Mr. Len McDowall (CA) was inaugural Chairman and Managing Partner of Bird Cameron, Chartered Accountants, which employed 1000 people in 50 offices in Australia and Hong Kong. He established Bird Cameron’s mergers and acquisitions division in 1987.
He has extensive experience in all areas of financial management with a particular emphasis on structuring and negotiating joint ventures and capital raisings. Mr Len McDowall and his partners established the Integral Capital Group (a predecessor to BlueMount Capital), which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, public floatation’s, the creation of financial management strategies and capital management.
Mr. Len McDowall is an expert in capital and debt raisings and has a proven ability to source funds from a wide range of investment and finance industry sources.
He is a respected, syndicated author of articles as diverse as investment, capital raising, private equity funding, pre-IPO opportunities, IPO plans and wholesale investing.
Mr. Barry Palte has 32 years’ experience in the areas of Corporate Finance, Banking, Funds Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Turnaround and Corporate Management. He has worked with a broad range of companies and industries in countries as diverse as Australia, China, UK, South Africa, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
During the mid to late 90s, he was head of Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Development for the funds management business of Australia’s largest Bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and completed a number of successful acquisitions including the purchase of the A$7 billion Commonwealth Funds Management business (a predecessor to Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund) from the Federal Government of Australia. His role covered both Australia and South East Asia. Prior to this, he was on the Executive Committees of the wholesale funds management and corporate superannuation businesses of MLC, Australia’s third largest funds manager, and led the turnaround of MLC’s group insurance business.
In 1999, he founded EQ Capital (a predecessor to BlueMount Capital). EQ has successfully completed a broad range of corporate finance, strategic development and investment projects, and in 2009 received the award of Investment Manager of the Year – Australasia in the annual global awards run by ACQ magazine, a leading UK based finance magazine, as a result of its successful exit from a number of private equity investments.
Mr. Barry Palte holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) with 1st Class Honours from the University of Cape Town. He is also a qualified actuary and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in London.
Mr Jean-Michel Floc’h is a merchant banker with 42 years of commercial experience in the financial services industry in banking, capital raising, private equity funding, pre-IPO opportunities, venture capital, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. His international career as senior banker with international Banks spans Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Australia. During the past 12 years he was based Beijing, China. He currently represents a number of Chinese clients as either principal or business partner and maintains a large network inside China.
Mr Floc’h has a proven ability to source funds from a wide range of investment and finance industry sources, facilitates partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, alliances and corporate finance actions. He works in conjunction with a network of syndicate partners in Australia and China, as well as engineering, procurement and construction contractors, real estate developers, development companies, high net worth investors, hedge funds, private equity funds, banks and merchant banks, in order to make deals happen.
Mr Floc’h’s current focus in working alongside BlueMount Capital includes presenting large Chinese private group seeking to invest in mergers and acquisitions in Australia and/or wishing to be listed to the Australian Stock Exchange.
Harold Weldon has maintained a deep and complex network inside China since 1985. Diverse roles have included Inbound Investor, Project leader, Producer, Senior and Foreign Advisor across China’s commercial, cultural and political spectrums. Mr Weldon’s sector experience includes but is not limited to; Finance and Banking, Outbound Investment, Chinese Private Equity, Environmental Protection, Science and Technology, Civil Aviation, Telecommunications and Internet industry, Education, Traditional and New Media, Advertising, Health Insurance, Culture.
Mr Weldon served as the first ever foreign Advisor to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (China’s Macro Economic Powerhouse) from 2008 to 2012.
In 2014 Mr Cai Mingzhao, then China’s Vice Minister State Council Information Office, highlighted Mr Weldon’s 30 years in China and described him as the “very best friend of China” during his opening address at the Australia-China media forum.
Mr Weldon is currently an Executive Director of a China Strategic Advisory operation providing services to a limited client list of pre-qualified Chinese, Australian and Multinational businesses.
Mr Weldon’s current focus includes representing Chinese private equity abroad and working alongside BlueMount Capital on the transitioning of suitable Chinese public companies to the ASX.
Mr Li Dong is one of China’s foremost experts on business with the West, especially Australia, working directly with several former Australian Prime Ministers. For 10 years Li Dong was the chief representative in China for Dr Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China.
Mr Li has served as Country Manager for CCH and LexisNexis, the world’s leading professional information provider.
Mr Li has variously represented and worked for the Weldon group as Senior China Advisor for over 30 years. During this time he has engaged almost every level of China’s commercial, cultural and senior leadership including directly with the Australian embassy in Beijing. Similarly he has facilitated and advised senior Australian business, political and cultural leadership on active China engagement.
Mr Li currently continues the China advisory work across the financial, private equity, trade, and cultural sectors. Particular focus is with BlueMount Capital locating suitable Chinese private companies to transfer onto the ASX.
Ross McDowall is a member of the senior management team of BlueMount Capital with 20 years commercial and management experience. Ross holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Business & Technology from the University of New South Wales
Eric Sun has extensive experience in providing corporate advisory and investment banking services to companies in various sectors. He specialises in assisting Asia-based particularly Chinese companies in seeking public listing, merger and acquisition and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets.
Prior to joining BlueMount Capital, Eric worked for the investment banking division of a diversified financial group in Australia. He had also been involved in media investment management in China where he worked for GroupM, the media investment arm of WPP (LSE: WPP, NASDAQ: WPPGY).
Eric is fluent in Mandarin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science from Fudan University and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of New South Wales.
Senior Legal Advisor
Vincent Zhu is a practising lawyer and partner in AHD Lawyers Sydney. During his career he has specialised in litigation, migration, and commercial and property matters
Mr Zhu is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has excellent negotiation and communication skills.
Mr Zhu holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance with Distinction) degrees from the University of New South Wales, and is a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia.
From Beijing, Steven Jiang holds degrees in commerce from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne.
He has extensive accounting and ASX experience, holding positions as Finance Manager and CFO for Australian companies.
Currently he is the CFO for a Chinese company listed on the ASX. Steven is fluent in Mandarin.