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Kestrel Capital's investment professionals have a rich blend of expertise in finance, operational management, technology and investment management. Having played a critical role in a number of Australia's significant growth equity transactions, Kestrel's people share a strong track record in funding and structuring deals, driving the growth of portfolio companies and completing successful exits.



Niall Cairns, Managing Director


Niall has over 25 years of direct seed, venture capital, private equity and listed company experience focused on growth companies; Investing in more than 30 unlisted companies and many more listed companies globally. Niall provides significant transaction expertise, operational and director level experience, technology investment and a track record of value creation and exits.


In 1993 he co-founded Nanyang Ventures, which became Kestrel Capital in 2006, and has raised six funds (including 3 licensed by Innovation Australia) and led the investments and been a director of companies such as Australian Helicopters, Avand (sold to Technology One), GMD (sold to SMS), Gale Pacific (AVCAL award winner) and Intrapower (sold to TPG Telecom).


Currently, Niall is a director of Tru-Test Corporation Limited, ComOps Limited (since November 2013), Goldminex Resources Limited, Kestrel Growth Companies (Kestrel’s PDF) and Carnethy Evergreen Fund.


M: +61 (0)418 410 306




Phillip Carter, Managing Director

PhD, MAppFin, BEng, CMatP, GSFP, SF Fin, FAICD


Phillip has extensive experience developing and financing technology rich companies in Australasia, Europe and the USA.


Prior to joining Kestrel in 2006, Phillip was a director of a leading UK-based investment management and strategy consulting practice. During this time Phillip managed the InterTechnology Fund, recognised by the EVCA as one of the most active development capital funds in Europe.  He also assisted growth companies and blue chips in formulating strategy and implementing it through direct investment, M&A, licensing, joint ventures and partnering.


M: +61 (0)406 959 196


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