Executive team

Geoff Cohen

Geoff Cohen

Managing Director

Geoff is a senior finance executive with broad experience in both M&A and the wealth management industry.

Geoff joined Flagstaff Partners in 2012 and has over 15 years’ investment banking experience. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners he was Managing Director, Investments and Insurance at ANZ, with responsibility for a number of activities including financial planning, ANZ Trustees, online broking, investment lending, and the development of innovative wealth product for the mass market.

 


Kent Greig

Kent Greig

Managing Director

Kent Greig has over 23 years of investment banking experience, predominantly as a specialist in M&A. Kent joined Flagstaff Partners in 2009 from Credit Suisse, where he was a Director and the head of the Australian M&A Group as well as leading coverage of the retail sector. Prior to Credit Suisse, Kent was an Associate Director at Macquarie Bank in the Investment Banking Group, based in Melbourne, Sydney and Seoul.

 


Michel Mamet

Michel Mamet

Managing Director

Michel joined Flagstaff Partners in 2009 and has 18 years of experience in investment banking. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners, Michel was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley, preceded with UBS, initially in Melbourne as part of the resources and energy group and subsequently in Texas and New York.

 


Jayan Balakumar

Jayan Balakumar

Executive Director

Jayan Balakumar joined Flagstaff Partners in 2012, and has over 14 years of investment banking experience advising on M&A, equity capital markets and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners, Jayan was a Vice President with Greenhill Caliburn in Melbourne where he focused on public market transactions in the metals & mining sector. Before joining Greenhill Caliburn in 2005, Jayan worked in the private equity and debt lending businesses at the ANZ Banking Group.

 


Steve Hammerton

Steve Hammerton

Executive Director

Steve Hammerton has 20 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience in Australia and Europe.  Steve has advised on a variety of M&A and capital raising transactions for corporate, government and financial sponsor clients, in both private and public market transactions.  Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners in 2009, Steve was a Director with Merrill Lynch in Melbourne and London.

 


James Hawkins

James Hawkins

Executive Director

James has over 16 years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience in Melbourne and New York advising on public and private M&A, trade sales, initial public offerings and other capital raisings. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners in November 2011, James was a Vice President with Macquarie Capital in both Melbourne and New York where he focused on the TMET and Industrial sectors. Before joining Macquarie Capital in 2004, James was a solicitor for three years with Clayton Utz in Melbourne where he focused on the Industrial and Resource sectors.

 


Edmond Chan

Edmond Chan

Vice President

Edmond has 13 years of investment banking and principal investment experience. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners in 2016, Edmond worked at J.P. Morgan and Citi across Australia and Europe, and was also principal and director of a boutique Australian based fund manager. Edmond has advised on a variety of public market and private treaty M&A transactions and capital raisings across a broad range of sectors including general industrials, manufacturing, transport, consumer and infrastructure.

 


Rowan Lang

Rowan Lang

Vice President

Rowan Lang has 12 years of investment banking, corporate advisory and private equity experience in Australia and South Africa. He was formerly with Investec Principal Investments, a leading South African based Leveraged Buyout Investor.  Rowan has advised on a variety of M&A, capital raising transactions and strategic initiatives for corporate and financial sponsor clients. He has experience across a broad range of sectors including general industrials, healthcare, infrastructure, mining, property, energy, retail and financial services.

 


Vera na Ranong

Vera na Ranong

Vice President

Vera has 9 years of investment banking and strategy experience. She has advised on public markets, private treaty, strategy and equity capital markets transactions, across the retail, metals & mining, media and retirement sectors.
 
Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners in 2016, Vera has worked in M&A at JP Morgan, Greenhill Caliburn and KPMG, followed by two years in strategy and M&A roles at Country Road Group and David Jones.
 

 


Fiodor Balai

Fiodor Balai

Associate

Fiodor Balai joined Flagstaff Partners in 2014 and has over 6 years of corporate finance advisory experience. Prior to joining Flagstaff Partners, Fiodor was a Manager in EY’s Valuations and Business Modelling team in Melbourne.

Fiodor has extensive investment banking experience in the energy, infrastructure, general industrials and resources sectors. Most notable transactions include advising the Northern Territory Government on its 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin ($506m) and executing a long term concession on the Australian National Universities student accommodation portfolio ($165m equity).

Fiodor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Finance and Accounting) from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.

 


DavidFidge

David Fidge

Associate

David Fidge joined Flagstaff Partners in 2014. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

 


 ElizabethMaguire

Elizabeth Maguire

Associate

Elizabeth Maguire joined Flagstaff Partners in 2014. Prior to this, she was a senior consultant with EY, working in its Valuations and Business Modelling team in Melbourne.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

 


Vishaal Ranchhod

Vishaal Ranchhod

Associate

Vishaal Ranchhod joined Flagstaff Partners in 2013. Vishaal holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.

 


 Faran Abbas

Faran Abbas

Analyst

Faran Abbas joined Flagstaff Partners in 2015. Faran holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

 


 Vincent Chan

Vincent Chan

Analyst

Vincent Chan joined Flagstaff Partners in 2017. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

 


 Ben Clark

Ben Clark

Analyst

Ben Clark joined Flagstaff Partners in 2015. Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

 


 EdwardCowan

Edward Cowan

Analyst

Edward Cowan joined Flagstaff Partners in 2016 and has over 4 years of corporate advisory experience advising on M&A and strategic initiatives. Prior to Flagstaff, Edward worked in the mergers and acquisitions teams of KPMG and PPB Advisory in Melbourne.

Edward holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Statistics) from Monash University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

 


 AlexHoldsworth

Alex Holdsworth

Analyst

Alex Holdsworth joined Flagstaff Partners in 2016.  Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) from Monash University.

 


 EmmaHowat

Emma Howat

Analyst

Emma Howat joined Flagstaff Partners in 2016.  Emma holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

 


 DeborahLemish

Deborah Lemish

Analyst

Deborah Lemish joined Flagstaff Partners in 2016. Prior to this, she was an analyst with Deloitte, working in the M&A Advisory team in Melbourne.  Deborah holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.

 


 JamesRoberts

James Roberts

Analyst

James Roberts joined Flagstaff Partners in 2017. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

 


 JamesWatkins

James Watkins

Analyst

James Watkins joined Flagstaff Partners in 2017.  James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.