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About

The Team

 

Ascentro brings a strong mix of global investment experience and extensive mid-market experience. The business is led by Chris Giufre, Grant O’Neil and Michael Johns supported by a Trans-Tasman team of 5 investment professionals.

 

Chris Giufre

  • Chris has more than 16 years experience of undertaking corporate M&A, direct investment and property transactions.
  • Chris has extensive expertise in both public and private market transactions.
  • He has successfully completed a number of private equity exits and IPO’s in both New Zealand and Australia.
  • He has a proven track record of partnering with growth companies and entrepreneurial business owners.

Grant O’Neill

  • Grant has more than 18 years experience in private equity and principal investments, M&A advisory and acquisition finance across NZ and Europe.
  • Successful private equity investment track record with Nikko Principal Investments and HSBC Principal Investments in the United Kingdom.
  • NZ mid-market acquisition finance and advisory transactions with ASB Bank in New Zealand.
  • Debt restructuring and recovery experience in New Zealand and Europe with PwC.
  • Grant has a real passion for supporting ambitious business owners and management teams to achieve their strategic objectives.

Michael Johns

  • Michael has partnered with many founders and management teams across a broad range of industries in Australasia and North America to accelerate organic and acquired growth.
  • He is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder, holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and has Post Graduate qualifications from Stanford University, University of Virginia and The University of Auckland.
  • Michael has over 16 years experience working in the Capital Markets and has extensive Corporate Finance, Banking and Direct Investment expertise.
  • Most recently he led the Private Capital, Business Development and the New Zealand Regional Corporate businesses at ASB Bank.
  • Michael enjoys competitive sport having represented New Zealand in golf and triathlon.

Our mission is to build and grow great companies

 

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Level 18,
55 Shortland Street,
Auckland City, 1010