Senior Industry Professionals
From 1990 – 2009 Peter Costello served as a Member of the Australian House of Representatives and was Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia from March 1996 to December 2007.
He delivered twelve federal budgets including ten surpluses. During this period Australia’s Sovereign Credit Rating was updated twice to its current AAA rating.
Mr Costello set up Australia’s system of financial regulation establishing the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). He also established the Takeovers Panel.
In 2006, after Government debt was eliminated in net terms, Mr Costello initiated the Australian Future Fund. From its original deposit, the Future Fund has grown to hold around $170 billion in assets.
Mr Costello has served on the IMF Committee, as a World Bank Governor and Chairman of the Global Group of 20 Finance Ministers & Central Bankers (G-20).
After leaving politics in 2009, Mr Costello joined a number of international and domestic boards and was chair of the Independent Advisory Board to the World Bank.
Mr Costello is currently Chairman of the Future Fund. He is also Chairman of the Nine Entertainment Corporation.
Hamish Blackman is a Portfolio Manager in the External Investments and Partnerships (EIP) team for the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians) and is responsible for managers in buy-out, expansion capital, distressed credit, merger arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, shale energy and real estate.
Prior to joining the Fund in 2017, Hamish had spent eight years in London including in-house legal and investment roles at Northern Trust and F&C Investments and Senior Analyst in the hedge funds team for Auda International (BMW family office). Since returning to New Zealand, Hamish has been Director of Commercial Development at Craigmore Sustainables Group and Director in corporate finance at Murray & Co. Hamish has extensive experience in investment manager selection as well as structuring and executing investment transactions.
Hamish is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Canterbury and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1999.
Alicia Gregory is currently Head of Private Equity at Future Fund, Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund where she has responsibility for in excess of $22bn in assets invested in private equity. Prior to that she worked for MLC for 17 years, most recently as Head of Private Equity.
Alicia has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney, is a CFA charterholder and has completed the General Management Programme at INSEAD.
Ben Hart focuses on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships, and works with other members of the investor relations team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked at Capital Dynamics as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asia, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts in Asia and North America.
Before Capital Dynamics, Ben served as Managing Director at Aircom International, focused on improving regional business performance. He also held senior business development positions at Convergys Corporation, Alliance Digital, Inc., and the JM Network.
Katrina Liao is an Investment Principal responsible for origination and execution and is based in the firm’s London office. Prior to joining Coller Capital’s Investment team in 2013, Katrina spent 18 months in the Investor Relations team.
Prior to Coller Capital, Katrina was a Controller at InterMedia Partners, a private equity fund focused on the media industry. Previously, she worked as a Senior Associate at Ernst & Young Financial Services Office in New York.
Katrina has a BS (summa cum laude) in Finance from Oklahoma State University, an MS in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from INSEAD. She has also obtained her CPA license.
James Lilico is a Portfolio Manager in the Private Markets team at Sunsuper, a $72 billion profit-for-members superannuation fund. His role encompasses portfolio construction, investment research, selection and execution and ongoing review and reporting across the private capital and property asset classes.
The private capital portfolio is a programme of over $4.5 billion, which consists of primary and secondary fund investments and co-investments across the buyout, venture, distressed, natural resources and real estate areas. Mr. Lilico represents Sunsuper on various advisory boards in Australia and overseas.
Mr. Lilico has been with Sunsuper for 9 years. Prior to this, he was at RMB Capital Partners and Grant Samuel. Mr. Lilico has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Science in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida.
Will MacAulay is an Investment Manager – Private Capital with HESTA, and is responsible for HESTA’s Private Equity, Opportunistic Growth and Strategic Investment portfolios. Prior to HESTA Will has held roles with Wilshire Private Markets and MLC Private Equity.
Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rune Munk is a Partner responsible for origination and execution and is based in the firm’s London office.
Prior to joining Coller Capital in 2007, Rune was a Senior Management Consultant with the Corporate Strategy team at Deloitte.
Rune has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Japanese from SOAS in London and an MSc in Economics and Technological Innovation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Jenny Newmarch is the Portfolio Manager for Private Equity at First State Super, a AUD $90billion superannuation fund headquartered in Sydney. Prior to First State Super, Ms. Newmarch was an Investment Director with Asia pacific private equity advisor, ROC Partners.
Marcus Simpson runs QIC’s Global Private Capital capability which consists of $6.2bn assets under management invested globally. Investments range in funds, co-investments, directs, secondaries as well as start-up’s in the USA and China to one of Australia’s largest beef producers.
Prior to founding QIC’s Program in 2005, Marcus was Chief Executive, North America, for Altius Associates Ltd, an independent private equity consultant with approximately $27 billion (as of 31 December 2014) under management or advice. He established Altius’ US operation in 2000 and participated in the global management, investment strategies, and client marketing for Altius.
From 1996 to 2000 Marcus worked for the Virginia Retirement System (“VRS”), a US public pension plan with assets of US$66 billion. Marcus expanded wholly US portfolio overseas and then managed VRS’s global private equity program.
From 1990 to 1995 Marcus worked in the London office of the Bankers Trust Company where he structured a number of buy-out financings and worked on a number of corporate restructurings.
Marcus is the past Chairman of the Institutional Investors Roundtable, an international community of large, long-term institutional investors who want to collaborate on private market.
Lars is a Managing Director and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and the Financial Sponsors Group, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
In his role as Head of the Asia Pacific M&A business, which he assumed in January 2019, Lars is responsible for driving and overseeing the Firm’s M&A activity across the region.
As Head of the Asia Pacific Financial Sponsors Group, Lars is responsible for leading all Banking relationships and transactions in the Financial Sponsor sector. Lars was appointed to this position in 2015.
Lars is a member of the Asia Pacific Banking OpCo, Chair of the Firm’s Regional Citizenship Council and Banking representative of the BAF committee. He joined Barclays in 2010 in Sydney, as Head of Financial Sponsors Group, Australia.
Lars has 20 years of investment banking experience. Prior to Barclays, he was at Morgan Stanley for 10 years, in London and Sydney in a variety of roles, including Operations Officer for IBD Australia. Prior to his banking career, Lars worked for two years as assistant and interpreter to the Defence Attaché at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow.
He graduated from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in 2000 with a Master of Science in Finance and holds a university degree in Russian Language from the University of Bergen. Lars also graduated from the Norwegian Defence School for Intelligence and Security in 1993 and is a First Lieutenant (reserve) in the Norwegian Army.
David Brown joined Pacific Equity Partners at the start of 2004. Prior to joining PEP, he spent his analyst years in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan. David received a PLD from Harvard Business School and first class honours degrees (BCom and LLB) from the University of Queensland where he was awarded a University Medal.
Tim Burroughs is managing editor of Asian Venture Capital Journal, having joined the publication in May 2011. He is responsible for all editorial content put out under the AVCJ brand, including Asian Venture Capital Journal, AVCJtv, AVCJ Awards and AVCJ.com. Tim previously spent five years at China Economic Review, serving as editor-in-chief and then editorial director. Located in Greater China since 2003, during which time he has lived in Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong, Tim has been a China-based contributor for publications including The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, BBC and China Daily. Prior to moving to China, he trained and worked as a journalist in the UK. He was honored at the Society of Publishers in Asia awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and at the State Street Institutional Press Awards - Asia in 2012.
Simon B. Feiglin joined Riverside in 2007. leads the RAF transacting and operating teams in the acquisition, growth and sale of portfolio companies, as well as the development of the strategic direction of the fund. Prior to Riverside, he was a founding Partner of Silver Oak Services Partners, a private equity fund focused on investing in the services sector. He also served as the Vice President of Corporate Development at CBIZ Inc., where he managed the merger, acquisition and divestiture effort for a $600 million publicly traded company. His earlier career includes four years at Morgenthaler Partners, a private equity firm. He holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ken Licence joined Principle in 2009 and was appointed to the role of Managing Director in December 2010. Mr. Licence has over 25 years’ financial services experience across a range of investment strategies including property, private equity and infrastructure. He has held senior management positions with Lend Lease, Deutsche Asset Management, and CP2, assisting major domestic and international institutional clients.
Mr. Licence has been a Board Member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (NSW) and holds a Bachelor\ of Commerce from Griffith University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland.
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David Willis is a Transaction Services Partner and National Head of Private Equity at KPMG.
Mr. Willis joined KPMG in January 2006 (after 11 years with Deloitte in Australia and the United Kingdom) and was admitted to partnership in 2007. David has worked in Transaction Services for 15 years, focussing exclusively on Private Equity since 2001.