Silverfern Opens Shop Down Under

Brett Chenoweth has joined The Silverfern Group as a managing director and head of the firm’s new office in Sydney, Australia. He previously was head of M&A and business strategy for Telecom New Zealand.


The Silverfern Group announced today that it has continued the expansion of its proprietary merchant banking business with the opening of its Sydney office and that Brett Chenoweth has joined the Silverfern team as Managing Director and Head of Silverfern Australia.

In bringing over 15 years of senior executive experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategy, Investment Management and Operations (including CEO, Board and Chairman roles) to the Silverfern team, Brett will lead delivery of proprietary deal origination to Silverfern’s Asia/Pacific Clients(1) as well as being responsible for interfacing with senior CEOs on the Silverfern Advisory Board and building the Silverfern Merchant Banking team in the Asian/Pacific region.

Prior to joining Silverfern Brett was a senior executive at Telecom New Zealand where he was Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Head of Strategy for the Telecom New Zealand group, before which he worked with Publishing and Broadcasting Limited as Head of Business Development for ecorp Ltd, PBL’s publicly listed Internet investment company which negotiated and operated joint ventures with eBay, Charles Schwab, Microsoft and Monster. Brett previously held senior executive roles at Village Roadshow Pictures and ninemsn Pty Ltd.

Based in Sydney, Brett’s primary areas of expertise include the Media, Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Media, Entertainment and Leisure industries.

Silverfern Chairman and CEO Clive Holmes said, “We are excited to continue expansion of our geographic Client service capabilities with the addition of our office in Sydney, Australia, with our regional team anchored by an executive of Brett’s caliber. As Silverfern originates wealth creation opportunities for CEOs invited to join the Silverfern Advisory Board in Asia/Pacific, Brett’s ability to create an institutional bridge to capital in the region will be a critical differentiating factor for our Clients.”

Brett Chenoweth added, “I am delighted to be joining the Silverfern team at a time when both Clients and senior managers have an increasing need for proprietary, non-auction deal origination in Asia/Pacific. We expect significant growth in our business in the region, and delivery of an increasing number of exciting Asian-focused investment opportunities to our Clients over the next several years.”

About The Silverfern Group

The Silverfern Group Pty Ltd(1) (Silverfern) is an independently owned Merchant Bank specializing in originating and structuring proprietary (non-auction) buy-side Mergers & Acquisitions opportunities, Private Equity Fundraising, and through its affiliates Silverfern Co-Investment Partners and Silverfern Credit Opportunities in making private equity co-investments and debt investments with relationship private equity firms and corporates worldwide. Silverfern’s senior merchant bankers deliver a compelling competitive advantage to its Clients — combining exclusive access to robust proprietary deal flow and leading managers with the highest levels of Wall Street advice, analytical support and negotiating deal experience.

Silverfern is an affiliate of The Silverfern Group, Inc., a U.S. Broker-Dealer and Member FINRA.

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