Ferdi Kayakesen

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Elec)
  • Bachelor of Business (Bus Admin)
  • Masters in Law (Taxation) – current

Ferdi is an accomplished advisor, investor and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with founder/owner-operated SME businesses.

Ferdi spent 13 years at Macquarie Group (Australia’s leading investment bank), holding senior roles (Division Director) in the Specialists Investments division of the Asset Management team.

In 2017, Ferdi also held a Director-level role at Seidler Equity Partners, a leading private investment firm based in the US. There he partnered with Australian and New Zealand company owners and management teams to help them achieve their strategic vision and expand their businesses.

Ferdi has been working with Banks Group clients since 2005 and was appointed as a Partner in 2019. He runs the Corporate Finance and Private Equity teams where he and his team advise SMEs with a turnover of $5-200m and their boards. He is also responsible for running the in-house Corporate Strategy for the Group.

Alongside his role at Banks Group, he is currently also the Managing and Founding Partner of Corner Capital, an investment and advisory firm. He and his team work with SMEs, helping them achieve their strategic objectives. At Corner Capital, he is also the Chair of the Investment Committee.

Ferdi serves on the Board of Directors of numerous companies and brings experience in evaluating and implementing organic expansion and acquisition-driven growth initiatives.

Prior to Macquarie, Ferdi worked at ANZ and Ford Motor Company in various roles including in finance, tax, marketing and engineering. He also successfully managed and exited two family-owned businesses that focused on consumer services.

Ferdi’s areas of specialty include:

  • Board advisory and business strategy
  • Private equity
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Capital structuring

Outside of the office, Ferdi has two young children who keep him busy. He lives in bayside Melbourne and his passion is all sports.

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