Our Approach

Investment partners to realise growth ambitions.

We have admiration for owners that have created great businesses. We appreciate the entrepreneurial thinking that it took. We understand the unique challenges owner-operators and management teams face when scaling a business. We help you realise the potential of your business, without compromising what made you successful in the first place.

Investment Strategy

Arcus Partners invests in proven businesses and exceptional people. We empower our partners by providing the capital, insights and support to achieve the next phase of growth.

Connect

We connect people, ideas and capital to create compelling investment outcomes. We identify growth opportunities and provide analytical insight to enable our partners to act decisively with confidence.

Partner

We are collaborative and proactive business partners. We don’t interfere with how you run your business - we invest in growing your team and build capability to accelerate geographic expansion, optimise channels to market, expand into adjacencies and complete strategic acquisitions.

Grow

We unlock growth potential for management teams. We invest in businesses with multiple levers of growth and actively work with management to execute on those opportunities. We help to jointly implement step-change growth initiatives to create value.

Connect
We connect people, ideas and capital to create compelling investment outcomes. We identify growth opportunities and provide analytical insight to enable our partners to act decisively with confidence.
Partner
We are collaborative and proactive business partners. We don’t interfere with how you run your business - we invest in growing your team and build capability to accelerate geographic expansion, optimise channels to market, expand into adjacencies and complete strategic acquisitions.
Grow
We unlock growth potential for management teams. We invest in businesses with multiple levers of growth and actively work with management to execute on those opportunities. We help to jointly implement step-change growth initiatives to create value.
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Our core values

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Committed Integrity

Engage with trust and transparency, take responsibility for promises.

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Collaborative Partnership

Align with great people and always empower, never eclipse.

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Ownership Mindset

Think and act like a business owner that shares in every challenge and every success.

core-value-committed-integrity

Committed Integrity

Engage with trust and transparency, take responsibility for promises.

core-value-supportive-partners

Collaborative Partnership

Align with great people and always empower, never eclipse.

core-value-ownership-mindset

Ownership Mindset

Think and act like a business owner that shares in every challenge and every success.

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Dynamic Thinking

Embrace entrepreneurial thinking, analytical rigour and creativity - apply a multi-disciplinary lens to find the best solution.

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Dynamic Thinking

Embrace entrepreneurial thinking, analytical rigour and creativity - apply a multi-disciplinary lens to find the best solution.

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Relentless Determination

Seek to make a positive impact, never settle and never give up.

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Patient Urgency

Operate with patience and discipline but act with urgency when there is high conviction.

Committed Integrity
We connect people, ideas and capital to create compelling investment outcomes. We identify growth opportunities and provide analytical insight to enable our partners to act decisively with confidence.
Collaborative Partnership
Align with great people and always empower, never eclipse.
Ownership Mindset
Think and act like a business owner that shares in every challenge and every success.
Dynamic Thinking
Embrace entrepreneurial thinking, analytical rigour and creativity - apply a multi-disciplinary lens to find the best solution.
Relentless Determination
Seek to make a positive impact, never settle and never give up.
Patient Urgency
Operate with patience and discipline but act with urgency when there is high conviction.
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We invest in dynamic small and medium-sized businesses based in Australia and New Zealand with compelling growth prospects.

We look for businesses operating in a growing end market with a differentiated product, service or capability generating annual operating profits of $2-10 million. We provide flexible growth capital and an opportunity to realise partial liquidity and we are often the first institutional investors in the business. As minority or majority partners, we offer a patient time horizon and alignment in generating outstanding shared return outcomes.

Jake Hum

Investment Team
BIO
Jake sources and evaluates new investment opportunities and provides ongoing support for a number of Arcus Partners’ portfolio companies.

Jake was previously a management consultant at Partners In Performance advising ASX200 companies on operational improvements, post-merger integration and commercial due diligence. Additionally, Jake gained experience at a high-growth start up where he was responsible for evaluating potential investments. Jake holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Computer Science.

Hayden O’Kelly

Investment Team
BIO
Hayden helps lead investment origination, execution and portfolio management at Arcus Partners.

Prior to joining the team, Hayden was an Associate Director – Private Equity at Adamantem Capital, investing in technology, B2B and industrial companies in Australia and New Zealand. Hayden was previously worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in M&A and capital markets and holds Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) and a Bachelor of Economics (Distinction).

Christine Christian AO

Director
BIO
Christine has 35+ years experience as a CEO, company director, investor and entrepreneur in financial services, private equity and government.

Previously, the CEO and Chair of Dun & Bradstreet Australia, NZ and India. Chairperson of Humm Group, Auctus Investment Group and former director of Victorian Insurance Authority and ME Bank. Christine currently serves as the President of the Library Board of Victoria and a Council Member of La Trobe University.

Duncan Murray

Director
BIO
Duncan has 20+ years of managerial experience as CEO and Director of public and private sector companies across logistics, construction, technology, media and private equity.

Previously Founding Chair of the Amy Gillett Foundation, Chair of Cycling Australia, Chair of AusCycling, Chair of Djarragun College, Chair of Bama Services, Group CEO of the Noel Pearson founded Cape York Partnership and Cape York Institute. Former lawyer and investment banker (Allens, Centaurus and Merrill Lynch).

Andrew McGill

Chair
BIO
Andrew has a 30+ year career in finance and private equity. Andrew was a founding partner of Crescent Capital Partners, an Australian mid-market private equity firm and currently serves as Director of Countplus Limited.

Previously Managing Director of ASX-listed Pacific Current Group, executive at Macquarie Bank and management consultant at The LEK Partnership.

Daniel Hong

Managing Director
BIO
Daniel is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Arcus Partners, established with the backing and partnership of the BESEN family.

Daniel previously led the venture capital and private equity team as Investment Director and member of the Investment Committee at M.H. Carnegie & Co., and was formerly an executive at Macquarie Bank’s CAF division.

Daniel Besen

Director
BIO
Daniel is the Co-Founder and Director of Arcus Partners. Daniel has a 30+ year career spanning law, retail property development, the performing and visual arts, architecture, fashion and design.

Founder of BESEN, an investment firm supporting passionate entrepreneurs in business and property. Former Chair of Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP) and a Director of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art.