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We assist our clients with corporate advisory, project management, strategic reviews and valuation/financial modelling

Our Services

We provide independent corporate advice to our clients, and offer deep experience in:

  • energy, utilities and infrastructure
  • privatisations (across sectors)
  • strategic advice to State Governments, listed and unlisted companies
  • valuation and financial modelling of large, long lived complex assets.

We also have experience in healthcare, financial services, private equity and general industry.

While our advisory capability is primarily focused on the energy, utilities and infrastructure sectors in Australia and New Zealand, we have a broad capability across industries and other geographical markets.

We believe that the best outcomes for clients are achieved by embedding ourselves alongside management and building a relationship of trust based on independent, objective and discrete advice. We understand the operational as well as financial issues that arise during transactions and are conscious of the fact that management must live with the consequences of their decisions.

Our model differs from the traditional investment banking model. Our positioning is more akin to an in-house corporate advisory, project management and strategy function and our independence and objectivity aligns us closely with management. We understand the importance of execution and assist in managing all aspects of a transaction, both before and post completion. In this way we tackle the real challenges that face management teams when sourcing and implementing transactions.

One or more of Minerva’s principals undertakes each assignment to provide the best service possible to clients. We do not delegate our responsibilities to less experienced staff.

Our Team

Our team is made up of highly experienced professionals and support staff, as well as a network of specialist consultants who are engaged on a transaction-by-transaction basis to fit the requirements of our clients:

Ben Bolot

Ben Bolot

Chairman

Ben has over 18 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions across a number of sectors. Ben advised Origin Energy on its $3.5bn acquisition of the privatised NSW electricity assets as well as advising Spark Infrastructure on a corporate reorganisation including internalisation of its management arrangements. He is currently the Chief Risk Officer of Origin Energy.

Prior to founding Minerva Advisory, Ben was a Senior Executive at Babcock & Brown in the infrastructure division, specialising in public market, merger and acquisition transactions. Before Babcock & Brown, Ben was Corporate Development Manager at Origin Energy and in the Corporate Finance group at Centrica plc, parent company of British Gas, where he was involved in a number of cross jurisdictional transactions.

Ben's public market acquisition experience includes leading a number of transactions for Babcock & Brown, the acquisition of a majority stake in Contact Energy by Origin Energy and the acquisition and subsequent restructure and sale of part of Enbridge Home Services in Canada by Centrica plc. In addition Ben has either led or been involved in a number of private acquisitions, divestments and complex joint ventures.

Ben holds Bachelor degrees in Laws and Commerce from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and is a Chartered Accountant and Barrister and Solicitor.

Anthony Marriner

Anthony Marriner

Executive Director

Anthony has over 18 years experience in investment banking, primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Anthony has been involved in transactions across a number of industry sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare and financial services, and has worked in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Anthony's recent experience has included a number of assignments for blue chip corporates including Spark Infrastructure, Origin Energy and Contact Energy, as well as the NSW Treasury, Water NSW and the NSW Department of Finance. Anthony provided corporate advisory and project management services on the successful acquisition of TransGrid as well as on Spark Infrastructure's runner up bid for the Sydney Desalination Plant. Anthony also advised the NSW Government on the successful privatisation of ac3. In addition, Anthony has been involved in numerous other acquisitions, disposals and strategic reviews and in providing in-house M&A and project management services. Anthony has previously served on the boards of a number of financial services and investment holding companies.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa).

Kevin Toohey

Kevin Toohey

Senior Consultant

Kevin specialises in financial modelling and valuation, and has 20 years’ experience in investment banking having previously worked with Resource Finance Corporation, Bankers Trust and Origin Capital. Kevin has worked across a wide range of industry sectors and has a particular focus on structured finance and mergers and acquisitions assignments.

He has particular expertise in the modelling and valuation of regulated and unregulated infrastructure businesses, having completed many assignments in the electricity and gas transmission and distribution sectors, transportation sector and water treatment sector.

Kevin holds a Master of Science in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computing from the University of Melbourne.

Grahame Cooper

Grahame Cooper

Senior Consultant - Energy

Grahame has over 30 years commercial and advisory experience, including over 15 years focusing on infrastructure and energy, in particular power and gas. He was for 4 years the managing director of Sithe Energies Australia, an independent power producer focused on combined cycle gas turbine plants, and was responsible for and led all of its developments and bids. Grahame was also a partner at Minter Ellison for 13 years and more recently at Henry Davis York for 8 years, where he established and led the Major Project Groups of both firms.

Grahame has co-ordinated and managed the delivery of legal services on major transactions including the development of the Smithfield Energy Facility, the financing of the Hazelwood Power Station and was the lead legal advisor to Optus from its inception and for the first 4 years of its operation. He recently advised one of the bidders on the NSW power privatisation. As well as advising major corporations, Grahame has also advised government bodies on their involvement in infrastructure projects.

As well as infrastructure and energy, Grahame expertise spans finance and financial products, tax and M & A. His wide ranging commercial experience and expertise gives him an invaluable understanding of projects and transactions. This enables him to advise on all aspects of the project life cycle from identification of the opportunity, structuring, joint venture arrangements and compliance with regulatory requirements, negotiation of supply, offtake and construction arrangements, and financing and operation.

Grahame has both a Bachelor and Master of Laws from Sydney University. He currently lectures in the Masters of Applied Finance as an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and has previously lectured in the Executive MBA at AGSM and in the LLB course at Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has served as a non-executive director on a number of boards and was a member of the NECA High Level Strategy Committee when it administered the National Electricity Rules.

Credentials

In recent years, the Minera Advisory team has, in addition to numerous small and mid tier transactions, worked on a number of prominent deals including the following: 
TransGrid

Privatisation of Transgrid


$10.3bn
December 2015
IJGlobal's APAC Best M&A Deal of 2015
Project Finance International Asia Pacific M&A Deal of the year for 2015
SydneyDesalinationPlant

Advisor to underbidder on privatisation

$2.3bn
May 2012
Origin

Advisor on acquisition of NSW Gentrader Contract

$3.5bn
December 2010

Key clients include the following: