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Previously a consultant at Bain & Company, before joining Mercury Capital in 2020. Experience advising on private equity transactions and growth strategy across industries such as consumer goods, financial services, technology, and sport.
Chairman of No. 1 Fund and Fund 2, and CEO of the Manager
Clark founded Mercury Capital in 2010. Mercury initially raised a A$120m Fund in mid 2010, followed by a subsequent A$300m Fund in 2015 and the current A$600m in 2018. Clark is the Chairman of the Mercury Capital Funds and the Chief Executive of Mercury Capital, the Manager of each Fund. Head of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs JBWere, and Executive Chairman of GSJBW’s Private Equity Funds, Hauraki No 1, Hauraki No 2 and Trans-Tasman PE Fund. Total of 14 years with GSJBW, including Director of GSJBW Australia, member of the Management Committee, and Chairman and CEO of GSJBW NZ
Clark is Chairman of Message Media, Hexagon, Tamaki Health and Are Media and a director of Blue Star, Squiz and TEG
Chairman of No. 1 Fund, Fund 2 and 3, and CEO of the Manager
Over 10 years private equity experience in Australia, including four years at global private equity firm CVC Capital Partners before joining Mercury Capital at establishment in 2010
Commenced in M&A investment banking at JP Morgan, Sydney, focused on the general industrials and power, utilities and infrastructure sectors
Current portfolio Directorships include Blue Star, Hexagon and Are Media
are media is Australia and New Zealand’s leading multi-platform publisher across magazines, digital and books. are media is home to some of Australia and New Zealand’s longest-running and most loved brands, across the categories of women’s interest, homes, food and automotive. Each month, are media reaches over 9.7 million Australians and almost 6 in 10 Australian women across its print and digital platforms with brands such as Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and New Idea.
Previously an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of Rothschild & Co, Australia before joining Mercury Capital in 2018
Experience advising corporate and financial sponsor clients across power, utilities and infrastructure sectors
Australian Animal Hospitals (AAH) is the largest veterinary services group in the Perth and Adelaide metropolitan markets operating 20 large full service clinics. AAH is focused on serving the companion animal market and enjoys strong customer loyalty, being recognised as the market leader in the delivery of high quality clinical care. The business employs approximately 100 staff with its head office based in Perth.
Australian Animal Hospitals was acquired by Vet Partners in February 2017.
IVHQ is the world’s leading volunteer and internship travel organisation placing 18,000 volunteers and interns per year and more than 100,000 since 2007. IVHQ offers the broadest range of affordable volunteer and intern adventure experiences with more than 200 projects across more than 60 destinations in over 40 countries. IVHQ is a values-led organisation and a Certified B-Corp who are proud to have built long term partnerships with local communities and an unrivalled safety record for volunteers and interns. IVHQ’s passion is to provide immersive and meaningful travel experiences for volunteers and interns while contributing to projects that make a difference to local communities.
Hexagon Holdings (Hexagon) was formed by Mercury Capital through the acquisitions of Kiwi Labels, Rapid Labels, Hally Labels and Adhesif Labels. The business is Australasia’s leading label printer and benefits from a diverse customer base and deep expertise in several attractive market niches. The Hexagon businesses employ approximately 500 staff across eight production facilities.
Nexus Day Hospitals (Nexus) is the second largest day hospital operator in Australia with 12 facilities located across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Albury, Newcastle and Canberra. Mercury invested into Nexus to facilitate the acquisition by Nexus of National Day Surgeries, to create a larger group. The combined business operates across five main medical craft groups (ophthalmic, gastro, plastic, orthopaedic and pain) with high quality surgical facilities and a management team with deep industry experience. Mercury was partnered in the investment by approximately 70 shareholder doctors.
Nexus was acquired by QIC in November 2019.
Tamaki Health is the largest primary care operator in New Zealand with ~230,000 enrolled patients, ~400,000 casual patient consults per annum and ~1000 employees including ~400 doctors. Tamaki Health operates a portfolio of 45 clinics primarily located in “high needs” areas, including 20 Urgent Care Clinics largely across Auckland. Mercury’s investment strategy is focused on pursuing organic opportunities within the existing clinic portfolio as well as ongoing acquisition and greenfield led growth.
Blue Star is New Zealand’s largest full service commercial printing company, providing solutions across web offset, sheet-fed and digital printing and associated services. Its customers include leading New Zealand and multinational companies, government departments and agencies. Blue Star employs ~700 staff across nine facilities throughout New Zealand.
Novotech is Asia’s leading independent full service contract research organisation (CRO). Novotech’s core business is to provide outsourced clinical trial management services to US and European biotech and pharmaceutical companies. These services include feasibility, trial regulatory and ethics approval, investigator and site management, and ensuring compliance with highly prescriptive trial protocols and regulations. Novotech manages the Australian and Asian elements, providing its customers with access to one of the world’s largest and fastest growing healthcare markets. Novotech currently employs 300 staff across a network of 14 offices in 12 countries.
Novotech was acquired by TPG Capital in September 2017.
Estia Health Care is one of Australia’s largest Aged Care businesses with staff of over 4,000 operating across 50 residential facilities. Mercury’s investment into Estia Health Care, together with the acquisition of Padman and Cook Care, created a diversified national business with significant presence in the NSW, Queensland, SA and Victorian markets. Estia Health Care listed on the ASX in December 2014 and since has been an active consolidator in the industry continuing its strategy of acquiring and integrating aged care facilities as a key growth enabler.
Estia was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in December 2014.
HealthStrong is a leading provider of allied health services into the Australian market. Based in Sydney, HealthStrong employs over 250 allied health practitioners including physiotherapists and occupational therapists. These staff deliver essential pain management and functional physiotherapy services to a large group of for-profit and not-for-profit residential aged care facilities and community care providers across Australia.
HealthStrong was acquired by Medibank in June 2017.
MessageMedia is Australasia’s largest business to person messaging company with international operations in the United States and the United Kingdom. MessageMedia has ~40,000 customers including sole traders, SMEs, enterprise and government; with focus on SME businesses. MessageMedia sent ~2.0 billion messages via its gateway in FY18 across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom
The merger of FiftyFive5 and GalKal facilitated by Mercury Capital creates Australia’s largest independent customer insights company. The business has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore, a team of 115 and more than 130 clients across 40 countries serving multiple industries including financial services, telecommunications, FMCG, media and entertainment, social and government and healthcare.
Squiz is a Sydney headquartered and globally focused enterprise software business with operations in Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Poland. Squiz offers its core Squiz Matrix Content Management and Digital Experience Platform and Funnelback Enterprise Search products and related services to more than 700 customers across a wide range of sectors, and is a leading provider in the attractive and specialist niches of Government and Higher Education. Squiz’s proprietary software products are consistently rated as global leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, the industry benchmark for enterprise software. Squiz currently employs a growing base of ~450 staff across 14 offices worldwide.
TEG is the leading provider of ticketing and event promotion services and technology to the live entertainment industry in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia and with a growing presence in Europe. TEG holds ~70% market share in Australia and New Zealand for ticketing for large concerts and top tier sports events primarily via its core ticketing brand, Ticketek, and is a leader in event promotion with a focus on tier 1 concerts. TEG employs ~500 staff across its operations in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.
NXP is a New Zealand business supplies company, providing thousands of products across multiple procurement categories via a single-source procurement portal. NXP is the leading New Zealand B2B and e-commerce company servicing enterprise and government customers, the largest provider for the contract cleaning industry and is growing rapidly in the SME market. Key product lines include facilities & hygiene supplies, office products, coffee and kitchen products, IT and furniture, supplied from distribution centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. NXP has in excess of NZ$150m revenue and 200 employees. It is the primary supplier of critical PPE to the New Zealand government, Ministry of Health and other large customers during the 2020 COVID pandemic.
Compliance and Operations
Previously worked in operational support for Goldman Sachs Private Equity and rejoined Mercury Capital in 2018
Provides office management and operational support
Combined 10 years of private equity and consulting experience including three years at McKinsey & Company before joining Mercury Capital in 2010
Broad experience working with growth companies across a range of industries in Australia, New Zealand and Asia and ranging in enterprise value from $40m up to large cap
Current Directorships include MessageMedia, Fifty five 5 and Squiz
Combined 8 years of private equity and investment banking experience including two years at Goldman Sachs, Australia before joining Mercury Capital in 2015
Experience across a range of transactions advising clients in the consumer, retail, healthcare and financial institutions sectors
Involved in investments into Nexus, International Volunteer HQ, MessageMedia, Squiz and TEG
Combined 7 years of private equity and investment banking experience including four years at UBS, Australia before joining Mercury Capital in 2016
Experience advising corporate and private equity clients across a range of sectors including consumer products, healthcare, transport, media and technology
Current Directorships include Tamaki Health and Bauer
Commercial lawyer, company director and investor with significant experience in Australia and New Zealand
Current chairman of Heartland Bank and other private companies
Other previous directorships include Kirin owned Lion Nathan National Foods (Chair), Tod Corporation and Spotless
Prior to retirement chaired Russell McVeagh’s Board of Management
Awarded Deloitte (New Zealand) Management Chairperson of the Year Award in 2008
Combined 17 years private equity and consulting experience including six years at Australian mid-market firm Crescent Capital, two years at buy-out firm Pacific Equity Partners and three years with McKinsey & Company
Broad experience across deals with enterprise values ranging from $50m – $1bn with responsibility for deal identification and completion, managing portfolio companies and overseeing exits
Current Directorships include Tamaki Health, IVHQ and Fifty five 5
Previously a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, Australia before joining Mercury Capital in 2018
Experience across a range of transactions advising clients in energy, retail, insurance, automotive, consumer and government sectors
Chief Financial Officer
Over 20 years experience across multiple disciplines in finance, compliance, tax, fund and business operations
Worked across various investment banks such as Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, Challenger Financial Services, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs before joining Mercury Capital at establishment in 2010
Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Currently Chairman of Blue Star and Hexagon. and previously Managing Director of Clayton Dubilier investment Blue Star Group
Previously Director Hauraki No. 1 Fund and Hauraki No. 2 Fund
Currently chairman and owner of the Tiri Group
Prior to immigrating to New Zealand, Chairman CEO of United Stationers, Redman Industries, and RBP Holdings
Previously co-founder of PE fund Wingate Partners, the No. 1 ranked fund by Buyouts magazine (prior to 2003)
Founded Sky Television where he was Director and Chairman until 2001
Formed Rainbow Corporation which built and operated leisure venues throughout New Zealand. Exited to Brierley Investments in 1987 after diversifying primarily into Australasian food retailing
Became a Director of Brierley Investments, Progressive Enterprises and Woolworths Australia
Board member of New Zealand United States Business Council