Charles has advised Gresham clients across a range of transactions including Woodside on its merger with BHP Petroleum, Newcrest Mining on its sale to Newmont Corporation, Platinum Equity on their acquisition of Jeld-Wen Australia, Commonwealth Bank on the sale of Equigroup, Bank of Queensland on the acquisition of Investec Bank Australia, Platinum Equity on their acquisition of a majority stake in Sensis from Telstra, Woodside on the partial unwind of the Shell shareholding, Resimac on the acquisition of RHG’s loan book, DUET on their internalisation of management from AMP and Macquarie and sale to CKI, KKR on the acquisition of Pepper Group, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on the asset swap of a stake in Sydney Airport for interests in Brussels and Copenhagen Airports and advising Telstra’s Board on negotiations with the Australian Government and NBN Co.
Prior to joining Gresham, Charles was a Managing Director with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. He had a significant role in transactions for clients including News Corporation, Time Warner, Nielsen, EMC Corporation, Intergraph, Philips, Dow Jones, Warner Music, EqualLogic, CommVault, Knight Ridder, and Affiliated Computer Services. Additionally, he has executed transactions for a range of global financial sponsors, or their portfolio companies, including Bain Capital, Blackstone, Carlyle, Hellman & Friedman, KKR, THLee and TPG Group.
Charles’ transaction experience spans across M&A and financings with a cumulative value of in excess of US$150 billion. Prior to Goldman, Sachs & Co., Charles worked for Rio Tinto at its aluminium operations, Comalco, in engineering and business development roles.
Charles holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Commerce from the University of Sydney where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar, a Masters degree in Information Technology from Deakin University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Charles is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Charles is a Chairman of Musica Viva Australia. He is past Chapter Chair of YPO Sydney and past President of the Harvard Club of Australia.