Our co-investors participate alongside Wingate in tailored private equity investments that are sourced, structured and executed by Wingate. Our focus is on partnering with outstanding businesses and experienced management teams with Wingate taking a hands-on approach to create sustainable value.

Wingate’s current portfolio of live investments includes Hub Australia, Medical Media, Life Health Foods (UK) and NOW FINANCE.

Sector: Co-Working Office

Hub is Australia’s leading national provider of co-working office space.

Investment Date: November 2017

The opportunity

Our investment in Hub provides Wingate and its co-investors exposure to the highest growth area of commercial real estate in Australia.

Our approach

Wingate’s investment and strategic partnership with Hub provides the capital and expertise to expedite Hub’s expansion plans and its goal to be Australia’s leading co-working operator.

Leveraging Wingate’s deep co-investor network and vast reach, Wingate makes a considerable ongoing operational, financial and strategic contribution to the business.

Sector: Media

Medical Media is Australia’s fastest growing point-of-care media and technology company. It operates over 3,000 screens in GP practices across every state and territory of Australia.

 

Investment Date: September 2016

The opportunity

The Australian digital outdoor advertising market has experienced consistent strong growth, and together with the fundamentals of the healthcare sector, presents a compelling investment opportunity.

Our approach

Along with our co-investment partner, Sandbar Investments, Wingate facilitated the merger between Medical Media and Community Network, which has created a market leading business. Wingate plays an active role in the financial oversight and strategy of the business.

Sector: Health and Wellbeing

Life Health Foods (LHF) is a UK based partnership between Wingate and Sanitarium, one of Australia’s leading consumer product businesses.

Investment Date: December 2014

The opportunity

This investment presented an opportunity to partner with Sanitarium in the roll-out of a range of nutritious and ‘on the go’ products in the attractive, fast-growing UK and European markets.

Our approach

Wingate provides funding and strategic direction, in close collaboration with the LHF management team and the Sanitarium global leadership.

Sector: Financial Services

Wingate Consumer Finance (WCF) is a leading non-bank personal loan specialist. Trading under the NOW FINANCE and MacCredit brands, Wingate has developed multiple distribution channels, a state of the art technology platform and a differentiated product offer that has allowed it to successfully grow market share, and in doing so originate a diversified portfolio of high quality consumer loans.

Investment Date: April 2015

The opportunity

The personal loan market in Australia is growing and highly attractive, as non-bank lenders rapidly grow market share.

Wingate has tapped into this significant growth trend through its investment in this leading non-bank finance business.

Our approach

Wingate works closely with the NOW FINANCE leadership team, providing ongoing financial support and strategic direction.

Sector: Education

Learning Seat specialises in providing compliance, professional development and accredited training courses and programmes.

Exit: December 2017

Learning Seat was sold to Callidus Software Inc. for $34.5m.

The opportunity

Private education and online learning are high growth sectors globally. Learning Seat represented a strong business with considerable market share in a fragmented market.

Our approach

In partnership with The Riverside Company, we facilitated a management buy-out of Learning Seat. Wingate played an active role in guiding the business through its transformation, growth and its eventual exit.

Private Equity Team

Kevin Wunsh

Managing Director, Corporate Investments

B.Com, LLB

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience working in Australia and internationally in investment management, corporate advisory and strategy with a particular focus on private equity.

Kevin started his career as a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, and has held roles at AT Kearney, Babcock & Brown and was a founding Director of Alceon.

Michael Kurland

Director, Corporate Investments

Michael is a specialist in private equity and structured finance. He previously spent 14 years at Investec Bank (South Africa and London) as a senior banker primarily in the Specialised Finance and Lending Divisions.

Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) as well as a CFA Charterholder (CFA Institute, USA).

Franco Dogliotti

Group Finance Director

B.Comm, B.Acc, Chartered Accountant, CMA

Franco has over the past 23 years initiated, advised on and closed transactions valued at many billions of dollars in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets. Franco’s experience includes advising large privately owned businesses as well as national and multi-national public corporations on both local and cross-border transactions.

Prior to joining Wingate, Franco was a partner at PwC for 18 years and a leading member of the firm’s Corporate Finance team.

Special Advisor

Darren Smorgon

B Ec (Honours), M Com (Merit), Grad Dip, Finsia

Darren is the Managing Director of Sandbar Investments, a private investment company. He was previously a Partner, member of the Executive Committee and a Director of CHAMP Private Equity where he spent 16 years. While at CHAMP he led the acquisition and portfolio management of companies including oOh!media (an ASX listed company which he remains on the board of as a Non-Executive Director), Study Group Pty Ltd, LCR Group Pty Ltd and Golding Contractors Pty Ltd.