The Funding Strategies Team

Dr Mark Rainbird

Managing Director

Dr. Mark Rainbird has more than 15 years’ experience in senior executive roles, including Chairman and at board level in private equity, ASX-listed, both government and non-government and unlisted organizations.

Dr. Mark Rainbird has extensive experience in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. In 1995, he founded Ramscove (a predecessor to Funding Strategies and its sister company BlueMount Capital), a Brisbane-based corporate advisory and capital raising company. He has specialized in small-scale offerings ($1-5 million) as well as special private placements ($5-50 million). He has a proven track record in the mining and resources, technology and start-up sectors, providing capital advisory and introduction services to companies seeking capital in the unlisted, pre-IPO and listed capital markets. With an extensive business network, he has been able to help companies to develop their funding strategies, raise capital and provide an exit for the company and their investors. Dr. Mark Rainbird is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a PhD and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours.

Flora Mok

Director M&A

Flora Mok has more than 20 years of professional M&A, tax and accounting experience in Hong Kong, China and Australia. She is a qualified accountant and has proven track record of successfully and efficiently advising on complicated global M&A deals. Flora is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) and a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HK) and CPA Australia.

Ken Freer

Senior Associate

Ken has over 25 years’ experience in fast moving consumer goods with senior roles in general management, sales and marketing having worked for Wellcome Australia, Reckitt & Colman, PepsiCo Foods International (Frito- Lay) and Lion Nathan as Managing Director of Castlemaine Perkins.

Laura Chen

Senior Associate

Laura has 27 years of banking experience, including positions of Planning Officer at the Bank of China, Asian Banking Manager at Westpac New Zealand, Home Loan Manager at Westpac Australia, Private Banker at ANZ Australia and National Manager International Premier and Retail Banking Asia Pacific.

Andrew Michell

Senior Associate

Andrew has over eight years’ experience in venture capital gained at QIC BioVentures, and has extensive experience in the financial services industry, both in Australia and the UK. He has consulting experience on his own account and with a boutique consulting practice.

Alessandro Costa

Senior Associate

Alessandro Costa has more than 15 years’ experience in financial analysis and consulting working in investment banking, private equity and real estate. During his years working at Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in London, he worked on deals in the metals and mining sector. He also covered the retail and telecom sectors as part of his work in leveraging finance and private equity. Alessandro successfully raised and managed a residential real estate fund based in the UK and operating through Europe. Since then, he has focused on advising clients on M&A and business optimisation. His expertise includes M&A and corporate advisory, deal origination and closing, due diligence, structuring, financial modelling and reviewing legal documentation.

Alessandro has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Babson College in Boston, and is due to complete a Master’s degree in applied finance at The University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Bipin Manuel

Senior Advisor

Bipin has over 20 years of experience in international business transactions, as an operator, consultant and counsel for companies operating globally. Bipin has served in legal and operating manager roles for start-up, early stage and growth stage venture and private equity funded companies.

Bipin is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas at Austin (BBA, Honors) and the Dedman School of Law, at Southern Methodist University (JD). Bipin is an Australian Registered Foreign Lawyer and admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Texas.

Eugenia Arrarte

Investor Relations

Before joining Funding Strategies, Eugenia was a Government Relations Coordinator for a multinational company in Venezuela for almost ten years, acquiring experience in international trade, customs, trademark registrations, and import/export. In addition, she gained experience teaching at University and has completed the Small Scale Offerings Board Sponsor training. Eugenia has completed her RG146.

Stephen Varty

Associate

Stephen has an economics background with strong financial industry focus. He specialises in equity and financial securities markets as well as other financial instruments. Stephen has completed his RG146.

Birgit Rainbird

Office Manager

Birgit has over 30 years customer sales, service, project management, operational and scheduling experience in the airline, campervan and tourist industries. She has studied Business Administration and has completed the Small Scale Offerings Board Sponsor training.

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