Our Team

Managing Directors

Magnus Hildingsson

Managing Director

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B.Sc (Hons) London School of Economics
Magnus has over twenty years private equity experience in originating, executing and managing investments. During this time he has completed transactions with a combined value in excess of $5 billion. Magnus has also held board directorships in a range of companies which together employ over 15,000 people.

Magnus joined Pemba Capital Partners from Cinven, a leading European private equity fund, where he was based in London and responsible for the Nordic region. At Cinven he completed investments in the business services, healthcare and industrials sectors.

Prior to Cinven, Magnus was at Intermediate Capital Group, a global alternative asset manager. At ICG he established the Stockholm office and ran the Nordic investment business. During this time Magnus completed transactions in a variety of sectors including consumer, healthcare, media and telecommunications.

Magnus started his career at Nomura with the investment banking team and then moved into private equity focusing on investments in emerging markets. Part of his time at Nomura was spent on secondment to one of the investee companies.

Magnus is a Director of Device Technologies, HMG, HR3, NDA, Placard and Vital Software.

Mark Summerhayes

Managing Director

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BA, MA (Econ) Cambridge
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1987, Mark spent seven years at Bain & Company advising corporates on a mix of strategy, M&A, and operational improvement projects. He was based in London, Munich and Sydney. Mark led assignments for leading European players in the FMCG, financial services, telecoms healthcare and industrial sectors.

In 1996 Mark co-founded SB Capital Partners, a private equity partnership, which was backed by Bain Capital, one of the leading US private equity firms. On the back of the success of this venture Bain Capital subsequently launched its first dedicated European buy-out fund.

In parallel to this activity, Mark assisted a wealthy Norwegian family build its own portfolio of private equity investments in both early and late stage situations and private equity funds. In 2001 Mark joined Smedvig Capital full time and as a Managing Director was one of the senior executives responsible for investing, managing and reporting on a diversified A$350m private equity portfolio.

Mark moved to Sydney in 2005 to join Pemba Capital Partners and co-led the spin out of the captive fund from Pemba in 2009 and then more recent $650m fundraising (backed by HarbourVest and a group of other global and local LPs) which established the firm as one of the leaders in its segment in Australia and NZ.

Mark is Chairman of the Board at Placard and Coverforce and a Director of Ausreo, Device Technologies, Instant Access, InteriorCo and JobReady.

Investment Team

Gareth Brown

Investment Team

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Gareth has been an intern with Pemba Capital Partners since early 2017. He is due to complete his Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology late 2018.

Gareth brings expertise to the team in areas such as software, data, analytics and AI.

Justin England

Investment Team

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B.Bus, CAIA, CA
Justin has over 5 years of experience in corporate finance advisory focusing on mergers & acquisitions, valuations and market entry.

Justin joined Pemba Capital Partners from KPMG’s South East Asian M&A team where he advised multinational strategics in Thailand and Myanmar. Over a three year period Justin was involved in over US$1bn worth of transactions covering a variety of sectors including; FMCG, real estate, downstream oil & gas, and telecommunications.

Prior to working in South East Asia, Justin was a specialist valuation professional at KPMG Sydney where he advised private equity clients, sovereign wealth funds and direct infrastructure investors. Justin began his career as an auditor within KPMG’s financial services group, focusing on funds management.

Justin is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Business.

George Georgiadis

Investment Team

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B.Com, LLB (Hons), MAppFin, CA
George joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2010. He has over eight years of experience in private equity, investment banking and middle market advisory. At Pemba, George was a member of the deal teams for Coverforce and Placard and has supported several investees with acquisitions and growth. George is currently a Director of InteriorCo, Heavy Maintenance Group and Coverforce and an Alternate Director of Placard.

Prior to joining Pemba George worked as an Executive in Macquarie Capital Advisers’ Industrials group across principal and corporate advisory transactions, and with Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory.

Robert Haybittel

Investment Team

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B.Com, CFA
Robert has over 6 years of investment banking experience in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and equity capital markets.

Robert joined Pemba Capital Partners from global investment bank Morgan Stanley where he advised private equity and corporate clients on deal mandates across a broad range of sectors including general industrials, healthcare, infrastructure & utilities and natural resources. Over a six year period Robert advised on deals worth in excess of A$20Bn.

Prior to Morgan Stanley Robert spent two years at stockbroking firm Ballieu Holst. Robert also spent several years competing on the professional tennis circuit.

Tom Matthews

Investment Team

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B.Sc (Hons) London School of Economics, MAppFin, CFA
Tom has over 15 years of experience in private equity, principal investment, investment banking and middle market advisory and valuations.

Tom joined Pemba in 2015 and has led a number of transactions across Pemba’s areas of sector focus. These include HR3, JobReady, Vital Software, VETTrack, Esher House, EmployGroup, Smart Loyalty and THREE60. Tom represents Pemba on the board of ReadyTech and Marque Group.

Tom joined Pemba from Sovereign Capital, the UK ‘Buy & Build’ specialist private equity fund, where he was based in London and focused on investing in mid-market consolidators in the healthcare, education and business services sectors. Tom was previously with the Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Bank Limited, which focused on principal investment opportunities across a variety of sectors.

Prior to Macquarie, Tom gained substantial transaction experience at Deloitte Corporate Finance both in Sydney and London. Tom’s primary areas of expertise at Deloitte Corporate Finance involved business valuations, independent expert’s reports and corporate advice.

Zac Zheng

Investment Team

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B.Com, LLB
Zac has over seven years of experience in private equity and special situations investing. Zac currently works with ReadyTech Group, a leading education and employment SaaS business in originating and executing buy & build opportunities.

Prior to joining Pemba Capital Partners, Zac spent three years working for INDIGO Investment Group focused in private equity and special situation opportunities. During his tenure, Zac was seconded to work with a portfolio company on a range of strategy, M&A, and operational improvement projects. Other notable transactions include fund raising for KKR’s Global Mezzanine Fund and allocation of capital to global ‘blue chip’ hedge fund managers on behalf of the family office.

Zac started his career with Ernst & Young covering banks, asset managers and financial services clients

Origination Team

Beau Davenport

Origination Team

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BA (Econ)
Origination Team
Beau has over 8 years of experience across the capital markets and financial services industries.

Prior to joining Pemba, Beau worked at S&P Global where he consulted banks, corporations, advisory and professional services firms on financial & market data implementation projects. He also managed the Pacific Financial Institutions and Corporates businesses, developing channel partnerships and designing & executing business development strategies for Australia and New Zealand.

Previously Beau worked at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. in New York as a part of the healthcare equity research team, covering healthcare information technology and pharmaceutical services.

Dan Murray

Origination Team

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Dan has over 5 years of experience in private equity, joining the Pemba Capital Partners team in 2017 from the Lidis family office.

Dan was involved in a number of high profile transactions, including Lennox Parramatta, a c.$400m mixed-use development delivered under PDA with Parramatta City Council.

Prior to LIDIS, Dan gained invaluable experience as part of a Dutch lead activist investor syndicate, targeting underperforming listed A-REITs.

Dan brings with him significant operational experience in the Vocational Education & Training sector.

Oriwa Williams

Origination Team

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Oriwa joins the Pemba Capital Partners team following on from 3 years at technology giant Apple Inc where she worked within enterprise and business solutions.

Oriwa specialised in creating transformative technology solutions within the healthcare and education sectors and handling small to medium business transactions.

Prior to Apple Inc Oriwa gained experience across various industries including social media, not for profit, media and communications, technology, food and liquor and retail.

Support Team

Susi Murphy

Support Team

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Cert IV Human Resources, DipMktg
Susi Murphy joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2005. Susi has over 25 years of experience working with CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Management. She has worked in various fields including merchant banking, funds management, healthcare and venture capital.

Susi’s previous employers include Macquarie Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, UBS Asset Management and the Sydney Futures Exchange.

Shannon Potts

Support Team

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B.Media Comm (Marketing & Public Relations), GCertMktg
Shannon Potts joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2007. Shannon’s experience includes Project Management at ABN AMRO and a managerial background in hospitality and information technology.

Previous employers also include KPMG, Telstra Enterprise Services, and Australian Business Technologies.

Renee Quarrie

Support Team

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B.Bus (Marketing & Advertising)
Renee has previously worked in marketing and customer experience roles. After completing her degree at Auckland University of Technology, Renee moved to London and after, Sydney. She has experience in a wide range of sectors including Law, Technology and Property.

Associates

Mike Courtnall

Associate

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Mike Courtnall  has over 40 years’ experience in the global steel industry working in UK, New Zealand, Australia, USA & Asia . He spent 21 years of his career holding senior leadership roles in BHP Steel & Bluescope.
 
Mike's last role was President of the Asian region of listed Bluescope Steel 2002-2006 with responsibilities for $1.0BN in turnover and over 4000 employees.
 
Since returning from Bluescope in addition to his role as Chairman of Ausreo, Mike has chaired the Australian Thailand Institute and sat on the advisory board at the Australian Thailand Business Council and undertaken a wide variety of consultancies.

David Martin

Associate

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David Martin started his career in the air-conditioning industry in 1957 with Bernard Hastie Co Ltd in the UK, progressing to London Manager before arriving in Australia to found Hastie Australia in 1970.

David was formerly the Executive Chairman of Hastie Australia and Non Executive Director of various other Hastie Group Companies.

As of August 2004, David resigned from all executive positions held with Hastie.

David has continued his involvement with Pemba in his capacity as the Chairman of Instant Access Holdings and as a Non- Executive Director of Ausreo Holdings.

Chris Nunis

Associate

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Chris Nunis has over 25 years’ experience working across numerous industries including Plastics, Automotive, Food, Mining Services and Payments.

After starting his career as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Chris spent 6 years at Orica Ltd in a variety of financial and operational roles culminating in his involvement in the consolidation of the PVC market in the region. In the last 18 years he has enjoyed considerable success with senior leadership roles within several Private Equity sponsored companies.

He is currently the CEO of Placard, a Pemba Capital sponsored investment where together with Pemba, the company has grown its geographic footprint and established itself into the market leading position across all its sectors – Finance, Government, Transit and Retail.

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