Howard & Company, one of New Zealand’s leading tech focused strategic, investment and advisory firms has teamed up with Sydney based Newport Capital Group to help support and expand their clients’ presence in trans-Tasman deals and projects in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector.

Ant Howard, founder of Auckland based Howard & Company – whose recent successful mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions have included Axon, Enprise Group, Emendo (now part of McKesson), Jericho (now part of Asia Pacific Digital) as well as a client base of leading companies in New Zealand’s high-growth, high-tech sector – said the alliance is aimed at increasing our offering to our NZ clients in terms of both reach and capability.

“We are excited about the opportunities this alliance will bring to our client base. It’s imperative that New Zealand based companies develop a deep knowledge and strong relationship with the Australian market in order to grow and prosper.  Our companies complement each other’s strengths and joining forces creates a compelling new global market proposition in this high-growth market,” said Ant Howard.

Newport Capital Group is Australia’s largest corporate advisory and M&A firm focused on the TMT markets, whose clients have included Telstra Corporation, Fujitsu Australia, Dicker Data Limited, Archer Capital and other leading TMT sector companies. Lou Richard, Managing Director and founder said the alliance will open the door to increased business opportunities for its clients entering the New Zealand market.

“We are committed to ensuring this alliance provides significant value to our clients on either side of the Tasman. Australian TMT companies regard New Zealand as a significant opportunity and will benefit from the deep market knowledge and relationships which Howard & Company brings to the alliance,” said Lou Richard.

The combined resources of Howard & Company and Newport Capital represent the largest TMT M&A and advisory enterprise focused on the TMT markets in Australasia.