Overture Capital was established in 2002 and works with, and invests in, a portfolio of exciting media and technology businesses in Australia, Asia and the USA. We provide expert strategic, operational and M&A advice to a range of emerging and established players.
The founder and principal of Overture Capital is Philip Alexander.
Philip has spent his career in the media and technology sectors working in senior strategic, M&A, and operational roles in Australia, Europe and Asia. Since 1991, he has advised over 40 companies in M&A transactions with a combined deal value of $3.2 billion. This corporate advisory work included capital raisings, acquisitions, mergers and divestments.
He is currently an Executive Director at Jacanda Capital, one of Australia’s leading independent corporate advisory firms with offices in Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.
In 2015 Philip worked on a number of successful transactions, including:
- leading the sale of HR SaaS business COI Group to ASX-listed 8common;
- working on the team that raised $5m from a Silicon Valley venture debt firm for employment services SaaS business, Employment Innovations;
- leading the sale of digital media business Beauty Heaven Group to Bauer Media.
In 2016, Philip was the exclusive corporate advisor to the ad2one Group on the sale of its AU and NZ subsidiaries to Gravity4 – the San Fransisco-based online advertising technology company.
Philip was a Director at Hall Capital Strategies from 2008-2012. During this period he originated, led, or worked on over a dozen transactions in the telco, media and technology sectors. These transactions buy-side or sell-side advice to Optus, Eatability, News Ltd, Fairfax, Occupancy, Sensis, Quotify, Perth iX and Vocus, as well as raising capital for Live Connected and StyleTread.
From 2006-2008 Philip advised Network Ten and a number of major technology and media companies across strategy and M&A.
From 2002-2006 he held the role of Regional Corporate Development Director for Yahoo! in South Asia, a role that included observer Board seats at Seek Ltd. and CarSales. Among several major M&A transactions during this period, Philip led the sale of Sold.com.au to eBay, the sale of a significant stake in CarSales to Fairfax, and the sale of a major stake in Seek Ltd. to an investment bank. He also worked on the team that merged Yahoo! AUNZ with Seven in 2006.
Philip served as a Director of the Internet Industry Association (IIA) in Australia from 2003 until 2010, was elected Chairman in 2005, and appointed as Treasurer in 2009.
In 2001, Philip worked as President and CEO of iBEAM Broadcasting Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he was responsible for launching iBEAM into the region.
In 1999 he was appointed the founding managing director of Chello Broadband Australia & New Zealand forming a joint venture with Austar, recruiting the team and deploying the world’s largest fixed wireless broadband network from 2000-2001.
Philip’s background includes senior executive management roles with major media company VNU (now Nielsen Business Media) in Asia and Europe. In 1997 Philip was appointed Asia Pacific General Manager for VNU (Nielsen Business Media), based in Hong Kong. He led the group’s expansion in the Asia Pacific region, including management of new Asia Pacific businesses in consumer and professional publishing, internet services, marketing information, and the provision of television and radio programming.
In the early 1990s, he spent four years as Group Publisher and Managing Director (Europe) for VNU subsidiaries BPI Communications, Spotrack and Billboard Music Group.
Philip is a Board Member of Dynamic Creative™ – a leading Ad Automation Platform.
He is an investor in over 10 early-stage disruptive technology companies in Australia, Asia and the USA.
He is a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
And if you are interested, the name Overture Capital is derived from a book Philip’s grandfather wrote called Overture and Beginners in 1951.
Philip’s favourite musical overture is from The Marriage of Figaro written in 1786 by W.A. (Wolfie) Mozart. A close second in the overture favourite stakes, is the opening three minutes of Sweet Jane written in 1970 by L.A. (Lou) Reed. The 3:36 overture section is performed live on Rock N Roll Animal, and was recorded in late 1972.