Technology Merchant Banking
Across the Asia Pacific Region.

About Us

North Ridge Partners is an independent merchant bank that invests in and advises technology companies within the Asia Pacific region.

We leverage our deep experience in buying, building, financing, running, and selling technology businesses to drive value for our investors and clients alike.

Our industry expertise, intellectual capital and track record have been honed over many years. We value long term relationships and seek to achieve high performance outcomes from a foundation of trust.

We provide strategic advice, execute M&A and capital raisings and deploy capital to support transactions we see value in.

North Ridge Partners is a joint venture between its management team and the Victor Smorgon Group, a prominent Australian family office. We have offices in Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne, and an extensive network of global partners.

Our name derives from the Northeast Ridge of Mount Everest. Climbing this Tibetan traverse ranks among of the most formidable accomplishments of human endurance. We like the metaphor.

Team

  • Roger Sharp
    Roger Sharp Chairman | Sydney

    Roger started his first technology company in 1983 and sold it in 1987. He has since had a 25 year career investing in, financing, and running growth businesses across several continents. Before founding North Ridge Partners in 2002 he was Global Head of Technology for ABN AMRO Bank in London and prior to that was CEO of ABN AMRO Asia in Hong Kong. Roger is Chairman of Asia Pacific Digital, Geo and Webjet.

    • Peter Hynd
      Peter Hynd Managing Director | Sydney

      Peter has more than twenty years’ experience in advising, financing and investing in emerging companies. Pete co-founded North Ridge Partners and prior to that was a small cap corporate financier. He is a Director of a range of companies including Asia Pacific Digital, which he previously chaired.   Peter holds B.Bus.Mgmt, B.Com, and Grad.Dip. qualifications.

      • Chris Tran Head of Corporate Finance | Singapore

        Chris has 20 years’ experience investing, operating and exiting companies. He joined North Ridge Partners in 2009. Currently, his exclusive focus is on working with high growth South East Asian Technology & Internet companies, raise capital, grow, and exit. Chris has led numerous private and public equity and debt fund raisings, mergers, restructuring, disposals, strategy, and market entry projects. He holds Bachelor of Business and CFA qualifications.

        • Christin Burns Head of Corporate Finance | Sydney

          Christin founded his first technology business at the age of 17 and went on to work as a management consultant at Accenture. He then joined North Ridge Partners in 2005 and has led and participated in a wide range of technology investments and financings. He has held several senior management positions including CEO of a highly successful global FMCG brand and been a board member of private and public companies. He has Bachelor of Finance qualifications.

          • Roger Croker
            Roger Croker CFO | Singapore

            Roger has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and general management roles spanning a range of sectors.  Roger is a Chartered Accountant and worked with KMPG for a number of years in audit and insolvency before moving into commerce.  He holds B.Bus Accountancy, B.App. Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees.

            • Karen Ewels
              Karen Ewels Office Manager | Sydney

              Karen was the firm’s first full-time employee and manages our Sydney office. Karen previously worked for an IT consulting company for six years and prior to that for another investment bank. Karen has BA/Dip Ed qualifications.

              • Peter Edwards
                Peter Edwards Non-Executive Director Melbourne

                Peter is Managing Director of the Victor Smorgon Group, a well-known Australian family office with diverse investments in food, energy, technology and finance. Victor Smorgon Group is a shareholder in North Ridge Partners and is an investor in its funds.

                • Phil Pryke
                  Phil Pryke Non-Executive Director Sydney

                  Phil is a longstanding CEO and company director and is Chairman or a Director of a number of public companies including Contact Energy, Goodman Group and Tru-Test Corporation. He was previously CEO, Asia Pacific for both EDS and Lucent and has management and governance experience in diverse industries.

                  • Richard Pyvis
                    Richard Pyvis Non-Executive Director Hong Kong

                    Richard is Chairman of CLSA Capital Partners, one of Asia’s longest established private equity investors. He was previously CEO of CLSA following a 27-year career in commercial and investment banking and investment management across Asia Pacific and the USA. Today Richard sits on numerous company boards.

                    Corporate Finance

                    Before we founded North Ridge Partners in 2002 we were comprehensively trained by the big end of town. With decades of international corporate finance experience behind us, we are independent thinkers who bring skill and discipline to the table.

                    We have collectively completed hundreds of corporate finance assignments including strategic analysis, restructurings, capital raisings and M&A.

                    Our skills are the result of our real-word experience at the coal face, so we understand the challenges that technology companies face. We know how to figure out and execute the steps required to fund growth and maximise value.

                    Our home ground is Southeast Asia and Australasia, where we provide localised, expert advice. We regularly engage in cross-border transactions with our global network.

                    Investment

                    North Ridge Partners has been investing in technology companies for more than a decade through bull and bear markets.

                    We invest in, finance and run technology businesses. We apply this unique skillset plus our own capital to a handful of companies at a time. We prefer to invest in publicly quoted companies that need transformational work to reach their potential, and we aren’t afraid of doing the heavy lifting to deliver attractive investment returns.

                    We manage capital for around 50 family offices and high net worth individuals around the region, and ourselves, through the Co-Investor series of Funds.  We focus on preserving our investors’ capital and have a track record of delivering consistent returns.

                    Contact Us

                    Singapore

                    North Ridge Partners Pte Ltd
                    4 Robinson Road, Level 8,
                    Singapore 048543
                    +65 6220 8383
                    [email protected]

                    Sydney, Australia

                    North Ridge Partners Pty Limited
                    Building B, Ground Floor, 35 Saunders St,
                    Pyrmont NSW 2009

                    [email protected]
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                    Melbourne, Australia

                    North Ridge Partners Pty Limited
                    Level 9, 417 Kilda Road,
                    Melbourne VIC 3004

                    [email protected]