Technology Merchant Banking Firm
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 and is a Non-Executive Director of 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
    Chris Tran Executive Director | 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.

  • Peter Cheng
    Peter Cheng Executive Director | Singapore

    Peter has more than 15 years’ experience in investment banking and private equity, specialising in Telecom, Media and Technology. Peter was previously a Director with Standard Chartered Bank TMT Group, Managing Director at private equity firm Vietnam Capital Group and Director at ABN AMRO Bank TMT Group. He holds a B.Com from The University of Melbourne.

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  • Andrew Crowther
    Andrew Crowther Director | Sydney

    Andrew has ten years’ experience as both analyst and investor. He joined North Ridge Partners in 2010 from Ellerston Capital. Andrew manages our portfolio investments and leads corporate finance transactions.

    He holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and CFA qualifications.

  • Roger Croker
    Roger Croker CFO | Sydney

    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.

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