Chairman of BlueMount Sydney Advisory Board
John was a Director of P&O Australia for eight years, and Chairman and CEO of P&O Cold Logistics, a corporation with $600m in turnover, over 2700 employees and 58 warehouse distribution centres in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Argentina.
John developed his career by growing the companies he worked for. He advanced through various divisions and subsidiaries of the P&O group over 25 years, from P&O Ports Marketing Director, Finance Director and Deputy Managing Director before transferring to the Cold Logistics division where he became Managing Director. As head of P&O Cold Logistics he took a company with growth at a three year standstill and delivered expansion organically and through acquisition.
A member of the Associated Chartered Institute of Secretaries and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, he was a Non-Executive Director of the ASX listed Corporate Express from 2005 to 2010 when the Company was acquired by Staples of the US. He was also Non – Executive Chairman of a private equity owned transport group for three years, and has individually coached a number of leading executives since 2007.
John has worked and lived in the Bahamas, the US, across Asia and South America to PNG and Australia.
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.
Michael Gale began his career in Australia at the beginning of the PC revolution in the early 1980s by selling imported personal computer products. He was later responsible for a major distribution business in Asia Pacific and represented hundreds of vendors including Apple, IBM, HP and Compaq Computer. He then became a member of the Macromedia executive team, which was listed on the NASDAQ in 1993 and subsequently acquired by Adobe.
In the 1990s and 21st century, he was an entrepreneur and investor in Silicon Valley, involved with more than 100 start-ups in the US, Asia and Europe, including Asian operations of HAHT, Akamai and F5 Labs. These achievements have led him to focus on investment and asset management initially in the US and then by developing an asset management platform based in Zug, Switzerland.
Michael returned to Australia at the end of 2017 to serve as the chairman of a local technology vendor and as a principal consultant in a large international family office, responsible for investing in Australia. He also serves on the boards of five globally operating Australian companies, all of which focus on technology or asset management.
Through the application of risk control innovation, Michael has a keen insight into wealth creation, has a professional background in corporate management and leadership, and has established and managed several high-growth companies. These companies have grown from small teams to publicly owned companies.
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.
David has over 35 years’ experience practising as a corporate and banking lawyer in Australia and England, and specialised in providing all legal and logistical services and advice required by clients in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals, takeovers and corporate reconstructions, both public and private, all forms of public and private capital raisings, including initial public offerings, public and private equity and debt offerings and other forms of corporate finance and venture capital and structured finance, listings on Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX), as well as other foreign securities exchanges, including NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange, Alternative Investment Market (London), Toronto Venture Exchange and The Securities Exchange of Hong Kong.
David also provided strategic and commercial legal and regulatory advice to boards and senior management of listed and unlisted corporations and trusts, the non-litigious commercial resolution of disputes between shareholders, unitholders and other associated parties and advice in relation to the regulatory requirements of the Australian Corporations Act, ASX Listing Rules and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act.
David has practised and is admitted in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong as a solicitor, and has worked as a partner, corporate counsel and an investment banker.
Barry Driscoll, a Director of BlueMount Capital, provides services to a number of financial and investment institutions. For 13 years he was head of issuer services for The Bank of New York Mellon in Australia with specific responsibilities for the Bank’s American depositary receipts and corporate trust business in Australia and New Zealand.
Barry has over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing, management and product development in the investment banking and finance industry. He has worked extensively in the capital markets area, raising capital and advising corporations, and has participated in preparing prospectus and all regulatory requirements for two ASX floats. Barry has also participated in two reverse takeovers.
During his tenure with The Bank of New York Mellon he had responsibility for identifying businesses which had potential to sell their products, technology and services on the international stage and then assisted them to identify the appropriate vehicle to access the US Capital Markets. This role was complimented by his added responsibilities for marketing the bank’s cross border trustee activities for debt capital raisings. In excess of 45 Australian financial services and industrials accessed capital from the international markets using the trustee services of the bank during that time.
Barry was also active in identifying individuals, institutions, companies and various professional advisory firms who are eminent in Australian and international capital raisings. He has developed relationships with US and Australian attorneys, major accounting firms, investment bankers, international stock brokers and corporate advisors, leading to the development of an intricate network of contacts and key figures crucial in the process of Australian and international capital raising.
Barry holds a Diploma of Accounting and is a graduate of the Mt Eliza Business School, obtaining several professional memberships including the Finance & Treasury Association and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Amy has more than 20 years of experience in strategic consulting and financial services. She has experience working with clients around the world, including North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Amy is very committed to risk control and compliance. She is responsible for anti-money laundering work at the asset management company in Zug, Switzerland, and currently serves as company secretary in several Australian, Swiss and US companies.
Steve has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry having worked for Australia’s largest banks as well as European and American institutions. Steve has a through knowledge across FX trading, Financial Planning, Capital Raisings and Stockbroking where he was a key figure in developing Australia’s largest wholesale broking business.
Steve is a highly experienced Company Director across both listed and unlisted entities in diverse operations from Sporting bodies, Financial Services organisations and the Property Industry. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Financial Services Law, A Master Stockbroker Qualification a Diploma of Financial Markets and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Greg Wall is an early stage business specialist where he assists rapidly growing companies to commercialise their technologies on a global scale. His provides services from getting “investor ready” through to accounting/financial services, marketing, distribution, supply chain development and management, investor relations and identification and on-boarding strategic business partners.
Greg started his career in the Meat and Livestock Industry where he held management positions in production, wholesaling, export meat processing and then commercialised technologies for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). At MLA he helped commercialise the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) grading scheme, managed the development and implementation of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS), Vertical Supply Chain integration and International Market research.
Greg then managed the development and commercialisation of a unique environmental technology in the US, that captures heavy metal emissions from Coal Fired Power plants. In his role as Managing Director, he managed the ongoing development, testing and commercialisation of these technologies in the US, resulting in the company being listed on the ASX.
Greg has also managed the development and commercialisation of an on-line livestock video auction business allowing producers to buy and sell livestock online in Saleyards and on-farm across Australia Other clients include a range of revolutionary Agricultural Cropping Inputs including making fertiliser from waste glass, making cropping inputs from plant extracts and getting a Gin and Vodka manufacturer “investor ready” among others.
Jerry is a top-class professional having led the acquisition, funding, growth and disposal of complex international businesses over a period of 25 years. He managed communications at a senior level with blue-chip financial institutions and legal firms. Jerry’s experience includes acquisitions, strategy and management, financing, exits, and systems, Controls and reporting.
From 1999-October 2018, Jerry was head of an Atmosclear S.A. focusing on private equity investments across a range of sectors including technology, media, property and energy. AS such, he managed numerous start-up, early-stage & development investments, joint ventures and exits throughout Europe, USA and Australia and grew the investment funds threefold over 10 years.
Prior, Jerry served as Group Finance Director at Countrywide Communications and was in charge of finance, legal and administration functions for a leading European PR group also providing advertising and political lobbying services. Jerry ran the successful sale of the group to Omnicom, following which the group was merged with the US-based consultancy Porter Novelli.
Jerry served as Finance Director at Telecom Technology International from 1989-1991 and was with Arthur Andersen from 1982-1897. He holds a BSc Hons in Computer Management and Sciences from Warwick University (1982) and is a Chartered Accountant (1985).
Kutlu’s multinational experience that straddles public and private markets reaches up to more than 15 years, giving him a 360 degree perspective into investment strategy, risk management and portfolio optimisation.
Kutlu started his career as a stock market trader and after pursuing similar roles as a trader and a risk manager he moved to private equity investments in growth markets. During his tenure at private equity investment strategy and risk management, he played an instrumental role in significant medium and large size buyouts and M&A transactions, and was actively involved in capital raising for multi-sectoral/regional private equity funds.
Kutlu graduated from METU in Turkey with BSc in Civil Engineering, and holds an MBA in Finance from Baruch College in New York.
Laurent has 30 years’ experience in financial technology, risk management and portfolio analytics. He has worked with top tier financial institutions to oversee significant technological evolutions from installed software to cloud computing, through hosted software and SaaS.
Prior to joining BlueMount Capital, Laurent spent 20 years at StatPro, an award-winning company that provides complete portfolio analytics solutions to over 450 clients across 38 countries globally. Most recently he was Managing Director and CEO, Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong and Sydney where he established the company’s presence in the region, thereby growing the business and enhancing support to clients. Before that, he was Managing Director of France and Benelux and was managing client relationships and services for all of Continental Europe (excl. Germany).
Laurent also spent eight years working at American Express where he held various positions in the Establishment Services sales group culminating in the role of Director of Strategic Alliances, Europe. He also helped structuring the sales process for Standard & Poor’s Funds Services in Benelux.
Laurent is the founder and Director of the technology startup CheckOnMe Pty Ltd providing him a solid ground-up understanding of startups and early stage businesses.
He holds a postgraduate degree in international finance from the Ecole Superieure de Gestion in Paris, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John has worked in the areas of Innovation, Business Analysis and Project and Portfolio Management within Professional Services, Telco, Finance, IT, Computer/ Electronics and Manufacturing Industries for over 20 years.
11 years of John’s early career was spent with IBM in Manufacturing & New Product Development and then as part of the Asia Pacific Head Quarters leadership team guiding the Asia Pacific region. John has successfully negotiated key strategic projects for IBM and driven Business Transformation and Innovation initiatives. Most recently John has worked with the Optus Business Senior Leadership team (MD and VPs) as an Advisory Director and Consultant within the Professional Services Team at Optus. John managed transformational change to create new growth opportunities in emerging markets including IoT and Cyber Security. John specifically works with clients to earn their respect, build their trust and guide them to improve their business through the adoption of Innovative and Transformational solutions.
John is the founder of MYbrainwave®, an Innovation Management Company helping people make their ideas real. John is a Thought Leader in Innovation Practices, coaches and mentors start-ups and growth focused organisations; preparing them for investment as well as building innovation cultures and delivery capability for larger corporates. John has a Patent Pending for a Mobility Aid; Registered trademarks, is a Judge for the Consensus Software and Innovation Awards and has been recognised in the book “ 50 Unsung Business Heroes, Great Australian Success Stories” .
John was the founder, Past Chairman and President for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) Australia and has served 5 years as a Director for the Project Management Institute’s Sydney Australia division committed to Communications and Certification. He is proud of his contribution to the not for profit sector.
As a trusted advisor, John has passionately assisted organisations to focus on capability development and delivering to strategic objectives. He is a seasoned executive, technology guide, public speaker, management consultant, engineer, educator and coach.
Ian has extensive experience in banking and capital markets, having begun his career at ANZ where he held a variety of roles in sales, operational risk and compliance, transaction banking and global markets. He then worked for BNY Mellon as Vice President, assisting issuers with their corporate trustee requirements across debt capital markets and securitisation.
As an admitted lawyer, he has been the sole legal counsel for M-DAQ, a Singaporean fintech, up until completion of its Series C funding round. He also has experience in energy and regulated infrastructure assets, currently being a senior counsel at an electricity transmission network operator.
At BlueMount Capital, Ian’s focus is on bridging meaningful engagements between the buy-side and the sell-side, with the aim of broadening investor engagement between Australia and the ASEAN markets.
Ian is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, as well as a postgraduate certificate in applied finance.
Jim is an experienced company director, lawyer and management consultant. He has a demonstrated history of working in corporate advisory, law, governance, compliance, risk management, funds management, property development, quantity surveying; and construction.
Jim has an MBA from Macquarie University, DipLaw LPAB LEC (University of Sydney), is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute Australasia F Fin, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course GAICD ; and is a member of the Law Society of NSW.
He commenced his career in construction and project management, he has a B Build degree (UNSW), is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors MRICS; and AAIQS CQS.
Yaser has over 20 years of experience in technology, he spent it in managing and coaching teams, designing, developing, implementing and operating ICT systems, primarily within telecommunication service provider environments in the Middle East and North Africa most notably as a Director of Emirates Telecom (Etisalat) where he was one of the leaders for the national telecom infrastructure transformation program from copper network to fibre network and from legacy technologies to IP technologies.
He focuses on technology strategy and technology due diligence, for M&A and investment projects. He works with CTOs, CIOs and their leadership teams and Boards to conduct a strategy review, making the link with strategy, people and operations. The output from these reviews defines a high-level business requirement, and a high-level target architecture to achieve the business targets, enhance customer experience, develop ROI/business cases and the creation of frameworks for ICT transformation which includes vision, strategy, process, cultural changes and organization structure.
Currently, Yaser is a Director in a number of technology companies in New Zealand, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. He is based in Auckland and directing projects in Cyber Security across different Telecom service providers, in addition to a Tele-Health solution rollout over AWS cloud in multiple countries.
Richard has enjoyed careers, as both a marketing and HR senior executive, along with periods as an analyst, academic and technologist.
Richard formed Interactive Logic, in Perth, Western Australia, one of the first interactive media companies in Australia. Interactive Logic achieved notable international industry success and was the first company, of its type, to be sold to an international buyer. Richard cofounded with Michael Gale the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association and was inaugural president for its first two years, during which he raised in excess of $120m to develop the interactive industry in Australia. After AIMIA Richard became the London based the CEO of an Omnicom company, which he developed into the largest digital marketing company in Europe. In this role, Richard also had responsibility for all of the twenty-seven Omnicom agency projects, around the world, for Novartis, the world’s second-largest drug company. Richard’s industry contribution continued in the UK as a member of the board of BIMA, AIMIA’s equivalent, where he was the Chief Judge of the 2001 British Interactive Awards.
Mixed in with these global journeys was a period as the chief futurist for Fujitsu, Asia-Pacific. Richard also employed his marketing flare for “The Hunger Project”, creating a more measured profile and funds raised for the project than any other of one hundred and thirty cities, worldwide. These same skills were then employed, on returning to Australia, in setting new levels of marketing competence in the commercial real estate industry, when Richard formed teams of professionals to win major large inner-city renewal projects for both a Rothchild’s and Grollo consortia. In recent times Richard has been heavily involved in three text-analytics companies as both marketing executive and analyst.
Ross is a member of the senior management team of BlueMount Capital and Director of Sydney Funds Management, with 25 years commercial and management experience.
Ross has extensive experience in project management, fund management, eCommerce, fintech, information technology and specialises in assisting companies in seeking public listing, merger and acquisition and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets.
Ross holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Business & Technology from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.
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.
Simon Maughan Wright
A strategy advisor to corporate clients, Simon has skills in corporate finance including M&A, turnarounds, transformations, law, real estate development, investment and asset management and data application. He has experience as a CEO, in problem -solving and innovation, financial analysis, business & company valuations.
He has been in M&A advisory for 20 years and prior to that, he was CEO of a real estate development & asset management group for 10 years. He marketed three, mid-market M&A practices Australia wide, marketed businesses overseas and manufactured products in Asia for markets in UK, Europe, and the USA. He has advised clients in Dubai and Baghdad, established the debt acquisition industry in Australia and has numerous finance model innovations to his credit.
He is an experienced company director, a Fellow of the AICD and currently deputy chair of an NFP community housing provider and chair of its Development Committee. Prior to that he was a director of a substantial NFP aged and family care group with $2bn in real estate assets and a revenue budget of $610million pa and was chair of its Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. He has been a member of numerous other boards in wine, finance, hotel, credit and real estate companies.
Simon is qualified in Law with a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law from the University of Sydney, an MBA from the AGSM/University of NSW with a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Management, is a graduate of the AICD Director’s Course and a qualified real estate agent.
Aditya has been a corporate strategist for over a decade in India and South East Asia market, he was last working with Essel group in India as a Vice president and head of strategy and M&A. His core area of strength is creating opportunities of growth through M&A, Joint-venture, Partnerships and new business launches. He has worked in many sectors however his expertise lies in sectors covering Infrastructure, mining, thermal power & transmission, roads, solar, waste-to-energy, City gas distribution, power utilities, digital media broadcasting, new-age technologies involving Blockchain, IoT, IaaS, Electric vehicles and Smart Cities.
He is an engineer in computer science from Agra University, MBA in finance from ICFAI University and an LLM in commercial law from Singapore Management University. He has leadership experience in handling high ticket transactions involving cross-border investments and was successful in executing M&A deals worth AUD 750 million and capital raises worth AUD 300 million in the last 5 years. He has an interest in investments in technology startups and had earlier co-founded a mining consulting services company in India in 2010.
Kashif has held senior finance and general management roles over the last 25 years, specialising in telecoms, media and digital businesses. Kashif has worked at large corporates in senior finance roles at Optus, Woolworths and Pepsico, as well as being the Managing Director at the telco start up Slimtel he led for 12 years and most recently as CFO Australia and New Zealand for rideshare provider Ola.
A strategic trusted finance and general management leader, Kashif expertise is in cost reduction, procurement and transformation of finance functions, including data processing management. Kashif has managed business planning processes for large and small organisations to set them up for future growth and success, cost optimisation and margin improvement. This has included restructured finances for many organisations saving them millions.
Kashif has experience in digital start ups, and high growth organisations setting them up for success, especially in consumer-driven businesses. Kashif also has keen interest and expertise in Payments and Fintech.
Mike Xiao is a seasoned banking professional with over 20 years of Wealth Management, Investment Advisory and Investment Banking experience both in Shanghai and Sydney.
As lead investment advisor at Hangseng Bank China, Mike has provided sound strategic wealth management advice and strong leadership to help the bank’s Wealth Management business sail through 2008 subprime crisis unscathed. For nearly 6 years, Mike was a regular member of the bank’s country management team for Consumer Banking and Wealth Management.
In recent years, Mike has been an active investment banker in both China and China Australia cross-border, covering industries such as online retailing, health care and real estate.
Mike has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank, ABN AMRO and HSBC in areas of investment advisory and commercial banking in Shanghai. Earlier in his career and right after graduation from UNSW, Mike was a commercial insurance broker with Aon in Sydney.
Hannah is an experienced client service and project manager with a history of working in alternative investment, not-for-profit and health care industries.
She is known for her empathic, client-focused attitude and creative approach to problem-solving.
Hannah holds a double Bachelor degree in Commerce and Laws from The University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University and has recently graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Project Management from Bond University.
In her role as Senior Associate, she manages all client projects and reporting and is always on the lookout for streamlining processes and clearing blockages. She reallocates resources when needed and focuses on the team. She also assists with research, investor relations and deal-flow.
Luke Nesci focuses on financial modelling, client preparation and distribution.Luke has also worked in venture capital and on a number of early-stage companies in operations and software development.
Luke is from Sydney and graduated from the University of New South Wales with degrees in Finance and Computer Science.