We are focused on results driven advice across public and private markets, providing clients with tailored solutions across multiple industry sectors
We have significant experience advising on the sale of businesses across a diverse range of sectors for entrepreneurs, family offices, corporates and institutional investors.
Our private and public market capabilities place us in a unique position to advise not only on a sale but to also bring the competitive tension of a capital raise alongside the sale process as a “dual-track” process.
We manage the overall transaction and work closely with our clients advising on:
- Preparing the business for sale and (if required) providing an active management solution;
- Valuation guidance through detailed analysis of comparable businesses and transactions;
- Preparation of sale documents that bring the company’s key attributes to the fore;
- Negotiation, documentation and settlement of the transaction.
We draw upon our expansive local and global network of industry contacts to help identify potential acquirers with the capability, funding and experience to complete the transaction.
We have assisted companies ranging from local businesses to large multi-national organisations on their acquisition strategies including many multi-acquisition processes.
We utilise our extensive networks and research capabilities to source acquisition targets for our clients supporting them in the development of their acquisition strategy and then assisting on the analysis, negotiation and settlement of the transaction.
We have a strong track record in assisting large multi-nationals to “bridge the gap” and acquire high growth mid-market entrepreneurial companies.
Our strong capital raising capabilities and networks across both the debt and equity capital markets allow us to assist on financing the acquisitions.
Our corporate team has advised on both sides of public company takeovers including advising corporate and private equity buy-side clients. We project manage the complete transaction, including:
- Bidding tactics;
- Board advice;
- Testing existing shareholder appetite to sell (utilising our sales team’s extensive institutional network);
- Structuring and funding advice;
- Shareholder communication and management.
We also provide strategic advice to public and private companies on more general areas, including:
- Business planning;
- Corporate restructuring;
- Financial modelling support;
- Strategy review;
- Exit review / investor ready;
- Governance and board structure.
Sometimes companies that are to be sold, or for which capital is to be raised, require extra assistance in becoming suitable for, or more attractive to investors.
It may be the case that the financial management requires strengthening or a technology capability needs to be established. The value enhancement or realisation that occurs as a consequence may be very significant and the implementation of the project may be over a few months or a number of years.
We have the internal resource, flexibility and experience to work with companies on structuring interim solutions. We also have the networks and knowledge to work with clients to find the right long-term management team and board members that will help optimise outcomes.
We work with a broad range of businesses to raise capital across all stages of the business evolutionary lifecycle from early stage through to growth, acquisition and pre-IPO funding in the form of debt, equity or hybrids.
In most circumstances we work with businesses where the business model has already been proven and is revenue generating. We do not work with start-ups and typically don’t become involved before a Series A fund raising.
We can assess and present with a wide range of funding options including venture capital, family offices, high net worth individuals and debt providers and assist our clients to structure and negotiate favourable commercial funding terms, which provides longevity for the business and its new investors.
We advise and assist our clients to achieve optimal capital management outcomes through delivering the most effective forms of capital including:
- Equity – Pre-IPO, IPO, secondary placements;
- Debt – senior debt, project finance, mezzanine;
- Hybrids – convertibles;
- Share buy-backs;
- Capital restructuring.
Through our senior team, we are able to access an extensive network of institutional, private equity, venture capital, family office and high net worth investors.
Our networks cover both domestic markets as well as most capital centres in Asia, Europe and the USA.
We have a strong track record acting as the lead manager and corporate adviser on a range of IPOs and secondary issues, securing development and growth capital for small to mid-market companies.
With our focus on understanding the business, we carry out extensive due diligence on the companies that we raise capital for and once comfortable with the investment thesis, we will partner with other appropriate advisers if and when required in order to achieve the best outcome for our client. Ultimately our focus is to seek the best source of capital that meets both the company and the investors’ needs.
Under our AFSL, we also have the capability to underwrite our public company capital raisings providing certainty to stakeholders.
Corporate Broking is our advisory business which supports listed clients on a broad range of advice including ASX listing obligations, investor relations and share register compositions.
We provide an extensive range of investor relations advice to our clients to ensure timely, relevant and transparent communication with their shareholder base while adhering to regulatory requirements.
Our dedicated institutional broking teams have extensive relationships with small to mid-market fund managers, family offices and high net worth investors and we work closely with retail stockbrokers to enhance our distribution across retail investor networks.
We provide stockbroking services across all ASX listed equities utilising the FinClear trading platform.
In our capacity as corporate broker we provide support with:
- Capital markets advice including all aspects of investor relations, ASX listing and disclosure rules;
- Preparation of announcements, Annual Reports, Prospectus, investor presentations
- Stakeholder communications of the investment case by our sales team;
- Coordination of roadshows (domestic and international);
- Share registry development and optimisation; and
- After-market support for IPOs and off market trading to support equity placements (including institutional block trades).
The corporate broking team aims to develop share registers to support capital raisings, fund acquisitions and growth strategies and provide liquidity as the company develops.
The team have significant capital markets experience across all sectors and draw upon their broad investor networks to support listed companies.
We’re not a professional service firm, we’re a team of business owners. We’ve been in your shoes and we get what it takes.
Alexis is in her final year of completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University. Before finding her passion in corporate finance, Alexis gained valuable skills from work experience at Grant Thornton and Minter Ellison.
Outside of the office, Alexis is an avid member of the rowing community; having represented Australia on an international stage, she also coaches schoolgirls at Methodist Ladies College. Off the water, Alexis enjoys watching live music and travelling.
Scott has 24+ years professional experience across corporate advisory, investment banking and chartered accounting working primarily with small–mid market private and public growth businesses.
Scott has developed strong industry knowledge and transactional experience within the food & beverage and transportation/logistics sectors having advised on and completed a number of significant transactions.
Previously, Scott was the Director of Growth and Acquisition Finance at Investec Bank Plc where he advised on debt and equity solutions for small and mid-market companies.
Prior to Investec, Scott was a Director of Transaction Services at Pitcher Partners (Melbourne), a position he accepted after moving back to Australia following 4 years in the UK as an Associate Partner at Smith & Williamson, one of the UK’s leading accounting firms.
Scott is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and was previously a Non-Exec Director of a private equity-backed mining services company.
Grace joined in 2011 as Executive Assistant being one of the longest serving employees at Henslow. Grace serves as a primary contact for external offices, along with supporting the growing team & providing administrative, secretarial & office management assistance.
Grace has previously worked in top tier law firms in both Australia and the UK.
Ryan has 23+ years professional experience within corporate finance, stock broking, private equity and research roles with a focus on both listed and unlisted companies.
Over his career, Ryan has gained considerable experience within the general industrial and health care sectors and has a strong track record of building and investing in entrepreneurial and family-owned businesses.
Prior to Henslow, Ryan was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Austock Group, overseeing the Corporate and Securities, Property and Asset Management, Private Equity and Life Insurance businesses.
Prior to becoming COO, Ryan was an Executive Director of Austock Securities and Corporate businesses and established and ran the Private Equity operations. Ryan was also responsible for growing the Research department from zero to 20+ employees whilst maintaining profitability and positioning it as Australia’s highest rated non-bulge bracket Research department.
Ryan is currently a Non-Executive Director of Boardroom Pty Ltd, a growing tech-focused share registry and corporate secretarial company, as well as Red Door, an emerging food wholesaler.
Outside of work, Ryan is a keen golfer who is gradually working on improving his handicap down to single figures.
Justin has extensive experience working with growing companies in both Australia and the UK as both a leader and adviser, in particular in the financial services and resources sectors.
Justin has been a director of a number of listed and unlisted companies in Australia and UK. Justin has a passion for working with entrepreneurs, helping them manage growth and scale their business effectively, especially in the listed environment.
He has been actively involved in a number of IPOs and larger capital raisings for Henslow and is interested in working with under-covered high growth listed companies.
Justin was educated in England at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. As well as being a co-founder of Henslow, he is Chairman of Henslow investee company Neo Products.
Chris has been advising local and multinational companies for more than 25 years.
Commencing his career with Deloitte’s London office, where he became a director, he became the head of Strategy and Acquisitions for WHSmith PLC, before moving to Melbourne in 2001 to become the regional CFO for WH Smith Asia Pacific which included the acquired businesses Angus and Robertson and Whitcoulls. After successfully exiting those businesses for WH Smith in 2004, he left the large corporate world and became an active investor and strategic adviser to small and medium sized growth companies. He is one of the founders of Henslow, establishing the company in 2011.
Chris’s experience spans a large number of private and public enterprises. His skills focus on general strategic advice, mergers and acquisitions (both sell side and buy side), private capital raises and transaction structuring. He has advised across many industries but has particular knowledge and expertise in the retail, tourism, media and technology sectors.
He was educated in England, attended City University, London and is a qualified chartered accountant.
Chris is a co-founding director of Henslow and chairman of Henslow investee companies, Atomos, Neo Products and Credo.
Sebastian began his career in Los Angeles with New Century Capital Partners in corporate advisory where he primarily assisted on transactions in the medical device field. After moving back to Australia, he joined Henslow in 2015 working primarily within their corporate team advising on M&A and capital raisings.
Whilst at Henslow, Sebastian has worked on a broad range of transactions across both the private and public markets building key skills to better advise clients throughout a transaction process.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Having an interest in the hospitality sector, Sebastian would one day like to open a hospitality venue. Enjoying the occasional game of tennis, he is also a member of Royal South Yarra Tennis Club.
Prior to joining Henslow, Paul was a co-founder and director of Baron with over 30 years’ experience of providing independent corporate advisory services. Paul has acquired extensive international reach through being country head since 1995 for Oaklins and, prior to founding Baron in 1987, as a divisional director of Morgan Grenfell, an international merchant bank.
Paul has a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an Advanced Diploma in Corporate Finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is a director of the ASX listed Ambition Group, Byron Energy and HKEX, listed Left Field Printing Limited, and a former Chairman of Peter Lehmann Wines.
Nick returned to Henslow in 2017 following two years working in the UK where he advised clients on transactions across the UK, Europe, USA, South America, Asia and Australia. In the UK, Nick worked at KPMG in their M&A team and for a private equity owned media company as an M&A manager. Nick originally joined Henslow in 2012 and prior to this commenced his career with PwC.
Nick has over 9 years M&A experience advising corporate, private equity and HNW clients on a range of complex buy-side, sell-side and capital raising engagements. Nick’s international experience was focused on the Technology, Media and Consumer Goods & Retail sectors.
Nick is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has completed a Masters in Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce.
Nick is a keen surfer and enjoys spending his weekends down on Victoria’s Surf Coast.
Tina has over 3 years of professional experience across corporate advisory, investment banking and asset management. She joined Henslow in 2017. Prior to that, Tina had worked at Ping An Asset Management Co., Ltd., China’s second largest asset management company, in Shanghai. She also held internship experience at Morgan Stanley and Ernst & Young.
Tina’s experience spans mergers and acquisitions (both sell side and buy side), capital raises and direct investments across infrastructure, real estate and municipal sectors.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Master of Finance degree from the University of Melbourne. She was a visiting student to Stern School of Business, New York University in 2011.
Tina is proficient in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She enjoys playing tennis and practising yoga in her spare time.
Prior to joining Henslow, Steve was a co-founder and director of Baron with over 30 years’ experience of providing independent corporate advisory services and was previously an executive director of Morgan Grenfell.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UNSW and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Steve is the Chairman of Blackmores and an independent director of ANZ Wealth Group, a subsidiary of the ANZ Bank. He is a former Deputy Chairman of Perpetual.
Anton Jovanovic has over 20 years’ experience working across various industries such as technology, retail, food and beverage, sport, health, mining services and automotive.
Commencing his career in finance, Anton then worked for Ford Motor Company before becoming a Director of a large retail automotive group. More recently he moved into management consulting helping a variety of companies in various industries. Prior to joining Henslow, Anton worked in technology with Catapult Sports helping them buy various companies and integrating them into the global business.
Anton’s experience has enabled him to develop a strong operational and strategic background with extensive experience in buying and integrating companies. His skills focus on strategic and operational advice which often includes execution, mergers and acquisitions, as well as private capital raises.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.
Spencer has a passion for being part of a client’s growth and success story. With time spent at PwC Australia, his expertise is in buy-side and sell-side of mergers & acquisitions, and strategic advisory.
While still at university, Spencer interned at Canaccord Genuity and Paragon Funds Management as an analyst. During this time, he developed a range of knowledge and skills which fuelled his passion for financial markets, investing and entrepreneurship. After graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Spencer began working with PricewaterhouseCoopers. During this time, Spencer gained valuable experience in financial analysis, modelling, and valuation.
As a AFL and NBA fanatic, you’ll never meet anyone else who can match his sports trivia knowledge. Whether it’s on the pitch or in the office, he’s all about kicking goals.
Adam has over 17 years of investment markets experience gained from roles in institutional stockbroking and funds management.
These roles include institutional research & sales trading and buy side equities dealing. Over this time Adam’s focus has primarily been on ASX listed micro & small cap companies. Adam has a Bachelor of International Business and graduate diploma of applied finance.
With experience in large and medium-size consultancy firms, Thomas’ background in auditing and investment allows him to seek out creative solutions at every corner. As a Senior Associate at EY Thomas specialised in consultancy and audit services, heading up flagship audits for clients such as UBS and AMP.
After EY, Thomas followed his interest in investment as an Associate at boutique asset investment firm C2 Capital where he was involved in a range of deals amounting to over $1 billion of capital raising.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) with a major in finance and management from the University of Melbourne. He combines his exposure to large-scale clients with his financial knowledge to ideate creative investment strategies at Henslow. Thomas seeks to learn from the best and sees his client’s potential for growth is endless.
When he’s not strategising Thomas can be found backing the Richmond Tigers and enjoying good food with his family.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
James is a chartered accountant with 10 years of experience across industry and professional services in both Australia and UK.
Commencing his career with KPMG’s Melbourne office, James worked within the consumer & industrial markets and energy & natural resource sectors, on various size clients which included BHP Billiton, Incitec Pivot, Toll Group, Rip Curl Group, BMW Australia and Hawthorn Football Club. After 5 years working in professional services, James moved across to commercial finance within Coles and became the Finance Business Partner of Coles Brand. After two successful years at Coles, James took the opportunity to move to London and work as both the Head of Finance at Browns the subsidiary of Farfetch, a private equity backed luxury fashion retailer and Financial Controller of Lipsy, a multi channel retailer which had been recently acquired by multinational retailer Next plc (FSTE 100).
Prior to joining Henslow, Peter was a director of Baron since 2000. He has over 25 years’ experience of providing independent corporate advisory services and previously held senior advisory and management positions within Hambros merchant bank.
Peter has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Strathclyde University and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Nathan has 15 years commercial experience in a variety of markets in both Europe and Australia. His passion for understanding the customer and managing change align to create a continuous improvement attitude he brings to Credo and its offering to customers. Always keen for open discussion with his internal team and customers, through collaboration he is focussed on Credo and its people being the market leading retail services partner.
Antony has more than 20 years in investment banking, corporate and legal advisory services.
After a brief time as a lawyer with Jerrard & Stuk, Antony spent 7 years with Rothschild including two years in the Group’s New York office. He then spent 9 years as a director at SLM Corporate. After 3 years as an Executive Director managing Keybridge Capital, Antony joined Henslow as part of the Corporate and Capital teams.
Antony’s experience spans a diverse range of transactions and corporate advisory roles across both small and large public companies and private enterprises. His skills focus on general strategic advice, mergers and acquisitions (both sell side and buy side), private capital raising and transaction structuring. He has advised across many industries but has particular knowledge and expertise in the telecoms, technology, retail, and business services sectors.
Antony holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.
Antony is currently a director of MSP Photography (Australia’s premier School Photography company), and has been a director of a number of small ASX listed companies including Dotz Nano and PTB Group. He was also formerly a director and President of the Melbourne chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organisation.
Karl Warrener has spent the last 4 years in financial services working for a European start-up and Australian retail banking ecosystems.
Karl started his career whilst studying as a relationship advisor with Australia’s first B Corp accredited financial institution, Beyond Bank.
After Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business it seemed only right to test his knowledge overseas and move to Berlin. After arriving in Germany, Karl began working for N26 – one of the fastest-growing mobile banks in Europe. After spending two years living in Europe, Karl returned home to Canberra where he started his new adventure at Henslow’s Canberra office.
Karl’s passion lies in working closely with founders in both technology, building and construction industries.
Karl also picked up a passion for European handball whilst overseas and he is now volunteering with ACT handball to establish grassroots development of the sport here in Australia.
Josh has been working with local and multinational clients for the last 6 years. Commencing his career with EY in Melbourne, he spent 2 years in the Assurance division before moving to the Transactions Advisory Services practice where he became a manager. Josh joined the Henslow team in 2018.
Josh has advised on a range of complex local and cross-border transactions relating to trade sale, acquisition and IPO processes for corporate and private equity clients. His experience covers a broad range of sectors including consumer products, technology, agriculture and mining.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Outside of work, Josh enjoys playing golf, travelling and watching live music.
Jonathan has 25+ years professional experience in corporate finance and public markets with a core expertise in ECM and M&A, primarily servicing small to mid-market companies and with particularly strong sector expertise within FMCG, financial services and technology.
Over this period, Jonathan has been involved in over 20 IPOs, ECM transactions that have collectively raised in excess of $2.5B, and M&A transactions with a combined enterprise value exceeding $2B.
Prior to Henslow, Jonathan was a Director and the Head of Corporate Finance at Austock Group, a role he held for over 10 years.
Previously, Jonathan worked in the corporate departments of two other Tier 2 brokerage firms in Melbourne and Perth and with The international firm’s corporate planning and development arm.
Jonathan is currently a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed – Austock Group (ASX:ACK), Vita Life Sciences (ASX:VSC) and Sensera Ltd (ASX:SE1).
Jonathan is also a member (Chair of the investment committee) of the Melbourne Angels, an early-stage investor group focused on high-growth Australian businesses
Jonathan is an avid ice hockey player and spends his weekends managing a small farm in country Victoria.
Noel began his career at Deloitte Private, building his skills and knowledge to become a senior analyst.
Since Deloitte, Noel worked as a client advisor for Maxim Chartered Accountants. During his time at Maxim, he worked with the National Disability Insurance Scheme to develop a population modelling tool. Noel then moved to P2 Advisory in Canberra where he has spent the last 3 years as senior client advisor and manager. This is where he found his passion for data and renewable energy.
Noel holds a Bachelor of Applied Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting from the University of Canberra. He thrives on understanding the key drivers of a business by using their collected data to report and forecast.
When he’s not crunching numbers and plotting graphs, you’ll likely find Noel in the gym training in mixed martial arts or out in the ocean, training for his next long-distance ocean swim.
Paul Dickson has over 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has worked with a number of stockbroking firms including Ord Minett Ltd, Colonial Stockbroking and BNP Paribas where Paul was Head of Desk in Wholesale Stockbroking.
Paul was a founding Director and shareholder of Paradigm Capital which was a boutique Corporate Advisory firm which raised seed capital, private equity and was the corporate advisor to two companies that listed on the ASX along with many ASX listed small and mid-cap mining companies. Paradigm was very active and successful in raising money via share placements to both sophisticated investors and institutions until it was sold in July 2007.
Paul was recently a director of Proserpine Partners Pty Ltd, which is a private equity business which also provides a range of services including capital raising and general corporate advice. Paul is also a non-executive Chairman of the ASX listed Terrain Minerals Ltd and non-executive acting Chairman of ASX-listed Alligator Energy Ltd.
Paul’s qualifications are B.Ed. Grad Dip TA. F Fin.
Including many cross-border transactions, have been completed in the past 5 years
Oaklins is the world’s most experienced mid-market M&A advisor, with 850 professionals globally and dedicated industry teams in 45 countries worldwide. We have closed over 1,700 transactions in the past five years. As part of a global organisation, with eyes and ears on the ground locally, our clients have access to potential buyers and sellers everywhere — from Stockholm to Shanghai, from New York to São Paulo. Through our cross-border collaboration, we can close the best and most suitable deals for each client.
By seamlessly collaborating across borders, we combine our local experience in sell- and buy-side M&A, capital raising, corporate broking and active management & investing with the capabilities of 850 passionate colleagues around the world. Working as part of the Oaklins team, we can find exceptional opportunities and bring them to fruition.
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