MEET THE TEAM
Our Passion to create value drives us, our track record proves it. Each member of the Discovery Capital Partners team share this passion and our strong values. We draw from our teams collective industry and capital markets experience to provide clients with personal, dedicated and intelligent advice.
Adam is a founder and joint managing director of Discovery Capital Partners and specialises in strategic corporate advice including mergers and acquisitions, public listings and equity funding to private and public companies.
Adam’s career has been deeply entrenched in the natural resources sector where he has worked for Tier-1 mining firms and in corporate buy and sell-side roles. This brings a strong technical foundation to his advisory style which allows him to understand the value drivers for metals and mining companies at all stages of their lifecycle.
This experience has also provided Adam with the opportunity to work extensively offshore. While based in Hong Kong, Adam developed strong institutional and banking relationships into Asia, the UK and North America. This network provides a major advantage for companies seeking growth opportunities, financing and partnerships. Prior to launching Discovery Capital Partners, Adam was a director and head of the metals and mining division of a leading corporate advisory business.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with First Class Honours in Geology from the Queensland University of Technology, and an MBA from Curtin University.
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Adam is a founder and joint managing director of Discovery Capital Partners. Adam specialises in strategic execution services, capital markets and M&A.
Adam’s career began as a lawyer on the East Coast of Australia at a global Tier-1 law firm where he specialised in equity capital markets and as M&A advisor to some of Australia’s largest mining houses, public corporations and global investment banks. In that capacity, he worked on several of the world’s leading private equity, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Adam then moved to an investment bank based in Perth and Hong Kong where he managed the equity capital markets team, focusing on the natural resources sector.
Prior to founding Discovery Capital Partners, Adam was an experienced public company executive, including roles as General Counsel, CEO and Chairman to listed companies as well as a number of private initiatives. He has founded a number of ventures and created global networks through his work in innovation including work with Stanford University’s global SPARK program.
Adam has advised on equity capital markets and M&A transactions with a total value exceeding $300bn in his career and brings this expertise to bear in structuring and executing focused transactions for the mining and resources sector.
Adam holds a Master of Applied Finance, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce. Adam also completed the Emerging Leaders program at Harvard University in 2016.
Kale’s broad experience in the natural resources sector includes industry expertise as a mining engineer. He also brings experience in investment banking, focusing on equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, leverage finance and debt. This allows Kale to identify key value drivers and provide transactional support across all streams at Discovery Capital.
Kale previously worked in the corporate finance team for an advisory business and his industry experience was gained at Regis Resources and at NRW Civil and Mining Contractors.
Kale holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia.
Chris started with Discovery Capital in 2018 as an Analyst in our corporate finance team. Since commencing at Discovery, Chris has been involved in a number of deals providing key strategic execution services on a number of successful raisings completed to date.
Chris previously worked with ANZ and has completed a number of finance internships, including with Deloitte Perth inside the Financial Modelling Team with a focus on Natural Resources.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Commerce – Applied Finance from Curtin University.
Dominic provides best-in-class transactional support including analytics, financial modelling, presentations and client liaison. Dominic previously worked at Deloitte Perth in the Assurance team, predominately focused on engagements relating to leading Australian and international public and private businesses.
Dominic holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and and is in final stages of obtaining his CA and has commenced studies for his Masters of Mining Economics.
Brendan started with Discovery Capital in April 2021 as an Intern before transitioning to Analyst in our corporate finance team. Since commencing at Discovery, Brendan has been involved in a variety of equity raisings and IPO’s where he has provided technical analysis and transactional support.
Brendan has worked across several industries including construction and property and most recently with the Commonwealth Bank. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is currently undertaking a Master of Applied Finance at the University of Western Australia. During his commerce degree Brendan was an Investment Team member of a student-run organisation which researched and managed a portfolio of ASX-listed equities.