Monday, July 15th, 2013 - Jenepé

A joint venture between a corporate advisory firm and the former members of a global markets desk from a leading financial institution has created a new investment house to help SMEs list on international exchanges.

Jenepé is the brainchild of ex-Phillip Capital Australia’s Nicholas Pereza-Mathews, and James Skinner of Australian based Stepping Stone Equity who has already assisted a number of companies list on the Deutsche Börse and GXG markets.

Mr Pereza-Mathews, who has over twenty years’ experience in global markets working in London and Australasia, previously worked as Head of Global Markets at Phillip Capital.

Mr Pereza-Mathews, who will lead the asset management arm of the firm, says the venture came about after recognising a gap in the market for SMEs to access overseas capital.

“There are a number of opportunities for established and well-performing companies to take advantage of international expansion through an overseas exchange listing,” Mr Pereza-Mathews says.

“These exchanges provide a more competitive and cost effective environment for raising capital and trading of shares, especially as they give access to a much larger client base on a global scale.

“Our services not only provide the pathways for companies to achieve this, but also a range of innovative and flexible investment strategies to institutional and sophisticated clients globally.”

Jenepé will operate under two divisions, Jenepé Asset Management and Jenepé Capital.

The asset management arm will focus on funds management, global markets wholesale brokerage, a foreign exchange desk and capital raising services, while the capital arm will provide stock exchange listings, corporate compliance services, prospectus preparation and corporate and investor communications.

Jenepé Capital’s James Skinner says the holistic offering will work together to help develop SME companies as they move into the public arena.

“As more and more Australian businesses look for alternatives to grow, particularly overseas, having a local contact to deal with international markets is imperative,” Mr Skinner says.

“Our clients benefit from a full service offering spanning the entire listing process with a full range of aftermarket support, allowing them to concentrate on what they do best, running their business.

“The partnership is something unique in the Australian market and we expect to add on a number of new initiatives in the near future to ensure demand is properly managed.”

Jenepé Group has office locations in Melbourne, Perth, the Gold Coast and London.

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