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Dan Cotton
Executive Director

I am passionate about helping companies grow and to fund growth. This involves helping them plan, position and close their most important corporate transactions. Dan Cotton
Corporate Finance Partner

Professional experience

Dan has over 30 years’ investment banking and corporate finance experience and has been involved in over 175 successful M&A roles and capital raising projects. These range from business sale or acquisition processes, to IPOs and private fundraisings from equity funds, family offices, high net worth investors and venture capitalists. He has also advised on a number of discrete strategic and advisory projects to boards and business owners. His focus and passions are bringing capital to companies, or vice versa.

He has worked on 70 capital raisings, 50 completed business sale roles, and helped clients invest in or buy 55 targets. He has also advised on a range of other strategic transaction projects, and prepared many valuations and expert reports. The combined value of all these completed roles is approximately A$8 billion.

He has worked with clients in most sectors including consumer and pharmaceutical products; business and financial services (including private equity); technology; healthcare services; logistics, automotive, engineering; wholesale, import and distribution services; manufacturing; real estate and media.

Notable clients Dan has assisted include Prixcar, Laser Clinics Australia, Carlile Swimming, Ateco, DPWorld, Elanor Investors, Sulo Plastics, Shadforth Financial Group, Downer Group, Mundipharma, Wolters Kluwer, ANZ, NAB, Westpac, Boral, Select Appointments, Deutsche Bank, Bankers Trust, Lend Lease, Loscam Pallets and a number of leading private equity funds.

Recent client work examples include:

  • Leading children’s leisure/education business – sale of an asset and then the main business
  • Sale of an engineering and electrical services business
  • Sale of an e-commerce business
  • Acquisition of a HVAC engineering business for a listed major engineering business
  • Acquisition of a wholesale distribution business, merger, and related fundraising from private equity
  • Sale of a wealth management business
  • Acquisition research, identification, approach and execution in various sectors for clients in the real estate, ingredients, defence and pharmaceutical sectors.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

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