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Mark Burns

Mark Burns


+612 8999 2006

Prior to founding TMT Partners in 2001, Mark was with Deutsche Bank in Australia for over 11 years. During this time he was responsible for establishing and building the leading telecommunications and media investment banking team in Australia and New Zealand. Mark was ranked the number one individual adviser in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors in the inaugural East Coles survey of Australian Corporate advisers (February 2000). He was also ranked number six among the top 10 individual advisers across all sectors in the same survey.

In May 2000, Mark became a Managing Director and the Head of e-Business for Deutsche Bank in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Bank’s Australasian Management Committee.

In July 2001, Mark left Deutsche Bank and established TMT Partners. Between 2001 and 2007 Mark was responsible for advising a broad range of growth companies and private equity firms operating in the telecommunications, media and technology industries in relation to acquisitions, divestments and capital raisings.

In 2007, TMT Partners was acquired by Wilson HTM Investment Group Ltd and Mark became Head of Corporate Finance for Wilson HTM. In 2009, Mark became Head of Capital Markets for Wilson HTM with management responsibility for Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets, Equities Research and Institutional Sales. During this time Mark was also Chairman of Wilson HTM’s Underwriting Committee.

In 2010, Mark left Wilson HTM and re-acquired TMT Partners to continue his interest in working directly with growth companies in the telecommunications, media and technology industries.

Mark has Bachelor of Arts (double major in Accounting and Economics) and Master of Applied Finance degrees from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark specialises in providing advice on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, public and private capital raisings and capital structure.

Justin Derksen

Justin Derksen

Managing Director, Corporate Finance

+612 8999 2005

Justin joined TMT Partners at the start of 2021, after 14 years in investment banking and corporate development.  Justin spent 11 years with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division in Toronto (2006-2008), Singapore (2008-2015) and New York (2015-2017). Justin started his career as an Analyst in Toronto and was most recently an Executive Director in New York. During his time at Morgan Stanley, Justin covered technology, media and telecommunications clients in Asia and North America and announced over 35 transactions, including over US$13Bn in mergers & acquisitions, over US$11B in equities and over US$5Bn in debt.

Justin’s work in Asia and North America included the full range of local and cross-border acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, IPOs, secondary offerings, private placements, investment grade and high yield credit offerings and structured products for private and public companies, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds and state entities.

Justin was a Senior Vice President of Business Development for ABS, a private equity owned global satellite operator. During his tenure at ABS (2017-2020), Justin had responsibility for all corporate development and critical strategic initiatives for the company, including cost cutting and business development and revenue opportunities.

Justin has an Honors Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business where he graduated with distinction.

Justin specialises in providing advice on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and capital structure (including capital raising in the public and private markets).

Chris Barry

Chris Barry

Executive Director, Corporate Finance

+61 411 390 880‬

Chris joined TMT Partners in 2021 and has over 12 years of investment banking experience advising clients on M&A, capital markets and restructuring transactions across a variety of industry sectors.  He has advised on over 35 transactions with total deal value exceeding $30 billion.

Chris’ prior experience includes 9 years at Moelis Australia, the Australian franchise of global investment bank Moelis & Company.  At Moelis, Chris progressed to the level of Executive Director with generalist sector coverage and was responsible for executing a wide variety of transactions.

Chris has also previously worked at Seven Group Holdings leading corporate development, Wilsons in Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets and he commenced his career at UBS as a graduate.

Chris holds degrees in Commerce and Economics from the University of Newcastle.

Chris specialises in providing advice on mergers and acquisitions where he has diverse experience across the full spectrum of transaction types, including public and private acquisitions on both the sell-side and buy-side, takeover defences, mergers, backdoor listings and distressed situations. He also has extensive experience in public and private capital raisings.

Scott Ferris

Scott Ferris

Associate Director, Corporate Finance

+612 8999 2010

Scott joined TMT Partners in 2017 and has 6+ years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience across the telecom, media and technology sector.

Scott’s prior experience includes ~2 years at EY in the Transaction Advisory Services team, where he worked on valuations and business modelling for a number of public and private company transactions.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Laws from UTS & commenced a Masters of FinTech at UNSW in 2021

Tim Powditch

Tim Powditch

Senior Adviser – Equity Capital Markets

+61 414 909 369

Tim joined TMT Partners in June 2019 as a Senior Advisor – Equity Capital Markets. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial markets, specialising mostly in emerging companies.

Prior to his appointment at TMT Partners, Tim spent 18 months as Portfolio Manager with small cap institutional fund manager, Glennon Capital.

Before that he spent nine years as a Partner at Bligh Capital Securities specialising in institutional broking, writing small company research and capital markets.

He was a Director at Citigroup for seven years, managing the institutional broking operation’s smaller companies team – encompassing Research and Sales. He was heavily engaged in Citigroup’s smaller companies Equity Capital Markets projects.

Earlier he enjoyed 11 years as a Portfolio Manager at BNP Paribas where he managed Australian equity and property funds.

Tim started his career as a financial journalist in 1984 before joining ANZ McCaughan (London) as an Equity Research Associate in 1988.

He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology.

David Rampa

David Rampa

Senior Adviser, Corporate Finance

+612 8999 2062

David began his TMT career as a graduate trainee with NCR Computers in Australia. From NCR David moved to BHA Computers, leading their database solutions group in Europe and SE Asia.

In the 90’s, David joined Telstra to lead its Enhanced Distribution Channel program in Queensland and, subsequently, its Corporate and International division in the State. Moving to Sydney in 1995 David went on to lead Telstra’s international MNC sales, including representing Telstra as a Director of WorldPartners (a consortium of 18 leading global Telco’s) and also as the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Service Provider Association.

In the early 2000’s, David took up the position of Director Wholesale and International with SingTel Optus.

Toward the mid 2000’s David left SingTel Optus to embark on the challenge of being CEO of a technology start-up, Right Party Connect, which delivered interactive voice response solutions providing next generation debt collection solutions to banks, telco’s, and collection agencies. Right Party Connect was successfully sold to Adeptra, out of the UK, to become the platform for their Asia Pacific expansion.

Based in the USA from mid 2006, David pivoted his career to venture capital investing and Investment Banking with Aleutian Capital (New York) leading their sell-side advisory. During this time, he was also President of ANZACC Mid-West (Australia, New Zealand, American Chamber of Commerce).

Returning to Australia in 2012, David continued his Investment Banking career, and has been involved in many significant M&A transactions, both as a Senior Advisor with TMT Partners as well as a board member/chairman of listed TMT entities, M2 Group Ltd and Inabox Group Ltd, respectively.

David brings a rare pedigree to TMT Partners where he has “walked the talk” of capital raising, acquisitions and mergers, and divestments. He is well positioned and experienced across the TMT sector to work in partnership with a company founder/CEO and Board to successfully develop and execute capital raising and M&A strategies that maximise returns for all stakeholders.

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