Funding and Capital raising – Perspectives for WealthTech
Funding options for WealthTech 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.
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.
Love life, family and the beach! I want to see the world, and 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. At Wintec I currently lead the development of micro-credentials in collaboration with industry. My current involvement with the technology and innovation ecosystem in New Zealand includes being Smart Cities Advisor at Hamilton City Council, Director – Development & Partnerships at the UoW AI Initiative, Director – NZ at Smart Cities Council ANZ, NZ – Lead at the Central for Data Leadership, and Principal Advisor with Singapore-based tech research firm Ecosystm. In 2017 I also launched Wintec’s IoT Waikato initiative, a regular event connecting the technology sector with tertiary, industry, business and the general public, including schools. I also volunteer on the Executive Committee of the New Zealand IoT Alliance and New Zealand TechWomen, in working groups with AI Forum New Zealand and Fintech New Zealand, as an Ambassador for World Idea Day, and as Partnerships Manager for TEDxRuakura.
Tim leads BNZ’s Technology Industry portfolio, proposition, community, and team across New Zealand. His focus is on business development, coaching, strategy, thought leadership, and transaction advisory. He has a strong background in research, financing innovative business models, law, due diligence, and capital markets. Tim joined BNZ in 2014 after an early career in corporate, financial services, and securities law. He holds a Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, is a CFA Charterholder, and a qualified barrister and solicitor.
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.
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.
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.