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.
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.
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.
CT Johnson is an authority in the field of cross-border transactions. He is the author of Riding The Dragon: Managing Your Chinese Investors, Partners & Employees. He’s spent the last 20 years working with and for multinational companies in Western Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, the US and China. CT has been featured in the Australian media and has appeared on radio and TV programs speaking about the spending and investing habits of Chinese in Australia. He specializes in cross-border transactions between companies in China and the Anglophone countries (i.e. US, UK, Australia).
CT is an American and now lives in Australia; previously he lived in the US, Russia and China. He started his career with Ernst & Young and later worked for Swedish telecom equipment-maker Ericsson. Most recently, CT worked for Huawei Technologies in China, acting first as part of the group financial controller and later as a member of the board of directors of several Huawei subsidiaries in Asia. CT was also a member of Huawei’s M&A team and served on the parent company’s Finance Committee. In addition to English, CT speaks German, Russian and Mandarin.
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, online payments, information technology and specialises in assisting Asia-based companies in seeking public listing, merger and acquisition and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets. Ross has worked on BlueMount’s last 3 Chinese ASX listings.
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.
Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Karson Chu has over 12 years experience in various capital markets, securities, trading, investments and asset management. He has worked for Goldman Sachs, CLSA, Maybank Kim Eng, Citic Securities International and BNY Mellon in various positions throughout Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
He has been involved in numerous private placements, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising as well as debt and equity financing deals across multiple jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, United States and Australia.
In addition, Mr Chu has extensive understanding and experience in operational matters having spent his early career in operations and risk management.
Mr. Karson Chu holds a Master of Technology from RMIT Melbourne and also a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne
Sophy has deep extensive experience in the capital Markets in China and Australia, including Investment Banking, Fund Management, M&A and Fund Raising. Sophy’s experience covers the operation of cross-border trading and marketing. She has successfully marketed products from many industries including Australian health care, Food and Beverage, Mining and Resources. She has a strong relationship with both federal and state governments. Sophy is indeed the “China Expert”.
Over the period from 2013 to 2017, Sophy established Oz-Town, a one-stop trade platform for Australian products. Oz-Town is the official partner for “Australian Made” in China. Oz-Town developed a strategic partner with Suning, the number one retail group in China. Oz-Town opened offline shops in Shanghai Pudong, Nanjing and Beijing, and on-line shops both in Suning and JD. Oz-Town marketed around 50 brands including Blackmore, Life Space, Homart and Star Combo.
During the period of 2008-2012, Sophy led CITIC Securities in the establishment of the Chinese first RETIs. She held the position Managing Director of CITIC Securities Australia and led a team to build the foundation for CITIC Securities business in Australia. She has dealt with many customers including Clyde Australia, China Gold, China Resourses and Haihang.
Sophy acted as an advisor to Deloitte as the advisor for the development of China business. Sophy was also a board member of Seppeltsfield.
Sophy holds an MBA from UTS and a Bachelor degree in Business Management from The Singapore Institute of Management. She also studied International Marketing at the University of California, Berkley.
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.
James Madden has a focus on technology, particularly in systems and application software in the education and automotive space. His work has centered around due diligence, financial modelling and supporting business development initiatives. James has a degree in Commerce, majoring in finance, from the University of Sydney.
Adam Simpson has a focus on agriculture, automotive technology and consumer discretionary products. His work has centered around market research, financial modelling and the creation of pitching materials. Adam has a degree in Commerce, majoring in finance, from the University of Sydney.