 years experience helping companies in diverse industries to solve their strategic financial and growth issues. Karla’s experience includes CFO roles at companies in transition, such as PopCap Games, Click Wine Group, and Armco. She led the teams as a Senior Manager/Partner of the advisory practices at Arthur Andersen and Tatum with clients such as Real Networks, VoiceStream, (now T-Mobile), Monet Mobile, Getty Images, WRQ/Attachmate, and large family offices.
Karla helps her clients at a strategic financial level, assisting them in securing financing, positioning them for future transactions, and helping them to expand internationally. She has worked with companies in the high technology, telecom, mobile, games, social, consumer packaged goods, real estate, hospitality, professional services and entertainment industries.
Karla’s experience includes:
- CFO, PlayFab, Inc., The Backend as a Service, BAAS serving the Game industry. Supported CEO in Board and Pitch Decks, build the foundation of a fast growing company. Raised $15.9 Million to date from Tier 1 Venture Capital, Strategic investors and Super Angels.
- Support current CFO of large commercial real estate, family office with transaction readiness and $240 Million financing package.
- CFO, PopCap Games, Inc., the leader in the casual game
market with worldwide operations and a distribution network comprised of multiple platforms sold to EA for deal value of $1.3 billion. Karla led the company in the IPO/Acquisition strategy. Karla negotiated and supported the company with governments in the European Union, Canada, China and Korea for R&D subsidies.
- Provided financial leadership of M&A due diligence and establishment of accounting and financial infrastructure to Name Administration, Inc., a large domain name Portfolio Company providing Internet consumer advertising and direct navigation services
- Advised WRQ/Attachmate in the acquisition and integration of the two companies.
- CFO advisory services practice leader, Arthur Andersen were she led a team of professionals supporting acquisition readiness such as VoiceStream, (now T-Mobile), and other clients such as Monet Mobile, PBA, Real Networks, Getty Images, to name a few. Also, created the strategy workshop, clients included Harborview Medical, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Karla also holds several Board membership and affiliations
- Member Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Seattle chapter;
- Prior Board member of Association for Corporate Growth, (ACG);
- Member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, (WSCPA);
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, (AICPA);
- Financial Executives Institute;
- Guest Lecturer, University of Washington, Entrepreneurial studies
Securities offered through Burch & Company, Inc., 4151 N. Mulberry Drive, Suite 235, Kansas City, MO 64116 Member FINRA/SiPC Burch and Eaton Square Inc. are unaffiliated.
Ken is a Principal with Eaton Square focusing on M&A and capital deals between China and Australia.
Ken has been in investment and trade roles in public and private sectors that assist Chinese investors to expand business and invest globally for more than 20 years.
Ken was previously the founding committee member that lead to more than 100 Chinese background companies starting the China Chamber of Commerce in Australia (CCCA) and was the Secretary-General of for its initial three years.
Ken has worked in Hong Kong, Melbourne, Beijing and Shanghai to help hundreds of Chinese companies to ‘go global’.
His experience has included successfully managing PE funds and investment projects throughout Australia and China and invested in industries of Agriculture, Property and IPO projects. Ken used to be invited as the lecturer by MOFCOM and local provincial government in China for the training of international investment courses to governmental officials.
Ken also published hundreds of market reports and articles in China to introduce Australia and New Zealand business and economics. Ken is the key writer of the official Chinese edition of “Australian Annual Market Report”. Ken is also a Director of sevral Australian and Chinese companies, including the Director of a Chinese top 500 in Australia. Ken holds the master degree from the Australian business school – MGSM of Macquarie University (Australia).
Lui has had over 30 years of business experience through both his professional Chartered Accounting role and ownership of various businesses.
Prior to joining Eaton Square, Lui established Aspire Capital Partners and previously had a 20 year career at Ernst & Young and was a partner for over 7 years. Lui was the leader of the Strategic Markets Group in the Perth Office. During that time Lui assisted emerging and large private companies with strategic business advisory and corporate structuring.
In addition to these roles, Lui has had over 12 years’ experience in advising large corporates such as Wesfarmers Ltd Group (including the Bunnings Group), Foodland Associated Ltd, RAC OF WA, ALCOA and Home Building Society(merged into Bank of Queensland). For approximately 5 years Lui worked closely with the Wesfarmers Business Development Team to review business acquisitions including related structuring and due diligence.
Lui has Director and board advisory roles with Georgiou Construction Group, CDM Australia, CMTG Group, J & R Business Management, Tornado Solutions and Football West.
In addition, Lui is the Chairman of Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd a group company of Maruha Nichiro Ltd a Japanese Stock Exchange based global company. Lui is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University and completed a Strategic Management course at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
Mark is a Principal of Eaton Square based in Perth and is focused on M&A and debt and equity raisings.
Mark brings extensive M&A experience having led a large number of successful transactions in Australia, Asia, UK and the US.
Over the last 15 years, Mark has led transactions both as an advisor with KPMG and Ernst & Young, and as head of the in-house M&A team at Clough Limited (ASX 100 sized international oil and gas group).
Mark has managed a number of equity raisings and has sourced funders and arranged over $400m of debt and bond facilities. He has also led corporate strategy, developing and implementing strategic plans. He has qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary and has strong experience in Board decision making and governance.
Mark started his career as a Chartered Engineer managing the design and construction of major infrastructure projects.
Mark brings a wide range of skills required for successful transactions including strategic rationale and deal origination, structuring and valuation, practical deal management and co-ordination of stakeholders, governance and post deal integration.
Merlin Allan joined Eaton Square to continue his established career and passion for building and expanding businesses across SE Asia with an emphasis on strategic growth, M&A and capital raising.
He has over 30 years of growing businesses in SE Asia, North America and Europe. His sectorial focus includes IT Services, telecommunications, e-commerce and software development.
Immediately prior to joining Eaton Square, he was an executive Director at SMS Consulting, an ASX-listed IT Services company where he headed up Strategy and M&A. Within this role he completed and integrated 15 acquisitions across the IT sector.
His extensive M&A expertise encompasses the end-to-end transaction process from strategy development, market insights, deal origination, operational integration and synergy extraction across both private and public markets. This includes significant commercial involvement in leveraging the capital/debt markets.
Based in Sydney Australia, Merlin is a graduate of the University of West of England and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Neil is a Principal with Eaton Square in Sydney having recently joined from Nextec Strategic Capital.
With over 20 years experience in the IT industries in roles ranging from technical, operational through to financial and strategic, Neil brings a distinctive range of insights to bear on the journey from start-up through to final exit for businesses in the technology sector.
Neil has been working as a corporate advisor in the technology sector assisting with growth strategies, capital raisings, mergers and trade sales for over 10 years. His clients range from software companies, IT services businesses and digital media businesses. Over 10 years venture capital experience with growth stage technology businesses having worked as an investment analyst at Technology Venture Partners and as an angel investor.
In addition Neil draws on his experience with large organisations based on his time as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (Accenture), assisting commercial and government clients with eCommerce strategies and IT implementations. Neil is an active early stage investor and director of several early stage companies.
Nick is a Principal of Eaton Square and is focused on M&A and capital raising in the IT software sector with particular focus on Cyber Security technology innovation and services firms in Asia and Australia.
Nick’s experience includes Executive Search and Organisation Recruitment Practices Consulting in Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on the ASEAN region. He is the founder of successful Executive Search business servicing top tier firms entering the Asia Pacific region.
Nick has extensive experience in the Cyber Security sector and is involved in numerous capacities, including consulting, search, channels development and advisory (M&A) including Consulting Firms, Service Providers, System Integrators and Product Vendors.
Nick’s key clients include Cisco, Orange Business Services, Deloitte Consulting, BAE Systems, Accenture, PWC, Macquarie Telecom, Macquarie Bank as well as numerous other high profile clients under non-disclosure.
Nick is a Principal of Eaton Square and is focused on M&A and capital services for:
- Life sciences and biotechnology companies
- Software and technology companies
- IT Services firms
- Professional services firms
- Retail and e-commerce businesses
Nick has over 20 years of experience helping organisations to anticipate, illuminate and master intricate legal and commercial environments acting for global corporations, lenders and small and medium sized services business. Recent engagements have included:
- strategy, due diligence, negotiations and restructure of Australian buying group Independent Sports into Intersport Australia Limited, facilitating market entry of a $12B vertical retail global sporting goods business
- biotechnology sector guidance and advice to AusIndustry (Australian Government, Department of Industry)
- market development for world’s largest integrated preclinical contract research organisation, Aptuit LLC
- advisor to Raleru Limited (Camera House), Electronic Arts Inc., and Australia’s largest online bookseller, TheNile.com.au
Chairman for 6 years and CEO for 5 years at listed biotech Agenix Limited (ASX: AGX) where he led drug and diagnostic development projects in China and the United States, raised multiple rounds of capital, and facilitated the successful sale of a preclinical drug candidate developed by the company’s China WFOE to a Chinese pharmaceutical company.
Nick is also a Panelist for the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva, Principal of law firm Nicholas Weston and was founding Chairman of the Karma Currency Foundation. He has degrees in law and economics and rowed for Australia in 1989.
Peter is a Principal at Eaton Square in the Toronto office and is focused on M&A and capital markets advisory services for companies in the technology, media, and communications sectors.
He has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership, management consulting, private equity/venture capital and strategy/corporate development roles in North and South America, China, Australia and the Middle East. He has advised clients on and led multi‐billion dollar M&A and privatization transaction teams as a strategy executive and consultant with McKinsey & Company. As an investor and corporate development executive and CEO, he has originated and executed multiple buy and sell side transactions in the communications services semiconductor technology, security services, print media, social media, IT, and technology spaces in Canada, the US and internationally with companies including Telstra, BCE, RBC, Telebras (Telefonica), Nortel Networks, TBaytel, Yellow Pages Group, Avaya, and Citrix, among many others, as well as numerous private equity, venture capital and corporate strategic investors.
Peter has a Masters in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, and participated in executive development programs of the Harvard Law School. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PEO) and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Peter has thirty years of management and consulting experience in a wide range of industries across many countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. He has served as C level executive, company director, venture advisor and investor in Australia and the USA. In seven years with The Boston Consulting Group he consulted at CEO level on strategy, organisation design and operational effectiveness in the financial services, airline, building, manufacturing, oil industry, pharmaceutical and public service sectors, based mostly in South East Asia.
Peter has had experience in capital markets from funding of early stage ventures as an advisor and angel investor through to the wholesale funds sector, serving as Head of Strategy for a major Australian superannuation fund.
He co-founded VC Mentors, a venture capital and advisory firm operating in Australia and the USA, whose portfolio value grew from 0 to $1B in four years. He was directly engaged in evaluating opportunities, mentoring founders as well as the negotiation of commercial, legal and investment agreements in Australia, the USA and Europe.
Most recently he served as CEO of an early stage company commercialising a mobile payments platform. He has also served as COO and subsequently as a non-executive director of an Australian software platform company that grew from a start-up and was subsequently migrated to the USA.
Peter has qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary and also holds a Master of Commerce (University of NSW, Distinction), a Bachelor of Economics (University of Sydney) and a Diploma in Corporate Management (ICSA).
Piyush Srivastava has over 15 years of experience in Transaction Advisory, Banking-Treasury, Corporate Finance & Risk Advisory. Piyush, in past, has worked various sectors like Aviation, Information Technology, Records & Data Management, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Construction, Health Care, Metals & Mining.
He has a deep understanding of the business trends in country which in turn has helped him to provide unique and relevant solutions to the clientele. Piyush has arranged Private Equity, Project Funding, Construction Finance, Lease Finance, Structured Finance, Mezzanine Finance, Bridge Funding, External Commercial Borrowings, Export Credit Agency Fundings, Sale & Lease Back Structures etc. He regularly advises his clients on Exit strategies & Forex Exchange matters.
Piyush has had opportunity to work with several private Equity Funds, Strategic Investors, Sovereign Funds, Multilateral Agencies, Multinational Lenders/Banks, leading Lessors, Structured Financiers, Export Credit Agencies, Sovereign Export Banks etc.
Piyush has also helped clients raise capital in overseas markets like Middle East, Europe, Africa, Bangladesh etc.
Piyush is an MBA (Finance) and is a commerce graduate from Delhi University. In past he has worked for KPMG, Kotak Bank & other reputed corporates.
Richard has over 25 years of corporate finance, investment banking and capital market experience. After graduating with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Richard worked in the Investment Banking Division at Citibank Canada. Richard then went on to develop golf courses and home communities in both Canada and the United States. He subsequently founded a boutique corporate advisory firm and has provided financial, strategic and management expertise for numerous entrepreneurs and companies in such diverse industries as mining, financial services, mortgage financing, motorcoach tours, structural lifting, biofuels, medical devices, online vehicle auctions, nanotechnology, online travel, and natural resources.
In 2012 Richard successfully led the going public transaction of a Canadian junior gold exploration company on the Toronto Venture Exchange. Through that experience Richard further developed his skills in business structuring, securities law, capital raising, shareholder relationships and corporate governance.
Roz Huang is a proven international entrepreneur, global business development leader, and fundraiser with 20+years’ experience. Roz came to the US from China in 1990 to attend college, then subsequently founded and ran a highly successful IT consulting firm. Her specialties include cross-border investment, private equity fund raising, investment structuring, corporate development strategy.
Roz has successfully utilized her understanding of the Chinese language, business culture and investment criteria to identify key funding opportunities in the US for Chinese investors, primarily in the IT, green energy, bio-medical sectors.
Over the course of her career, she has assisted clients with brand development, market-entry strategies and planning, deal orientation and execution, and capital raising via corporate partnerships and private financing.
Roz holds an MBA, is a member of the Women’s Leadership Exchange, Women in Business and the Women’s Global Network. She has also been recognized as “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by the China Entrepreneur Summit and World Chinese Venture Model Forum in Beijing, 2009. Dandelion Global, LLC was recognized by the World Trade Center San Diego with the “2011 North County International Trade Excellence Award”.
Roz was the Featured Speaker at the 4th Annual China Entrepreneur Summit and World Chinese Venture Model Forum. “My US Dream” Beijing, China. (September 2009). She also supports philanthropic organizations including the Hope Leadership Foundation; The Karen Refugees Center; San Diego Food Bank.
Shawn is a Principal of Eaton Square based in Toronto and is focused on M&A and debt and equity raisings.
Shawn is an accomplished business leader having led large-scale businesses to transformational market leading positions. Shawn has over 30-years of experience in strategic planning, finance, marketing, operations management, sales management, and leadership development, having held various executive level positions at a number of disparate companies in a multitude of industries.
Shawn’s experience spans numerous industries including: telecom, financial services, travel, logistics, marketing services, roll-ups, and education. He was the Chief Financial Officer for American Express in Canada and for Purolator Courier Inc., Canada’s largest logistics company. He also led the Business Travel division for Amex in Canada.
Most recently, Shawn channeled his more entrepreneurial spirit and successfully tackled turnaround and exit strategy situations as CFO, COO, and CEO for both a Private Equity portfolio company and for a publicly traded TSX-Venture company, completing M&A transactions and raising capital while developing and implementing significant restructuring plans.
Shawn holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CPA (CMA).
Tarun has over 30 years leadership experience and has worked in executive roles across India, Australia and Thailand. He has served in diverse sectors like Power, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, ICT, SAP, Telecom and International marketing. He has represented leading companies across the globe including Bharat Petroleum in India, (a fortune 500 company), Clough in Thailand & Australia, Origin Energy in Australia and Sunpreme Inc. in US.
Tarun is currently working as a Principal with Eaton Square. The Indian economy is poised for a quantum leap and is integrating with the Global economy. This presents an enormous growth opportunity. Tarun provides an interface between India and rest of the world by identifying and developing such opportunities. He makes the most of all opportunities presented in diverse industries.
Currently Tarun is a Director with merger and acquisition practice in India. He is nurturing relationships with US market for investments in startup in India IT industry. He is also consulting a US Renewable Energy company to expand in Asia Pacific. Across almost every industry business are highly dependent upon software technology to support operations effectively. Tarun is currently also advising startups related to software technology and Renewables both in India and Australia.
Prior to that appointment, Tarun worked as a Country Manager for India and Thailand representing a large Australian oil and Gas company. He also led an offshore project in Thailand for two years of value $500 mil. Tarun set up a precedent for low cost engineering centers in India for Australian companies.
He has also introduced a large Indian engineering conglomerate to undertake successfully the largest Project in Western Australia of value 10 billion dollar.Tarun has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in foreign trade. He is an avid cricketer, golfer and a Yoga freak.
Trevor is a Principal of Eaton Square and is focussed on technology-based M&A .
Trevor has been a c-level executive with Australian and international enterprise software technology vendors and most recently, head of M&A at listed telco and utility enterprise software and services vendor Hansen Technologies Ltd. (ASX: HSN).
In additional to Hansen Technologies, Trevor has held a number of senior executive roles at listed engineering software vendor Moldflow (Nasdaq: MFLD, now owned by Autodesk) and privately owned ERP vendor, Masterpack Pty Ltd.
At Eaton Square, his industry expertise incorporates information technology services, innovative technologies and enterprise software applications with emphasis on industry segments including advanced manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting and energy.
Trevor enjoys using his deep global understanding and strong international network to assist technology firms to gain premium valuations.
Trevor holds a B.Sc. (Physics, Applied Mathematics) from Monash University and a Masters of Applied Finance (Corporate Finance, Valuation) from Macquarie University.
Trevor is married and enjoys bushwalking in Tasmania, cycling the mountains of Europe and competition tennis.
William is a Principal with Eaton Square in Shanghai. Fluent in English and Mandarin, William Baker has lived and worked in China since 1985.
Currently in private financial advisory practice, William served for over 19 years as a senior partner in a boutique private equity and consulting partnership in Beijing. Prior to that, William had his own high-tech business in China and also served as director for small technology companies servicing the Chinese media industry. William is particularly focused on matching state of the art western technology to pools of capital in China and Asia.
William is a graduate of state universities in Texas, New Jersey and China.