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, Life Health Foods (UK) and NOW FINANCE.
Hub is Australia’s leading national provider of co-working office space.
Investment Date: November 2017
Our investment in Hub provides Wingate and its co-investors exposure to the highest growth area of commercial real estate in Australia.
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.
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
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.
Wingate provides funding and strategic direction, in close collaboration with the LHF management team and the Sanitarium global leadership.
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 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.
Wingate works closely with the NOW FINANCE leadership team, providing ongoing financial support and strategic direction.
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.
Private education and online learning are high growth sectors globally. Learning Seat represented a strong business with considerable market share in a fragmented market.
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.
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.
B Ec (Honours), M Com (Merit), Grad Dip, Finsia
Darren is the Managing Director of Sandbar Investments, a private investment company. Darren was previously a Partner, member of the Executive Committee and a Director of CHAMP Private Equity where he spent 16 years. Darren is also Chair of ASX Listed Swift Media Limited (SW1) and of Hub Australia Pty Limited, and a Non Executive Director of ASX listed oOh! Media Limited (OML), Total Drains Group Pty Limited and RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd.