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Funding and Capital raising


Perspectives from the tech sector

Funding options for across the technology in New Zealand are increasing in number and sophistication. Options start from Angel Investment right through to IPOs on NZX or ASX. Join us for a discussion on the most recent funding developments and features affecting New Zealand companies.  Experts from BNZ, Ord Minnett, New Zealand Private Capital Association, Syndex Limited, and ASX will share their experience and knowledge. There will be a facilitated panel discussion, along with plenty of opportunity for questions and networking.

Speaker Bios

Blair Harrison , Senior Manager, ASX

Blair Harrison is Senior Manager, Listings & Issuer Services (New Zealand) at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and heads the ASX New Zealand office, based in Auckland.  He has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets internationally across New Zealand, UK, Japan and Sydney.  Blair Harrison qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1998 and later as a solicitor in the UK, moving to London in 2000 to work at Allen & Overy LLP in their International Capital Markets department. Blair then worked at Deutsche Bank, London and then for 9 years with J.P. Morgan, holding various roles first in London, Tokyo and then Sydney, Australia. Blair joined ASX in 2013 and was in the in the Derivatives and OTC Markets team before relocating home to New Zealand in June 2019 to open the ASX, New Zealand office in Auckland. Blair holds a Commerce degree and a Law degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and is fluent in Japanese.

Gavan Carroll, Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets, Ord Minnett

Gavan has over 15 years’ experience in investment banking and financial markets, focusing on telecommunications, media and technology (TMT). He previously worked at Credit Suisse, leading their TMT Investment Banking team for emerging companies, was also twice voted Australia’s top specialist Hedge Fund Salesperson (AsiaMoney) and covered media at Credit Suisse in equity research.  Prior to this he worked in London at Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Suisse in their structured products and exotic derivative teams, and as a Senior Accountant in KPMG’s Financial Services Division.

Ross Verry , CEO, Syndex Limited

Ross’s previous role was General Manager, Agri for ANZ where he had responsibility for the development and implementation of Agri business strategy between 2011 and 2016. Prior to that, he held several senior Commercial Banking roles that were focused on providing solutions, services and support for Privately-Owned and Family businesses. Ross is a Chartered Accountant and member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.  He is currently a Director of Allied Farmers,  Chair  of THE Enterprises, a large scale, family owned dairy farming business, and a Director of Gold Creek Farm Management and the NZ Cricket Players Association. As well as discussing observations as a facilitator of capital raising, Ross can talk to Syndex’s own experiences of accessing growth capital. 

Colin McKinnon , New Zealand Private Capital Association

Colin is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Private Capital Association. In the role since May  2008, Colin is responsible for driving the strategy for development of the New Zealand private equity  and venture capital industry, communications with members, sponsors and industry participants,  coordinating the NZ Private Capital active government lobbying programme and supporting the  Council Chairman and members. Previous roles included Chief Advisor for government involved with policy development for capital  markets, issues of “access to finance” for fast-growth businesses and the commercialisation of  innovation. With a background in corporate banking and strategic marketing for National Australia  Bank and Bank of New Zealand, Colin has held leadership roles in business development, digital  transaction management tools and institutional banking relationships with many of New Zealand’s  largest corporations. Colin is an Economics graduate of Canterbury University and holds a master’s degree in  management from Auckland University.

Nina Le Lievre, Sits on the Angel Association of NZ Leadership Council

Nina comes from a background in Investment Banking, having worked in the European Transactions Group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London for six years and in the Equity Capital Markets team at Craigs Investment Partners in Tauranga for three years. In 2013 Nina joined Enterprise Angels as Manager and has been immersed in angel investing since then, working with prospective and existing portfolio companies, guiding due diligence teams, negotiating deals, launching, raising and managing EA Funds 1, 2 & 3 and managing the angel network. In July 2019, she was promoted to the CEO role.

Jannat Maqbool , Principal Advisor, Ecosystem

Love life, family and the beach! I want to see the world, & when it’s time to leave I hope when I look back I can say I made a positive impact. Machines doing what machines do best – humans doing what humans do best. During my time in the financial services industry I managed mid to large-scale technology adoption initiatives, including as part of a team that introduced the first online origination, credit risk assessment and pricing vehicle finance platform in NZ for MTF (www.mtf.co.nz), in 2005, in collaboration with FiNZsoft (www.finzsoft.com), a world leading FinTech solutions provider based in Auckland. At Wintec I was involved in student supervision, coordinating research projects and strategic relationships with the not-for-profit sector, programme and courseware development, teaching, and leading the development and delivery of their first micro-credentials in collaboration with industry. I am an advocate for digital inclusion & continue to facilitate the uptake of digital technologies & technology innovation including initiatives working to bridge the digital divide & leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, communities & organisations. Key roles have included leading Techweek Waikato for 2018 and 2019, developing a digital strategy for the region, launching TechFest, and as Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council. My current involvement with the technology & innovation ecosystem includes a number of Board positions, Director – NZ at Smart Cities Council ANZ, and as Associate Director of the AI Institute at the University of Waikato. Board positions include the Executive Committee at NZ Tech, NZ IoT Alliance & TechWomen NZ, as Trustee at Web Access Waikato Trust, Chair of the Waikato Intercultural Fund, and as a member of the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust board.

Event Details:

  • Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Location: KPMG Centre 85 Alexandra Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton 3240
  • Cost: Free for members ($25 for non-members)

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Sep 30
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