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Tony Charara


Tony has significant investment banking experience gained in roles with JPMorgan, Ord Minnet Securities and ANZ Investment Banking. Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) in Finance from the University of Sydney.


Notable Transactions

  • Financial advisor to CEC Group Limited on the sale of its 50% interest in Pioneer North Queensland to Hanson (A$20m)
  • Lead financial sponsor on Leighton Business Park 10,500m2 industrial development (A$25m)
  • Advisor to CMI Limited on its selective capital reduction process (A$20m)
  • Financial Advisor to TimeOut magazine on its Australia and New Zealand capital raising and print and online establishment (A$10m)
  • Financial advisor to CMI Limited on the sale of Capitalcorp Finance and Leasing Pty Limited
  • Financial advisor to CEC Group Limited on strategic options with respect to its A$90m property portfolio
  • Joint Advisor with CIBC World Markets to Capital Play on its $US1.8b bid for three New York race tracks
  • Joint financial advisor with Merrill Lynch on the takeover defence of BlueFreeway Limited
  • Managed and led the concurrent aggregation of 10 individual companies and, the IPO process which establised BlueFreeway Limited (A$60m)
  • Advisor to the Griffin Group on the Dual Track Process of Instant Access Group (A$50m)
  • Advisor to the Griffin Group on the trade sale of Claude Group Pty Limited to TVG Partners (A$21m)
  • Advisor to DownerEDI on the tradesale of B&D Doors to Catalyst Investment Managers (A$50m)
  • Advisor to Australian Infrastructure Investments on their public takeover of Infratil Ltd. (A$180m)
  • Advisor to Downer Group Ltd on the public takeover of Evans Deakin Industries Ltd (A$225m)
  • Advisor to Dalton Packaging consortium for Carter Holt Harvey's packaging business (approx A$650m)
  • Advisor to Dalton Packaging on bid for ACI plastics packaging business (approx. A$120m)

Peter Scutt


Peter consults to Spark Capital on its advisory and principal transactions. Peter is an ex-Senior Managing Director and Partner of Bankers Trust Company in New York. He served on the boards of BT Securities Corporation and BT Futures Corporation, and on the management committee for Global Trading and Sales. Peter founded and managed BT Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of Bankers Trust Company New York, focusing on emerging companies in information technology and financial services. More recently, Peter co-founded and was CEO of the investment management company of an offshore hedge fund with a fixed income arbitrage trading strategy. Peter graduated best in class with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Marketing Major) at the University of New South Wales.


Notable Transactions

  • Quantm Limited (Aust), early investor, consultant, board observer. Acquired by US based Trimble
  • Print and Digital Publishing (Aust), board member and advisor on the capital raising and establishment of Time Out magazine and online in Australia. Acquired by Intermedia.
  • Aether Systems (US), early prototype-stage investor, board member, NASDAQ listing
  • Digital Think (US), early pre-revenue investor, board observer, NASDAQ listing
  • Novatel Wireless (US), early prototype-stage investor, NASDAQ listing
  • Texel Capital Management, (offshore hedge fund) Co-Founder and CEO, (grew assets to A$100m within 12 months)