SYDNEY: Quadrant Private Equity has been awarded Firm of the Year in the Australian Investment Council’s
annual Investing for Growth Leadership Awards.
Quadrant has received the award for outstanding contribution to the
advancement of Australia’s $33 billion private capital industry, building
and developing a positive workplace and culture, demonstrating leading
corporate governance practices and contributing to local communities.
Yasser El-Ansary, Chief Executive of the Australian Council said: “The
award judges highlighted that Quadrant was ‘on the front foot’ during the
crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and earned the praise of their
institutional investors for their proactive communication and investment
management practices during a highly volatile period.
“The judges were also highly impressed by how Quadrant has worked to
support the management teams of portfolio companies to respond to
significant challenges such as the 2019/20 summer bushfires, the public
health crisis and economic fallout from the global pandemic. They also
called out the importance of the strategic decision taken by Quadrant to
expand into the middle market growth segment of the economy, and to
diversify the gender and cultural mix of staff to better engage with female
business founders and leaders within portfolio companies.”
The Council also announced today that Avita Medical and Advanced Personnel
Management have been jointly awarded the 2020 Michael Hirshorn Award for private capital-backed
companies whose products or services have been instrumental in delivering a
positive impact for the community.
“BioScience Managers’ investment in Avita Medical and Quadrant’s investment
in Advanced Personnel Management demonstrated how private capital firms
have backed local innovators who have been able to successfully reach
global markets while delivering strong community and social benefits
through development and expansion of their care-focused products and
services,” Mr El-Ansary said.
The Council also announced today that QIC Global Private Capital has been
awarded the annual Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion Award for
outstanding work amongst peers in promoting leadership in diversity and
inclusion within the Australian private capital investment industry.
Mr El-Ansary added: “Valuing difference allows each person to contribute
their unique experiences to the workplace and can positively impact
operational and financial performance and, at the same time, deliver a more
positive overall experience for clients and other stakeholders.
“It is really encouraging to see large well-respected institutional
investors such as QIC take a leadership position on an issue like diversity
and inclusion within our industry. QIC’s leadership sends a powerful
message to other investors, and to fund managers, that diversity and
inclusion will play an increasingly central role in guiding capital
allocation decisions going forward. That sort of strategic shift will
accelerate the pace of meaningful long-term change in private capital here
Today’s award announcement follows the Council’s
on Monday, 7 December of the winners in the Deal of the Year category of
for more information on the Award Winners and their winning nominations.
Quotes from the Award Winners
Quadrant Private Equity –
Chris Hadley, Executive Chairman and Alex Eady, Managing Partner
Quadrant is very proud to have been awarded the Michael Hirshorn award for
our investment in Advanced Personnel Management (APM). APM’s purpose as an
organisation is to Enable Better Lives. This purpose is underpinned by
APM’s core values of Integrity, Customer focus, Respect, Empathy,
Achievement, Teamwork and Enthusiasm. Whilst APM’s scale and geographic
reach grew dramatically in partnership with Quadrant, APM’s purpose of
Enabling Better Lives remains at the core of its culture and purpose for
which we are also very proud.
Quadrant had an extremely productive year despite the significant impact
and uncertainty brought by COVID-19. Notably the Quadrant Growth Fund was
raised in 2019, the fundraise process taking less than five weeks. Quadrant
completed its largest ever exit this year, the sale of APM in June 2020.
Quadrant had another busy year on the new deal front completing seven new
investments and finally the Quadrant investment team grew to fourteen
people welcoming three new team members.
BioScience Managers –
Amanda Gillon, Senior Partner
Winning the Michael Hirshorn award is a special honour for BioScience
Managers, reminding us of the dedication and commitment that Mike is
properly remembered for. We are driven to developing breakthrough
technologies which, as with Avita, enable lifesaving treatments to be
deployed to those that need them, and also provide a route to reward
investors, without whom none of this would be possible, with significant
QIC Global Private Capital –
Nick Guest, Principal
QIC Global Private Capital has continuously embraced change and evolved
into a private capital team that embodies below the line diversity, and
diversity where it matters – of thought, age, gender, ethnicity and
experience. This combination has delivered an embedded culture of shared
values that empowers individuals to reach their full potential and pay it
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