Scotia Macleod is a boutique advisory firm helping private business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups find and secure funding. Ensuring our clients obtain effective venture capital funding, we have helped hundreds of businesses move to the next level.
Ken Macleod leads a collaboration of Business Strategists, Capital Funding Consultants and Investment Advisers help to bring a broad range of skills to Scotia Macleod and offer a range of tools and services, all designed to make your quest for venture capital funding a success. Each project is build with the needs of the client in mind.
Ken R Macleod BA Econ ACMA GAICD
Venture Capital Adviser at Scotia Macleod.
Ken’s corporate career has spanned 13 years and 3 continents, with a number of leading investment banks and financial services organisations. Ken led teams of finance professionals to support and integrate dynamic and complex fixed income trading businesses. A significant proportion Ken’s brief was to pave the way for the sale of, purchase of or integration of businesses for Greenwich NatWest, Swiss Bank Corporation, Dresdner Kleinwort, in the UK, Japan and Australia. He was also was the Controller for GE Commercial in Australia and New Zealand where his focus was leading a team of 50 to integrate and consolidate five equipment leasing and other finance acquisitions.
Ken’s entrepreurial spirit was let loose in 2003 when he raised over $1M capital and started his own finance venture, Scotia Finance, which developed an innovative working capital solution for SMEs. It was here where the seeds were sown for Scotia Macleod, which built on the coal face experience with SMEs in Australia and Ken’s corporate career, and embarked on a path to advise exclusively SMEs on how to position themselves more effectively for capital or for exit. Ken has been an investor in number of early stage ventures, primarily in the IT and digital space, but now spend most of his time now advising SMEs seeking to raise capital or otherwise seeking to exit their businesses.
Some of the major transactions Ken has been involved with:
US$590M Purchase and consolidation of Greenwich Capital with NatWest Markets US1.2B (Asset) Consolidation of GE Capital with Avco Financial Services AU1.65B Purchase and consolidation of AGC Finance by GE Capital AU$70M Acquisition GE Capital of Pacific Premium Funding AU $5M Acquisition of Life Events Pty Ltd by Sensis
Ken is both highly aspirational and grounded in reality. He is courageous in his ability to see the bigger picture and wider possibilities, and yet he’s highly considered and pragmatic in his approach to getting there. He has an innate ability to take things back to first principles and very rarely shies away from a challenge. Outside of the workplace, Ken has piloted a light aircraft around Australia, heli-skied in the Himalayas, heli-fished in New Zealand and has dived in the Galapagos.
Ken has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Western Ontario, Canada, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and a Qualified Financial Planner.
Ken’s specialities lie in: Corporate and business strategy, business planning, capital raising, pitch coaching, business turnarounds, raising funds advice, due diligence, post-sale integration, operational and financial optimisation.