Newport Capital Group is Australia's longest-established corporate advisory firm focused on Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
Newport Capital Group's illustrious history in the Technology, Media and Telecommunication (TMT) sector spans more than 25 years since its founding in 1989. Throughout this time Newport has successfully completed hundreds of transactions - by far exceeding any other Australian corporate advisory firm in the TMT space.
Newport's management team has experience on both Advisory & Corporate sides of the desk. Newport also works with a number of international partner groups to ensure a global reach with local knowledge in the TMT space.
Being a pioneer in the Australian TMT sector, we have seen the M&A market evolve from the golden era of technological advancements through the first start-up bubble to new age business models including cloud, SAAS, new media and the Internet of Things.
Lou is the founder of Newport Capital Group. After starting his career with IBM where Lou managed the entire Sydney Data Centre, he spent 12 years with Computer Resources and was appointed Group CEO in 1976, managing over 300 staff. In 1979, Lou founded the Australian Technology and Computing Group which was sold to Field Engineering & Education Ltd. (UK) in 1985, and Lou moved to London as Chairman of the Group. He returned to Australia in 1987 and joined ICL as APAC Director of Marketing and Head of M&A.
Lou remains deeply involved in client projects and his vision drives Newport’s development, with the goal of Newport becoming the leader in technology investment and advisory services in the Asia Pacific.
Feroz has over 10 years of international experience as an investment banking professional, including 8 years with Newport Capital. Prior to Newport, he was Assistant Manager with Bank AlFalah Limited – owned by the Abu Dhabi Group, a private bank engaged in commercial banking and related services.
He holds a Master of Commerce in Business, and Master of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University. He is also currently a Level 3 CFA candidate.
Jules' entrepreneurial journey began in 1998. He has developed a strong brand name for himself in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, whilst enjoying an active interest in real estate investment. Jules' strategic thinking and hands on management style has delivered notable results.
Passionate, confident and a highly motivated business leader. Consistently exceeding expectations in fast-paced international companies. Ultimately, accomplished in identifying and delivering sustainable high-growth deal flow, leveraging an extensive global network, industry knowledge and skillset second to none.
Jules has delivered continuous growth, via both complex GTM structures and M&A, throughout enterprise, commercial, channel and alliances across the Americas and Asia Pacific since 2008.
Neil is an experienced Chartered Accountant and senior executive, with strong strategic, analytic and networking skills, complemented by an innovative approach to creating solutions. Neil has hands on experience across a broad range of industries including technology, financial services, legal services, entertainment, recruitment, asset management and real estate, complemented by his corporate advisory experience focusing on high growth businesses and work outs. Neil has completed numerous M&A transactions, debt and equity raisings and IPO's, both from within a corporate environment and externally as an advisor.
Neetish joined Newport Capital Group in 2015 as an intern. He then joined the firm as an analyst and is currently an Associate. Neetish's role involves providing execution support, documentation as well as engaging with clients. Neetish holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance.
He is also currently a Level 1 CFA candidate. Neetish has previously worked on transactions relating to IT services and SaaS-based services providers. He is keen on working with innovative and high-growth Australian tech firms.
Rishabh is a Senior Associate with two years of experience in corporate finance at Newport Capital Group. Rishabh has developed his skills and expertise in financial modeling, analysis, and valuations. He has assisted senior management teams, board members, and stakeholders throughout all phases of transaction advisory and execution. Rishabh is well versed in performing company, industry, market and competitor research and due diligence.
He has successfully advised on a sale of a software development company providing not for profit association management software solutions to a leading North American competitor. He has completed multiple valuation reports based on market comparables, free cash flows and discounted cash flows.
Grace joined Newport Capital in July 2019, primarily providing research support. She is currently completing a Master of Commerce, majoring in Finance, at UNSW and is a Level 1 CFA candidate.
Prior to Newport, Grace worked at Stone & Chalk where she conducted market/company research on tech verticals and investment sectors, developing an understanding about the domestic technology market. She also helped facilitate Corporate Partner engagement with fintech innovation.
Grace has a personal passion for technology and is interested in working with innovative technology firms
A Practical Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions
This highly readable book from Lou Richard, a 50 year veteran of International Corporate Business and founder of Newport Capital Group, provides a practical explanation of key technical and tactical aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions, and also provides insightful real-life descriptions - "digressions" - of transactions as they happened, proving that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.