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Private Equity for Mid-Market Businesses


Private Equity for Mid-Market Businesses

By , May 28, 2020
Tom Matthews

Tom Matthews, Partner at Pemba Capital, discusses with host Craig West how growth investors can add value to SMEs, and shares the different types of transaction structures available to businesses when contemplating a liquidity event and how the Pemba ‘two-payday structure’ can help achieve the 3 key objectives of business owners: the dollars, legacy, and ensuring the SME owners’ people are looked after.

Tom is a Partner at Pemba Capital, with over 17 years of relevant experience. He joined Pemba in 2015 and has led a large number of transactions across Pemba’s areas of sector focus. Tom joined Pemba from Sovereign Capital, the UK ‘Buy & Build’ specialist private equity fund. Before Sovereign Capital, Tom was with the Principal Investment team at Macquarie Bank Limited and before that he worked at Deloitte Corporate Finance in both Sydney and London.

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Craig West

Craig West

Managing Director | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners. Following 6 years of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising on strategic management of tax issues. This experience formed a very strong view that business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to prepare a business for exit.

Craig now acts as a strategic mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally, including adviser education programs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

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