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Chris Giufre

Managing Director

Chris is the founding director and 100% shareholder of Wraith Capital Group (Australia) and Ascentro Capital Partners (New Zealand), each of which are boutique corporate advisory businesses that specialise in providing investment capital, IPO, industry aggregations and acquisition project management services.

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Chris’ track record of successful industry aggregations and IPO’s across various sectors and jurisdictions has resulted in Chris becoming a recognised leader in the corporate mergers and acquisitions field within Australia and New Zealand. Chris’ depth of experience ensures innovative, collaborative and holistic solutions to suit individual clients’ needs.

In recent years Chris has lead the team which founded Affinity Education Group Limited, Evolve Education Group Limited, Australian Childcare Projects, Aspire2 Group Limited and Provincial Education Group Limited, all of which involved large scale aggregation of multiple businesses and successful stock exchange listings or private equity investments across multiple sectors.

Prior to developing his corporate advisory expertise, Chris was (and remains) a successful developer of residential and commercial property throughout Queensland, specialising in boutique townhouse complexes and retail developments. Chris continues to grow his property portfolio each year through his various development companies.

Chris has become one of the prominent childcare aggregators in Australia and New Zealand and leads his own personal portfolio of childcare centres in Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony Ford

In-House Counsel

Anthony has over 10 years’ experience in the corporate mergers and acquisitions field. He is a qualified lawyer having previously worked for several top tier law firms. Prior to that he served as a member of the NSW police force.

During his time as a lawyer in private practice, Anthony specialised in corporate mergers and acquisitions transactional matters and brand protection advisory to various market leading consumer product brands.

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During his time with Wraith Capital Group, Anthony has developed a particular expertise in advising on large-scale industry aggregation transactions. Over the last seven years he has had significant roles (both legal and commercial) in over half a dozen industry aggregation transactions which resulted in successful IPO / listing or trade sale exits.

Nick Kirkup

Financial Services

Nick has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, audit and analysis, and is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has previously worked at Deloitte Tohmatsu, working on the IPO of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd, as well as a number of other retail, manufacturing and mining clients.

Following this, Nick worked in the financial analysis field for both private (VIP Petfoods Pty Ltd) and ASX listed (Virgin Australia Ltd and Affinity Education Group Ltd) companies…

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During this time, Nick specialised in commercial and project analysis, including building complex models to assess the profitability of potential projects and transactions, and continued analysis of ongoing business performance.

During his time with Wraith Capital Group, Nick has built an expertise in all the financial aspects of corporate transactions, focusing largely on the childcare industry. This expertise covers all facets of the project from site review through to financial modelling, due diligence completion and assistance with the settlement process.

Joshua Hewitt

Financial Services

Josh has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, audit and commercial management, and is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He was previously employed by BDO, working with a number of large ASX listed companies, SME’s and not-for-profit organisations. During this period he was working for clients which spanned across a broad range of market segments including manufacturing, mining, primary production, motor dealerships and construction industries.

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Following this, Josh was employed as the Group Financial Controller for Uni-Span Australia (a large privately owned construction services company based in Queensland). During this time, Josh was responsible for managing and leading the entire finance team for the group of companies, statutory reporting, cash flow management, assessment of progress claims and board reporting function.

During his time with Wraith Capital Group, Josh has developed a particular expertise in advising on large-scale industry aggregation transactions. This expertise covers all facets of the project from initial value discussions through to financial modelling, due diligence completion, project management and assistance with the settlement process. Over the last four years he has had significant roles (both financially and commercial) in a number industry aggregation transactions which resulted in successful IPO / listing or trade sale exits.

Calvin Ho

Accountant / China Relations

Calvin has over 10 years’ experience in financial services and accounting within a wide range of industries. He began his career in the Finance Division of a “Big Four” Insurance Company in China. After six years he migrated to Australia to pursue a Masters of Business Administration and a career in the Australian financial services and accounting sector. He has held roles in several large corporate organisations since completing his MBA.

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Calvin has strong expertise in the areas of tax, management reporting, financial analysis and forecasting, and providing financial assistance to medium to large private companies, unlisted public companies, and not-for-profit entities in China and Australia.

Calvin has completed a number of specialised assignments in different industries and areas, and he brings that vast industry knowledge and experience to the Wraith Capital Group Team.

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