Lvl 29 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
info@acumenfinance.com.au
Drop us a line anytime!
+61 02 9238 4218
Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm

Our Team

What you should know about us

With over 85+ Years of combined industry experience amongst our senior management, you can rest assured that our team has the knowledge and contacts to assist in almost any type of commercial lending solution.

Acumen Finance was formed out of necessity to give businesses access to unbiased and flexible business banking services.

Nathan Daly
Managing Director, Acumen Finance

Nathan Daly has been engaged in private and alternative capital markets for the past 18 years, and thus has a specialised understanding of Australia’s financial landscape.

He has worked in structured finance facilities ranging from small companies to publicly listed corporations, and has driven a wide range of securitised investment vehicles as both originator and as principal investor.

Well-known and respected in the field, Nathan carries with him a strong network of sophisticated investors who have the flexibility to participate in transactions with tricky timing and technical constraints, giving Acumen Finance a significant advantage over larger, less agile institutions.

Nathan’s transaction portfolio is testament to his abilities and industry contacts; he arranged and settled a $33,000,000 loan within 4 days of having the transaction presented to him.

Peter Kumar M.B.A serves as an honorary consultant with Acumen Finance, advising and guiding us with his international expertise and insight in global financial trends.

Dr.Kumar travels extensively, keeping up to date with the latest developments and opportunities in the worldwide marketplace.

We value his knowledge and experience, and with his direction and leadership we have taken on new strategic opportunities in diverse countries.

Joseph Lee is a valued Partner of Acumen Finance. He has hands on experience with major technical projects.

This covers pricing, concept and delivery. His core strength is leveraging from his commercial background and contacts. This is coupled with a pragmatic mindset around project feasibility and assisting in formulating workable project finance structure.

Joseph is also currently Managing Director of JD International Co.,Ltd. (Korea) JD International is “On/Offshore Engineering and Construction Development Company. JD is specialized in infrastructure and Oil & Gas projects. With 30 years of Experience of management in Engineering and Construction area.

Joseph has led infrastructure developments Projects in USA, Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Justin Ericson is a qualified accountant with specialisation in tax, corporate recovery, asset protection and finance.

Justin has sound industry knowledge spanning property, rural enterprise, international business, charity law, indigenous corporations and corporate structuring.

Justin is a key advisor to many companies and government departments both locally and internationally. He has board seats on several SME’s and land trusts globally.

His proven experience also encompasses business turnaround, succession planning, corporate risk management, structuring of joint ventures and syndicated deal platforms.

Matthew has elite experience in Management, Sales and Customer Service over the past 18 years in the Prestige Luxury Motor Industries / Finance and Tech Space. He has had some extraordinary achievements with disruptive media and holding the record for some of the largest year on year sales volumes. He joins the Acumen Finance team with a wealth of knowledge and vision for the future. He is also the principle and founder of a software platform that has revolutionized how car dealers do secondary stock trades. His major clients include the likes of Tesla. He is known for his ability to pragmatically see the commercial realities of a transaction but to then overdeliver through good honest service and transparency. Matthew is known to stay back in the office until 11 pm to get a document completed for a client if he promised to have it sent the same day.

Marzena has over 20 years in commercial banking experience with most of those working for major banks in the capacity of a credit manager or a business banker. She gets involved in the mechanics of the transactions to
ensure that the formatting of our applications and credit documents are to the standard that you would expect in a major bank or first tier institution. She also holds the various credit licenses on behalf of Acumen through her fully licensed company MJR Finance Brokers https://mjrfinancebrokers.com.au/

Head of Legal

Deepesh has almost 20 years of domestic and international experience gained working in leading law firms in Australia, Canada and Japan. He specialises in corporate and finance transactions and has acted on matters ranging from debt financing for property acquisitions to large, complex domestic and cross border transactions for public listed corporations

His clients include domestic and international banks, high net worth individuals, small to medium sized businesses and multi-national corporations.

Prior to joining Nexus, Deepesh was Special Counsel at a global law firm. Deepesh is admitted to practice in Australia and Canada and is co-author of “Business Laws of Canada” (Thomson West).

Deepesh is commended for being accessible, easy to work with and for providing practical and timely commercial advice.

Deepesh Daya
Banking & Finance | Corporate & Commercial

What we do

Our clients know that expert legal advice is the smart way to level the playing field with banks. They know banks approach transactions like any other commercial entity: with their own interests in mind. And our clients appreciate that there is extra room for negotiation with a bank when you have an expert in your corner.
We have knowledge of the laws and methods of business in many overseas markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, and Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

How we do it

Our lawyers have a deep skillset, which comes from years of experience in banking, and in relevant sub-sectors like property, corporate and agrifinance. Our clients have ready access to the senior lawyers on their matters — experts with the confidence to give straightforward commercial advice. And our structure ensures there is no more cost-effective model to access this level of experience.

Who We Do It For

We work for individuals and businesses to achieve their short- and long-term financial goals. Our lawyers’ experience includes acting for companies listed on the ASX, trust and superannuation vehicles (both self-managed superannuation funds and corporate superannuation funds), and government departments and regulatory bodies. We act for lenders and borrowers.

What we do

Nexus’ banking and finance experts assist with bank debt arrangements, across business, commercial and institutional levels. We also provide advice on project, infrastructure and property finance; trade, import/export and receivables financing; note issuances and debt-to-equity structures; and access to and the benefits of using — debt capital markets.

How we do it

Our corporate finance lawyers provide effective advice to clients, while always keeping their legal and commercial expectations in mind.

Who We Do It For

We act for financiers and borrowers across a spectrum of corporate financing transactions.

What we do

We have in-depth knowledge of the laws and methods of business in many overseas markets, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and mainland China. We advise on debt finance transactions ranging from complex cross-border syndicated institutional and corporate-level debt finance facilities, to high-volume residential mortgage loans for foreign individual purchasers.

We also act for domestic, foreign and global banks, and other lenders with respect to residential mortgage loans.

How we do it

Many of our lawyers are qualified to practise in multiple jurisdictions and have extensive experience in doing so.

Who We Do It For

We act for domestic and global banks, property and mezzanine financiers and other non-bank lenders. Our lawyers have acted for some of the world’s leading financial institutions, including DBS Bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, NAB, GE Capital, HSBC, ANZ, Maybank and CIMB Bank.

What we do

We advise on all aspects of business, including corporate structuring, M&A, financing, franchising and commercial agreements through to commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

How we do it

We work with our clients to understand the commercial outcomes they are looking for, then we deliver concise and pragmatic advice designed to support those goals.

Who We Do It For

We have significant experience acting for private and listed corporate entities, high net worth individuals, small to medium businesses and their directors and shareholders.
Our experience spans a range of industries, including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), food and beverage, green technology, construction, development, mining and manufacturing.

What we do

Nexus prepares and advises on commercial contracts relating to day-to-day business operations, including developing contract suites for the delivery of goods and services, ongoing supply agreements, and head contracts for project delivery — as well as the corresponding subcontracts.

How we do it

We work with our clients to manage their rights and obligations under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) and review and draft contracts that comply with the Competition & Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

Who We Do It For

We act for clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, industrials, construction, building products, energy and resources, and consumer products.

What we do

Joint ventures and partnerships are often complex arrangements that require carefully negotiation and documentation. Nexus’ lawyers have considerable experience of providing the greatest level of protection and asset distribution, by structuring business entities and by negotiating, drafting and reviewing joint venture, partnership and shareholder agreements.

How we do it

We work closely with senior executive teams, and leading accountancy and financial service providers to offer a streamlined, effective service.

Who We Do It For

We act for clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, industrials, construction, building products, energy and resources, and consumer products.

What we do

Australian businesses need pragmatic guidance to comply with the regulations that affect the way they work. This regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex, so we work with our clients to ensure that they are compliant, thereby protecting their interests.

How we do it

Australia is one of the most highly regulated corporate environments in the world. We steer our clients through this regulatory minefield, providing practical and succinct advice on how the law affects their business. This includes helping directors understand their duties, and working with them to develop management strategies.

Who We Do It For

We have undertaken regulatory and compliance work for REIT funds, corporate secretaries, company boards, corporate secretaries, listed companies, NGOs and charities.

What we do

We deliver successful outcomes for our clients through detailed planning, efficient and effective structuring and thorough contract negotiation, as well as being able to respond quickly and flexibly to capitalise on opportunities.

Our team has experience in some of the largest procurement processes for property development undertaken in Australia in recent times. We have expertise in state and local government tendering processes, including a comprehensive knowledge of the legal requirements and guidelines.

And we have advised extensively on planning matters relating to mining, licensing and the Environment Planning & Assessment Act 1979.

How we do it

Our advice is pragmatic, strategic and always given with reference to the client’s objectives. The Nexus model and our approach has resulted in countless successful transactions delivered without unnecessary legal spend for the project. As experienced property and construction lawyers, we are aware how costs affect project feasibility.

Who We Do It For

We act for individuals, REIT funds, property developers, contractors and government authorities.

Litigation and Mediation

Kevin specialises in dispute resolution and litigation, with over 10 years’ experience locally and interstate. He has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes, across a diverse range of industries.

Kevin always seeks to obtain a commercial resolution for clients; as swiftly as possible. If litigation is required, Kevin adopts a pragmatic approach to ensure that clients’ costs are contained without compromising the quality of representation.

Kevin’s clients range from corporations and construction participants to individuals and charities.

Kevin specialises in dispute resolution and litigation, with over 10 years’ experience locally and interstate. He has acted in a broad range of commercial disputes, across a diverse range of industries.

Kevin Pathinather
Construction & Infrastructure | Dispute Resolution

What we do

Nexus lawyers provide the full range of specialist construction law services, from advice to litigation, including:

  • Adjudications under Security of Payment Acts nationally
  • Contract drafting and negotiations
  • Construction contract administration
  • Dispute resolution and court litigation
  • Project development
  • Civil, residential, commercial construction and infrastructure
  • Property procurement and development

How we do it

We are construction law and litigation specialists who have worked in-house and on site with client teams, so we understand how construction decisions are made in the real world. By making sure we understand our clients’ risk profile and any specific risks that should be considered, we can give outcome-focussed advice that reflects how our clients want to approach a project.

We pride ourselves on being reachable, and quick to deliver advice that is readily understandable and easy to act on. The Nexus model means that we are able to agree billing structures that suit clients, and that do not require constant renegotiation.

Who We Do It For

We represent clients at every level of the construction industry — contractors and builders of all sizes, governments, industry associations, strata bodies, government institutions, industry associations, strata bodies and suppliers to the construction industry. Our clients include:

What we do

We understand the intricacies of the security of payment legislation, and have successfully prepared and defended adjudication applications throughout Australia, including both obtaining and setting aside summary judgments under the acts.

How we do it

We have longstanding relationships with numerous clients and industry bodies in the construction and infrastructure industry, and have helped many of our clients put in place appropriate contracts and procedures to effectively deal with claims under the legislation.

Who We Do It For

We act for principals, head contractors, sub-contractors and consultants.

What we do

We help tradespeople and owners to navigate the complex array of rules and regulations governing residential building.

How we do it

Our lawyers pair extensive legal qualifications with real-world experience to provide sound practical advice on contracts, disputes, home warranty insurance claims, licensing, workplace health and safety (WHS), payment and defective work claims.

Who We Do It For

At Nexus we offer a wide range of expertise in advising builders, sub-contractors, owners and other industry participants on the issues that arise before, during and after the building process.

What we do

We have a track record of fast, strategic and cost-effective problem solving and technical expertise across a variety of dispute situations, ranging from small business disputes and debt recoveries through to matters of significant complexity and financial value.

We act in all contentious areas affecting business entities, including contract, corporations law, insolvency, debt recovery, environment, intellectual property, insurance, property, torts and trade practices/consumer law in state and federal courts, Land and Environment Court and tribunals, including the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), specialist tribunals (e.g. ICAC) and sporting tribunals.

How we do it

Our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of dispute-resolution processes, which allows us to provide clients in any industry with accurate, timely, effective and pragmatic advice in relation to potential outcomes and risks. Our goal is for our clients to return to concentrating on their business and their life as quickly as possible, free from the shadow a dispute can cast. And the Nexus model means it is easier for us to charge on a value basis rather than an hourly rate so that dispute resolution and litigation don’t have to look like they used to on a balance sheet.

Who We Do It For

Our clients are in banking and finance, building and construction, energy, infrastructure, mining, logistics, primary production, agribusiness, government, hospitality, tourism and gaming, real estate, start-ups, tax and superannuation.

Contact Us

Feel free to call us on
+61 02 9238 4218
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Contact us

Our Email

Drop us a line anytime at
info@acumenfinance.com.au
and we’ll get back soon.

Start Writing

Our Address

Come visit us at
Lvl 29 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney,
NSW 2000
Australia

See the Map
Lvl 29 Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000
info@acumenfinance.com.au
Drop us a line anytime!
+61 02 9238 4218
Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm