Zenith Investment Partners and Five V Capital announce strategic partnership

17 Dec 2019

Strengthening our capabilities to better support clients

We’re delighted to announce that, after a considerable due diligence process, Zenith has accepted an offer from Five V Capital, a leading Australian investment firm, to invest in the business.

The investment from Five V Capital provides us with the additional resources, executive talent, experience and access to broader market opportunities that will support us to further strengthen our capabilities and expand our market-leading services to our clients and team.

Existing partners David Wright and Ben Davis will continue to work within the business and retain a significant shareholding. David Wright will be the CEO of Zenith and continue to work directly with our investment consulting clients. Ben Davis’ role remains substantially unchanged as he will continue to work directly with Zenith’s investment consulting clients and lead the development of Zenith’s investment solutions, tools and reporting for clients.

David Smythe and Glen Franklin have taken the opportunity to exit the business to pursue other interests, after an agreed period of transition of their current duties. We thank David and Glen for their significant contribution to Zenith, our clients and team, over several years.

We have also taken this opportunity to allow a number of our key team members to become shareholders in Zenith. Their ownership interest will reinforce our customer-centric and growth focus.

What this means for our clients

We will continue to operate as normal and there will be no change to our research and consulting focus, processes or the way our clients and business partners interact with us day-to-day.

We remain committed to enhancing the services we offer, while developing further services, tools and reporting to assist our clients in operating their business and servicing their clients.

Five V Capital has invested in Zenith acknowledging our 17 years of delivering quality research and consulting services to clients and share our commitment to continue to build on this legacy.

About Five V Capital

Five V Capital is a private equity fund manager based in Sydney with over $650 million of funds under management.

Their unique investment approach is underpinned by a philosophy of alignment and is reflected in the fact the Five V Capital team are the largest investors in their funds. They believe that this alignment between the team, their investors, their partners and management teams is a key component of their success.

The Five V investor network consists of business owners and entrepreneurs as well as some of Australia’s leading family offices. This extraordinary group of investors forms a powerful and unique global network.

Five V Capital’s current portfolio contains several leading businesses in a range of different sectors and at varying stages of the corporate lifecycle. Five V Capital’s investments include RateSetter Australia, Education Perfect, The Probe Group, Universal Store, Ascender HCM, Madman Film & Entertainment and Canva.

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