Investment Council names Australia’s industry leaders

The Australian Investment Council presented awards to a number of outstanding firms and industry leaders across the private capital sector at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last night.

“These awards recognise the significant role that Australia’s $30b private capital industry plays in creating jobs and new businesses and building a more innovative economy for our country’s future growth”, said Australian Investment Council CEO Yasser El-Ansary.

More than 450 of the private capital industry’s leaders attended the conference, now in its 26th consecutive year, which is the biggest gathering of private capital investors in the country.

The awards concluded two days of thought-provoking discussion and debate on the macro, environmental themes impacting financial services, and the mega trends shaping the direction of the private capital industry globally.

“This year’s award winners showcase the impact of the private capital industry in transforming businesses through growth and expansion, achieving investment returns and creating stronger businesses across all sectors of the economy,” said Mr El-Ansary.

“The awards have also been expanded this year to include a strong environmental, social and governance focus which is a critical attribute for private capital investors now, and for the future.

“Private capital is at the cusp of a significant era of growth with the potential to drive big shifts in the economy in areas such as communications and technology, consumer goods and healthcare.”

The award winners are:

Best venture capital investment: Carthona Capital – Sparesbox

Best small-cap investment under $100m: Anacacia Capital – Yumi’s Quality Foods

Best mid-cap investment between $100 and $250m: Pacific Equity Partners – Manuka Health

Best large-cap investment more than $500 million: Bain Capital – MYOB

Firm of the year winner: Anacacia Capital.