Our Team

Our team members are all experienced operators in financial markets


Corporate Finance

CRAIG STRANGER

Managing Director / Co-Founder

BCom

20 years experience across equities research, equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions.

Craig has deep relationships with many emerging and mid-market companies on the ASX, and also with institutional and high net worth investors Craig was Head of Research and Head of ECM at the feeder business to PAC Partners, Austock, where he and the PAC founders worked for a decade.

Actively involved or run IPO’s including Gerard Lighting (+$70m raise), Cuesta Coal ($24m), Cellestis. Equity Raisings in 2014 included Select Harvests ($47m, JLM), Advanced Braking & Investigator Resources. Craig is interested in servicing & raising capital for under-covered high growth & well managed businesses.

SEAN KENNEDY

Corporate Finance

BSc, BEc, MBA

Sean has over 15 years’ experience advising clients across a broad range of transactions, including M&A, ECM and corporate strategy development assignments. 

Prior to Corporate Finance, Sean worked within a Private Equity team, and as a Management Consultant in a global Strategy Consulting practice. Earlier, he worked at Austock Securities and Bell Potter.

Sean has worked on a number of different transactions in the financial services, insurance, general industrial, manufacturing, education, agribusiness, bioscience & technology, energy and resources sectors. 

ANTHONY STANI

Corporate Finance

B.Bus (Bkg&Fin) Grad Dip App Fin

Anthony joined PAC Partners in 2014 after working for K2 Asset Management as a Fund Manager. He has over 25 years commercial and capital markets experience including equities research, investment banking and funds management. Anthony most recently spent three years as a Portfolio Manager for a Global Fund at K2 Asset Management, and has also held Corporate Finance directorships at Shaw Stockbroking and Bell Potter.

Anthony has extensive experience advising, investing and raising equity capital for the financial services, industrial, technology, agriculture and energy sectors.

BROOKE PICKEN

Equity Capital Markets

BBus

Brooke has 12 years of industry experience and strong relationships with both institutional and corporate clients.

Brooke commenced her career at Austock in the Research team, before moving to Austock’s Private Equity team, and then onto the Institutional desk. Brooke has spent the last 6 years working on a number of ECM transactions.

Brooke has a strong understanding of corporate structuring and has assisted a number of companies across a broad range of industries to raise capital across the debt and equity spectrum.

ROGER CHEN

Corporate Finance

B.Com, M.Fin

Roger heads our newly opened Hong Kong office.  

He is in the Corporate Finance team and will also overseas Asian distribution

Roger has a Masters Degree at the University of Melbourne (Finance, General)

Roger speaks native mandarin, and fluent English and Cantonese. He is RG146 compliant and has recently completed his CFA designation.

Research

PAUL JENSZ

Director & Senior Industrials Analyst / Co-Founder

B Eng, MBA

Paul has over 25 years experience in developing and financing Primary Industries in Australia and Asia. He initially spent 10 years with Rio Tinto, and moved to corporate broking with Citibank, Austock, PhillipCapital and was founding director of PAC Partners.

Paul has built the leading Australian Agribusiness and Life Science franchise covering large through to small caps stocks. This has been recognized by “AFR/Starmine” Research Analyst Awards (top three ranking 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013). This franchise has already linked Australasia’s leaders in agribusiness, life science, building materials with investors for over $1bn of equity raising.

This franchise has already linked Australasia’s leaders in agribusiness, life science, building materials with investors for over $1bn of equity raising.

ANDREW SHEARER

Senior Resource Analyst

B.SC (Geology), Hons. (Geophysics), MBA.

Andrew has been involved in the mining and finance industries for 20 years. Coupled with geoscience and finance qualifications he has experience in the resources industry, from exploration through to production.

Andrew has been exposed to the global resources sector covering micro to mid cap resources stocks; from exploration through to producing companies, across a broad suite of commodities.

Prior to moving into the finance sector Andrew spent over a decade working in the minerals exploration industry in technical and senior management roles and has developed a deep network of industry contacts across the resources sector.

Andrew has degrees in Geology, Geophysics and an MBA.

LAWRENCE GRECH

Senior Consultant Analyst

30 years experience in financial markets. Extensive buy side investing in multi-billion dollar funds as Head of Resources with Deutsche Asset Management and earlier BT Australia.

Was also regional lead energy analyst for County NatWest. Formerly head of Australian research with Phillip Capital.

ALEX SMITH

Analyst

Alex is an enthusiastic analyst who focuses on a number of emerging technology companies on the ASX.

Previously he tutored at The University of Melbourne in the Finance department, focussing on the valuation of early stage enterprises. Prior to this Alex completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Economics) at the same university.

He is currently working towards becoming a CFA charterholder

MARK YARWOOD

Senior Research Analyst

Mark brings ten-years equities experience where he was Telco Media Technology lead analyst at Australian Ethical Investments in the emerging companies and flagship funds, and a Portfolio Manager / Analyst at Harper Bernays Private Investment Growth and Income funds, where he covered TMT, Industrials, Div. Fin , Chemicals, Retail, Banking, Capital Goods amongst others. Prior to equity markets, Mark spent ten-years in management consulting with PwC and Deloitte in the UK, Europe and Oceania and worked in strategy and planning as a General Manager at Telstra Corporation.

Corporate Broking

TOM FAIRCHILD

Senior Advisor

Tom has 15 years experience in the financial services industry; with expertise in both corporate finance, and equities dealing for institutional and wholesale clients. Tom is actively involved in campaign broking our high conviction investments.

Prior to joining PAC Partners, Tom was an advisor at Phillip Capital for 3 years and prior spent 4 years as an Private Client Advisor at Patersons Securities.

RYAN GALE

Advisor

Ryan has spent 5 years working in the financial services industry. Prior to Institutional Sales and Corporate Broking, Ryan was the director of his financial planning company specialising in the self-managed superfund space.

Ryan has a wealth of knowledge in advising on suitable asset allocation, gearing and wealth protection strategies. Ryan holds a bachelor of commerce and Diploma of Financial Services.

IAN LEETE

Senior Advisor

Ian has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. Key skills include investment strategy, portfolio management, corporate origination, deal structuring, and distribution; including wholesale and retail placements, seed raisings, initial public offerings and reverse mergers. In recent years Ian has focused on corporate advisory, where he has raised tens of millions of dollars for emerging companies.

SEBASTIAN JURD

Corporate Broking

Sebastian has over 6 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Sebastian provides equity investment advice to high net worth clients, and had worked for a number of local leading stockbrokers e.g. APP securities, BBY, Atlantic Pacific Securities.

Sebastian holds a Masters of Applied Finance degree and is RG146 compliant.

Institutional Sales

PHIL CAWOOD

Institutional Sales 

Phil has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets and heads PAC Partners’ Sydney institutional sales team.

Prior to PAC Partners, Phil has held senior executive roles within Investorlink Group, Paradign Securities, Pulse Markets and Advantageous Promotions Media. Earlier, he worked in the property sector with Capital Land Corporation.

Phil has led strategic growth initiatives, identified and acquired target assets, established start-ups, led venture fund-raising initiatives through to public markets with IPO’s and placements. Phil holds a bachelor of business degree and is RG146 compliant.

JAMES WILSON

Institutional Sales

James has been in stockbroking for almost 30 years.  He started in the research department at Potter Partners/UBS in 1989, then moving into Institutional Research Sales a few years later where he has remained since. His experience in Institutional Sales includes 5 years in London with BZW/ABN Amro; 4 years with Wilson HTM in Sydney (no relation); and, over 11 years with Austock/PhillipCapital where he ran the sales teams for the last 5 years.

Early in his career James had a keen interest in the small and emerging company space. From 2002, when he moved to Wilson HTM and then at Austock/PhillipCapital, James has turned this interest into a career.  His ongoing and long term coverage of the micro/small/mid cap space means James brings to PAC Partners strong relationships with most relevant fund managers in Australian small caps and has a good understanding of their processes and focus.

MARK PASHLEY

Head of Sales Trading

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He started his finance career with 8 years in funds management at Tyndall/Nikko Asset Management. Mark then moved into Broking with Deutsche Bank and for the last 8 years at Austock/Phillip Capital specialising in Equity Sales with a focus on small to mid cap ASX-listed stocks. Mark holds a Diploma in Financial Markets.