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OUR TEAM

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John Poynton AO

Chair

 

John is Co-Founder and Chair of Poynton Stavrianou.

John brings more than 40 years’ advisory and capital markets experience having established and led some of Western Australia’s leading corporate financial advisors and brokers. 

John is a Director of Australia’s Future Fund Board of Guardians. He is also the Chair of Strike Energy Limited and Deputy Chair of Sapien Cyber. John

served on the board of a number of Australian listed companies, Federal Government boards and not-for profit institutions, including ten years on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board and five years on the board of the Australian Government’s export credit agency. 

John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community and business through his leadership and support of the not-for-profit sector and is a past recipient of a Western Australian Citizen of the Year award in the Industry and Commerce category.

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Chris Stavrianou

Managing Partner

 

Chris is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Poynton Stavrianou. 

Chris brings over a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions with Macquarie Capital in London and UBS in Sydney where he advised on more than $50bn of completed transactions with a focus on the energy, utilities, infrastructure and industrials sectors.

As a member of the Australian Treasury senior executive, Chris established and led Treasury’s Western Australian office, which advises the Australian Government on Western Australian trade and investment and the domestic economy. Chris also advised Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board on sensitive foreign direct investment into Australia.

Chris received his BSc from the University of Western Australia, his MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and his MPA from Harvard University where he was a fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Chris is an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of the University of Western Australia and is a member of council of Christ Church Grammar School.

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Liam Bertelli

Director

 

Liam is a Director of Poynton Stavrianou with 11 years of M&A experience, most recently as Director at Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in Melbourne. His experience spans across TMT, Gaming, Industrials and Metals and Mining. Prior to his 8 years at Citigroup, Liam was in Deloitte’s M&A team in Perth.

 

At Citigroup, Liam was involved in a number of recent landmark transactions, including  Brookfield consortium’s acquisition of Asciano ($12bn), Spotless’ defence against Downer’s takeover ($1.2bn), and Aristocrat’s acquisitions of Plarium (US$475m) and Big Fish (A$1bn). He also has significant experience across equity and debt capital market transactions.

Liam has a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of Western Australia and received the Stan Perron Scholarship. He is also a certified Chartered Accountant (CA)..

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Brandon Hayward

Associate

 

Brandon is an Associate at Poynton Stavrianou and brings five years of experience having worked in investment banking in both Australia and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Poynton Stavrianou, Brandon was an Associate at Argonaut Capital (Hong Kong).

 

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) and a Master of Commerce (Finance) with distinction from the University of Western Australia.

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Simon Tonkin

Associate

 

Simon is an Associate at Poynton Stavrianou and brings more than five years of experience advising private equity and strategic clients on transactions across Australia. Prior to joining Poynton Stavrianou, Simon held a Manager role within EY's M&A Strategy and Transactions team in Sydney.

 

Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia and is a certified Chartered Accountant (CA).

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Tom Zekulich

Associate

 

Tom is an Associate at Poynton Stavrianou and brings more than eight years of experience advising private equity, corporate, and strategic clients on transactions across Australia and Europe. Prior to joining Poynton Stavrianou, Tom held a Manager role within EY's M&A Strategy and Transactions team, having spent time in Perth, Sydney and London.

 

Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and is a certified Chartered Accountant (CA).

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Lewis MacLean

Analyst

 

Lewis is an analyst at Poynton Stavrianou with three years of corporate finance experience in Perth, specialising in valuation and financial modelling. Prior to joining Poynton Stavrianou, Lewis worked at KPMG in the Valuation Services division, primarily focusing on natural resources.

 

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Western Australia and is a certified Chartered Accountant (CA).

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Emily Brett 

Analyst

Emily is an analyst at Poynton Stavrianou with two years of corporate finance experience in Perth, specialising in valuation advisory. Prior to joining the Poynton Stavrianou team, Emily worked within Deloitte’s M&A Valuations division, with a primary focus on engagements in the natural resources industry.  

 

Emily holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Curtin University

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Siobhan Ferreira

Operations Manager

 

Siobhan is the Operations Manager at Poynton Stavrianou and brings 11 years’ experience in the Investment Banking industry with nine of those years spent at UBS.  In her previous role as an APAC Business Analyst, she supported and reported to senior management teams including an APAC Business Head, and both an Australian CEO and COO. She has also worked in Big 4 Accounting at PwC and EY in their Audit and Assurance teams.

 

Siobhan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting & Economics) from Monash University.