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OUR TEAM

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John Poynton AO

Chair

 

John is Co-Founder and Chair of Poynton Stavrianou.

 

John has more than 40 years’ advisory and capital markets experience across equity, debt, infrastructure and property.

 

In parallel with his career as an investment banker, John has also been an active non-executive director of ASX-listed companies, government and education bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

John is Chair of Strike Energy Ltd and is Deputy Chair of Sapien Cyber Ltd.  He is also a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund and Perth Airport.

John has previously served on the boards of Multiplex, Alinta and Austal and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board, the Australian Government’s export credit agency (EFIC) and the Higher Education Endowment Fund.

John has chaired the Council of Christ Church Grammar School and was a long-standing board member of the Business School at the University of WA.

In the not-for-profit arena, John has served as chair of Celebrate WA, Giving West and the Foundation of the WA Museum.

In 2006 John was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in the Industry and Commerce category and in 2016 he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia where he was also awarded a Dean’s Medal.

John is an experienced pilot and holds a private fixed wing licence with a command instrument rating.  He also holds a commercial rotary wing licence. 

 

John is endorsed on executive jets and twin engined helicopters.

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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 Blackstone’s acquisition of Crown Resorts ($9bn), 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 more than 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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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 four 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 three 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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Parin Desai

Analyst

Parin is an analyst at Poynton Stavrianou with corporate finance experience in Perth and Sydney. Prior to joining the Poynton Stavrianou team, Parin worked within FTI Consulting’s Corporate Finance division, primarily focusing on natural resources, and within the Debt Advisory division at Macquarie.

 

Parin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) and a Master of Applied Finance from the University of Western Australia.

  

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Rita Care  

Executive Assistant

Rita is Poynton Stavrianou’s Executive Assistant and brings a wealth of office and administrative experience to our team.  Rita extensive work history has primarily centred around the resources and metals and mining sectors within the ASX100.