Over 30 years of success

Advent is proud of its independence, heritage and successful track record.

Having invested in more than 90 companies over 30 years, our insight and experience distinguishes us from our peers.  Our partners respect us for our ability to manage complexity and deliver results.

Realising potential and great performance is what drives us to build market leaders and consistently reward shareholders.

Advent. Shared value. Shared success. Helping companies lead, build and thrive long into the future.

 

Robert Radcliffe-Smith

Managing Partner

Robert joined Advent in 2002. He was previously with National Australia Investment Capital, NAB’s mid-market private equity division, for five years and prior to that he spent eight years with KPMG in corporate services, corporate recovery and corporate finance, where he was involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions (M&A), valuation and due diligence assignments for mid-market businesses.

Robert has successfully led all aspects of the investment cycle including origination, due diligence, structuring, investment management and divestment. At Advent, he has been a director of businesses undergoing MBOs, expansion and generational change. He has been involved in Advent’s investments in Tesa, UGM, Trivantage, Integral Diagnostics, Gourmet Garden and SCADAgroup, the winner of the 2010 AVCAL best mid-market buyout award.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of FINSIA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mark Jago

Partner

Mark joined Advent in early 2009 and has led deal origination, due diligence, execution, structuring and investment management across a number of investments.

His investment experience at Advent includes Gourmet Garden, Wellness & Lifestyles, JAG, Integral Diagnostics and GenesisCare (won 2013 AVCAL Michael Hirshorn Award). Mark previously held senior positions at ANZ Private Equity. His primary role was Portfolio Director focused on supporting the Victorian and South Australian portfolio and investments.

Mark also spent 10 years at Bain & Co and Unilever.  His experience includes performance improvement, strategy development and operational management across various corporates and countries including Australia, Korea and South Africa. Mark holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering/Commerce from Monash University.

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Symon Vegter

Partner

Symon joined Advent in 2007. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of investments including origination, execution, management and realisation. He is currently a director of Orionstone and Integrated Packaging Group. Previously, he was a director of Shape Group and was alternate director of SecurePay Holdings.

Symon worked at KPMG in M&A and restructuring services, advising corporate and private equity clients on a range of assignments and transactions across a broad range of sectors.

He holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Brad Lynch

Partner

Brad joined Advent in 2013 having previously held senior positions at The Riverside Company, ANZ Banking Group and Ernst & Young. He has over 10 years principal investing experience across the Asia Pacific region with sector expertise in software, healthcare, education and training, specialised manufacturing and services.

His experience includes investments in Simcro, Learning Seat, Sigma Coachair Group, Gentrack, Neller Payroll Services, Valuation Exchange and Homyped.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has completed graduate programs with the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rob Hooke

Investment Director

Rob joined Advent in January 2013 and since then has been part of the investment teams on Gourmet Garden, Integral Diagnostics, Tech Rentals, Junior Adventures Group and Wellness & Lifestyles. His role encompasses all elements of the investment cycle including origination, deal execution, portfolio management and realisation.

Rob has over 10 years experience in mid-market private businesses in both advisory and operational capacities. He was previously Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Map Coffee prior to the sale of the business to Tata Global Beverages. Prior to that, Rob was at PwC in the M&A, transaction services and private client divisions and advised on various corporate and private equity engagements, including managing Advent’s successful sale of SecurePay to Australia Post.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rupert Harrington

Executive Chairman

Rupert has been a senior executive in Private Equity since 1987, and all but two of those years have been spent at Advent. His extensive experience includes fund raising, portfolio development, and managing and selling investments. He has been a director of over 20 of Advent’s investees’ companies operating in manufacturing, services, health, technology and more, and covering all investment opportunities including expansion, MBO/MBI and generational change.

Rupert holds a Bachelor of Technology degree and a Masters of Business Management from Bradford University, along with a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University.

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Roland Stadly

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Roland joined Advent in 2005 as CFO and Company Secretary. He is responsible for Group and Fund company secretarial matters, financial statements and annual reports and coordinating our compliance, tax and other regulatory requirements. He is also a director of several Advent Group companies.

Roland has had an extensive career in financial, operational and client management. He was finance director and company secretary for Bunge Industrial Pty Ltd and its group of companies, a director and company secretary of the Locker Group Pty Ltd in Australia, chief financial officer and company secretary for Super Alloy Technologies Pty Ltd and a senior operations manager and client manager for Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd and BT Registries Pty Ltd.

Roland holds a Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) from Victoria College and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

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Our ESG Policy

Advent recognises the importance of its responsibilities to the wider community, the private equity industry and our direct stakeholders through our robust environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. We comply with AVCAL’s Code of Private Equity Governance and ensure ESG forms part of all pre-investment negotiations and ongoing investee management.

Our ESG policies are designed to ensure the highest standard of management and compliance. As each investee may confront a different range of issues, Advent drafts its policies to address the broad range of ESG issues, with specific initiatives developed within this framework on an ongoing basis.

Advent recognises the importance of its responsibilities to the wider community, the private equity industry and our direct stakeholders though our robust environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. We comply with AVCAL’s Code of Private Equity Governance and ensure ESG forms part of all pre-investment negotiations and on-going investee management.

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