Our Team

Gresham’s Corporate Advisory Team is comprised of 40 executives and 10 senior advisors across our three offices.

Corporate Advisory

Directors

Bruce McLennan

Managing Director and Co-Head of Advisory, Sydney

Bruce joined Gresham in 2006 and is Managing Director and Co-Head of Gresham's Corporate Advisory business. He is a Non-Executive Director of Kingspan Group Plc and a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel. Bruce is a CPA; a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. 

Bruce has over 30 years experience in investment banking. Prior to joining Gresham, Bruce was Managing Director and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch Australia (1997-2006), a partner at Centaurus Corporate Finance (1993-1997); and worked at Kleinwort Benson in Sydney, Melbourne and London (1985-1993). 

Bruce’s experience spans a broad range of industries and corporate finance transactions both domestically and globally including mergers and acquisitions advice and capital raisings (including equity, hybrid and debt).

Some of the major companies that Bruce has provided advice to include AMP, NAB, IAG, ANZ, Allianz and QBE in financial services; Telstra, Ten Network and Fairfax in telecommunications and media; BHP, DUET, North, MIM, Normandy and Oil Search in resources and energy; Fosters, Goodman Fielder, David Jones and Coles Myer in consumer and retail; Asciano in rail, port and logistics; Lend Lease, Stockland, Galileo and Australand in real estate.

Major transactions on which Bruce has advised include Asciano on its takeover defence from Qube consortium and Brookfield consortium; BHP on its demerger of South32; DUET on its takeover defence from CKI; David Jones on its takeover defence from Woolworths of South Africa; Foster’s on its takeover defence from SABMiller,  and the demerger and IPO of Treasury Wine Estates; Lend Lease on the Barangaroo South development including the Crown Hotel and Casino, acquisition of Valemus from Bilfinger Berger, defence of its unlisted wholesale funds from GPT, sale of its Aged Care Business to Archer Capital, its two capital raisings of $1.2bn, its acquisition and recapitalisation of Primelife, its separation from GPT and the sale of its US real estate investment businesses; Telstra on its proposals with the National Broadband Network and on T3; Dun & Bradstreet Inc. on the sale of its Australian and New Zealand businesses to Archer Capital; Fairfax’s takeover of Text Media; Nufarm on its strategic review and refinancing; NAB on the acquisition of Challenger’s mortgage origination business; Roc’s takeover of Anzon; Wattyl’s takeover defence from Valspar; Coles Myer on its acquisition of Theo’s Liquor; Galileo’s acquisition, capital raisings and joint venture with New Plan; Novus Petroleum’s takeover defence from Medco / Santos; MIM’s scheme of arrangement with Xstrata; Oil Search on its takeover of Orogen and subsequent divestment of its mineral assets; the takeover defence of North from Rio Tinto; Allianz’s acquisition of HIH’s personal insurance business; ANZ on the acquisition of Primary Industry Bank’s mortgage origination business; Ten Network on the sale of Canwest’s 56% shareholding; Worldcom’s takeover of OzEmail; Seven Network’s takeover of Unwired; the defence of AMP Retail Property Trust and AMP Diversified Property Trust; AMP on the scheme of arrangement to acquire the outstanding 43% shareholding in GIO; Crane on its acquisitions of Tradelink, Hardie Iplex, Mico Wakefield and takeover offer for Milnes; Advance Bank on its merger with St George and prior to that Advance Bank’s acquisition of Bank SA; and the divestment and IPO of David Jones. 

Tel: +61 2 9221 5133

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Neville Spry

Managing Director and Co-Head of Advisory, Sydney

Neville joined Gresham in 1989 and is Managing Director and Co-Head of Gresham's Corporate Advisory business

Neville has over 20 years experience in corporate advisory activities and has provided advice to leading Australian and international companies in most industry sectors, including resources, agribusiness, wealth management, finance and banking, insurance, property, retail, health care, utilities and information technology.

These transactions include public markets transactions such as hostile and recommended takeover offers and defences and takeovers and mergers by scheme of arrangement; private treaty transactions such as business and asset divestments and acquisitions; and equity and debt capital raisings. 

Recent examples of public markets transactions that Neville has led include Wesfarmers acquisition of Coles Group Limited (Australia’s largest ever transaction at $21 billion), Centennial Coal, PMP's merger with IPMG, Wesfarmers acquisition of OAMPs Limited, the sale of Stargames Limited to Shufflemaster Inc., and the takeover defence for Ridley Corporation Limited. In private treaty transactions, Neville has led teams advising on the divestment of Millers Self Storage by Security Capital European Realty, the divestment of Premier Coal, the divestment of the OAMPs and Crombie Lockwood insurance broking business to AJ Gallagher, the divestment of the Lumley and WFI insurance underwriting businesses to IAG Limited, the divestment of Witchery Group and Ramsay Health Care’s acquisition of Affinity Health. Neville has also provided advice on a number of significant fund raising transactions including the $5.1 billion recapitalisation of Prime Infrastructure, the $200 million hybrid raising for Valad Property Group and the $2.6 billion and $4.6 billion rights issues for Wesfarmers.

Prior to joining Gresham Partners, Neville was with Deloitte Haskins and Sells.

Neville completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of South Australia and is also a graduate of the Executive Program run by Stanford University in conjunction with the National University of Singapore.

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Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

David Feetham

Deputy Chairman, Sydney

David is Deputy Chairman of Gresham's corporate advisory business, Gresham Advisory Partners Limited.

Under his leadership from 1995 - 2013, this business grew from seven executives to be the market-leading independent investment bank in mergers & acquisitions. In this period, Gresham successfully executed well over 150 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $270bn, participated in many of the largest and most complex transactions in Australian history and grew its corporate advisory team to more than 30 executives with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. David has also led the development and implementation of several international alliance relationships.

David has 32 year’s experience in M&A with personal involvement in over 140 advisory assignments including 5 of the 10 largest ever Australian transactions. More recently his transactions have included the $8bn acquisition of Toll Holdings by Japan Post; the offer by BHP Billiton for Rio Tinto; the proposed BHP/Rio iron ore joint venture; the offer by BG Group for Origin Energy; the acquisition of Coles Group by Wesfarmers - Australia's largest completed transaction ($20bn), and the formation of the $1.6bn USG Boral plasterboard joint venture.

David has had a significant involvement in the global resources sector consolidation having acted in assignments involving companies producing coking and steam coal, oil, gas, iron ore, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, nickel, gold, copper and uranium. These completed assignments have included acting for: BG Group in its acquisition of Pure Energy; a Chinese SOE in its acquisition of a strategic stake in PanAust; Billiton in the merger of BHP and Billiton (Australia's then largest ever transaction); Xstrata in its offer for WMC Resources; MIM in its acquisition by scheme of arrangement by Xstrata; Billiton in the merger of its nickel interests with QNI and its acquisition of QNI.

Beyond the resources sector, David has also led major transactions in the property, finance, health, industrial, engineering and contracting, mining services, transport and food and beverage sectors. These transactions have included hostile and recommended takeover offers and defences; takeovers and mergers by scheme of arrangement; cross-border mergers via the formation of a dual listed company; reconstructions; financial restructuring; refinancing and equity and debt capital raisings; business and asset sales and purchases; the formation of joint ventures and the provision of strategic advice.

David has been regularly named in reviews and short lists of the country's leading investment bankers.

Before joining Gresham Partners, David spent 9 years with Macquarie Bank in Sydney (including two years on secondment to Hill Samuel Bank in London) and a further three years as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie.

David holds Bachelors degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney.

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Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000

Charles Graham

Managing Director, Sydney

Charles is Managing Director of Gresham Partners Limited.

Charles has advised Gresham clients across a range of transactions including Platinum Equity on their acquisition of a majority stake in Sensis from Telstra, Bank of Queensland on the acquisition of Investec Bank Australia, Woodside on the partial unwind of the Shell shareholding, Treasury Group on its cross-border merger with Northern Lights Capital, Resimac on the acquisition of RHG’s loan book, DUET on their internalisation of management from AMP and Macquarie and sale to CKI, KKR on the acquisition of Pepper Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the asset swap of a stake in Sydney Airport for interests in Brussels and Copenhagen Airports and advising Telstra’s Board on negotiations with the Australian Government and NBN Co.

Prior to joining Gresham, Charles was a Managing Director with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. He had a significant role in transactions for clients including News Corporation, Time Warner, Nielsen, EMC Corporation, Intergraph, Philips, Dow Jones, Warner Music, EqualLogic, CommVault, Knight Ridder, and Affiliated Computer Services. Additionally, he has executed transactions for a range of global financial sponsors, or their portfolio companies, including Bain Capital, Blackstone, Carlyle, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, THLee and TPG Group.

Charles’ transaction experience spans across M&A and financings with a cumulative value of in excess of US$100 billion. Prior to Goldman, Sachs & Co., Charles worked for Rio Tinto at its aluminium operations, Comalco, in engineering and business development roles.

Charles holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Commerce from the University of Sydney where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar, a Masters degree in Information Technology from Deakin University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Charles is a non-executive director of Barminco Limited and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Charles is a Chairman of Musica Viva Australia and a Director of HCA Philanthropy and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.  He is Chapter Chair of YPO Sydney and Vice President of the Harvard Club of Australia.

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Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000 

Hugo Dudley-Smith

Managing Director, Sydney

Hugo joined Gresham in 2003 and is a Managing Director of Gresham's corporate advisory business.

Hugo has been involved in numerous M&A transactions and financing deals. Recent advisory roles have included: the takeover of David Jones by Woolworths Holdings, the sale of Zip Industries to Quadrant Private Equity, the sale of Lend Lease’s aged care business (Primelife) to Archer Capital, the takeover of Coffey International by Tetra Tech Inc., the acquisition of CRA Australia by Thorn Group, and the acquisition of Embracia Aged Care by McKenzie Aged Care Group.

Other roles have included the acquisition of Valemus by Lend Lease, the takeover of Wattyl Limited by Valspar Corporation, the acquisition of Affinity Health by Ramsay Health Care, the sale of Lend Lease’s engineering consulting business to Jacobs Engineering Group, the sale of Coffey Rail and related entitlement offer conducted by Coffey International, the acquisition of Babcock & Brown Communities by Lend Lease, the sale of Unwired Group to Seven Network, the initial public offering of Radio Rentals and various equity raisings for Lend Lease.

Prior to his time with Gresham, Hugo spent five years working in London and Sydney for Goldman Sachs in their Corporate Finance team.

Hugo studied at the University of Edinburgh and received a First Class Honours in Civil Engineering.

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Matt Keenan

Managing Director, Melbourne

Matt joined Gresham in 2011 as a Managing Director of Gresham’s corporate advisory business, Gresham Advisory Partners Limited, and is based in Melbourne.

Matt has over 20 years experience in investment banking and corporate advisory. Prior to joining Gresham, Matt was Head of Transport & Infrastructure within the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch, which he joined in 2004. Matt has also held senior positions with UBS Australia, KMPG and Winstar Partnership.

Over his career, Matt has worked with numerous corporate, pension fund and government clients across a broad range of industries including infrastructure, transport, consumer goods, technology, forestry, engineering, chemicals, gaming, packaging and manufacturing.  

Between 2009 and 2011, Matt was a lead advisor to the Queensland Government in relation to its $15bn privatisation programme which included the sale of Forestry Plantations Queensland, Port of Brisbane, Abbot Point Coal Terminal and Queensland Motorways as well as the IPO of QR National (now Aurizon).

Matt is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Tel: +61 3 9664 0300

Level 39, 120 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 

Michael Lishman

Managing Director, Perth

Michael is a Managing Director of Gresham's Corporate Advisory business and head of Gresham's Western Australia office.

Before joining Gresham, Michael had a long career as a partner and an M&A lawyer at King Wood Mallesons; his own boutique firm; and magic circle firm, Clifford Chance.  Michael has acted on many of Western Australia’s largest M&A transactions in recent years, including in oil and gas, mining, financial services and transport sectors.      

His experience includes public company takeovers and schemes, private M&A and complex restructures.  Examples of transactions Michael acted on are:  the sale of Australian Railroad Group by Wesfarmers and Genesee  & Wyoming;  the sale of Jubilee Mines to Xstrata; for HBOS Australia on the sale of BankWest to Commonwealth Bank; the sale of Coogee Resources to PTTEP; the acquisition of 49% of Talison Lithium by Rockwood Holdings; and Apache’s sale of LNG interests to Woodside.

Michael has a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne and in 2002 completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.  Michael is a Member of the Council of Curtin University. 

Tel: +61 8 9486 7077

Level 3 28 The Esplanade Perth WA 6000

Darren MacGregor

Managing Director, Sydney

Darren joined Gresham Partners in 2008 and is a Managing Director within the Corporate Advisory business. 

Whilst retaining a particular interest in the Agriculture and Healthcare space, Darren has a broad range of M&A transaction experience across multiple sectors including: Agriculture, Healthcare, Consumer/Retail, Industrials and TMT.  Darren has completed a full range of transactions including sell-side, buy-side, JV/merger, private equity, recapitalisation transactions and detailed strategic reviews.

Recent transaction roles at Gresham include: Japan Post’s $8bn acquisition of Toll Holdings, Ruralco’s acquisition of water services business Total Eden, Boral’s US$1.6bn Plasterboard JV with USG, Platinum Equity’s $454m acquisition of 70% of Sensis and Treasury Group’s merger with Northern Lights.

Darren’s previous investment banking roles included 4 years with JPMorgan (including 2 years with JPMorgan in London) and a year within ABN Amro’s Infrastructure Capital/PPP transaction team.  Darren was a management consultant with AT Kearney for 3 years prior to investment banking.

In addition to client responsibilities and execution roles, Darren has responsibility for Gresham’s recruitment and training and development programme. 

In 2014, Darren completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University in the US.  Darren is a UNSW Co-op Scholar and has a BSc in Business and IT from the UNSW.

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Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Peter Scott

Deputy Chairman, Melbourne

Peter joined Gresham in 2015 and is Deputy Chairman of Gresham's Corporate Advisory business. 

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate advisory work. Prior to joining Gresham in 2015, Peter spent 16 years at UBS, having been a Managing Director and then Vice Chairman, Investment Banking.

During his time at UBS, Peter has advised numerous large Australian companies and governments on a range of assignments including:

  • AMP’s acquisition of the Australia/New Zealand assets of Axa Asia Pacific ($4.4bn)
  • China Minmetal’s acquisition of selected OZ Minerals assets (US$1.4bn)
  • The acquisition of St. George Bank by Westpac ($18.6bn)
  • The acquisition of Symbion Health by Primary Health Care ($3.5bn)
  • The acquisition by OneSteel of Smorgon Steel Group by ($3.4bn)
  • The acquisition of Rinker by Cemex ($16.5bn)
  • The merger of AGL/Alinta infrastructure assets ($14bn)
  • National Foods’ responses to takeover bids from Fonterra and San Miguel ($1.9bn)
  • WMC Resources’ response to takeover bids from Xstrata and BHP Billiton ($9.2bn)
  • Tabcorp’s acquisition of Tab ($2.5bn)
  • Tabcorp’s acquisition of Jupiter’s ($1.7bn)

Prior to UBS, Peter worked at Centaurus Corporate Finance (where he was a Director for eight years) and at Merrill Lynch (which acquired Centaurus in 1997).

Peter has a Masters of Commerce (First Class Honours) from The University of Auckland.

Peter was an active member of the Australian Takeovers Panel from 2002 – 2014 and of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel from 2008 – 2014.

Tel: +61 3 9664 0300

Level 39, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Mark Stevens

Managing Director, Melbourne

Mark joined Gresham in 2009 and is a Managing Director of Gresham’s corporate advisory business.

Mark has over 16 years’ experience in investment banking, corporate advisory and law.  Mark’s experience extends across a broad range of sectors and corporate finance transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, divestments, demergers and capital raisings.

Mark has advised on numerous major transactions, both domestically and internationally, including: Asciano on its takeover defence and subsequent scheme of arrangement with a consortium including Qube, Brookfield, GIP, CPPIB, CIC, GIC, bcIMC and QIA; BHP Billiton on the demerger of South32; Foster’s on its takeover defence and subsequent scheme of arrangement with SABMiller; Foster’s on the demerger of Treasury Wine Estates; Asciano on the strategic review of its ports business; the controlling shareholder in The North Australian Pastoral Company on the sale of a majority interest to QIC; Computershare on the sale of Connectnow to AGL; Dun & Bradstreet Inc. on the sale of its Australian and New Zealand businesses to Archer Capital; Sensis on the sale of Location Navigation to TomTom NV; Transaction Capital on the acquisition of Recoveries Corporation; AustralianSuper on the sale of its interests in Loy Yang; PepsiCo Inc. on the acquisition of Russia’s largest juice company, JSC Lebedyansky; Medi-Clinic International on the acquisition of the largest private healthcare group in Switzerland, Hirslanden AG; Nordzucker AG on its acquisition of Danisco Sugar AS; the IPO of one of Russia’s largest food companies and the IPO of IOOF Limited on the ASX.

Prior to joining Gresham, Mark worked as a Vice President at Dresdner Kleinwort in London. Mark has also worked as a lawyer in the corporate team at DLA Piper.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, he has completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment at the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and has been admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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Level 39, 120 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Julian Babich

Executive Director, Sydney

Julian joined Gresham Partners in 2016 as an Executive Director within the Corporate Advisory business. 

Julian has over 12 years of experience advising on corporate strategy and M&A transactions across a broad range of sectors, including regulated utilities, transport infrastructure, natural resources and energy infrastructure, property, telecommunications and agriculture.

Notable transaction experience includes: 

  • (2017) Acting for Lendlease on its partial sale of Lendlease Retirement Living into a joint venture with APG;
  • (2017) Acting for Palisade on its acquisition of Sunshine Coast Airport;
  • (2016) Acting for the Lonsdale consortium comprising the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and Borealis on its acquisition of a 50 year lease of Port of Melbourne; 
  • (2015) Acting for a consortium comprising IFM and QIC on its bid for TransGrid;
  • (2014) Acting for a consortium comprising IFM and QIC on its bid for QCLNG Pipeline;
  • (2012-13) Acting for Archer Daniels Midland on its multi-phase 19.9% stakebuild in GrainCorp and the subsequent recommended takeover offer for GrainCorp;
  • (2012) Acting for BG Group on the disposal of a part interest in QCLNG upstream tenements and an LNG train; and,
  • (2010-11) Acting for Telstra on its multi-pronged cooperation agreement with the government-owned NBN Co.

Prior to joining Gresham, Julian worked for Macquarie for 5 years (in Australia and South Korea) and then for Barclays for 6 years (based in Australia).

Julian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Finance (Dean’s Honor Roll) from INSEAD.

Chris Branston

Executive Director, Perth

Chris joined Gresham in 2005 and is an Executive Director of Gresham’s corporate advisory business. From 2006 - 2010 Chris worked in the firm’s Sydney office before returning to Perth.

Chris has advised on corporate strategy and transactions across a broad range of sectors, including resources and resources services, property, retail, financials, media and telecommunications.

Chris’ transaction experience includes Southern Cross Electrical Engineering’s acquisition of Heydey5; Barminco’s US$350m senior notes offering; Woodside’s partial unwind of the Shell shareholding; the acquisition of Clough by Murray & Roberts; the acquisition of Little World Beverages by Lion; Wesfarmers’ sale of Premier Coal to Yancoal Australia; Wesfarmers’ sale of enGen to Energy Developments; Cedar Woods Properties’ response to a takeover proposal; Telstra’s proposal with the National Broadband Network; Lend Lease’s initial strategic investment in, and subsequent privatisation of, Babcock & Brown Communities; Wesfarmers’ acquisition of Coles Group and Wesfarmers’ sale of Australian Railroad Group to QR and Babcock & Brown.

Prior to joining Gresham, Chris worked as a solicitor at Blakiston & Crabb (now Gilbert & Tobin), where he advised on capital raisings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate governance.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (Distinction) and Bachelor of Commerce degree (First Class Honours in Economics and Finance) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA (National Dux).

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Paul Duske

Executive Director, Melbourne

Paul joined Gresham in 2001 and is an Executive Director of Gresham's corporate advisory business.

Paul has worked on a wide range of transactions and assignments in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, natural resources, manufacturing and industrial services.
Before joining Gresham Partners, Paul worked for 10 years with UBS Warburg in corporate finance and two years with ANZ in its venture capital activities.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School where he graduated as a Tuck Scholar.

Tel: +61 3 9664 0300

Level 39, 120 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Michail Lagogiannis

Executive Director, Melbourne

Michail joined Gresham in 2005 and is an Executive Director of Gresham’s corporate advisory business.

Michail advises clients on mergers, acquisitions and restructuring transactions across a wide range of industries. Assignments have included agreed and hostile takeovers, private treaty acquisitions and disposals, equity and debt capital raisings and corporate restructures.

Michail has advised on some of Australia’s largest forestry transactions; the sale of Forest Enterprises Australia on behalf of its Receivers and banking group, The Campbell Group’s $670m acquisition of the South Australian Government’s forestry plantations and the $415m sale of the Great Southern forestry estate on behalf of its Receivers and banking group.  Other notable assignments include the sale of Nexus Energy Limited to Seven Group Holdings Limited, various advisory assignments for Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, the Sale of Boral’s windows business, advice to Rural Funds Management in relation to the IPO of Rural Funds Group, the $300m merger of Stuart Petroleum with Senex Energy, the sale of Minelab to Codan Limited, the Regis $600m capital restructure and merger with Retirement Care Australia, the $175m takeover defence of Orchard Petroleum Limited and advising the Receivers of CopperCo Limited. 

Prior to joining Gresham, Michail worked with Ferrier Hodgson, gaining significant experience in a broad range of trade sales, strategic business reviews and corporate restructuring assignments. Two notable examples include the IPO of Zinifex and the restructure of Sons of Gwalia. 

Michail holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2001, Michail completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School, which included an exchange to Georgetown University in Washington DC.  In 2007, Michail won the National Dux Prize for the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  Michail is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association.

Tel: +61 3 9664 0300

Level 39, 120 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Stephen O'Shaughnessy

Executive Director, Sydney

Stephen has more than 15 years’ experience in the corporate finance industry and has worked on a wide range of M&A, equity and debt transactions in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.

Stephen’s primary focus is the financial services sector including banking, insurance, wealth management and structured finance.

Recent transactions that Stephen has advised on include: Bank of Queensland’s acquisition of Investec Bank Australia, Resimac’s acquisition of RHG, Thorn Group’s acquisition of Cash Resources Australia, Western Australia Government and Keystart’s divestment of a $1.4bn loan book and Resimac’s acquisition of Homeloans ltd.

Prior to Gresham Stephen worked in M&A advisory at ABN AMRO in London and the Investments and Advisory division at the National Australia Bank.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has completed the CFA program.

Tel: +61 2 9224 0213

Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Michael Smith

Executive Director, Perth

Michael joined Gresham in 2006, working in both the Perth and Sydney offices.

Michael has experience advising across a range of corporate activities and strategic initiatives, including buy-side and sell-side, public and private, equity capital markets and capital management transactions.  This includes advising clients across industries such as the retail, media, industrial, financial services, resources and energy sectors.

Notable transaction experience includes acting for Wesfarmers in the divestment of its Insurance businesses, its acquisition of Coles and two major equity capital raisings; Woodside Oil Search and Shell sell-down; Platinum Equity in its acquisition of 70% of Sensis from Telstra; Zip Industries in the acquisition of a majority interest by Quadrant Private Equity; Clough in the acquisition of minority interests by majority shareholder Murray & Roberts Group; Telstra in its negotiation with the Australian Government in relation to the NBN; BHP Billiton in its divestment of Yabulu Nickel Refinery; and WA News in the divestment of its interest in Hoyts.

Before commencing with Gresham, Michael was employed by Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) as a lawyer in the Mergers and Acquisitions team. 

Michael graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws (Distinction) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance majors). Michael also holds a FINSIA Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

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Level 3, 28 The Esplanade Perth WA 6000 Australia

Simon Weller

Executive Director, Sydney

Simon joined Gresham in 2013 as an Executive Director in the corporate advisory team based in Sydney.

He has over 15 years’ advisory experience at UBS and ABN AMRO in Sydney and JPMorgan in London, with a primary focus on the energy and resources sector. Simon has advised a broad range of clients encompassing private and public market M&A mandates at a corporate and asset level, as well as numerous  equity, debt and hybrid capital assignments.

Selected M&A advisory roles include the acquisition of Nexus Energy  by Seven Group, the investment by Wesfarmers in Quadrant Energy, Shell’s selldown of its stake in Woodside,  Arrow Energy’s takeover by Shell and PetroChina and demerger of Dart Energy, Shell’s divestment of its New Zealand downstream operations, ARC Energy’s merger with AWE and demerger of Buru Energy, Tinfos’ bid for Consolidated Minerals, ASX’s merger with the Sydney Futures Exchange, AGL’s divestment of 3.6% of PNG LNG to Nippon Oil and advising a consortium of Gaz de France, SNAM, Ruhrgas, Gazprom on its bid during the privatisation of the Czech gas transmission and distribution network.

Financing assignments include Aurora Oil & Gas’ high yield senior notes and reserve based revolving credit facility, placements and rights issues for Dart Energy, Tap Oil’s institutional placement and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Thailand assets, Santos’ hybrid capital issue to fund GLNG and PNG LNG, Woodside’s 2010 rights issue and various bond issuances, acquisition finance for ARC Energy’s bid for Anzon Australia,  and Beach Energy’s 2008 equity placement.

Simon holds a BSc honours degree in International Business and Modern Languages from Aston University in the UK.

Tel: +61 2 9224 0262

Level 17, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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